Inexpensive Gift Ideas For Real Estate Clients

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Real Estate Agent with Cascade Sotheby's International Realty

Gift giving to clients has always garnered a million opinions from different real estate professionals.  Some feel they are unnecessary using an illustration like, "My lawyer doesn't give me a gift when I use his services, so why should I have to give a gift to a client who uses my professional services?"

Other agents look at it has an opportunity to cement the relationship they have with their client.  Gifts can also be great for keeping your name and services in front of the client when the gift is something that is branded with your identity that the client will use over and over again.

The purpose of this post is to consider cost effective gift ideas that won't break the bank but are nonetheless appreciated by our hard won clients.

First there are the simple things that a client always needs after they've moved including:

 

1.)  Return Address Labels

2.)  Stationery or personalized note cards with your clients new address imprinted on it

3.)  Announcement Cards which allow your clients to share the news of their move with friends & family

 

Then there are those gifts which can provide an enjoyable time for your clients such as

1.)  A season pass to a nearby museum or other local attraction

2.)  Gift Card to a local restaurant or specialty store

3.)  Movie/Cinema Gift Card

4.)  A nice bottle of Wine or Champagne

 

Another inexpensive idea is a themed Gift Basket from Costco.  Surprisingly, Costco has really stepped up their game with baskets that have a variety of themes including Bed & Bath, Floral, Gifts & Tickets, and Beauty & Food to name a few.  Many of their baskets can be purchased for under $30.00 at www.costco.com (search for 'gift baskets' in the search box)

There are also inexpensive gifts that reinforce your branding such as a year long gift subscription to a home and design magazine.  Just make sure to order the magazine as a gift subscription and that the publisher has the ability to imprint your name on the mailing label.  (i.e. courtesy of Jane Doe, XYZ Realty)  These types of magazines typically enjoy a nice shelf life on a coffee table and both your client as well as visiting friends will see your name on the label and be reminded of who you are and what you do.

Whatever gift you decide to give, make sure it is tasteful, of nice quality, and provides something useful to the client.  It's a win/win for everyone and the sentiment can provide you with both your clients appreciation as well as recommendation.

 

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Lynne Harris
Century 21 Battlefield - Dahlgren, VA

Tarris, great ideas! Thanks for the post!

May 29, 2010 10:47 AM #1
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Miranda Moser
Century 21 Bamber Realty - Calgary, AB
Calgary Real Estate Agent

Thanks for the post it is always nice to hear about gift ideas other Realtors have. I generally give a bottle of good wine or a gift certificate to a nice restaurant.

 

May 29, 2010 10:52 AM #2
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Susan Neal
RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker

Hi Tarris - These are great ideas for the thrifty agent.  We are fortunate here in the Sacramento area that our local association has all kinds of inexpensive gift alternatives.  One thing is a house-shaped gift basket full of coupons for large discounts from area contractors and home improvement stores that also includes a home improvement magazine subscription, some fluorescent light bulbs, and other household stuff, and a login for membership to the special consumer website of our association that gives many other discounts and hints for buyers, sellers and moving.  The whole thing costs just $15!

I have also gotten grateful response from filling a cupboard shelf with CFL lightbulbs of various sizes, so they can replace those that burn out for a long time.

I do give more expensive gifts to everyone as well, but the lightbulbs seem to get the biggest response!

May 29, 2010 10:55 AM #3
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Christie Lane Craven
Blackwell Real Estate - Odenton, MD
Your Anne Arundel County Agent

Tarris,

We do a lot of different things but the most liked are the butcher block style cutting boards.  These things are big and heavy and have the buyer's name carved in the front and a business card carved on the whole back.  People seem to really like the fact that they are personalized.

May 29, 2010 11:18 AM #4
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Tarris Rogers
Cascade Sotheby's International Realty - Bend, OR
Bend Oregon Real Estate

Lynne - Thank you so much.

Miranda - That is what I typically do as well.  It all depends on the client.

Susan - Thank you for your contribution.  You are absolutely right, we all need light bulbs and hate shopping for them.  Also coupons are always appreciated in the current economic climate.

Christie - What a great idea.  If you have a link to where that can be ordered, be sure and post it here.

May 29, 2010 12:06 PM #5
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Christie Lane Craven
Blackwell Real Estate - Odenton, MD
Your Anne Arundel County Agent

Tarris,

We get them from East Bay Furniture -http://www.eastbayfurniture.com/  .  The owners name is Brian Baslik and the office assistant is Janet.  They have pictures on their site but here is the front of one we recently gave out.  Cutting Board

May 29, 2010 02:29 PM #6
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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

I was searching for ideas and your post popped up. It's a timeless article. Thanks!

May 04, 2017 03:01 PM #7
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Tarris Rogers
Cascade Sotheby's International Realty - Bend, OR
Bend Oregon Real Estate

Thank you Pat, I appreciate your thoughts!!!

May 04, 2017 03:14 PM #8
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