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What is a cool, upscale housewarming gift for successful professionals?

He's a doctor, she's a lawyer. They're cool, pretty worldly and have an upscale taste. I'd like to get them something original but at the same time useable and fancy. Ideas?
posted by barrakuda to Grab Bag (23 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
What's your budget? Where do they live?
posted by dersins at 9:57 AM on May 15, 2009

You might check out a museum's(especially a modern art museum) gift shop for some neat housewares.
posted by mmascolino at 10:00 AM on May 15, 2009 [2 favorites]

How much do you want to spend?
posted by electroboy at 10:02 AM on May 15, 2009

World Market is a great resource for unique items.
posted by JuiceBoxHero at 10:12 AM on May 15, 2009

Ooh one of these gorgeous stainless juicers.
posted by 8dot3 at 10:22 AM on May 15, 2009

Single bottle wine chiller, expensive orchid plant, fancy place mats or linen napkins. Napkin rings. Wine charms. See williams sonoma, crate and barrel. Glassware from simon pearce.
posted by slateyness at 10:26 AM on May 15, 2009

French press, kona coffee.
posted by slateyness at 10:26 AM on May 15, 2009

A pair of Tiffany champagne flutes.
posted by jgirl at 10:38 AM on May 15, 2009

How about a monogrammed champagne bucket, like this one from Pottery Barn?
posted by pizzazz at 10:43 AM on May 15, 2009

I just got some beautiful engraved crystal champagne flutes. And I'm happy.
posted by ohio at 10:46 AM on May 15, 2009

Depends on what they, individually, like. My own suggestion would be to scan down the category column of Cool Tools and look for an area you know lies in their interests.
posted by WCityMike at 10:55 AM on May 15, 2009 [1 favorite]

I don't know if it's a regional (Smoky Mountains) thing or not, but I've only ever heard of this tradition here. A lot of people give pig-shaped items as housewarming gifts. They're supposed to bring good luck and prosperity to a new household.
posted by workerant at 10:58 AM on May 15, 2009

As they're both busy people, they might appreciate something that makes future hosting duties a bit easier. A gift basket containing everything to make chic drinks in a snap would be one suggestion:

Choose a favorite drink to make, and then select the pieces to go in it: a chic set of the appropriate glasses for the drink (4-6?), bottle(s) of the liquor required, possibly a neat ice-cube tray (there's several neat ones out there at the moment), and whatever other accessories are required - stir sticks, cherries for garnish, whatever you like.
posted by lizbunny at 11:04 AM on May 15, 2009

I'd like to second the contemporary art museum suggestion, ours has just the most amazing original kitchen, dining and living room accessories.
posted by furtive at 11:19 AM on May 15, 2009

My friend knitted coasters for me for my housewarming gift. I think they're awesome and people ask about them all the time. I think these on Etsy have a slick mid-century modern look to them.
posted by junesix at 11:42 AM on May 15, 2009

I think the orchid suggestion is the best so far, IMHO. It's beautiful and unique and even better if they already have one. They'll look at it every single day, and it could very well turn out to be the first item that catches their eye every time they walk in a room. What more could you want from a gift?
posted by raisingsand at 12:01 PM on May 15, 2009

A traditional housewarming gift often includes bread (so they'll never know hunger) and salt (either so they'll never know tears, or so their life will have season). You could go "high end" and get them a bread club membership from Zingerman's and a variety of fancy salts. If you want something lasting, you might locate a nice salt cellar to store the salt in as well.

Traditions vary to sometimes include honey, wine, rice, a broom, etc... depending on ethnicity. But the bread and salt seem pretty consistent. Having had the chocolate sourdough from Zingerman's, it's a great gift. And depending on your budget, a nice bottle of wine and a set of glasses could be a good addition as well.
posted by librarianamy at 12:04 PM on May 15, 2009

Good liquor, depending on what they like. You can see previous askmes for pretty solid recommendations.
posted by General Malaise at 12:57 PM on May 15, 2009

A lot of upscale designey people I know really like the Voodoo Knife Block, where the knives are stored by stabbing them into in a person-shaped knife block. (I would never put an icon like this in my own home, but hey, de gustibus non est disputandum.)

Personally, I know I would enjoy some Bacon Chocolate. Or a pear-shaped terrarium.
posted by pseudostrabismus at 1:20 PM on May 15, 2009 [1 favorite]

Juicy Salif
posted by Confess, Fletch at 1:41 PM on May 15, 2009

Get a playfully chic vase/bowl/dust collector from Jonathan Adler!!! My personal favorite is the little Salvador Vase.
posted by dearest at 7:15 PM on May 15, 2009

Membership in a local arts organization or charity that is for people who are into the same things they are into?
posted by Lesser Shrew at 2:47 PM on May 16, 2009

Anything from Chilewich. I especially like their placemats; you only need to wipe--not wash--and they are fantastically modern in style.
posted by choochoo at 10:20 PM on May 16, 2009

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