So your friend just bought a house. Nice! This isn't much of a surprise as the housing market is flooded with first-time homebuyers as Americans take advantage of low mortgage rates.
But now that they're a homeowner, somehow the little trinkets they would normally receive don't seem good enough. Of course, you could give her a set of tried-and-true fancy linen or a big kitchen appliance, but they don't speak to the modern homeowner who's in the midst of surviving a pandemic. Need help? We have you covered.
Here are 17 items to help a new homeowner settle into their home this holiday season:
True story: I love these slippers so much I find myself wearing while picking up my kids from school—not because I want to be that mom wearing slippers out of the house, but I seriously forget they are still on! The durable rubber sole tricks my mind into thinking I have on real shoes. New homeowners will love keeping their feet cozy while they await soft rugs to be delivered.
If you've ever moved into a new space, you know organizing is a daunting task. This shoe rack may seem overly simplistic and won't add decorative elements to a home, but one thing is for sure: no place is complete without a place to neatly store shoes.
After the stress of unpacking boxes, they'll want nothing more than a relaxing experience in the shower. This adjustable sliding arm allows users to move the rainshower up or down based on their height, while enjoying a warm, spa-like mist.
From a practical perspective, this polypropylene storage bin is durable enough to house the necessities they don't want to see laying around like cleaning supplies and pet toys. From a design perspective, the simplicity of the bin makes a strong case for something you actually want to look at. From a gift giving perspective, you can't go wrong. Sounds like a win-win.
For an immediate backyard refresh, the Breeo X-Series is a simple way to add practicality and style while improving their outdoor entertainment experience.
Family dinners beg for this stainless steel flatware set that's dishwasher-safe and includes solid and slotted serving spoons. Giftees will feel like they're eating at a high-end restaurant every time.
Sure, having a new home is great, but sometimes you need a break from everyone and everything, especially when settling into the new space is frustrating. Enter: Quest 2, a completely wireless virtual reality headset by Facebook. Get their heart rate up and burn some calories with the FitXR app and even travel the world with National Geographic VR or Wander apps. And when quarantining gets the best of them, meet up with them at a virtual concert in Oculus Venues.
Can we admit that desks are the real MVPs of this pandemic? They've become heavily populated with clutter unlike ever before. That's why giving the gift of an organizer is almost mandatory. This wood one also looks great in hallways and entryways when an at home desk doesn't exist in their world.
Finally there's a mattress in a box solution for kids. And, with the no chemical fire barrier and non-toxic outer and inner layers, this is one gift you might want to buy for your kiddo, too.
Streamlined and functional are the operative words that define this side table. It provides just enough storage for small books, magazines and those random items that are hard to part with. We're also into the steel-coated tabletop that easily matches most decor.
This sophisticated mirror tray will have them feeling like their living room is straight out of the pages of a high-end magazine. It's small by mighty; use it to display showpieces, candles or ornaments.
Rugs can be a personal gift—there are so many variables to consider to get it right. Is it large enough? Will they like the colors? Will it complement other items in their home? But if your recipient is a fan of washable cotton rugs that can stand up to high foot traffic and still look great, this is your go-to. Gift this kid-friendly accessory to spruce up dull floors.
When there is so much we can't control in the world right now, the peace of mind of a security system can go a long way. Like the name suggests, SimpliSafe is simple to use, easy to maintain and can be set up in less than 30 minutes.
Our creative director, Jacqui Tapp, admits this chair is pricey, but it's the Cadillac of gliders. "If you took the comfort of a throwback La-Z-Boy but slimmed down the profile for a more modern look this would be it," she says. She also loves that the width of the seat can comfortably fit her third-trimester-with-third-child belly, and her 2-year-old for story time. The USB plug-in is a nice touch, too, for the times when you are trapped under a nursing or sleeping baby.
Another cool option for homeowners is an industrial designed bar cart that helps stylishly store their barware. The two-tiered tempered glass shelves on this cart add an elegant look that screams high-end.
We get it—sweetly scented candles aren't everyone's tea. But this one is filled with notes of hazelnut, vanilla and sandalwood that's so smooth and inviting they'll want to light it everyday.
One of the beautiful things about homeownership is having your kitchen permeated with warm, tasty coffee aromas. Gift your friends a warm cup of brew every morning with Atlas Coffee Club, a coffee subscription designed to share the world's best coffee every month. From Papua New Guinea to Peru, Burundi to Brazil, each month they highlight coffee and culture from a new country. I'm a huge fan of their Brazilian coffee and I'm looking forward to trying Rwanda.
Want more gift guide inspiration? We've got you covered. Check out all of our 2020 Gift Guides here.
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