By Jesse McCarl
It’s the holiday season! If you know anyone who bought some digs in 2014, here are 10 great gift ideas for new homeowners. These also double as great housewarming gifts to keep in mind for the future!
1. First Time Homeowners Book – Give the new owner a sense of control by providing an all-encompassing resource. We recommend this book from Dan Ramsey (see link), but there is all kinds of great literature out there. Consider a “For Dummies” book or consult your Realtor for a great selection. About $15
2. Dartboard Cabinet – If your new homeowner friend has a game room, or just a playful spirit, this is the perfect, interactive wall décor! It’s got that mullet factor going for it – it looks sophisticated at first, and then you realize it’s meant to party. About $70
3. Monogrammed Doormat – Nothing says “Welcome Home” like a doormat, especially if it literally says “Welcome Home.” You can even customize the doormat to put the new homeowners’ initials or a personal message. This is a great housewarming gift or holiday present. $30+
4. Storage Ottomans – The new homeowner may not realize it yet, but s/he needs more storage! Give the gift of way to store unsightly belongings while elevating the mood of the room. $50+
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5. Oddjob Tool Set – Whether you get a compact little tool kit or an all-in-one tool, supply the new homeowner for those little oddjobs that pop up all the time. This is the first time your loved one won’t be able to just call the landlord. About $40
6. Tool Tote – As more and more projects come up, the homeowner will wind up with his/her own collection of tools. Make them easy to organize with a convenient, mobile box. About $20
7. Tupperware – Okay, let’s be real, you always need more Tupperware! If you want to go the extra mile, fill the Tupperware set with some food so that your loved one can have home-cooked meals while still getting the home itself organized. Nothing is as comforting as a stocked fridge! About $30.
8. Original Artwork – Please note, this only works if you’re an artist. Otherwise, you can just go buy unoriginal artwork. Either way, there’s going to be a lot of wall space to fill. Give a creative gift. No set price.
9. Frames – The best way to make new digs feel homely is with pictures of loved ones. If you supply some nice frames, they’ll undoubtedly be filled with your pictures! $10+
10. Forgotten Item Gift Basket – What did you realize you were missing when you moved into your house? Were you short on power cords? Were you sick of running to the store for more lightbulbs? Or did you wish someone would just buy all your bathroom necessities for you? Whatever you think is most helpful, put it in a basket! You Choose the Price.
What did we forget? Is there a perfect holiday gift for new homeowners that we left off this list? Let us know in the comments below.
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