By Laura Mueller
If you have ever bought or sold a house, you know that closing gifts are a common courtesy provided by realtors. It’s a way for your realtor to thank you for your business and congratulate you on your new transition. The best closing gifts tend to be ones that are both thoughtful and practical, and which can be used as you settle in to your new home.
Less common, but still always appreciated, are closing gifts from clients to their realtors. It’s not generally expected that you will provide a closing gift to your realtor, since, after all, you are a paying customer. But if you really enjoyed your time working together and you know that your realtor went above and beyond for you, there’s no harm in showing a bit of extra gratitude with a gift.
Whether you’re on the client end or the realtor end of a real estate transaction, it can be difficult to decide what you want to give as a gift. Fortunately, we’ve done the research for you. Here are some of the best closing gifts both to and from realtors.
Best closing gifts from realtors
Realtors love to get creative when it comes to their closing gifts. Especially if they’ve built up a good relationship with their client, they want to give a gift that shows some thoughtfulness and care, and that the client can actually use in their new home—even if that just means displaying it for everyone to see.
One thing to think about when giving a closing gift to a client is whether or not you should use it as an advertising opportunity. Some realtors put their name and face on a closing gift in the hopes that it might catch the eye of another potential buyer or seller. In general though, it’s usually better to keep the closing gift more personal, and use other gifts and marketing materials throughout the year to keep your name top of mind.
That being said, here are six great closing gifts to consider giving to your clients once their deal is done.
A gift card to a home improvement store. It sounds impersonal, but there’s actually something very considerate about contributing to the inevitable home improvement costs that come with moving in to a new home. The entire process of buying or selling a home is quite costly, and clients appreciate any help they can get to ease the financial sting. Combine it with another small trinket of appreciation, such as a nice bottle of wine or a pretty serving dish.
Custom décor. Thanks to sites like Etsy it’s never been easier to commission custom made items and décor. If you give yourself enough time to plan and order, a handmade sign, throw pillow, print, or other decorative item with your client’s last name and the date of their closing (if they’re buyers) is sure to delight.
A welcome mat. Welcome your clients to their new home—as well as everyone else who comes to visit—with a welcome mat. You can personalize the mat to include their name, or just get one that you think will fit their style. Be sure to consider the size of the entry space before making the purchase so that you can be sure to get a mat with the right dimensions. If you do want to go the personalization route, you can find plenty of affordable design options here.
A framed map of their town. Even if your clients are planning to stay in the same town they were already in, a framed map is a beautiful way to commemorate their new home and its place in the world. Craft & Oak is a company that specializes in custom prints and maps, and a good place to execute your design.
Smart technology. Help your client turn their new home into a smart home with a fun and practical gadget they can get real utility out of. A smart doorbell, thermostat, or vacuum, or a virtual home assistant like the Amazon Echo or Google Home, packs a big “wow” factor and will certainly get a lot of use.
A consultation with an interior design service. It can be incredibly overwhelming to look at an empty home and try to figure out how you’re going to arrange the space. Help your client out by gifting them a consultation with an interior design service. Here are five online interior design companies that you might want to consider purchasing a package from.
Best closing gifts to realtors
If you’re a buyer or seller who’s interested in showing your gratitude to your real estate agent with a closing gift, you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed by your options. After all, it’s not like your realtor has a big life event like a home sale or purchase that you can base your gift around. But there are still a lot of good potential realtor gifts our there to choose from. Here are six of them.
A gift certificate to a nice restaurant. A good way to say “thank you” is to treat your realtor to a nice meal. Choose a restaurant that you know is convenient for your realtor (in the same town as their office is a good way to know for sure). You don’t have to completely splurge on the amount, but it should cover at least one meal and one drink. If you’re not sure what kind of food they like, a gift card to a local coffee shop would also work great.
An engraved business card case. Realtors are always handing out their business cards, so give a gift that not only helps them stay organized but also ups their style factor. You can order a custom engraved business card case online at a site like Things Remembered.
A box of artisanal chocolates. Who doesn’t get excited over a box of delicious chocolates? If you have a local candy shop that you love, pick up one from there. Otherwise, you can order one from a place like Harry & David or Godiva.
A travel French press. If you know your agent can’t do without their caffeine, consider getting them a travel French press (Bodum has a great one). This way, they can always have a cup of fresh brewed coffee or tea on the go, and won’t have to make frequent stops to get their energy fix.
A portable phone charger. Realtors are always on the move, and like all of us, their phone battery doesn’t always last as long as they need it to. A portable phone charger will help them ensure they can be available at all times, and is super easy to toss in their bag whenever they’re heading out of the office.