When your friend or family member moves into a new home, it can be tempting to purchase something expensive or flashy as a gift, but often these kinds of gifts have no practical use; which is what many homeowners are looking for. When it comes to buying housewarming gifts, practical is always the better choice, so we’ve put together a shortlist of five housewarming gifts.
Return Address Stamp or Envelope Stickers
With a new address, a return address stamp or envelope sticker can save the hassle of writing out (and remembering) the new address every time something gets mailed. First-time homeowners will appreciate the ease and convenience of such a gift also it’s a relatively inexpensive addition to their toolset.
You can find customizable return address stamps on major retail sites like Amazon, or on sites like simplystamps.com; the premier online stamp and mailing supplies provider. Try this practical housewarming gift to give the new homeowner in your life a useful tool they can use for years to come.
Instant Coffee Maker
If you’ve ever taken a look at your monthly budget, you were probably amazed at how much you spend on coffee each month. Coffee is a favorite among Americans, with the majority of the population consuming at least one cup per day. If your new homeowner is a coffee drinker, there’s only one housewarming gift that is both practical and essential: an instant coffee maker.
Not only will this amazing tool help mitigate the cost of buying coffee at a coffee shop, but it will also provide a convenient way to get morning coffee before the day begins. Many instant coffee makers even come standard with timers, so you can set the coffee to begin brewing at a specific time during the day. What’s better than waking up to a fresh cup of coffee every morning? Once that doesn’t break the bank, of course!
There are dozens of instant coffee models available, from the popular Keurigs to the BUNN MyCafe Instant Coffee maker. If you’re looking for something with a bit less of a price tag try to find cheaper coffee makers in any department store. While most models will be simplistic, you can also find more feature-rich models; complete with timers and other features to make the at-home coffee brewing experience that much more convenient.
First Aid Kit
Accidents do happen, and sometimes a simple band-aid isn’t enough. Whether you’re chopping onions and have a slip or slam your finger in a drawer, a home first-aid kit makes for a perfect gift for any new homeowner. First-aid kits come in many varieties, with only the most basic of supplies to more complex supplies like sutures. A basic first-aid kit should be enough for any homeowner, but having extra supplies certainly doesn’t hurt.
A first-aid kit is a great gift because it’s often something homeowners overlook. This vital tool is something that rests in the back of our minds; we know that the house should have one, but when it comes time to purchase one, it slips the mind. You can find first aid kits at most drug stores, sporting good stores, department stores, and online retailers.
Homeowners often forget to buy a Fire Extinguisher. It’s no secret that fire is incredibly damaging and lethal, but did you know that even the smoke from a fire can damage fabrics? A housefire is certainly a homeowner’s worst nightmare, and not having the right tools to act quickly in an emergency can spell disaster for the new home.
A fire extinguisher will act as the first line of defense in the event of a small fire. That single extinguisher could save thousands in repairs. Whether it’s a grease fire in the kitchen or an electrical fire in the den, if it’s detected quickly enough, often a fire extinguisher is enough to put it out and avoid disaster.
Fire extinguishers are a relatively inexpensive gift and can help ensure the safety of the new homeowner(s). That being said, an extinguisher is no replacement for a trained fire crew in the event of a fire. If the fire is put out with an extinguisher, the fire department should still be called to the scene.
Tupperware and plastic storage bins are worth almost as much as gold to a new homeowner. Leftovers, dry cereal, screws and nails, and all manner of items can be stored in Tupperware containers. Large plastic storage bins are great for long-term storage. They also won’t deteriorate like cardboard boxes and can help keep out moisture and oxygen. A few bins can make organizing storage that much easier.
A starter Tupperware set or a few large plastic storage bins make great gifts for first-time homeowners. These can be found at any department store and most grocery stores, and Tupperware is normally pretty inexpensive. Large Plastic Storage bends are fairly cheap and the larger, the costlier.
For first-time homeowners, unnecessary clutter in the form of impractical gifts can add to the stress of the move and organization of the new space. Instead of purchasing fancy decorative items, opt for a more practical approach. These five items are inexpensive, practical, and can serve their intended purpose for years to come; making them incredibly valuable to the new homeowner(s) in your life.