It's a no-brainer that the home selling and buying process wouldn't have been nearly as straightforward without your amazing real estate agent by your side. While realtors don't expect anything from their grateful clients, if you do want to get your real estate agent a thank you gift, but have no idea where to start, don't worry — we're here to offer you some suggestions.
We've compiled a list of 10 gifts that your real estate agent will not only love, but will actually use.
1. Gift Baskets
Personalized gift baskets are a great way to show your realtor how much you appreciated all the hard work they put into buying or selling your home. Take notice of your agent's interests if you can; if you notice they are heavy snackers, load up the basket with gourmet cheeses, fancy crackers,and their favorite chips or cookies. They will certainly enjoy savoring these treats, especially knowing they earned them for a job well done.
Furthermore, agents rarely have time for meals; if anything is going to be placed on the back burner during a busy day, it's food. Gourmet gift baskets are a mix of edible delights such as nuts, crackers, cheese, cookies, fruit, candy, chocolate, baked goods and more, that will keep them going during their next big sale.
2. Gift Cards
What's better than the gift of cash? Nothing is coming to mind for us. Gift cards are a great option if your agent either already has everything you can think of gifting, or if you're feeling a bit clueless and have no idea how to shop for them.
Gift cards also make great parting gifts if your agent has worked hard to get you a great deal; it's a small way of returning the favor while letting them know they're truly valued.
Lucky for you, gift cards are available in almost any denomination, and can be issued from online stores, or from retail outlets such as department stores, bookstores, gas stations or local restaurants. Restaurants are an excellent choice because agents are typically on the go, and eat out frequently between open houses and home showings alike.
3. Solar Cell Phone Charger
Solar cell phone chargers make great thank you gifts for the agent who already has a battery extender and still needs to go a step further. If your agent has been locked out of houses and needed to charge his or her phone while waiting on the front steps for the owner to return, this option is right up your alley.
A simple, thoughtful gift is one of the kindest ways to tell your realtor that you couldn't have done it without them. Show your appreciation for your agent by spreading the good word around.
For realtors these days, the power of word-of-mouth is incredible, and a priceless asset in the real estate profession. Boast about your real estate agent wherever and whenever you can as a parting gift that will keep on giving (through ongoing business, that is).
Talk about your positive experiences working with your real estate agent on your Facebook page, their Facebook page, Google reviews, Twitter, Instagram, and of course, refer them to anyone you know that is looking to buy or sell a house in the near future.
Although Apple has neither confirmed nor denied they had real estate agents in mind when they designed the iPad, we have a feeling that they might have. iPads are the perfect technological hybrid — they are large enough to analyze listings and photography as you would on a laptop, but small and compact enough to be as easily portable as a phone.
If your real estate agent hasn't been carrying around a nifty iPad during home showings, or in meetings to discuss all the logistics, it's very likely they don't have one already. Your realtor is sure to appreciate an upgrade in technology that will simplify their daily life, and help to address their future client's needs even more seamlessly.
6. Portable Speakers
Did your agent have a knack for setting the ambiance for the perfect open house? The lighting was just right, the staging was impeccable, the smell of freshly baked cookies wafting from an immaculate kitchen. Even further, they always seemed to have just the right soundtrack playing in the background for potential buyers to listen to as they took in your home's beauty. These speakers were made for this agent.
Portable speakers make a great appreciation gift for real estate agents; they can use them both for work during open houses, and at home when entertaining in their own homes.
Everybody loves flowers, especially when the delivery is unexpected. With a wide array of choices, such as boxed roses, seasonal floral bouquets arranged in unique vases, exotic plants like miniature palm trees or bonsai, customizing your floral arrangement to your realtor's preferences is certainly doable. Best of all, they can be delivered on the same day ordered.
If your agent brought the most gorgeous centerpieces to “brighten the place up” during your open house, then this gift will mean a lot to them.
8. Spice Sets and Condiments
Quality spices, herbs and specialty condiments such as hot sauces from the Caribbean or barbecue sauces are delightful closing gifts to receive, because they are both useful and unique. After your agent samples fresh, quality gourmet spices, stale grocery-store brands will never hold a candle to your thoughtful gift.
If you know your realtor harbors a passion for a particular hobby or interest, a figurine, sculpture, print or novelty item reflecting that hobby or interest would show personal consideration.
For example, if your realtor is an avid fisher, look into getting them a new fishing rod, or buy them tickets for a day trip of fishing on a boat. You can never go wrong with speaking to an agent's hobbies or interests when picking out the ideal closing gift for them.
If your realtor appreciates wine tasting and fine wines, a bottle of wine makes a thoughtful, perfect closing gift for them. Some great selections include Ports, Chateauneuf-du-Pape from the French Southern Rhone, California Cabernet, Italian Pinot Grigio or Australian Shiraz. If avoiding alcohol, consider teas or coffee gift sets.
Any of these gifts would be great for thanking your real estate agent for helping you buy or sell or your home.