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45 Brilliant Gifts for New Homeowners
If someone on your list has just purchased their first home, there are all kinds of gifts that can make being a homeowner easier. Find the perfect gift for that new homeowner in our gift guide here!
Gift Ideas for New Homeowners: A Shop Vacuum with Features Galore
The canister is clear, so you know when it needs emptying, and the kickstand holds the lid up, so you can change the filter without dragging dust all over the place. But I love the wheels best of all. This thing glides across the floor like a curling stone across the ice.
Josh Risberg, Lead Carpenter
Gift Ideas for New Homeowners: It’s a Utility Light, Lantern, Flashlight and More…
You can buy the Cat brand CT6515 Rechargeable Utility Light/Lantern for about $45 at some home centers, hardware stores and online retailers. You can also find them at truck stops (truckers love them). Turn on that light bulb thought bubble of yours with other work light solutions.
Gift Ideas for New Homeowner: A Toilet Plunger to Love
First of all, the pliable rubber creates a better seal, so it clears clogs with no splash-back. Plus, more and more toilets have keyhole-shape rather than round discharge openings. Unlike conventional plungers, the Beehive reshapes itself to those keyholes, which also improves the seal.
Unlike many plungers, the water drains instantly because there’s no recess or lip to hold water or worse. The little T-handle at the top is a nice touch too. All of that plunging bliss will set you back only 14 bucks at The Home Depot.
Or if you’re toilet is running, find the fix for it.
Gift ideas for New Homeowners: One for All
That’s exactly what Gorilla Construction Adhesive is: all-purpose and all-surface. It takes hold in as little as 30 seconds and works indoors and out. Buy a 9-oz. tube of Gorilla Construction Adhesive for $8 at a home center or hardware store.
Check out construction adhesives that won’t drool.
Gifts Ideas for New Homeowners: Traveling Doorbell
Learn to replace an exterior door if you want to upgrade your home.
Gift Ideas for New Homeowners: Smarter Smart Bulbs: GE’s C Light Bulbs
You can start thinking about replacing lights in your new workshop area with LED lights.
Gift Ideas for New Homeowners: Fast Fix for Pet Stains
Be sure to have these pet cleaning tips in your back pocket as well.
Sam Larson, Field Editor
Gift Ideas for New Homeowners: Eliminate Stinky Gasoline Smells
Find out how to properly store gasoline.
Josh Risberg, Set Builder
Dissolve Mortar Like Magic
Sakrete has come to the rescue with a product called Concrete Mortar Dissolver. Just spray it on and watch concrete or mortar dissolve. Thick messes will take a couple applications, but it really works. We tried it on some vinyl siding, and it performed as advertised. The best part is that it’s safe; safe enough to apply without gloves. It also won’t harm sensitive surfaces like auto paint. Some pro masons use it to clean their tools. Visit a hardware store to buy a bottle for $13, or locate a retailer at sakrete.com.
Find out how to repair motar joints.
HDPE, a Fast and Maintenance-Free Storage Solution
The 7×7 Rubbermaid Big Max storage shed shown here is big enough to store yard and garden tools, a pressure washer and a snow blower. And the sturdy floor can easily handle the weight of a riding lawn mower.
In just a few hours, and with the help of a buddy (who probably owes you anyway), you can build this maintenance-free shed. Assembly requires only a couple ladders, a few simple hand tools and afterward perhaps a cold beverage or two. The hardest part might be creating a flat spot in your yard.
The Big Max has lockable doors, and the HDPE panels are rugged enough to resist those wayward baseballs from the neighbor kid. It’s available at Home Depot and other retailers for about $600.
Find out how to fit everything into your shed.
Efficient Bike Storage
This system also makes it easier to take down the bikes when they’re hanging over a parked car, a boat or a big mess like in my garage. That’s because you can pull or push the bikes clear of the obstruction before you lower it. I’ve been using mine for almost a year now, and I love it. You can buy a Saris Cycle Glide for $245 at bike stores or online.
If this style isn’t to your liking check out other bike storage ideas.
Jeff Gorton, Associate Editor
A Better Toilet Paper Holder
If you’re having problems with your toilet flushing, check out our repair tips.
Mark Petersen, Associate Editor
Gift Ideas for New Homeowners: Magnetic Showerhead
Gary Wentz, Editor-in-Chief
Gift Ideas for New Homeowners: Snap-On USB Outlets
Step up your technology game but updating your home with smart appliances.
Hopkins FloTool also makes a Spill Saver Oil Spout (No. 10107) that fits quarts of oil. I’m not sure I know where my funnels are anymore.
Mark Petersen, Associate Editor
Gift Ideas for New Homeowners: The Only Tool Set You Need
The pass-through sockets fit over protruding bolt threads and nuts mounted on studs, eliminating the need to carry deep sockets. For more grabbing power, simply replace the smooth jaw with the serrated side, and you’ve got yourself a pipe wrench, perfect for stripped bolt heads and pipes up to 1 in. You can purchase the kit at The Home Depot and other retailers.
Learn some tricks to loosen nuts, bolts and screws that are tricky.
