New homeowners will appreciate these practical but thoughtful housewarming gifts come Christmas.
When someone you know recently moved into a new home, you want them to start off their new life in it with a nice housewarming gift, but what do you get them? A potted plant is the traditional token, but what about giving something functional? Admit it, it gives you a sense of pride when you see a family member or friend actually use something you gave them. To help the new homeowner in your life settle into their abode, we’ve got a few ideas that should lift any homeowner’s holiday spirits more than a loaf of fruitcake would.
Protection is one of the biggest priorities of a homeowner, especially if they’re living with family. As much help as extra locks are when installed on windows and doors, a bit more equipment will really take a load off their mind. If you want them to sleep better at night, assist them with their security needs through home security equipment they can install all over the home. You don’t have to set them up with CCTV cameras; items like burglar alarms and motion sensor flood lights can do a lot.
New homeowners are constantly reminded that they will no longer have a landlord to call upon if something in the house breaks, which usually means they’ll have to call in (and pay) a professional for repairs. But if it’s something that a person who doesn’t mind getting their hands dirty (and can follow instructional YouTube videos) can do, a toolbox with a few basic tools like a hammer and nails, screwdriver, measuring device, and wrench would be a very useful thing to have around the house.
Who doesn’t want to come to an already clean house or condo, especially if you’re usually the one doing the cleaning and you’re living with kids and their pets, or if you’re getting the place ready for a big party? The place may be generally tidy now since they just moved in, but there will come a time in the future when the homeowners will want to just take it easy and have someone else scrub, sweep, wash, and wipe after the family for a change.
If the new homeowners are big eaters who just moved to a neighborhood crawling with holes-in-the-wall and third-wave restaurants, there’s no doubt they’re excited to go on a food trip as soon as they’ve settled in. Help them start crossing off places in their foodie bucket list by giving them gift certificates to restaurants they’ve never been to before, particularly ones that are close to their new home so they can try them out at their own leisure.
Feeling a bit craftier? Put together a gift basket. That’s right; put it together yourself instead of pulling one off a grocery or department store shelf. This way, you get to include things that they really want and/or need, and it makes your present extra personal. And make it a basket of non-edibles so they can use these items for a long time. Are they learning to cook? Get a cookbook, pot holders, a big wooden spoon, measuring cups, and a couple of spice jars and put them in a large mixing bowl or colander as a sort of Martha Stewart/Wolfgang Puck starter kit. For the neat freak who’s also a nature lover, a pail of eco-friendly cleaning supplies will do the trick.
For more home-related gift ideas, you might also want to see our article on the best gifts for newlyweds.
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