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Our Holiday Gift Guide for New Homeowners!

Our Holiday Gift Guide for New Homeowners 

Have a new homeowner in your life this holiday season?  Searching high and low for a gift to get them?  Look no further!  Our “New Homeowner Gift Guide” is sure to spark gift ideas for the – cooks, entertainers, techies, green thumbs, and do-it-yourself’ers in your life!

For Cooks & Bakers:

Make cooking or baking easy this year, by gifting the chef some new non-stick pans or a stand mixer.  The Our Place pan is made to replace 8 cooking tools – perfect for keeping the kitchen space clean and tidy! Don’t want to break the bank with a new stand mixer?  Walmart has great deals, it’s time to give those whisking arms a break!

1. Our Place's Always Pan

2. Stand Mixers

For Entertainers:

Have family or friends who love entertaining?  Help them impress their guests by gifting them some new games or a personalized charcuterie board!  Target has great options for any type of game night – family friendly, board games, puzzles, adult games, you name it!  With charcuterie boards in fashion, take them up a notch by gifting a personalized one!  Etsy has great options for unique pieces with specialized engraving.

3. Party Games Galore

4. Personalized Charcuterie Board

For Techies:

Whether they already love tech gadgets, or need a push to upgrade – a video doorbell or smart plug can win anyone over!  Ring has a multitude of options for your doorbell or security system.  Check who is at your door or if that package has finally arrived by simply checking your smart phone! Smart plugs enable voice recognition or app control by syncing with a Google Home or Alexa.  Say goodbye to pesky switches and hard to reach outlets!

5. Ring Doorbell

6. Smart Plugs

For Green Thumbs:

A new home can mean new spaces to fill with plants!   You can scoot over to your local gardening store to pick up a funky succulent or a handy gardening set.  Check out The Sill, for indoor plants you can ship.  They make selecting the right plant easy by organizing on ability, size, and pet-friendliness!  If your homeowner has a new yard space, pick out a gardening set from Lowes so they’re prepared for gardening season!

7. Houseplants

8. Gardening Set

For Those Who DIY:

Gift the crafty, handy, do-it-yourself’ers in your life something they will always need – a tool set or a cordless vacuum!  With a set of new tools, the homeowner will be able to take on leaky pipes, a handmade picture frame, and everything in-between! Make clean up a breeze with a cordless vacuum.  Whether it’s big or small, this tool can find any debris left in the neglected nooks and crannies!  

9. Tool Set

10. Cordless Vacuum

Holiday Decorating - Safety First!

How to Decorate Safely this Holiday Season

The Holiday Season is upon us, which means it’s time to…decorate! Whether you’re purchasing your first set of lights or dusting off your storage bins, make sure you’re hanging those stockings with care. Keep reading to see our list of safety measures that are sure to keep your days Merry & Bright this Holiday Season!


  • Candles: Candle fires triple during the holidays.  Make sure to blow out your candles and keep them away from flammable decorations.

  • Heat Source: When choosing the perfect place for your decorations, make sure they’re at least 3ft from an active heat source.  Specifically, if you’re hanging décor from the mantle DON’T light the fire place.

  • Christmas Trees: If you have a Christmas tree this holiday season, make sure to place it away from sources of heat.  With a live tree, water it daily to ensure it stays fresh.  If you are buying an artificial tree, check to make sure it has a fire-resistant label. 

  • Batteries: Whether you are stocking up on extras, or using them for decorations, make sure batteries are stored and placed away from small children and pets.


  • Inspect: Before jumping in to hanging your lights, check to see they aren’t frayed or broken.  A helpful tip – after you approve inspection, plug them in to make sure they all work! 

  • Extension Cords: When placing lights outside, first make sure your extension cords are outside friendly.  When it’s time to connect the lights, never connect more than 3 strands.  Lastly, don’t overuse electrical outlets with multiple cords, this can cause an electrical fire!

  • Ladder: A ladder is a helpful tool to place decorations or lights in those hard-to-reach spaces.  Before climbing up, make sure it’s in good condition, placed in a sturdy location, and that you’re wearing correct footwear!  

Get More Expert Advice and Tips

No matter the season in Vermont, our blog has all the tips, tricks, and ideas you'll need for any holiday or occasion. Read on to find more helpful guides from local realtor Geri Reilly!

Real estate agent Geri Reilly can answer all your questions about living in Vermont! Contact her online or call 802-862-6677 to learn more.


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