Enter Tempaper, a removable wallpaper that sticks to any smooth, painted or primed surface. When you’re tired of the pattern or you’re trying to sell your house without frightening prospective buyers, simply peel it off. It won’t damage the drywall or leave messy glue behind. It’s also a perfect option for apartment residents who want to decorate without losing their damage deposit. One roll costs $35 to $125. Check out the 90 patterns and watch the installation video at tempaperdesigns.com.
Learn how to remove wallpaper if there’s some in your new house you don’t like.
Gift Ideas for New Homeowners: Better Than a Broom
If you’re already running the Milwaukee’s M18 battery platform, check out the new M18 Compact Blower. It has three speed settings, a max airflow of 100 cfm and air speeds up to 160 mph!
Monitor Your Grill From Your Smartphone or Tablet
Just download the app for your Apple or Android phone. Then insert the probes into the chow and route the cables so they won’t be exposed to flames. Set the app for the desired temperature and activate the alarm. Then walk away. Monitor the progress on your phone from up to 150 ft. The iGrill2 app will let you know when you’ve reached the set temperature. Buy the iGrill2 and accessories from the manufacturer, online stores and discount stores.
Know how to tune up your grill before you fire up.
Super-Fast Wi-Fi Router
The Nighthawk router also uses six antennas and Beamforming software to locate and direct the signal toward each device. Together with a fast dual-core processor and a powerful amplifier, this Wi-Fi router gets you the strongest signal at almost every spot in your house.
Find out other ways to get faster internet for your wireless network.
Control Your Tools With Your Phone
Let’s say you’re installing metal vent using self-drilling screws. Just use the Milwaukee app to find the setting for the gauge and type of metal and the size of the screw. Then program the drill or impact driver using your phone’s Bluetooth. When you squeeze the trigger, the tool will start at a low rpm to prevent the tip from walking across the metal. The electronic torque monitoring senses when the screw bites in and boosts the speed to drive the screw in. Then it’ll slow down and cut off power when the screw reaches the programmed torque—all with a single trigger pull.
The ONE-KEY system also has an inventory management and tool reporting feature for pros to keep track of tools and monitor their workers’ productivity.
Find some handy apps for DIY work.
Gift Ideas for New Homeowners: Vacuum Dustpan Saves Your Back
Gift Ideas for New Homeowners: Affordable Inspection Cameras
The model shown (the General Tools iBorescope) is unique: Instead of having a small video screen mounted on the tool, it sends a wireless signal to your Apple or Android smartphone or tablet. Visit the manufacturer’s site to learn more, purchase it or check out other models. To shop for other brands, search for ‘borescope’ or ‘inspection camera.’
Investigate how to home inspect.
WaterCop: Automatic Water Shutoff
Find you water main and gas shut off when you move in to a first home or new home.
URPOWER 2-in-1 Waterproof 4 LED Solar Spotlight
Akro-Mils Hardware and Craft Cabinet
If you anticipate storage issues as you look for a house, check out some of these storage solutions.
The American Red Cross Blackout Buddy
Check out tips to survive a blackout as well.
Gift Ideas for New Homeowners: SentrySafe Fire and Water Safe
AccuSharp Knife Sharpener
Gifts for Homeowners: Post Protector
Gifts for Homeowners: Gas Can That’s Easy to Use
First, the can has an auto-stop nozzle. Just lower the nozzle into your lawn mower tank and press the button. The flow stops when the tank is full. No more gas spills. Brilliant! And the nozzle is self-venting, so the tank fills much faster and without the gurgle-gurgle of other cans. Plus, no more guessing how much gas is left in the can. You can see the level through the viewing stripes on the container.
The No-Spill can is available in 1.25-, 2.5- and 5-gallon sizes. Buy one on Amazon now.
Husqvarna’s HU800AWD solves this problem the same way your SUV does: with four-wheel drive (or ‘all-wheel drive,’ as they call it). Aside from hill-climbing traction, this 22-in. self-propelled gas mower has a powerful 190cc Honda engine and variable drive speed. There’s a water port for easy cleaning—you just hook up your garden hose and start the engine to blast-clean the underside of the deck. Get this amazing mower on Amazon today.
No More Knots
FOM Tablet Stand
BugZooka Bug Catcher Vacuum
Occidental Leather Electrician’s Tool Pouch
Renaissance Chalk Furniture Paint Deluxe Starter Kit
SEGMART Camping Hammock
Patio Watcher Fire Pit Fire Table
Later on you can upgrade with a DIY fire pit.
Gifts for Homeowners: Water Fountain
Find some more contentment by learning how to build a backyard water feature.
Stihl BG 86 Blower
Gifts for Homeowners: Echo Chainsaw
Make sure you sharpen up on chainsaw safety before using one though.
Gifts for Homeowners: Unplugged Housekeeping Assistant
The fully charged 36-volt lithium battery lasts 17 minutes—an indicator light lets you know the remaining battery capacity. A lightweight upright/handheld won’t replace the full-size plug-in vacuum that for heavy cleaning (accompanied by heavy complaining), but it makes a midweek touch-up easy. Plus, you’ll love not tripping over the cord. The 36V MAX Lithium Stick Vac is available at home centers, many stores and online.
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