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15 Useful Gifts for New Homeowners

If someone on your list has just purchased their first home, all kinds of gifts can make being a homeowner easier. Find the perfect one in our gift guide here!

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1Courtesy Amazon

218-Piece Household Tool Kit

Is there a better way to help a new homeowner prepare for a life of DIY and quick fixes than with an extensive tool kit? This 218-piece kit does just that and more.

This kit includes multiple sized wrenches and sockets, a level, hammer, tape measure, pliers and more. It has everything they’ll need for a basic toolkit that can handle most jobs. If you’re a new homeowner, or if you know someone who recently purchased a home, this kit will make a world of difference.

“It came with everything needed to decorate, fix, change, alter, and manufacture new items,” one Amazon reviewer writes. “It is strong and sturdy and made with excellent craftsmanship.”

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2Courtesy Home Depot

Milwaukee Small Parts Organizer

Small fasteners like screws, nails and bolts can easily get lost at the bottom of a toolbox. This 11 compartment organizer by Milwaukee relieves that headache.

The clear lid allows you to easily find what you’re looking for and seals on the compartments to prevent spilling. There’s also a smaller model with five compartments. More than 95 percent of reviewers on The Home Depot web site recommended purchasing this organizer.

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3Courtesy Lowe's

Kobalt Nine-Drawer Rubber Work Bench

This durable Kobalt work bench not only stores all your tools, it also charges them. An integrated power strip with multiple outlets and USB ports charges your tools and electronics. Wheels at the base of the work bench allow you to move it around if needed.

“Well made, heavy and perfect size for what it was intended for,” one Lowe’s reviewer writes. “I would buy another and suggest to anyone.”

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4Courtesy Amazon

SimpliSafe Wireless Outdoor Camera Home Security System

A home security system is a tremendous way to keep your home and family safe. SimpliSafe’s outdoor home security system has all the bells and whistles you need, including recording abilities, HD resolution, night vision and motion sensing. The camera can pan 140 degrees and will stay charged for months. It’s rain resistant and even works in extreme heat and cold.

One Amazon reviewer writes: “I like the ability to know when doors are opened since I have a house with a walk-out basement. This system was easy to set up and install.”

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5Courtesy Home Depot

StudSensor HD55 Stud Finder

A stud finder is a must if you plan on mounting a TV or attaching other heavy items to walls. This product by StudSensor is a great entry level choice. The WireWarning detects live electrical wiring and the light clearly points out studs.

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6Courtesy Wayfair

Brisa Double Classic Hammock

Homeownership doesn’t have to be all work and no play. This comfortable double hammock by La Siesta supports up to 355 lb. and looks great in the yard, by the pool or under a patio. The durable material is tearproof and resists mold, mildew and UV rays.

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7Courtesy Amazon

Google Nest Learning Thermostat

You could see immediate results on your energy bill by installing a smart thermostat.

The Google Nest learning thermostat is one of the top programable thermostats available. It easily pairs with your other Google smart home devices and to your phone with the Nest app. The home/away assist automatically adjusts your home’s temperature after you leave to reduce energy usage.

“The weather changes seasons inside of one day here during the winter months so having a thermostat that switches between AC and furnace automatically is amazing to me,” one Amazon reviewer writes.

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8Courtesy Home Depot

Ridgid 22 inch Pro Tool Box

Lightweight yet durable, Ridgid’s pro tool box holds up to 50 lb. of tools and gear and resists water and dust. The padded handle makes carrying comfortable even when fully loaded. This tool box will hold up on jobsites or if left in a garage or shed.

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9Courtesy Lowe's

Greenworks Cold Water Electric Pressure Washer

Pressure washing is a fun DIY project once you get the hang of it. This 2,000-PSI pressure washer by Greenworks can handle tasks like cleaning a driveway, deck, fence, etc.

Read through the testimonials on Lowe’s web site, where reviewers provide plenty of before and after photos for inspiration. This is an electric pressure washer, but read this before deciding to buy a gas or an electric model.

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10Courtesy Walmart

Hart Wet/Dry Vacuum

You might think your regular vacuum does the trick. But once you use a more powerful wet/dry shop vacuum like Hart’s, you’ll be glad you made the switch.

This vacuum has 14 feet of cleaning reach and can tackle caked-on dust and grime. It’s perfect for cleaning up DIY messes in the shop/garage.

“No bags to replace, just vacuum and dump,” one Walmart reviewer writes. “The tools have a place, it rolls easily and is lightweight. And what power! It gets deep down in my carpet to remove pet hair (I have five). I think it has replaced my regular vacuum because it can handle the load.”

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11Courtesy Amazon

Engraved Cutting Board

A lot of the products on this list are on the practical end, but an engraved cutting board is a wonderful emotional gift that any new homeowners will cherish. The cutting board is made from sturdy, sustainably harvested organic bamboo.

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12Courtesy Home Depot

Gatemouth 16-inch Tool Bag

This Gatemouth tool bag will help any new homeowner keep track of their tools. Padded shoulder straps provide extreme comfort when hauling it around. This tool bag is available in sizes from 12 to 24 inches, so pick the size that’s right for your DIYers’ needs.

“This product has everything I need to put my most used tools in so it makes it easier to carry around,” one Home Depot reviewer writes.

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13Courtesy Lowe's

Ego Power+ Electric Leaf Blower

Leaf blowers are great with pesky fall leaves, but they come in handy in all seasons. The Ego Power+ electric leaf blower has a 75 minute run time when fully charged; the battery and charger are included. Nearly 10,000 reviews on Lowe’s web site give it 4.7 stars.

One Lowe’s reviewer calls it “very good blower for the money,” adding: “(It) moves delicate areas as well as gravel with the flick of a switch, so (it is) good for all types of needs. Very solid unit — well built and made to last.”

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14Courtesy Amazon

Amazon Smart Soap Dispenser

Amazon’s smart soap dispenser does much more than the typical touchless dispenser. It pairs with any of your compatible Amazon Echo devices to customize the amount of soap dispensed, create timers and play songs or jokes while you wash.

“It is a helpful reminder for the little ones, about how long they need to wash for,” one Amazon reviewer writes.

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15Courtesy Home Depot

Rubbermaid 7-ft. x 7-ft. Storage Shed

You can never have too much storage in a new home. An outdoor storage unit will clear out a lot of the clutter that can collect in your garage or attic, and this Rubbermaid shed is built to withstand severe weather conditions. Doors open 180 degrees for easy access.

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Alex Shoemaker
Alex Shoemaker is the Digital Newsletter Editor of Family Handyman.

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