If your holiday shopping list includes a friend or family member who’s recently bought a home, you may be wondering what would make the best housewarming gift. After all, you want your gift to be thoughtful, but you may also want them to have something practical, or even a little bit fun. Consider these ideas for gifts for new homeowners to help spread holiday cheer.
1. Indoor compost bin
An indoor compost bin can make a great gift for eco-conscious homeowners who want to reduce their carbon footprint. They can sit on the countertop or be stashed under the sink to hold scraps. Unlike outdoor compost bins, which may not be as aesthetically pleasing, you can find indoor compost bins and buckets that combine function with style.
2. Smart speakers
Smart speakers can make ideal gifts for new homeowners who love their tech. They’re affordable, and depending on the system you choose, these wireless-enabled speakers can sync up with other smart devices, voice-controlled personal assistant services and apps. This lets homeowners play music, check the weather, search the web and shop online — without ever picking up their smartphone.
3. Personalized doormat
A doormat may not sound that exciting, but you can add a new twist if you get one that’s tailored to the new homeowner’s tastes. Depending on their preferences, you could custom-order a doormat with their name and/or monogram, or a special image or saying that’s meaningful to them. It’s functional — because who doesn’t need a doormat? — but it also shows that you put some thought into the gift.
4. DIY goodie basket
Goodie baskets can make great gifts for new homeowners because you can fill them with items based around a specific theme. If your friends are foodies, for example, a gourmet goodie basket complete with a cookbook, basic cooking utensils, a bottle of quality olive oil, a jar of sea salt, some fresh herbs and a loaf of homemade focaccia bread may be right up their alley and help them settle comfortably into their new kitchen.
5. Tool kit
Going from renting to owning a home means that you can’t call on your landlord to fix things when they break. If you’re buying a gift for a first-time homeowner, a basic tool set could make a perfect gift. Include the basics: a hammer, screwdrivers, pliers, a tape measure, a level, wrenches, utility scissors, nails and screws. If the person you’re buying for is more outdoorsy instead of the handyman type, you could gift them a gardening tool kit instead, complete with gloves, a trowel, pruning shears, a garden fork, a spade, an expandable hose, rake and a hoe.
6. A bottle of wine and a throw blanket
Buying a home and getting settling in is hard work, and at the end of the day, a glass of wine enjoyed under a cozy blanket may be just what a new homeowner needs. If they don’t drink alcohol, sparkling cider or a crock pot of homemade hot cocoa can work just as well. And it’s an even better gift if you’re enjoying it together at the holidays.
Does the holiday season have you thinking about finally making the leap and buying a home? If so, check out this seasonal guide to buying a home.