Shopping for the best gifts for a new homeowner can be difficult. You want something unique and practical, but you don't want to grab something they already have or have no use for long-term.
What's more: new homeowners are typically going to be up to their eyeballs in boxes, so you'll want to ensure the gift you opt for is actually useful rather than burdensome; don't sweat it!
Below, we spoke to a handful of home improvement and culinary experts to get their insights on the most practical items that new homeowners might not realize they need.
Whether he's moving into his first condo or just purchased a sprawling country home, celebrate this new chapter with these foolproof gifts for new homeowners that men will love (and use!).
1. This smart home security system
Smart home security systems have become increasingly popular over the past few years, and it's easy to see why. The relatively inexpensive piece of tech is super easy to use and offers instant peace of mind (and, if we're being honest, a vehicle for viral memes). The Blink smart security system by Amazon will allow him to pair it with his smartphone and set it up wherever he wants to ensure added security and surveillance.
2. This versatile jack-of-all-trades kitchen appliance
"A Vitamix is a great gift for new homeowners," says Chef Anja Wolf, CEO, and creative director at I Love Cookware. "It's a versatile appliance that can make smoothies, soups, cold espresso frappes, and even baby food. All you have to do is add your ingredients to the Vitamix and blend away." Although the Vitamix is significantly more expensive than a regular blender, it's going to be well worth the investment if you're shopping for someone who lives for smoothies and healthy homemade soups.
3. This convenient drill and impact driver set
Whether your new home is turnkey or a fixer-upper, there is the right tool for every job. A high-quality and reliable drill and impact driver set are the first tools homeowners should own. Sure: drills are known for being better drilling holes, yet impact drivers are designed for fastening. These are ideal for putting together furniture, hanging artwork or curtains, and even mounting a TV.
4. This secret to easy and quick meal prep
The Instant Pot is a must-have appliance that makes the cooking process easier for all new homeowners and those who are strapped for time. The ultra-convenient kitchen appliance is a gift that keeps on giving; he can whip up everything from stew and chili to chicken and rice without stepping into the kitchen for more than a few minutes. Amazing!
5. This sustainable and easy-to-use smart thermostat
A smart thermostat can make the home more energy-efficient and save energy (and cash) immediately. The Alarm.com Smart Thermostat connects directly to its security system and knows when people are home or not. This ensures that the heating and cooling are specifically designed to suit the household's needs.
6. This whimsical but super practical pizza oven
There's nothing better than a steaming hot slice of pizza---but it's even better when it's used at home. The Ooni Pizza Oven is one of the most well-known and high-end options on the market for pizza fiends and ensures he'll have delicious pizza every time he fires up the oven. The gas burners can achieve extremely high temperatures, meaning he'll easily be able to replicate a wood-oven-style pizza crust and cheese melt.
7. This high-end set of chefs' knives
"What every new homeowner has is an empty house that is yet to be filled with utility items in need," says June Griffith, interior design and gardening expert at Garden Furniture UK. "The best gift for any guy is a knife set. It's ideal for men passionate about cooking and gt him into the new kitchen of his house in no time."
8. This European hotel-inspired heated towel rack
If he's been to Europe, he'll be very familiar with the concept of a heated towel rack. This European-inspired towel warmer from Amba adds a stylish accent to any bathroom and keeps towels warm, fresh, and dry, reducing dampness, mildew, and frequent trips to the washing machine. The heated towel rack uses much less energy than a standard clothing dryer (it's comparable to a few lightbulbs) and will instantly turn his space into a cozy day spa.
9. A not-so-poetic but very practical Home Depot gift card
"A good go-to gift for new homeowners is a Home Depot gift card," shares Matt Woods, co-founder, and CEO of SOLD.com. "No matter how turnkey their home is, a new owner will always have additional expenses when moving into a new place. Whether that's repair and maintenance or interior decorating, a Home Depot gift card covers almost all possible upgrades or changes to a property. Plus, it's a hugely useful gift for new homeowners."
10. An ultra practical coffee maker for their home bar or kitchen
Let's be honest here: a home isn't a home without a coffee maker. The K-Cup Mini makes a great cup of coffee, given the fact, that it's a pod-style coffee maker. The ultra-compact size is small enough to sit on their tight kitchen counter or even on their nightstand for a hotel-inspired in-room coffee situation.
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