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Home for the Holidays: Thoughtful gifts for the new homeowner (or renter) in your life

Explore our curated list of gifts that blend the spirit of the season with the practicality of settling into a new home

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November 29, 2023


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Happy holidays! In the spirit of the giving season, we wanted to help out all the holiday shoppers out there with gift ideas for anyone in your life who has recently purchased a new home or moved into a new apartment.

Our list includes both gifts that are tailored for the holidays and ones that will work as a gift any time of the year. Many of them are also suitable for anyone moving into a new apartment or condo as well.

There’s no shortage of gifts that will make anyone settling into a new home feel special, so let’s dive in.

Gifts for new buyers (and renters) that fit any occasion

These gifts are suitable for the holidays or any time of year.

Customized Welcome Mat: A Personalized Greeting

A customized gift always adds an extra personal touch, and one item that is easy to customize is welcome mats. Add their family name or a warm greeting that will make them feel truly at home.

For an even more charm, gift a custom photo frame that they can place a treasured family photo in.

Quality Cookware Set: Upgrade the Kitchen

Any of us that do a lot of cooking know how big a difference quality cookware can make. Opt for durable materials and a versatile selection to cover various cooking needs. You can also gift high-quality tupperware and food storage sets — a real game changer for meal prep.

Subscription to a Meal Kit Service: Stress-Free Dining

For the less culinarily inclined folks in your life, having a meal kit service can be a lifesaver while moving and settling. Moving can be hectic, and new homeowners may not have the time or energy to plan elaborate meals. A subscription to a meal kit service can provide them with pre-portioned ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes, making dinnertime a breeze.

Indoor plants: Greenery for a Vibrant Home

A new plant can help bring life into their new space. Plants aren’t always something that movers bring along or prioritize purchasing at first, so gifting one can add something new. Look to buy low-maintenance plants like succulents or snake plants for minimal hassle.

Tool Set: Home Repairs Made Easy

This one can be especially good for younger or first-time buyers or renters who may not know better. Every owner, and even renter, needs a good set of tools. Gift them a comprehensive tool set with essential items like a hammer, screwdrivers, pliers, and a tape measure. It's a practical gift that will remind them of you when they need it for minor repairs or DIY projects.

Fire Extinguisher and First Aid Kit: There When You Need It

Help them be prepared for an emergency by gifting a fire extinguisher or basic first aid kit. It’s a less flashy and more practical gift, but they will definitely be thanking you when they need it.

Custom Illustration: Art with a Personal Charm

Commissioning an artist to create a bespoke painting or illustration of the new home is a very thoughtful gesture and will give them a keepsake to treasure for years to come.

'Tis the season for holiday-themed gifts

Get festive for the holidays with these holiday themed gifts.

Personalized Ornaments: Deck the Halls with Personalized Cheer

Help them commemorate their first Christmas in their new home with a custom ornament showing a picture or illustration of their home or family.

DIY Holiday Decorating Kit: Creativity in a Box

Make their first holiday season in their new home memorable by allowing them to dress it up with a DIY holiday decorating kit. These can include items like ornaments, garlands, and festive lights.

Holiday Recipe Book: Culinary Inspiration for the Season

Give them a reason to be excited about using their new kitchen and hosting for the holidays with a festive recipe book. It's a thoughtful gift that combines practicality with the joy of creating delicious holiday meals.

Holiday-Scented Candles: Aromas of the Season

Make them feel more at home for the holidays with a holiday-scented candle that’ll add a warm and inviting ambiance to their living space.

Holiday Serving Platters: A Festive Way to Entertain  

If they plan to host for the holidays, festive serving platters are a great way to help them elevate their entertaining.

About the author

Pederson Real Estate Law

Pederson Real Estate Law is a boutique law firm based in Greenwich, Connecticut. We provide experienced, efficient legal services for clients in residential real estate closings —purchases, sales, and refinances.