With the holidays in full swing I have been getting texts and calls from my awesome family and friends asking what they can get me and my husband this year for Christmas. In past years my first response has always been a gift card to my favorite salon or store. My husband usually asks for yet another Red Sox t-shirt for his seemingly endless collection. This year our normal requests have been replaced with things like “home depot gift cards” and new appliances, because this year we became first time home owners.
Do you have a first time homeowner on your list of people to buy for this year? Here are some ideas that are sure to please:
1) Gift Cards
Home Depot, Bed Bath & Beyond and Home Goods gift cards have become GOLD to us. We actually joke that Home Depot has become our second home because of all the trips we have made for paint, tools and other supplies. Find out what local stores your first time buyer likes to shop at because I can guarantee they will love this gift!
2) HOMEOWNER’S MANUAL
We all know that a new home doesn’t come with instructions. Since moving in to our new home I have called my father for advice on everything from a leaking pipe to how to install a new light fixture. Give the gift of knowledge for just $14. Available on Uncommongoods.com
3) Custom Welcome Mat
A welcome mat is probably not on the top of a new homeowners list of things to buy but a personalized mat is a cool gift to make a house feel like a home. Available on giftsforyounow.com $27
4) Yard Tools
The weather may not permit your new homeowner to get digging quite yet but give them a head start and something to look forward to when warmer months return. Available on wayfair.com $38
5) Change of Address Card Stationery Set
This thoughtful gift is perfect for a new homeowner looking to let all the important people in their life know about their change of address. Available on Etsy $35
One of the greatest joys of home ownership is sharing your home with others. This 12-piece wine glass set for $30 from Bed Bath & Beyond is a great gift for a couple that loves entertaining.
7) _______ of the Month Gift
You know what’s better than one great gift? 12 great gifts! amazingclubs.com has 38 monthly gift clubs ranging from bacon and beer to movies and desserts. Pick one that suites your new homeowner(s) and expect a thank you call once a month.
8) Custom Rubber Stamp Return Address
With a new house comes new bills and plenty of other mail that needs to be addressed. Save them from writer’s cramp with this affordable personalized gift. Available on Etsy $37
9) Tool Kit
You can buy one OR create your own. If you go with the DIY method here are some things to include to give them a good start:
- Screwdriver (multi-bit)
- Adjustable Wrench
- Cordless Drill
- Tape Measure
138 Piece Toolkit available on Target.com $19.99
10) Custom House Address Sign
Help them tell the neighbors, “We’re Here!” with a custom piece with their name and new house number. Available on Etsy.
Bonus: If you are part of a group and thinking about some bigger gift ideas consider the following:
- Keurig Coffee Brewer (One of my all time favorite gifts!)
Double Bonus: On a budget? Here are some FREE ideas:
- Create a “welcome to the neighborhood” gift basket with take out menus and coupons
- Give “time coupons” volunteering to help with hard labor. Example: I promise to help you take down that awful 70s wallpaper you have been complaining about :)
Thank you to all of my Facebook pals for their help with ideas!
What is the best gift you received as a first time owner?