Thursday, November 15, 2012

Holiday Tips Part 2: Buying for New Home Owners

If you're like many Americans, you've been keeping an eye on the housing market. Recent months have seen some positive gains in both new home and existing home sales. What does the increase in home sales mean for you? It's more than likely you'll have a friend or two buying a new home. That means you'll likely be looking for a one-of-a-kind housewarming gift in the near future. Not to worry! Today we've got some tips on buying for new home owners.

With so much to choose from, picking out a housewarming gift isn't as easy as you might think. Do you go with something traditional or something new and fresh? Whatever route you take, be sure to choose something represents you, your friend, and your relationship. Here are few ideas for you.

Basket of Goodies: Moving in to a new home takes time. Typically, meal planning and prep gets tossed out the window only to be replaced with the less-than-healthy variety you get through a drive-thru. Consider gifting your friends a basket full of goodies like breads, pastries, jams, spreads, juices, deli meats, cheeses and more. If you love to cook, perhaps you whip up a casserole or a hearty beef stew.

Kitchen Trimmings: Don't worry, the desire or ability to cook gourmet meals doesn't play into this item. Even the most inexperienced cooks want their kitchen to look nice and have the basics for when company comes to visit. A gift of oil and vinegar dispensers, a tea set, a fancy pepper grinder, or even wooden salad bowls, will be welcome additions.

Home Accents: Unique throw pillows or throw blankets for the living room can be a great house warming gift. Emphasis on unique. These can't be your average pillows and blankets. High quality scented candles is another idea. Designer area rugs are a bold, but practical, choice. Your friends will want to put their new cowhide rug in a room guaranteed to be frequented by visitors. A great cowhide rug can elevate a home's decor from 'eh' to 'wow' in seconds.

Ideally, your gift should be practical, useful or a memory-maker. Even better, go for a really special gift that fits all three! A cowhide rug!

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