Holiday Gift Suggestions For Condo Owners
People of many cultures give gifts in December to celebrate the love of family and friends. If there is a condominium-owner on your gift list, or someone who will be moving into a condo in the near future, some careful thought can go a long way in giving something that will fit their new lifestyle.
Think flexibility. It’s true that today’s suite designs maximize space, but there is only so much room for “stuff” in a condo. When you think of the kitchen, for example, few condominium suites have enough counter and cabinet space for someone to own a slow cooker, pressure cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, air fryer, electric mixer, blender, food processor, coffee grinder, coffee maker … you get the cluttered picture. The solution is to seek out multi-functional, practical small appliances, and there are many on the market today. A toaster with wide slots to accommodate bread, bagels and Belgian waffles is an example.
Perhaps you are thinking of stocking stuffers? How about kitchen towels or stacking coffee mugs that will add a pop of colour? Everyone today is into digital media storage, so a USB drive is a welcome gift. Decorative wall hooks can save space. An edible gift such as homemade jam or cookies is usually a hit. You can also find special gift baskets filled with everything from fruit to wine, crackers, cheeses, candies and other items. First-time owners are likely on a tight budget, so tickets to a play, concert or sporting event; a gift card to iTunes; or a magazine subscription notification would fit beautifully into a stocking.
The possibilities are phenomenal. If you know the condo-owner’s colour scheme, a cozy throw blanket or cushions could be the perfect choice. A multi-tool gadget is a great idea, as are a fabric laundry bag that can hang on the back of a closet door, a hand-held vacuum, a cute night light, and serving trays that can double as dining surfaces. If your loved one loves candles, think of these items as gifts that have a temporary, but relaxing existence.
Bed linens, placemats, potted herbs, a shoe rack, a gift card to a furniture store, monogrammed towels, an ottoman that doubles as a coffee table, seating and/or storage unit … let your fingers do some walking over your computer keyboard and search for more ideas. And have some fun while you’re shopping. A gift selected with joy will convey that happiness to the recipient.
Remember that your family and friends who live in condos likely do not have space for a lot of “things.” In keeping with the season, give a gift that comes from your heart and is within your budget. It really is the thought that counts, and the condo-owners on your gift list will appreciate the thought you put into helping them maximize space.
BARBARA LAWLOR is president and CEO of Baker Real Estate Incorporated, winner of the pinnacle 2017 Riley Brethour Award from BILD, and an in-demand columnist and speaker. A member of the Baker team since 1993, she oversees the marketing and sales of condominium developments in the GTA and overseas. Keep current with The Baker Blog at blog.bakerrealestate.com