Don’t be “that” guest — the one walking up to the housewarming party carrying a fern with a big, red bow. The best gifts are the ones you would prefer yourself, and let’s be honest, do you really want a new fern?
Nothing can substitute for a thoughtful present that shows you care.
Whether the new homeowner is a single person purchasing a trendy new loft, a young couple getting their first home or retirees buying their dream cottage, we have gift ideas to impress in every price range.
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Ring Video Doorbell
For security and convenience, the Ring Video Doorbell works in any home. See and speak with visitors via your smartphone, just as if you were on the other side of the door. Motion-activated technology allows you to be both smart and safe by saving videos to the cloud.
Cost: $199 to $249 at Ring.com
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Fruit, nut or flowering trees
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Give the gift that keeps on giving. No ferns here — just an impressive variety of fruit, nut, berry, flowering and shade trees delineated by climate. Every time your friend picks a crispy apple, enjoys a luscious, sun-ripened raspberry, or relaxes under a billowing willow tree, they will remember your thoughtful gift.
Cost: $3.95 to more than $100 from Willis Orchards
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Amazon Echo Dot
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Give the gift of technology at an affordable price. Amazon Echo Dot is a hands-free device that allows users to play music, read news, set alarms and access voice-commanded information. Control lights, fans, switches, thermostats, garage doors, sprinklers and more with available compatible devices from WeMo, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, Nest, ecobee and others.
Cost: $49.95 at Amazon.com
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Apollo Tools 170-Piece Household Tool Kit
Women are moving on up, and it’s no surprise that single women accounted for 15 percent of new home sales in 2015, compared to just 9 percent of single men.
The Apollo Tools 170-Piece Household Tool Kit is a perfect gift for the new homeowner who wants to add a little glitz to her chores. Proving that tools can be both chic and utilitarian, this well-equipped box comes with everything the do-it-yourself homeowner needs to get started.
Cost: $53.99 at Target
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Aspen Pet Sofa for Dogs & Cats
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A new home can be exciting for your family pets, but it also can be a little scary. Help your furry friends acclimate with a comfy, eco-friendly bed made from machine-washable, 100 percent, recycled fiber fill.
Many styles, sizes and colors available, including orthopedic, elevated and cooling beds.
Cost: $14.59 at Chewy.com
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Personalized 9-Piece Grill Set
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One of the joys of homeownership is hosting backyard barbecues. Grill aficionados will love this nine-piece, stainless-steel grill set that includes a spatula/flipper, basting brush, fork, tongs, knife and four skewers. Ensure you get invited to the next party by customizing the polycanvas tote with your friend’s name or initials.
Cost: $55 at Things Remembered
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Miele Scout RX1 Robotic Vacuum
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While cleaning equipment is not typically the first gift many people think of, the Miele Robotic Vacuum deserves a second look. With dual-front brushes and a battery that can clean hard floors and carpet for up to two hours on a single charge, the Miele Robotic Vacuum is the perfect gift for a new homeowner because there is more to life than cleaning.
Cost: $599.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond
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Picnic Plus Dilworth 4-Person Picnic Basket with Removable Insulated Cooler
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Perfect for sunset on the beach, lunch in a meadow or a Sunday tailgate party, this picnic basket has everything the new homeowner needs to escape a boring afternoon of unpacking. Includes service for four, stemware and napkins. Just add food, wine and a touch of adventure!
Cost: $124.99 at Wal-Mart
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Dyson bladeless fan
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Bladeless fans are a must for anyone with small children or pets. Safe and easy to clean, these fans have no spinning blades to snag little fingers or paws. These stylish, remote-control fans provide quiet, steady air circulation at the press of a button.
Cost: $299.99-$399.99 from Dyson
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Two Wine Bottle Chiller and Preserver
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Imagine enjoying a fresh, buttery glass of wine over a week after the bottle is opened. This Two Wine Bottle Chiller and Preserver offers just that. It is the perfect gift for that discerning homeowner who seems already to have everything. Because everyone needs more wine!