You’ve seen it in almost every movie when a new family moves to the block. The for-sale sign gets taken down, and neighbors flock to bring them casseroles and well-wishes. But how many of those dinners go uneaten? New homebuyers are often inundated with the long to-do list that comes with settling in. The daily-ness of life, including work and school, are often still marching forward while new homebuyers are searching through boxes for their essentials. So, whether you’re looking for a gift for your new neighbor or you’re supporting your friend who just bought a beautiful piece of Dana Point real estate, finding unique and useful gifts is easier than you might think. No casseroles needed!
Best gifts for first-time homebuyers
Colorful serving dishes
Chances are, their everyday china is in a box marked "Garage" or "Miscellaneous," and they’re stuck grabbing handfuls of chips and whatnot to avoid having to search for them. Colorful plates, bowls, and cups are just the right gift for three reasons: they’re easy to spot amongst clutter, and your new homebuyer won’t have to search for their regular china. Yet. Third, they’ll serve as a thoughtful reminder of the early days in their new home.
Fire extinguishers and first-aid kits
Yard tools and equipment
As with everyday china, yard tools and equipment are probably tucked away in the corner of the new garage under 50 other boxes labeled “garage.” And sometimes it’s good for the mind, body, and soul to step away from the inside of your new, cluttered house into the yard for some fresh air and good old, get-your-hands-dirty gardening, pruning, or landscaping. You can join with several friends to invest in shovels, trimmers, terra cotta pots, hoses, misters, and small tools to tackle every garden task.
Food and wine
Houseplants and flowers
No one is thinking of decorating their Dana Point real estate when they first move in—not with 300 boxes of house stuff to unpack. A hearty aloe plant or succulent is a low-maintenance, attractive, living plant to bring the outside into their new home. Hanging plants, such as striped spider plants or English ivy trailing plants, can liven up a room that has a high ceiling. Just make sure that no one in the family is allergic to the new blooms and that any plants you introduce are pet-friendly.
Food storage containers
There will likely be plenty of takeout meals consumed until new homeowners find their dishes and skillets. However, takeout will spoil quicker in the refrigerator if left in their flimsy takeout containers. Invest in a basic set of dishwasher-safe food storage containers and present them to the new homeowners shortly after they’ve moved in.