Tuesday, December 11, 2018 / by Anne Rose
Expert gift shoppers suggest that you concentrate on hobbies, and think about what a person is interested in, what they really need, and what makes them unique. You can go the "experience" route, and give tickets, a dinner, or a class. You can be direct and just ask.
One of the easiest ways to decide on a Christmas gift that will be especially meaningful is to think about what defines the recipient in this moment.
If the answer to that question is, "new homeowner," you are in luck, because people who are settling into a new home are especially easy - and fun - to shop for.
The perfect Christmas gifts for new homeowners on this list are all great options.
Seven Perfect New Homeowner Christmas Gifts1. Spa Accessories for the Bath
An electric towel warmer delivers the luxury of toasty towels in less than 20 minutes. Help them stock their new linen cupboard with extra large, puffy white bath towels - these will mix and match with just about any color scheme. A heated shaving cream dispenser, LED vanity mirror, and ultrasonic toothbrush or eyeglass cleaners are also great ideas.
2. "Intelligent" Home Helpers
Google Home, Alexa, and Echo are all in this category, and are almost like gifting a personal assistant: these can answer questions, set reminders, update calendars, and help access home entertainment. There are other intelligent products for the home, including timers that plug into lamps and turn on when it gets dark, lost item locators (for all those new house keys!), smart mops and vacuums, and home weather stations.
3. Trendy Kitchen Accessories
You don't want to purchase anything that overloads a new homeowner's new counters, but there are plenty of gadgets that make perfect Christmas gifts. You can easily wrap up a clever one-touch can opener, professional-caliber knife sharpener, small kitchen scale, or digital meat thermometer.
4. Personalized Touches
A doormat tastefully boasting a last name, custom return address stamp, monogrammed bar towels, or personalized playing card set are great Christmas presents that double as thoughtful housewarming gifts.
5. Gift Certificates
New homeowners quickly become best friends with the checkers at their local hardware store and home goods outlet. To you, it might not seem like you put much imagination into a gift card, but it will definitely be appreciated by a new homeowner. If you are handy, you can add a "certificate" for a few hours of your time painting, hanging curtains, or just holding a ladder.
6. Handyman Products
How much work is the new homeowner undertaking? Power tools, shop vacs, fancy shower heads, outlet cover plates with built-in USB chargers, garage storage systems (like hanging bike racks), compact fire extinguishers, and garden tools can be the perfect Christmas gift for someone who has just moved into a new home.
7. Give an Ongoing Celebration
Use that brand new address and sign them up for a monthly club, and make it a good one. Wine clubs, coffee clubs, dessert clubs, and gourmet food kits are always appreciated. A year-long subscription to Spotify or Netflix is always a winner. Don't forget the kids - book of the month clubs - and the pets. Dog treats and toys delivered monthly make humans happy too.
The trick is not to make a Christmas gift for a new homeowner personal, but not too personal. Don't select something that a new homeowner wants to choose for themselves, like the one piece of art for over the fireplace.
Unless, of course, you have it on very good authority, and know exactly what they would choose. If you know that the new homeowner on your list has always loved a piece of art, or item of furniture, and never had the room for it before this new home, then your Christmas shopping is easy!