This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com. All opinions are mine alone.
Becoming a homeowner is all sorts of exciting and stressful rolled into one cumulative event. My husband and I purchased our home several years ago, but I can still recall those stomach-churning feelings like it happened yesterday!
Will we really be able to afford this?
How do I want to decorate the living room?
What sort of bedroom furniture do we like?
What cosmetic upgrades do we want to make to the house now and what do we want to upgrade later?
What items do we REALLY need to get started in our new home?
So many people gave us practical advice, but a lot of it we had to learn as we went along. My dad actually gave my husband a piece of stand out advice that he has carried with him to this day.
“Son, just remember that working on and improving a house is never done.”
Man, has that ever proved to be true! Every year we make some sort of decorating tweak or needed upkeep. And once we had kids, their rooms and play areas have been a work in progress.
Being a homeowner means staying flexible. Homes have their own fluidity, and I’ve been surprised by the changes that have evolved over just the past decade of being a homeowner. It’s no long just about the toaster; technology rates high on the list of items that new homeowners add to their wish list. I’m partnering with Babbleboxx to bring you five ideas of gift ideas for a new homeowner in your life (or for yourself!), and you may be delighted to see that two tech items made the list! The list also contains a variety of price points for a range of budgets (psst..I’m included printable housewarming cards at the bottom of the post, too!).
Western Digital My Cloud Home Personal Storage Solution
As a mom and someone who works from home, My Cloud Home is a lifesaver. Instead of connecting to each and every device (most homes have multiple devices these days), My Cloud Home plugs into the WIFI router. After setting up each device, they now automatically back up wirelessly to My Cloud Home. I can access the content whenever I need it through a mobile app, desktop app, or MyCloud.com.
Have you ever had a phone shatter and ruin your chances of recovering precious photos and videos? I had this happen recently. What a bummer! My favorite feature of My Cloud Home is that it is a personal cloud storage that serves as photo and video storage for my mobile phone photos. I do longer have to worry about my photos in the event that my (aging) phone kicks the bucket or runs out of storage space on the phone itself.
My Cloud Home allows users to create individual accounts for privacy. There are no monthly fees for My Cloud Home, and it is available at popular retailers (such as Best Buy) with U.S. MSRPs in of 2TB/$159.99, 3TB/$179.99, 4TB/$199.99, 6TB/$259.99 and 8TB/$319.99. Through 4/30/18, receive 15% off of My Cloud Home with code WDBABBLEBOX . Shop via WDC.com (Restrictions: • Valid for one use per shopper • Cannot be combined with any other promotional offer).
Cleaning Products- think Comet® Bleach Powder and Foaming Bath Spray
I remember my mom using Comet® Bleach Powder when I was a kid. Not long after my husband and I became new homeowners, my mother-in-law purchased us a large basket of nothing but cleaning supplies and brought it to our new home. She had included both Comet® Bleach Powder and Foaming Bath Spray in the kit. At the time, I didn’t realize what an awesome gift that she had given us. While Comet® Bleach Powder has several usages, I use it and the Comet® Foaming Bath Spray primarily as a bathroom cleaner for hard water stains. Learn more at CometCleaner.com.
Organizing Supplies- think Duck Brand Smooth Top® Easy Liner® Brand Shelf Liner
All new homeowners need to get organized. After the chaos of living out of boxes for weeks, organization is usually the first thing homeowners do! It definitely was for us. For easily scratched or soiled shelves or drawers, Duck Brand Smooth Top® Easy Liner® Brand Shelf Liner not only has an antimicrobial agent embedded in the liner to help prevent odor-causing mold and mildew, but it also comes in pretty white or taupe patterns.
I like how easy the shelf liner was to cut and install in the buffet drawers in our dining room. I keep a variety of hefty serving items there, and the Smooth Top® Easy Liner® doesn’t become snagged when I’m moving items around in the drawer. Use this coupon for $1.00 off of 2 rolls while supplies last!
Waterpik Chrome PowerSpray+™ Hand Held Shower Head
One of the first items that my husband and I upgraded when we purchased our home was the shower head. We switched from the standard shower head to my favorite of all Waterpik Shower Heads— the hand held shower head. I like a good massage, and, thanks to the NEW PowerPulse Massage®, the PowerSpray+™ feature of the Waterpik hand held shower head offers a a shower massage that packs twice the power of other retail shower heads. Waterpik offers easy to install shower heads. I installed this one myself in no time.
Psst…mom tip- If you have kids, a hand held shower head is a lifesaver! After messy outdoor play, a hand held shower head is the perfect way to rinse the kiddos off.
Grab a Waterpik Chrome PowerSpray+™ and save $10 via this link while supplies last.
Wemo Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plug
With a downloaded app and plugging Wemo Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plug into the wall (connected to my Wi-Fi, of course), I can control whatever device that I plug into the Smart Plug. It’s a step closer to a smart home and home automation. I like that it is easy to use (I set it up myself) and that I can control devices from my phone.
I am excited to use the Wemo Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plug with lamps in my home. I have small kids, and sometimes they are scared when we arrive home after dark and the house is “spooky.” Now I can turn the lights on without even being in their room. I will definitely also be using this during the holidays with our Christmas tree! With the Wemo Mini, I can set schedules and timers for my lights. It also works with Amazon Alexa and Google Home.
Of course, even though I’m using the device primarily for lights, it can be used for appliances, too. With $5 off of a Wemo Mini through April 12 when you head to the site and using this discount code BWM-KX5B-NN5E-XZ83 , now is a great time to order one for yourself or that new homeowner that you know.
The above items make awesome new homeowner gift ideas. If you’re wrapping one of these up for a special new homeowner, here are a couple free printable housewarming cards that you can grab to help make your gift look extra awesome.
Right click on either of the cards below to save it to your computer. Print it using your home printer. I recommend using a good weight card stock. Cut around the outline of the card and attach to gift.