Top Gifts for First-Time Home Buyers

1
Basic Toolbox Kit

basic home repair tools
Basic Toolbox Kit. © Big Stock Photo

For years, I carted a rock from house to house. I used it to bang nails into the wall for picture hanging. I knew it wasn't the best tool for the job, but I was too lazy to go down to the hardware store and buy myself a hammer.

First-time homeowners will definitely value, use and appreciate a basic tool kit. It doesn't need to be expensive or top-of-the-line tools; however, good tools will last generations. A basic home repair toolbox contains essential items such as a hammer, hacksaw, pliers, assorted screwdrivers, plumber's wrench, basin wrench, drill and a tape measure.

At the time of writing, Elizabeth Weintraub, CalBRE #00697006, is a Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate in Sacramento, California.

2
New Keys for the Home Buyer

House keys - rekeying locks
New Keys for the Home. © Big Stock Photo

Homeowners receive a set of keys to the home at closing, but who knows how many other people have duplicates of those keys? Could be contractors, real estate agents, neighbors or a kid who found a set lying in the street. It's a good idea to obtain a new set of keys. Some first-time home buyers might prefer a new handle and lockset, especially if the existing hardware is outdated or worn.

Why not hire a locksmith to re-key all the doors for that first-time home buyer? A locksmith can key all the doors, including the garage, to use one key. Giving new keys is a thoughtful gift, and it promotes security.

At the time of writing, Elizabeth Weintraub, CalBRE #00697006, is a Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate in Sacramento, California.

3
House Plants

House Plants for First-Time Home Buyers
House Plants. © Big Stock Photo

Plants brighten up every space. Even if your home buyer wasn't born with a green thumb, anybody can grow indoor house plants if they choose the right plants. Popular, hard-to-kill plants choices are a spider plant, peace lily, snake plant, philodendron or rubber tree.

These types of plants are inexpensive, so you might want to also buy a decorative plant holder and tie a bright ribbon around the base. I know these plants are hardy because they are thriving under my roof with much neglect.

At the time of writing, Elizabeth Weintraub, CalBRE #00697006, is a Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate in Sacramento, California.

4
Garden Tools

Garden Tools for First-Time Home Buyers
Garden Tools. © Big Stock Photo

Apart from hoes, rakes, spades and shovels, which are useful to first-time homeowners who have a back yard, even second-floor condo dwellers can use a set of garden tools such as a trowel, dutch rake and watering can. Many townhome and condo owners utilize small spaces such as balconies or tiny patios for container gardening.

Other gift ideas are pruners, hedge shears, loppers, garden hoses, sprinklers, potting benches, rain gauges, thermometers and compost bins, or garden decorations such as a gazing ball or ornamental figurines.

At the time of writing, Elizabeth Weintraub, CalBRE #00697006, is a Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate in Sacramento, California.

5
Home Repair Books

Home Repair and Maintenance Books
Home Repair Books. © Big Stock Photo

Staying on top of home maintenance keeps a home running smoothly. But many first-time homeowners have never replaced a furnace filter much less know how often a filter should be replaced. Some have no idea how to winterize a home because they've never owned a home before. A good home maintenance and repair book will address those types of concerns.

A home repair book, especially those with illustrations, explain step-by-step how to make simple repairs such as how to unplug a clogged garbage disposal, replace fluorescent light bulbs, clean out a dryer vent or install a new receptacle.

At the time of writing, Elizabeth Weintraub, CalBRE #00697006, is a Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate in Sacramento, California.

6
Bath Towels

Colorful bath towels
Bath Towels. © Big Stock Photo

Every time I buy a new home, I buy new bath towels. My personal preference is 100% cotton Egyptian towels, primarily for their absorbency and softness. If you are uncertain of the color, you can't go wrong with neutral tones such as soft grays, sandstone, ecru or white.

Tie up the towels with a pretty ribbon, or include a set of French soaps and candles to create a spa-like present. Consider a bath mat to complement the towels.

At the time of writing, Elizabeth Weintraub, CalBRE #00697006, is a Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate in Sacramento, California.

7
Architectural Magazine Subscriptions

home specialty magazines
Architectural Magazine Subscriptions. © Big Stock Photo

If your first-time homeowners have purchased a classic home, they may enjoy a subscription to the type of magazine that supports their style of home. You can find magazines solely devoted to certain types of homes such as log homes, Victorians, Craftsman bungalows and a wide range of other styles. You might also consider a subscription to the popular Architectural Digest.

Lifestyle magazines are another choice. Some magazines offer interior design advice such as Better Homes and Gardens, House Beautiful or Martha Stewart.

At the time of writing, Elizabeth Weintraub, CalBRE #00697006, is a Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate in Sacramento, California.

8
Jars of Spices

Spice jars and spice racks
Jars of Spices. © Big Stock Photo

Contrary to popular belief, spices should never be stored above the stove. It's likely your first-time home buyer may not own a spice rack nor quality spices, simply because most people starting out buy their spices at the grocery store.

You don't have to fly to Granada to find quality spices, but it's rare to find them in a supermarket. Some cities have retail outlets such as ​Penzeys within driving distance; you may need to shop online. These types of spices may cost a little more, but the difference in the taste and smell is dramatic.

At the time of writing, Elizabeth Weintraub, CalBRE #00697006, is a Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate in Sacramento, California.

9
BBQ Grill / BBQ Tools

Gift of Barbecue Grill and Tools for First-time Home Buyers
BBQ Grill / BBQ Tools. © Big Stock Photo

Whether they are using a small Hibachi on a balcony or firing up a super-duper gas grill on the back patio, many first-time home buyers can't wait to throw a party by hosting an outdoor BBQ. Grill sets such as tongs, forks, spatulas and oven mitts make excellent gifts. If an existing set is rusted or missing utensils, a sparkly new BBQ set is always welcome.

If you want to spend a bit more on a gift, consider a stand-alone BBQ grill, heated by ordinary coals. Tie a bow on top. And, remember to pick up a bag of charcoal.

At the time of writing, Elizabeth Weintraub, CalBRE #00697006, is a Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate in Sacramento, California.

10
Beginner to Gourmet Cookbooks

Cookbooks for First-Time Home Buyers
Beginner to Gourmet Cookbooks. © Big Stock Photo

Many people do not know how to cook. They can't envision how mashed potatoes are made nor do they realize that cookie dough isn't native to the refrigerated section at the store. It astonishes some non cooks to learn that they can actually make home-baked cookies using ingredients such as flour, sugar, vanilla and butter. For these cooking-challenged home buyers, a beginner's cookbook such as Betty Crocker makes a useful gift.

For your more advanced or creative cooks, say, those home buyers who bought the gourmet kitchen with a six-burner Viking stove, you can find an array of colorfully illustrated cooking books by cuisine or nationality at any large bookstore.

At the time of writing, Elizabeth Weintraub, CalBRE #00697006, is a Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate in Sacramento, California.