Holiday Gift Ideas For The New Homeowner
With the holidays right around the corner, you’re probably starting to scramble to find gifts for everyone on your list. If anyone on that list has recently purchased a new home, your job just got a lot easier. New homeowners — especially if they’re first-time homeowners — need a whole new set of stuff. Read on to find fun items to help spruce up your friend’s new abode.
Cheese boards, cocktail shakers, serving bowls — they may not sound super glamorous, but with the right eye, you can find cute pieces for a new homeowner’s kitchen. They might actually get excited about slicing up some cheese for a holiday bash. More importantly, these items are necessities, whether they inspire excitement or not. So your friends will thank you for the forethought, even if they don’t gush over their cheese board — although, they might if you find a stylish one.
For most people, the best part of buying a new home is that you have the chance to embellish it any way you like, from floor to ceiling. But there’s just one problem: this task can get overwhelming very quickly, especially with the busyness of the holidays. Give your friends a helping hand by doing some of the heavy lifting for them. Keep an eye out for practical pieces of decor that will not only look great in the new space but also say something specific about the personality of your friends. A fresh set of throw pillows, an artisan candle or a vintage vase will mean much more to your pals if they cater specifically to their tastes or interests.
From the kitchen to the living room, technology reigns supreme in the modern home. Your friends probably already have the laptop and the smartphone covered, but what about a virtual BFF/encyclopedia/stereo, like the Amazon Echo or Google Home? These pieces of tech can look up recipes, play practically any song you can think of and even answer random trivia questions, so they’re a must-have for new homeowners.
If your friend is a big movie buff or a serial binge-watcher, then some type of streaming device for the living room should be at the top of your shopping list. You have many options to pick from, ranging from Apple TV to the Roku Streaming Stick. The decision really depends on your pal’s preference. If she already has mostly Apple devices, go with the Apple TV to make integration smooth and simple. For someone who is more locked into the PC world, a Roku or Amazon Fire TV Stick might be a better alternative.
Personalized Pieces & Picks
Maybe you’re not the type of person who can spot an antique end table in July and immediately think of a friend who could use it — don’t worry, most people aren’t. For anyone who doesn’t have the time or the patience to scour shops all year long looking for perfectly personal gifts, monogrammed goodies are a great alternative. Order a wooden cutting board with your friend’s full name etched across the bottom and your thoughtfulness will shine through.
Another great option for a close friend is a book from an author or genre they love. Whether they’re a purveyor of fine bathroom reads or a serious book collector, they’ll appreciate the written word. Plus, what suggests that you know them more than 200+ pages of their favorite mystery novel?
In addition to fun techie gifts, new homeowners really do need a certain set of standard appliances. Again, these may not be the most glamorous gifts, but they will help your friends feel at home in their new space — and avoid late-night online shopping sprees when they suddenly realize their toaster actually belonged to a former roommate. A stand mixer for a friend who stress-bakes, an old-school espresso maker for the coffee lover or an immersion blender for a pal who loves cooking with the crockpot will all be big hits as housewarming gifts.
Suggestions: Steel Stand Mixer ($30), Espressione-DeLonghi of Italy Retro Espresso Maker ($150)
With ideas like these in mind, you should have no trouble finding the perfect gift for friends or family who have recently relocated. Just keep in mind that the needs of every home and every person are different, so use this list as a jumping-off point. You know the new homeowners better than anyone, so trust your gut when you start shopping!