Finding the perfect closing gift may not always be a challenge for us as agents, especially when we have worked so closely with our buyers over a period of time and gotten to know them. But hitting the mark based on their personalities is always something we try to do here. I am always looking for innovative ways to show our buyers we have been listing to them and appreciate the journey they have been on.
I recently came across an article by Meg White, (http://theweeklybookscan.blogs.realtor.org/2012/09/27/8-perfect-housewarming-books/) who is a multimedia web producer for REALTOR® Magazine and administrator of the magazine’s Weekly Book Scan blog. I was really impressed with her take on a unique gift; that in my opinion, hits the mark when it comes to understanding the challenges and mindset the buyer is in during the transition into their new home That is true be it a first time buyer or someone who has been through it all before. This list is a great starting point that you may be interested in keeping on your shelf as a ready reference. All of them have some information thatg can be helpful to any homeowner.
Perfect for artists wondering how to decorate their new, empty loft space:
The Art of Living (Random House, 2009, $65)
Accompanied by stunning photography from Barbel Miebach, Claudia Steinberg writes about how famous artists decorate their homes.
Perfect for young couples who just bought their first little fixer-upper:
Sugarhouse: Turning the Neighborhood Crack House Into Our Home Sweet Home (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012, $14.95)
Matthew Batt’s memoir about finding, purchasing and fixing a sort-of, maybe-someday perfect house in Salt Lake City with his wife was one of my must-reads for the summer.
Perfect for parents of reluctant movers ages 5-10:
Alexander, Who’s Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move (Simon & Schuster, 1995, $17.99)
Judith Viorst, adored by parents and kids alike for her Alexander book series (beginning with the lyrical Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day) tackles the pain of moving from a frustrated boy’s perspective in this award-winning childrens’ book.
Perfect for urbanites who are A-OK with their tiny galley kitchen:
Takeout Menus (Knock Knock, $20)
This handy organizer touts itself as the “modern-day recipe box” and contains not only space for menus, but helpful labels for categorizing and rating them.
Perfect for perfectionists on tenterhooks:
Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook: The Essential Guide to Caring for Everything in Your Home (Crown Publishing, 2006, $45)
Martha takes readers room by room to point out all of the items they hadn’t thought about before, and explains how they’ve been cleaning/maintaining/using them wrong this whole time.
Perfect for DIY scrapbookers excited to explore the meaning of home:
Crafting a Meaningful Home (STC Craft, 2010, $24.95)
Author Meg Mateo Ilasco tells the stories of designers who came up with and executed extraordinary but affordable projects to celebrate their families and their homes, followed by tutorials for those who wish to follow their leads.
Perfect for husbands and dads who’ve just acquired a semi-finished basement:
The Man Cave Book (Harper Perennial, 2011, $14.99)
Jeff Wilser and Michael H. Yost explore and display the many different types of man caves, offering advice on how to create a testosterone-friendly space of one’s own.
Perfect for elegant, confident socialites:
The Hostess Diary (Chronicle Books, 2006, $16.95)
This is less of a how-to and more of a neat and pretty method for remembering which dish went over so well at that last brunch, and what to keep in mind for next time.