My Five Favorite House Warming Gifts
House Warming Gifts
At the end of every real estate transaction is a sigh of relief. Now, all attention is turned to the household. Moving day is an extremely hectic day. Everything in the house needs a new place to reside. Decisions about what goes where consume the new homeowner. A gift that eases some of the stress of the move is pleasant to receive.
The gift ideas mentioned here are simple and inexpensive, nevertheless homeowners have expressed so many sentiments over these gifts that now they have become the primary gifts I give as housewarming gifts.
Household Appliance Binder
Household Appliance Binder
One of my favorite gifts is a large binder that holds all of the owner manuals and warranties for the household appliances and equipment. It makes referencing them quick and easy.
When giving the binder as a gift, you can make it even more useful by placing at least 50 clear plastic sheet protectors in the binder, along with paper clips to keep the manuals from falling out.
Go the extra mile by snapping a picture of the house and placing that picture in the first sheet protector.
Local Magazine Subscription
One Year Subscription to a Local Magazine
When someone is new to an area, it is fun to read about the local area. A subscription to a local magazine is a great way to help people learn about local events and characteristics of the area.
Many regions, if not cities have magazines dedicated to helping people learn about the culture. These magazines feature arts, festivals, and historical information that is unique to the area.
Make the gift especially unique by including a map of the local area and nearby towns so people can see where things are located and how to get there.
Change of Address Cards
Change of Address Cards
With all the things that need to be done before moving into a new home, sending out address change notices is a chore that is often overlooked or left to the last minute. Give the gift of personalized change of address notices that people can send to their family, friends, and magazine subscriptions. Have at least 50 cards printed with the message, “We’ve moved! Here is our new address.” Then place postcard stamps on half of the cards; people may not need to mail all of the cards, instead they may have an opportunity to hand deliver the cards to co-workers or people they see at church and other events.
To make this gift more special, you could have the homeowner give you the names and addresses of the people they need to notify and then print out address labels for the homeowner.
House Number Emblem
This gift is very special. Oftentimes, when people move into a new house, one of the things they want to do is highlight their address. Giving the gift of address number plates or individual numbers of the house address is a gift they will cherish for a long time. I’ve seen people place the additional plate over the garage, as well as on the post that holds the mailbox.
In line with the theme of the address plate, you could hire someone to paint the house address number on the curb.
Note: Before having the house number painted on the curb, check with the city where the house is located for ordinances that may prohibit painting house numbers on the curb.
Eating Out is a Stress Buster
Dinner's on You
Moving day is a stressful event. With boxes scattered all over the place, furniture here and there, an empty refrigerator, and things that need to be assembled and connected, preparing a nice meal is the last thing on most people’s mind. Anything that relieves some of the stress is appreciated to the max.
Find out what type of food the family enjoys and then give them a gift card to treat them out to a fabulous meal at a local restaurant.
If you want to go the extra mile, throw in tickets for the entire family to go to a local movie theater. If there is a young child in the family, you could even set up child care for them.
Be Aware of Tax Laws and Gift Giving
I enjoy giving gifts and people enjoy receiving them. What's important is that you give a gift that is something the homeowner can use. As you can see, gifts do not have to be expensive to be appreciated.
When giving gifts, be conscientious of gift-giving laws and what’s deductible and what’s not. Consult with your tax accountant or tax attorney for specific details.
I'm interested in reading about other gift ideas. What are some house warming gifts that you have given or received?
"Real estate information; clear and simple!"
Although retired from actively selling real estate,
Marlene Bertrand maintains a current Broker/REALTOR® status.
Calif. Bureau of Real Estate Lic. #01056418.
© 2013 Marlene Bertrand
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