It’s that time of year again and we know it can be tricky finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list, so we compiled a handy guide to help you find that perfect something for just about anyone! While this list is focused on the homeowner, we show some love to renters as well!
Before we begin, there are a few things you should consider before purchasing any gifts:
- How well do you know this person? If you’re purchasing a gift for someone, you should always consider your relationship. You wouldn’t buy a Rolex for a casual acquaintance, just like you probably wouldn’t get your best friend socks. You want the gift to be appropriate for your relationship – don’t make it awkward!
- How much money are you comfortable spending? Don’t go overbudget because you feel obligated. If you’re on a tight budget, consider a DIY gift – there are tons of creative ideas that don’t cost an arm and a leg – don’t worry, everyone will understand (and if they don’t, you don’t need that kind of negativity in your life).
The New Homeowner
Perhaps you have someone who has recently purchased a new home on your list – if you plan to buy them a gift, consider the following:
Budget-Friendly Option: Scented Candle or Picture Frame
If you’re on a tight budget, or perhaps you’re not BFFs with the recipient – scented candles are an excellent gift. They add ambience to any space and they don’t feel particularly impersonal. When in doubt, go with vanilla – it’s a well-liked scent that doesn’t overwhelm.
Modest Budget Option: Towels or Small Appliance
A good set of towels are always appreciated! If you aren’t sure of their colour scheme, buy the set in a neutral colour like white, beige or grey. If you want to purchase a small appliance (eg. Blender) – be sure they don’t already own it and that it will be used, otherwise it will take up valuable space in their new home.
Big Spender Option: Smart Home items
Smart homes are the newest, coolest thing in home technology. If they are environmentally conscious – consider a smart thermostat or smart plugs and light bulbs. This will help them optimize the energy they use and also save them money – it’s a gift that keeps on giving! If they like having the newest tech, – the number of features is bound to please anyone!
Everyone has that friend who spends hours browsing through Pinterest to find that next awesome DIY project. The DIYer enjoys creating things or making things new again, so if you’re really looking to impress with a gift – keep that in mind.
Budget-Friendly Option: Gift Card
While many think a gift card lacks thought, it can be the perfect solution, especially when someone is hard to buy for. For the DIYer, they will appreciate a gift card to a store where they can purchase products for their next project. Plus, you can get a gift card in any denomination, so it’s easy for this to be budget-friendly or a little more spendy – if you so choose.
Modest Budget Option: Crafting Supplies or Tools
If you know the types of crafts or projects this person takes on, consider buying them equipment that either improves their current equipment or something the don’t already have. This could range from toolsets, scrapbooking supplies, sewing supplies, etc. The list is endless – just make sure you buy equipment that will be useful to them.
Big Spender Option: Crafting/Building Equipment
Similar to the above – supplies can range from inexpensive to pricy. If you’re looking to really impress, consider purchasing a new sewing machine or a quality tool set. Quality equipment really makes a world of difference.
While renting definitely has some upsides, it can be difficult to make a rental feel like home when you are limited in the things you can change. When purchasing a gift for a renter, be sure to keep in mind most rentals have rules on what can and can’t be done.
Budget-Friendly Option: Accent Pieces
Since most rentals don’t appreciate you painting or putting holes in walls – consider purchasing your giftee some accent pieces such as a nice Z-Lite lamp, throw pillows, blankets, picture frames, vases, etc. If you aren’t too sure of their décor style, keep things simple and pick solid colours you know they’ll like. In most rentals, walls are white or beige, so any pops of colour will be appreciated. It’s best to avoid buying art work, as most people are very specific with their tastes, so unless you know what they like, it’s best to keep things simple.
Modest Budget Option: Small Appliances
While counter space is generally minimal in rental units, small appliances can still be appreciated. Consider things like blenders, hand mixers or the super popular crock pot – which have a lot of functions and don’t take up a lot of space. Alternatively, you could purchase them new drinkware or dishes.
Big Spender Option: Counter-top dishwasher
Many rentals don’t have dishwashers, due to space restrictions and increase in utilities. If the renter you’re purchasing for doesn’t have a dishwasher, consider purchasing a counter top dishwasher. They are meant for small loads and can be fairly energy efficient if they pay their own utilities. While they do take up space on a counter – it’s worth not having to touch gross dish water anymore! If they already have a dishwasher, consider a gift card for a home décor store. This way, they can pick out something that fits them perfectly.
We hope these suggestions help you find the perfect gift – maybe even a gift for yourself!