Shopping for the perfect holiday gift for your friends and family is challenging enough, but what about the new homeowner who needs everything? If they don’t share your design aesthetic, you may want to do some investigative work to understand their style and needs. And then there is the type of gift to consider—functional vs. fashionable? You not only want to be remembered for your thoughtful housewarming gift, but you also want it to be something that they can use, not tuck it away in a back closet only to be brought out when you visit. So, finding the right gift that works with your budget, and speaks to their needs and overall style, will take some thought and exploration. Luckily, the holiday season is the perfect time to shop for unique gifts and snag some great deals. Online shopping also offers convenience and allows you time to browse various shops in the comfort of your own home. To help you along in your quest for the perfect housewarming gift, we’ve compiled a list of thoughtful and functional gifts to help welcome any new homebuyer home:
1. Cozy Fleece Throws
Lightweight and soft throw blankets make the perfect gift for lounging on the couch or watching TV. A cozy warm throw draped across a chair or sofa invites a nap or offers warmth on a cold wintery night. You can find these throw blankets in a variety of textures, colors and seasonal designs.
2. Plush Monogrammed Towel Set
Most homeowners never have enough towels, no matter how many years they live in their home. It’s the kind of gift that is always appreciated and needed. You’ll want to find out the color scheme of their bathroom, and the monogrammed touch will lend a more personal touch.
3. Home Tool Kit
A new set of tools may not be the most exciting gift, but a practical and accessible set is one that every new homeowner needs and appreciates. Tools are essential for new home repairs, hanging a picture, shades, or curtains and more. It’s a handy and necessary item found in almost every homeowner’s garage.
4. Air Fryer
If your new homeowner likes fried foods but wants a healthier option with less fat and a less greasy kitchen mess to clean, an air fryer is a perfect gift. One of today’s most popular appliances, an air fryer cuts out oil and fats in foods, leaving them crispy and moist. They come in all shapes and sizes and in eye-catching colors that you can easily match to any kitchen scheme.
5. Microwavable Storage Bowls
We aren’t talking boring Tupperware here, but attractive and bright storage bowls that you can find in upscale home goods stores. Your homeowner will appreciate the thought when you show up with these cute versatile bowls that make food storage organization a breeze and warming up leftovers so convenient.
6. Cast-Iron Cookware
Cast-iron cookware makes a very thoughtful gift because it isn’t something a homeowner would typically buy for themselves–at least not at first. You can get some great deals online and in home goods stores, as cast iron can often be pricey. A cast-iron cookware set will not only heat and cook dishes to perfection due to its superior heat retention, but it’s guaranteed to last a lifetime.
7. Indoor Herb and Vegetable Garden Kits
New homeowners may enjoy growing their own vegetables and herbs, but what if their space outdoors is limited, or their HOA does not allow it? Then an indoor herb and vegetable garden is the next best thing! The variety and quality of indoor gardens have never been better! First-time homeowners will love growing their own greens to use in all the dinners they’ll prepare in their new home!
Are you shopping for a home this holiday season? Now may be a perfect time. Rates remain at all-time lows, and according to real estate experts, more inventory is available this time of year. That means you’ll have less competition for houses and avoid bidding wars that go could go over asking price. The housing market has experienced an unprecedented boom, and with rates so low, you may be able to afford more home than you initially thought possible. To find out more, reach out to one of our experienced loan specialists at www.usmtg.com. We’ll work with you to customize a loan product that fits your unique financial needs. As a top national lender with a reputation for excellence in the mortgage industry, we’ve been helping families make the best homebuying decisions for more than 25 years.
By Susan Sherman for NP, Inc.