Gift ideas so good Santa will be jealous he didn’t think of them first
The holidays are quickly approaching and even though it may seem like you just got done wrapping, it’s time again to dream up presents for everyone on your list. And although everyone loves a new pair of fuzzy socks, this year is a great time to give them something they’ll actually use: some help around the house. And if you’re looking for a way to treat yo’ self, what could be better than ringing in the new year with a freshly updated home?
Whether you’re trimming down your own to-do list or helping a family member love where they live, we’ve rounded up some of the best home service gift ideas you can give (and receive) this year.
For the Adventurer: Security Service
Your globe-trotting cousin spends more time in the air than at home, so give them the gift of peace of mind this holiday season. Get in touch with a local pro to install a home security system that won’t make them feel so far away. With so many options, it’s easy to find a security system within your budget that also fits your loved one’s needs. This way they’ll be able to travel the globe without a worry in the world—except what to get you as a souvenir.
For the First-Time Homeowner: Angi Key Membership
Buying your first home is one of life’s most exciting steps. If someone in your life is on this journey, you can help them tackle it with confidence with an Angi Key membership. This new membership program option from Angi will help them find the best pros and even save money. When they join Angi Key, they’ll get access to 20% off all Angi pre-priced services to book handyperson services, home cleaning, plumbing, and anything else they may need to make their house a home.
And this gift also comes with something a sweater could never: a happiness guarantee. When the new homeowners book and pay for home services through Angi, projects are covered up to their full purchase price plus limited damage protection. They’ll also pay nothing until the job is done.
For the New Parents: Cleaning Service
Everyone loves to shower new parents with adorable outfits and toys for their new bundle of joy, but let’s get real: What they probably need most is a little help around the house. Take one thing off of their plate by gifting them a cleaning service. Whether your budget allows them a few months of regular services by a local house cleaner or just a few deep cleaning services here and there, it’s guaranteed to be a welcome surprise.
For the Person Who Already Has It All: Home Organization Service
If you’ve been privy to your loved one’s overflowing closet, then the best gift may be to help them say goodbye to their pilling sweaters and fading jeans and say hello to a beautiful new closet. A professional organizer near them can help them create an organizational system that works for them. While it can be hard to part with things when left to our own devices, organizing pros can help them sift through the mess and hold onto only what they actually love. An aesthetically pleasing organizational setup is truly the gift that keeps on giving.
For the Person Who Wants to Have a Green Thumb: Landscaping
If you have a loved one that dreams of a lush, green garden only to end up with a dry, patchy lawn, then it’s time to get them some help from the pros. Gifting them with some sessions from a local landscaping company or a lawn service near them can help make their dreams of having a green thumb into a reality. Bonus points if you let them brag about their “newfound gardening skills” during their next cookout.
For the Person Who Never Gets Around to Decorating: An Interior Designer
Whether you have an aunt who subscribes to every shelter mag or a mom who can’t get past ‘90s beige, local interior designers can help them with tasks big and small. Whether it’s a forlorn corner of the living room or a large-scale redo, it’s a gift they’ll love to look at every day.
For the Snowbirds: Snow Removal
Fleeing the winter cold after the holidays can be a luxury, but all that snow piling up back home can be stressful. Give your relatives who head south for the winter the gift of snow removal while they’re away. This way, they can relax knowing that their yard is being cleared of any ice or flurries while they’re busy getting a tan. Unfortunately, this gift won’t stop you from getting jealous of their social media posts by the pool while you’re in your winter coat. Sorry!
For the 20-Something: Movers
For your niece planning to move into her first place after college, give the gift of some professional helping hands while moving. While bribing your friends with pizza and beer is a rite of passage, you’ve probably figured out by now that having the help of a local moving company makes everything so much easier. Lifting some of that moving day stress off of her shoulders is guaranteed to win you some serious brownie points.
For the Person With the Never-Ending To-Do List: Handyperson
Your friend is always venting to you about their never-ending to-do list (we’ve all been there!). And while you’d love to pick up some tools and help them tackle all their home tasks, you should know that a handyperson can help with everything on their home task to-do list with the skills of a pro. Hire a handyperson to fix everything from squeaky doors to chipped paint while you and your friend sit back and plan your New Year’s resolutions.
For Yourself: Complete That Lingering Project
Perhaps you started painting your trim with the intention of finishing in a weekend—six months ago. Or maybe you ordered new cabinet hardware during a summer clearance sale that’s still sitting in the box. Give yourself the gift of outsourcing those projects you started with the best of intentions but just haven’t found the bandwidth to complete. You’ll not only have a happier holiday, but you’ll appreciate having the job done for years to come.