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Client Gift Guide for Realtors®

December 7, 2016
Client gifts

A client gift is a valuable way to keep your relationship with your buyer top of mind in the years between home purchases. Whether you’re searching for the right closing gift or a holiday gift for past buyers planning a move in the coming year, we’ve got a few ideas (and estimated costs) for you!

 

Cutting board ($25 – $170+)

Were kitchen features a priority for your clients? If so, they may appreciate the gift of a handsome cutting board. You may be surprised by the quantity and artistry of boards available; this really is a gift you can scale to your budget.

High-end favorite? A personalized typographic board from Uncommon Goods. Mid-level: The Joseph Joseph® five-piece cutting board set with stainless-steel case. Affordable (and adorable!): Circle City Design Company’s personalized, home-oriented designs on Etsy.

 

Travel mugs ($15 – $35 each)

Whether your clients are Team Coffee, Team Tea or Team All-of-the-Above, you can make their mornings better with a sturdy, dependable travel mug. There are dozens of options on the market, but we found that the Zojirushi® Stainless Mug has received great reviews for heat retention and overall performance by thousands of Amazon customers, plus review sites like Lifehacker, Bloomberg, The Sweethome, Business Insider and more.

Bonus: A tasteful imprint on the bottom of the mug could be a valuable conversation starter if your clients’ friends or coworkers are in the market for your services.

 

Drawer organizer ($18 – $100+)

From the smallest bungalow to the largest home, a disorganized utility drawer is a common pain point. A handy drawer organizer, discreetly emblazoned with their name and closing date, can serve as a frequent reminder to your clients that you’re still looking out for their interests. Choose from materials including bamboo, acacia or metal. A custom acrylic option also generated some buzz at 2016’s International Builder Show.

 

Welcome mat ($20 – $160)

This thoughtful, functional and undeniably homey gift will remind them of you as they depart and return each day. There are a variety of stylish doormats on the market to fit your clients’ tastes. Example: Waterhog® offers attractive mats ranging from classic, personalized and whimsical to seasonal and floral.

 

Gifts for gardeners (varies)

If it was hard for your client to say farewell to their last home’s flower beds, a gardening gift may help fill them with enthusiasm for setting down new roots in the new year. Using a basket, bushel or bucket, you can assemble a gift set designed to delight without breaking the bank. Some possible items to include:

  • Gardening gloves for the family. Mud® offers a range of work gloves to fit a variety of tastes and sizes!
  • Gift card to local nursery. It’s chancy to buy living gifts, like a tree, rosebush or seeds, but a gardening gift card can always be put to good use on your client’s terms and timeframe.
  • Hand soap for washing up after the garden. Lotion for additional skin care.
  • Tool tote or caddy—with or without tools, depending on your budget.
  • Garden kneeler (a stool or a padded kneeling surface with handlebars). This item won’t fit in your basket, but it’s a pretty great gift for people with mobility issues, or anyone who doesn’t like sore knees.
  • Garden stakes. There’s a variety out there, but you may want to choose one the gardener can write on. Pre-printed stakes might not reflect what your client wants to grow.
  • A boot tray for the garden door.

 

The client gift prices above are estimates and may vary depending on where you buy. Don’t forget to factor in additional costs like sales tax, shipping, giftwrapping and imprinting!

 

Remember, the best client gift is one you tailor to your buyers’ personal tastes and their history with you. We hope these ideas will help you think outside the box and find something they will love for years to come. For more great gifts, follow our Gift ideas for the home board on Pinterest.

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