What Closing Gifts Fit Everyone?

Real Estate Agent with Meritus Group Real Estate SD 14808

I am still up in the air about what is the perfect closing gift. What fits the old and young, the young family and the empty nesters, what fits everyone? I have many ideas but I have ruled them all out for one reason or another. 

1.  A nice dinner at a nice resturant- except some people might have special diets.

2. A keyholder- except would it be so unnoticeable that people would just look by it everyday.

3. A massage for the day after move in- except what if people don't want to get naked and fondled by a stranger.

4. A complimentary family picture with or without the house- which would be pointless if they already had a photographer friend.( but would be a good use of my $$$$ camera)

5. A gift certificate to a home improvement store- but yet a certain percentage of the people you sell to will hire everything out and never do it themself.

6. A gift certificate to a gas station- except this gift would literally be burned up or forgotten....wouldn't it?

7. A moving truck for the date of the move for in town movers- except what if it was damaged, taken out of town,...besides this could get expensive.

8. A pizza for the day of the move- back to the special diets.

9. Wine- what if they are a recovering alcoholic?

10. Flowers- allergies.

11. Magazine subscription- but what magazine?

12. Clock- this is what my Realtor gave me at closing....I don't for the life of me know where it is.

13. A nice thank you card for their business- this would seem cheap since most people are giving gifts.

14. Something specific due to something you might learn about the couple- but wouldn't that alienate the other of the couple?

15. A mall gift certificate- maybe they don't like the mall?


Does anyone have a stand by that works for all situations? Maybe I am just over analyzing but what works for everyone?



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Rosalie A. Evans                                                                      

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Comments (10)

Phil Hillerman
Crye-Leike Realtors® - Rogers, AR
Crye-Leike Realtors®

We usally work with our clients enough to get a feel for what they like and we try to taylor our closing gifts along those lines.  One gift was a book on backyard birds,  another was a gift card to a big box store because they wanted to paint.

May 09, 2011 03:06 PM
Betty Knowles
Southwest Missouri Realty - www.teamknowles.com - Springfield, MO
TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate

I don't think one size fits all. A gift card is a pretty safe choice unless its to a specialty store.

May 09, 2011 03:51 PM
Rosalie Evans
Meritus Group Real Estate - Sioux Falls, SD
The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale

Phil- O I wish I had gotten a birdwatching book from my agent instead of the clock. I do love our feathered friends....just not those darn squirrels that eat all their food!

Team Knowles- A mall gift certificate might not be the worst idea...then they can choose their own specialty store.  :)

May 10, 2011 05:04 PM
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

Hey, Rosalie — I left a surprise for you in my blog post this morning. What? You thought I was going to tell you exactly what and where? Ha! But this comment is a clue.

Happy weekend!

Sep 09, 2011 10:30 PM
Rosalie Evans
Meritus Group Real Estate - Sioux Falls, SD
The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale

Russell your a goofball! That picture looks like someone is giving the gorilla a prostate exam! Sounds like a good way to get killed in my opinion...that is if a gorilla has a prostate!

Sep 10, 2011 04:09 AM
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

When I can't figure out what to get I always give them a gift card to Lowes.  Anyone who moves always goes to Lowes at some point for something so that always comes in handy!

Sep 10, 2011 09:26 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I tell buyers I "come with the house".  Most believe me and are life long friends.

Sep 10, 2011 11:49 AM
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

Gift certificate or a gift card.. Visa gift cards are great because they can use it for products, restaurants, or anything they want.

Sep 10, 2011 01:31 PM
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

I think #3 in your list is very funny. I think food for moving day, a gift card or a beautifully framed and wrapped picture of their old house (this works well for seniors who have wonderful memories of a house they spent 50 years in) are suitable gifts.

Sep 10, 2011 02:09 PM
Rosalie Evans
Meritus Group Real Estate - Sioux Falls, SD
The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale

Debra- That isn't the worst idea considering that your people can also get that certificate from Lowes Realtor Rewards!

Tammy- I usually tell people that as well! 

Judi- That just may be the one that I stick with! It can be used for them or it can be used on someone else. It can be used at most any store! That sounds like just the ticket! Thanks my lady!

Jill- I have a freind that refuses to get a massage. She doesn't want some stranger touching her naked thank you! She cracks me up! I do like your idea for senior moving out of their life long home!

Sep 11, 2011 01:42 PM