Beach House Gift Ideas

Buying a beach house is a huge deal, and your friend or family member will need all the help they can get to make it feel like home. I have gathered some of the best beach house gifts that can be used as house warming gifts for beach house owners. From functional items to decorative pieces, I have listed some of my top picks for the best beach house housewarming gifts you can give and there is certainly is something for everyone here!

Beach House House Warming Gifts

Blue Volcano Candle 

The Blue Volcano Candle from Capri Blue will fill any room with the scent of a tropical paradise. It is sure to be a hit with any beach house owner with its exotic citrus and sugary blend. This is a great beach house warming gift as the blue cobalt jar will go with any decor and the scent is amazing and the beach house owner will certainly love it.

Capri Blue Volcano Beach House Warming Gift Ideas.
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Luxurious Beach House Kitchen Towels

These beautiful and practical kitchen towels from Anthropologie will make any beach house owner feel like they are in the lap of luxury. These high-quality towels or some like them make a great house warming gift for the new beach house owner who loves to cook or entertain and will look great in their new kitchen. Plus who doesn’t like a practical house warming gift.

Kitchen Towels as a beach house gift ideas.  Blue and White kitchen towel.
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Beach House Coffee Table Books

Coffee table books make a great house warming gift idea for new beach house owners. They can help set the tone and style of a room and are always great conversation starters. I like Beaches by Gray Malin. His aerial photographs, taken from doorless helicopters, are playful and stunning celebrations of light, shape, and perspective shot at beaches around the world. They also capture the essence of summer bliss by combining aspects of travel, adventure, luxury, and artistry. This would be a great house warming gift for anyone but particularly ideal as a beach house housewarming gift.

Local Beach Art and Pottery

If you are looking for a unique and personal house warming gift for the new beach house owner, look no further than local art and pottery. Most beach communities have talented artists that make beautiful paintings, pottery, jewelry, and more. This is a great way to support local businesses and give your friend or family member a one-of a kind beach house gift.

A New Favorite Beach Bag

 This beach bag from BOGG Bag is the perfect beach house gift and it will without a doubt be the recipient’s new favorite. This bag is tip-proof to prevent spills. This bag is also waterproof and can be washed out after the day at the beach is over. This bag is a great beach house gift as it may be something the beach house owner would never buy for themselves but would love to have.

Custom Beach House Sign

A custom beach-themed sign from a website Etsy is the perfect way to add a personal touch to any beach house. This is a great gift for someone who just bought a beach house and is hosting a house warming party. A custom beach sign can be customized with the name of the beach house, the address, or anything else you would like. Plus what’s a beach house without a fun beach sign?

Beach Games

Beach games make great house warming gifts for beach lovers. They can add to the fun and relaxation of any beach vacation. Some of my favorites include bocce ball, horseshoes, cornhole, badminton, and frisbee. This is a great beach gift for new beach house owners and a great addition to any backyard.

Coastal Serving Bowl

Beach houses are meant for entertaining and enjoyment. These beautiful and beachy serving bowls from West Elm are the perfect practical addition to any beach house. They are perfect for entertaining or everyday use. This is a great beach house warming gift for any new beach house owner.

Coastal West Elm serving bowls Beach house gift ideas.
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Sand Free Beach Blanket

This sand free beach blanket from Summersand is an excellent house warming gift for any beach lover. This blanket is made with a special material that prevents sand from sticking to it. So all you have to do is shake it off and store it away until next time. If you are looking for a useful and practical beach gift you can’t go wrong with a sand free beach blanket.

Beach Wall Art

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Beach wall art is a great way to add some beachy flair to any room and the new homeowner will have plenty of space to decorate. It is also a great house warming gift for any new beach house owner. There are so many options when it comes to beach wall art. You can find canvas prints, tapestries, and custom photo prints. You could also find a print from a local art gallery to make it that much more of a personal gift for the beach house homeowner.  

I made a blog post a while back on free beach wall art printables. If you or the person hosting the house warming party has a favorite photo of a beach or local landmark this would be an excellent way to bring some personalization into their new beach house.

House Warming Gift Etiquette

When it comes to house warming gifts, there are a few things you should keep in mind.  

Be Prompt With your Gift

The best time to give a house warming gift is at the house warming party, but the new beach house home owner might not hold one and you may just be an invited to stop by for a visit and a day at the beach. House warming gifts are best given within 6 months of the home owner moving in.

Include a Gift Receipt 

When possible always try and include a gift receipt for the beach house warming gift.  This allows the receiver of your gift to exchange it for something that is a better fit or more to their liking, ensuring that your money is not wasted if they don’t like the house warming gift. Obviously, if the house warming gift is personalized a return may not be an option so make sure that you know the recipients’ tastes before buying a personalized house warming gift for them.

Note: Some of the beach house, house warming gifts mentioned here can be pretty pricey but you don’t have to spend a ton of money on a house warming gift. A housewarming gift can also be something small and thoughtful. A thoughtful housewarming gift is often times better than an expensive gift. I am certain that the new homeowner will be pleased no matter the special gift you choose.

Now that we’ve gone over some really great beach house gifts to give, I want to share some ideas of beach house warming gifts that you should avoid. These ideas aren’t necessarily bad, they are just impersonal and flat.

Beach House Warming Gifts To Avoid

 Every new house and homeowner is different and so are their styles and preferences. What is good for one of your friends might not be that great for another. However, there are some gifts that generally should be avoided.     


Unless you know that the new beach homeowner really likes plants and can keep them alive you should avoid giving them as housewarming gifts. Taking care of a plant takes time and commitment, a commitment that they might not be willing to make as they move into their new beach house. This is especially true if the house warming gift is for a beach house that will only be used on weekends or seasonally.

Bottles of  Wine

Many people have very specific tastes when it comes to wine, so it is better to go a different direction for the house warming gift for the new beach house homeowner.

Gag Gifts

Even if the new beach house homeowner has a great sense of humor, this type of gift is better left for the office white elephant gift exchange.

Gift Cards

A gift card is a great way to show your friend or family member that you put no little to no thought into their gift. If you are concerned about a gift not being liked or used, include a gift receipt with your gift.

In closing, giving a house warming gift to a new beach house owner can be both fun and challenging. Hopefully, this list of housewarming gift ideas has given you some direction on what type of beachy gift to get for the special occasion. Most importantly, don’t forget the house warming gift etiquette tips to make sure your thoughtful gift is well received.

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