Gift Ideas: For a New Homeowner
January 17, 2018
Buying a new home is really exciting. It is the quintessential goal of the American dream. Finally, all of that hard work has paid off, and the keys have been handed over to the new house. Along with the new-home feeling comes a lot of financial stress.
This is where gift-giving can really come in handy for new homeowners. They just put thousands down on a new home, finished their closing costs, and now have a mortgage. It’s often a strain to get off the ground in the beginning. The last thing they want to do is spend even more money, and they’re likely going to need a few things to help them along. Why not assist them in maintaining the beauty of their home? Here are a few recommendations on helpful outdoor gifts to give the new homeowner.
- Lawn-care service. Chances are that the home came with a yard, which means the grass has to be mowed, and plants need to be maintained. While some people like to work in their yard, for new homeowners, spending what little free time they have doing yard work can be difficult—at least at first. Why not consider giving the gift of lawn care? The national average cost to mow and maintain a lawn is $148. Instead of spending precious personal time taking care of the lawn, your home-owning friends can relax a little and enjoy the beauty of their new home.
But, what about those people who really love working in the yard? As new homeowners, there are probably some essential items missing from their arsenal of home-care tools. Here are a few ideas:
- Lawn mower. You don’t need the biggest and best to do the job, but it’s still an investment, and doing research on the size and features is really important.
- Hoses. There are pinch-proof hoses, fabric/collapsible ones, and even metal ones. It all depends on what you want to spend and what you need.
- Edgers and trimmers. These are great for knocking out vegetation around the bases of trees, steep inclines/declines, patios, and porches, and of course edging the driveway and sidewalk.
Now that the outside is taken care of, what about some items for the inside of the house as well? Maybe you’ve had some hints along the way from the new homeowners about what they’d like to do with the inside of their new home. Here are some ideas:
- Towels. Who doesn’t need towels? You can find different sets of towels for each of their bathrooms or get the same set for all of them. Going neutral or white is usually best when selecting colors. Don’t forget towels for the kitchen, too.
- Oven mitts and hot pads. These items get a lot of use over the years, and it’s nice to freshen them up on occasion. What better time to get these for someone than when moving into a new house? Think about buying some durable ones that really protect the hands and arms, rather than just decorative and thin ones.
- Cooking utensils. If you’re considering oven mitts, what about cooking utensils? There are a lot of really high-end sets out there and also some more budget-friendly ones. Keep in mind what kind of cookware they use since items can be scratched.
It won’t take terribly long to look into some of these helpful gifts. From giving the gift of a lawn care service, to supplying them with some physical tools for their yard, to selecting a few functional home-decor items, the perfect gift is right around the corner. With your help, they’ll continue to enjoy their new home every day, and your gift will lift some of the financial strain for them, too.
Content provided by guest blogger Paul Denikin who is passionate about sharing his experiences working on DIY projects to benefit people with special needs children. He is the owner of DadKnowsDIY.com, which shows off helpful DIY projects.