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November 21, 2022  |  Home

Best gifts for new homeowners

Buying a new home is exciting, especially for first-time homeowners. After navigating the stress of purchasing a home, take the time to celebrate their big step with a special gift. We talked to our home improvement expert, Beth Allen, about what makes the perfect gift for new homeowners. Whether you’re shopping for a personalized gift or something that will make those first few days in a new home simpler, these gifts are a great way to commemorate their big move.

In this article: Black and Decker 20-volt MAX Lithium-Ion Drill and Home Tool Kit, Levoit Core 300 Air Purifier and Bucket Boss 5-gallon Bucket Canvas Tool Holder.

How to shop for new homeowners

Someone moving out of an apartment and into a house will find themselves with at least a little DIY to perform. However, knowing just how much DIY they’re planning on tackling can help you select the perfect gift. For example, someone moving into a brand-new home might appreciate yard and garden care gifts to landscape their property instead of tools for the home. On the other hand, someone tackling an extensive renovation might want all the tools they can get their hands on.

Power tools for DIYers

Allen points out that knowing the homeowner’s favorite tool brand can be a big help. Due to varying tool form factors, battery capacity and other considerations, power tool batteries are not compatible across brands. “If somebody is going to buy, for example, the Black and Decker 20-volt Max, then they’re starting to build their tool arsenal around a particular brand, which is always wise to do,” Allen said.

Consider a high-tech housewarming gift

New homeowners might appreciate smart home accessories or security gadgets to feel safer, more connected and more in control of their home if they don't have them already. Video doorbells, for example, can help them keep an eye on packages arriving at their new address, and some models are easy for even the most technology-averse to install. Motion sensor lighting or security monitors can also give new homeowners peace of mind.

Best gifts for new homeowners

Picnic at Ascot Eco Garden Tote with Tools

Whether they have a green thumb or a kitchen to renovate, this durable canvas tote is excellent for carrying tools around the yard or house. The 600-denier polyester canvas is strong enough to hold multiple tools without sagging. It even comes with three stainless steel gardening tools.

Sold by Amazon and Macy’s

Black and Decker 20-volt MAX Lithium-Ion Drill and Home Tool Kit

A basic tool kit will be essential to new homeowners, and this one has it all. This all-inclusive power drill set is a great starter set for homeowners tackling light to medium DIY tasks. It comes with a 20-volt drill/driver plus 68 hand tools, drill bits and more, all of which are stored in a carrying case.

Sold by Amazon

DeWalt 20-volt Lithium Drill Driver/Impact Combo Kit

For those planning to be “serious, avid DIYers,” Allen recommends this power drill kit, which is more powerful and better at tackling tough jobs. It comes with a cordless 20-volt impact and drill drivers plus a backup battery and carrying case.

Sold by Home Depot and Amazon

Leatherman Sidekick

A multitool is another convenient must-have for new homeowners. With 14 tools, this Leatherman model is great to keep in a kitchen drawer for opening packages, tightening loose screws and completing small DIY tasks. You can even get them engraved for a personalized touch.

Sold by Amazon

Levoit Core 300 Air Purifier

Allen recommends an air purifier for new homeowners to help eliminate any lingering odors, minimize paint fumes and keep dust and dirt down while doing projects. This Levoit air purifier is compact and lightweight, and it has a True HEPA filter that can cycle a small room’s air in 30 minutes.

Sold by Macy’s and Amazon

Bucket Boss 5-gallon Bucket Canvas Tool Holder

“The Bucket Boss is a canvas wrap that goes around a 5-gallon bucket,” Allen said, transforming it into a tote that can help homeowners carry tools anywhere in the house. This model is equipped with 56 pockets plus three interior loops.

Sold by Amazon

Avid Power Air Compressor

Allen recommends an air compressor for tasks such as inflating tires, topping up sports balls, quick cleaning and drying and powering tools, such as nail guns. This cordless air compressor is beginner-friendly and comes with three nozzles and a carrying case.

Sold by Amazon

Worx Pegasus Folding Work Table and Sawhorse

This sturdy, multitasking workbench can support up to 300 pounds as a workbench and 1,000 pounds as a sawhorse. It converts back and forth easily. It folds to a compact and comparatively lightweight size so that it can be set up anywhere in the house.

Sold by Amazon and Home Depot

Little Giant 22-foot Velocity Multiposition Ladder

Treat them to this popular fiberglass ladder that can see them through a lifetime of projects. It’s lightweight yet sturdy enough to support 300 pounds. It easily converts to A-frame, extension, 90 degrees and more.

Sold by Amazon

Wagner Spraytech Control Spray Max

Even small painting jobs are made easier with a good paint sprayer. This one is great for smaller tasks both inside and out, so homeowners can use it for a professional-looking finish on door trim, furniture and more. It features a 20-foot hose and adjustable paint flow settings.                                                                                                      

Sold by Amazon and Home Depot

Sun Joe Electric Power Washer

This user-friendly electric power washer is a great introductory model that will help new homeowners keep their property pristine for years. It can generate up to 2,030 PSI and features a 20-foot hose on a convenient reel.

Sold by Amazon

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