Whether for friends, family members, or acquaintances, you’re never sure what to put in a new home gift basket. This list will help you make the right choices.

Clean Slate

People relocate every minute of the day. This is true worldwide for lots of reasons from job changes to lifestyle requirements. New home gift baskets are created for personal giving, and if you’re a designer, you also create them for your customers, who are:

  • Realtors
  • Attorneys
  • Insurance agents
  • Small businesses
  • Large corporations
  • Groups/memberships
  • Houses of worship

You’ll notice, in the list below, that many items are great for the kitchen. It’s a central home spot that’s often set up first (busy people must eat). However, a healthy dose of products that streamline organization is a must, which the new homeowner will appreciate.

Also, consider preferences in which the new homeowner maintains as part of her lifestyle. Many people desire items that are organic, hypoallergenic, minimalist in manner, and such. When creating a gift basket for a new home, you want the recipient to enjoy everything in the design rather than give away contents.

A home by any name

The phrase new home covers any type of living space, so don’t let the phrase have you thinking this list is only for a traditional private home:

  • Loft
  • Private room
  • Shared space
  • Apartment
  • Single home
  • Duplex
  • Condominium
  • Townhouse

New home containers

  • Ice bucket
  • Tabletop grill
  • Mini dish drainer
  • Colander
  • Birdhouse
  • Valuables safe
  • Wok
  • Organizer
  • Hat box
  • Embellished trash can
  • Memory box
  • Tea cup and saucer

What to put in a new home gift basket

  • Keychain
  • Notepad
  • Candles
  • Candle holders
  • Linen napkins
  • Potpourri
  • Placemats
  • Oven mitt
  • Coasters
  • Apron
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Soaps
  • Whisk broom
  • Energy-efficient bulbs
  • Light switch plates
  • Fireplace matches
  • Room freshener
  • Cutting board
  • Champagne glasses
  • Non-alcoholic beverage
  • Easy-to-open and eat snacks
  • Dish towel
  • Paper plates, cups, napkins
  • Picture frame
  • Disposable camera
  • Valuables journal

Partial content list from the book, How to Start a Home-Based Gift Basket Business, by Shirley George Frazier.

Shirley George Frazier
In the gift basket world, all roads lead to Shirley George Frazier, the industry's reigning expert and international authority. Shirley is chief basketologist at Sweet Survival LLC and author of the industry's best-selling books, How to Start a Home-Based Gift Basket Business, The Gift Basket Design Book, and Marketing Strategies for the Home-Based Business. Shirley works with manufacturers and retailers to successfully add gift baskets to their current revenue streams. Shirley is also a frequent speaker at events and instructor of the popular online course, Start Your Own Gift Basket Business. Contact Shirley to speak at your event or call 973-279-2799 to schedule a consultation.


  1. I don’t own a GB company, but I love putting them together and I’m pretty good at it. I’ve been asked by a realtor to pick up basket with all items, build, wrap and deliver back to his office so he can present to client. What is a good calculation for my time to build, gas to pick up / deliver and labor?
    Thank you for any helpful information.

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