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What are Some Gift Ideas for First Time Apartment Renters?

By Lauren Romano
Updated Feb 08, 2024
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Moving into an apartment can be exciting, exhilarating, and slightly scary especially if you are a first time renter. To celebrate moving into a new home, many have a housewarming party and invite family and friends over. When attending a housewarming party, it’s usually customary to bring a present with you as well. There are several gift ideas for first time apartment renters that you can consider.

Everyone should be prepared in case any type of emergency occurs. When coming up with gift ideas, think about giving a fireproof box and a basket of emergency supplies. The fireproof box will help keep their crucial paperwork and items safe. In the basket of emergency supplies you can include a flashlight, batteries, first aid kit, radio and water.

When thinking of first time apartment renters, you could take into account the recipient’s safety. A wireless burglar alarm can be a useful present and may be one that could offer the new renter some piece of mind. When someone tries to open a door or window, the alarm will go off. Some will even turn lights on and off when the tenant is not home. Prices range from about $50 US Dollars (USD) and up.

Another option that you can consider when coming up with gift ideas for first time apartment renters is to give the gift of convenience. Do you think that the recipient would like to sit on the couch while their floors are getting cleaned? A robotic floor cleaner can vacuum and wash the floor at the push of a button. There are several types that you can choose from depending on what you would like it to do and what type of floor it will be used on. The price depends on the model that you choose.

Whether they would admit it or not, many people love to sing in the shower. Unfortunately, there are times when you get lost in tune and lose track of time. Mull over the idea of giving a shower radio that has a clock on it. The recipient can listen to their favorite songs, sing along and still be on time for work.

When considering gift ideas, you might want to think about the apartment renters' hobbies. If you know that they love cooking, you may want to give them a Panini grill. It will help them to make delicious grilled sandwiches, vegetables, meat and fish without having to use an oven or a large outdoor grill. Prices usually range around $50 USD.

A good present can be given no matter what you can afford to spend as long as you put thought into it. When considering first time apartment renters, think of presents that will be useful and appreciated. Consider the recipient’s personality and hobbies and also what your budget is.

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Discussion Comments

By BrickBack — On Jan 07, 2011

SurfNTurf-I love the idea of a gourmet basket. You can also go with chocolate wine. I saw this for the first time the other day and it sounded wonderful.

You can include some gourmet chocolates or some chocolate dipped strawberries from Shari’s Berries. They are incredible.

They are the largest strawberries that I have ever seen and are at least three inches tall.

Coffee is also another nice gift if the renter is a coffee drinker. There are all sorts of varieties out that can allow you to put together a nice gift basket.

You can include not only gourmet coffee, but flavored syrups to add to the coffee to enhance the flavor. In addition, you can include cinnamon sticks and some powered chocolate or vanilla to put on top of the coffee.

By surfNturf — On Jan 04, 2011

SauteePan-I agree with you 100%. Bed Bath and Beyond is a great store that offers a lot of quality merchandise for apartment renters.

They have a large variety of towels from combed cotton to Egyptian cotton towels.

I also think that a great gift basket consisting of food would be a nice touch. Setting up a gourmet pasta basket is easy if you go to Whole Foods.

There you can pick up a few exotic cheeses along with some pasta and a nice bottle of wine. You can get the plastic cello bags at an arts and craft store like Michael’s and you will have a nice gift basket that is personalized.

By SauteePan — On Jan 03, 2011

I think that a great gift for a first time renter would be a gift certificate to a store like Bed Bath and Beyond.

Usually people that are renting for the first time are also starting out their careers or first real job. They usually do not have a lot of disposable income so anything that can help them make their house apartment feel like a home will always be appreciated.

Also, decorating a new apartment is really fun and allows the new renter to personalize the space. You can easily change the look of a bathroom with colored towels, bath mats and a shower curtain. Appliances like coffee makers and toasters are also helpful.

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