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For the first-time homeowner, there’s a long grocery list of things they’re going to need and a tighter budget to fill those needs.
They will be buying matching bowls and plates, new silverware (have they really had 17x more forks than spoons all this time?) and trying to fill their new place with decorations and nicer versions of whatever was suiting the same purpose in their childhood home or college dorm.
Since they might not have as much money as they wish when just starting out, the most thoughtful gifts often intersect with the most useful ones. The only reason they will want a piece of artwork you picked out or a portable reflection pool is if they can sell it and then stock the hallway closet with toilet paper from the sale.
Below, we collected 17 gifts that the first-time homeowner really wants, needs, and will appreciate from any of their loved ones.
If it's your first house or apartment, it might also be your first time really relying on your own prowess in the kitchen. A well-known, trusted cookbook like this one is both helpful and thoughtful.
While they get settled in, groceries or a trip to the store are things they might not want to have to worry about. A Hello Fresh gift card is one thoughtful way of taking one more thing off their plate by just delivering a bunch of healthy, pre-portioned meals to their doorstep instead.
David Jones has a range of classic, clean, and incredibly comfortable linen, which is why they're one of our favourite Insider Picks. They will probably want to pick it out for themselves, but a gift card is a perfect way to give them a luxury they will be extremely happy to have, but maybe don't want to spend the money on right now.
If you want to commemorate the memories they have had and the people they love that will eventually make their new place feel like home, then this is a great gesture. Especially if their new spot is far from home, this is one thoughtful and sweet gift they will be increasingly glad to have.
Rather than have to orchestrate dropping flowers off at their new place, arrange for a bouquet to be delivered to them right at their doorstep.
After a long process of moving in, your giftee probably deserves a glass or five of wine. If they appreciate a bottle every once in a while, a subscription from Winc is one thoughtful way to continuously surprise them.
New members take a simple six-question survey to get a sense of their taste preferences and then receive recommendations of four bottles for their first box. From there, members can choose to continue receiving four bottles a month or skip any month without being charged.
Check out all the gifts Winc has available
It's always good to be prepared and the first aid kit, though something everyone should have, is often one thing we always mean to buy for the medicine cabinet but never do. Remove one thing from their to-do list and grab it for them.
If they're planning on having company in their new place, a beginner's kit for mixing drinks is a great tool to have around the house and one they might not think to grab.
Everybody needs a set of tools, but since we often don't need them until the very second that we do, they often fall to the back of the wish list. Help them get settled with the things they really need and specifically the ones they might need when trying to put together their dresser.
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