New homeowners often don’t yet know what they’ll need to make their lives easier and more convenient in their new home.
Most housewarming gifts include plants, bottles of wine or gift baskets. While these are sweet gestures, they don’t really reflect the practical needs of a first time homeowner.
Giving one of these housewarming gifts may seem a little weird at first, but these handy household items will likely be used by the homeowner for a long time:
1. Label Maker
A handheld label maker is truly a gift that keeps on giving. These portable, battery-operated devices make it fun to organize a new home.
They can be used to label pantry storage containers, kids’ toy bins, home office files, television remote controls, kids’ lunchboxes, circuit breaker switches, on/off settings for lighting and sprinkler systems, nail and screw bins in the garage, and a whole lot more.
In your gift, be sure to include a handful of replacement label rolls, because your grateful recipient is certain to find a hundred more uses.
2. Air Compressor
You can find portable air compressors suitable for gift giving in the camping section of big box stores and sports equipment stores.
Air compressors can be used to blow out things and appliances that need to be cleaned, but shouldn’t get wet, such as coffee and spice grinders, food mills, home workshop carpentry equipment, and car engines. It’s a tool that a homeowner will use repeatedly, and thank you every time they do.
3. Shop Vac
A wet/dry shop vac is something every homeowner needs, and you’re just the person to give one. Wet/dry shop vacs are ideal for soaking up water from carpets after plumbing leaks and overflows, light basement flooding, and vacuuming up larger chunks of debris from home remodeling projects that a home vacuum is ill-equipped for.
Placed on the reverse blower setting, the shop vac is perfect for blowing garage floors clean, and powerful enough to blow away outdoor debris from driveways and walkways, such as leaves and light branches.
4. Slow Cooker
Most younger generation new homeowners won’t have the proper appreciation for the humble slow cooker. Commonly associated with grandmothers and antiquated ways of doing things, the slow cooker is actually an essential part of a homeowner’s happy existence.
After a day spent painting rooms, hanging curtains, and arranging furniture, imagine the exhaustion of having to prepare a healthy meal, or the disappointment of ordering junk food delivery. With your slow cooker gift at their disposal, tired new homeowners can sit down to a wholesome, hot meal that practically cooked itself.
Speaking of cooking, most new homeowners will be anxious to break in that brand new kitchen that they were so choosy about when they selected the home they purchased.
A gift of one or more classic, time-tested cookbooks from history’s finest cooks will be cherished forever. Suggestions include Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” volumes I and II, and “Martha Stewart’s Cookbook of Collected Recipes.”
The next time you’re invited to a housewarming, wow your gift recipients with one of these weird but amazingly useful gifts they didn’t even realize they needed.