Looking for some creative gift ideas that show how well you know, love and care about the special people in your life (particularly, those in the real estate business)?
I've pulled together some solid options for you!
Below, you'll find a list of 15 brilliantly innovative gadgets and tools that ANY real estate professional would be crazy not to love.
Get those credit cards ready… set… GO!
1. Methven Rua Showerhead
Saving water is always an admirable cause… but what be good to the environment without feeling like you're showing under a faint trickle of water?
The Methven Rua Showerhead uses patented technology that gives better coverage than most low-flow showerheads – and it looks pretty cool too!
It's definitely not the cheapest showerhead on the market, but the best products usually don't come cheap.
If water consumption is a concern in your area and you want something that performs well, this could be the solution you're looking for.
2. Fiskars Stand-Up Weeder
Pulling weeds might just be the worst human experience ever.
Thanks to the Fiskars stand-up weeder, it just became one of the most satisfying experiences imaginable. Check this out!
And as evidenced by the strong 4.5-star rating on Amazon, this thing isn't just a gimmick. It really works!
If your walls are in desperate need of new decor, you should know about Grafomap.
All you have to do is type in the location, adjust the frame to show what looks best, and you’ll get a beautiful map, which can be displayed in any one of several designs.
No joke, it took me no more than 30 seconds to create each one of these…
Pretty sharp, eh? Designing these things is completely idiot-proof. Just pick your area, select the design parameters and you'll be off to the races!
4. DJI Mavic Air
For the past few years, I've been a huge drone enthusiast.
Not just because they're fun, and not just because they utilize amazing technology, but because they're great for creating stunning real estate pictures and videos (more on that in this blog post).
At the time of this writing (December 2018), the latest and greatest drone on the market is the DJI Mavic Air – and let me tell you, it's a thing of beauty.
Of course, at the rate drones have been evolving, it won't be long before DJI has the next hot drone on the market… but for what it's worth – this is a great little gadget that anyone in their right mind will love.
5. Nest Cam Outdoor
The Nest Cam Outdoor has been around for years now, and there's a reason it's one of the best-selling security cameras on the market today.
It's relatively inexpensive, has great automatic recording capabilities, a pristine HD picture quality, and a lot of other cool features that make it a great way to give you peace of mind while you're away from home.
Check out the review I did on it last year…
I've got three of them stationed around my house and they're great for giving us peace of mind while we're away from home.
6. vLetter Personalized Font
Everyone knows a hand-written letter can go a long way.
But let's be honest… who has time to write an actual, hand-written letter these days?
You do! That's right!
With a personalized font from vLetter, you can type out a message with a font that looks exactly like your own handwriting.
I bought my personalized font from vLetter several years ago and I've used it more times than I can count.
If you want to get really fancy, the vLetter Pro package will give you a font that uses alternating variations of each letter in the alphabet (e.g. – so the letter “a” won't look exactly the same through the document).
After you see how cool this is, you'll probably want to send ME a hand-written “Thank You” letter. 🙂
7. Lutron Maestro Light Switches
Earlier this year, I discovered Lutron Maestro light switches.
These light switches can sense motion (and even sound, in some cases). They can be programmed to turn the lights on automatically when someone enters the room and then turn the lights off automatically after the person leaves (with timing that can be programmed to wait for 1, 5, 15 or 30 minutes).
These switches can also be programmed to sense daylight and stay off when a room already has enough ambient light (so the lights don't automatically turn on when they don't need to). You can also program these switches to “vacancy mode”, so the lights will only turn on when pressed manually – if that's what you prefer in the room of your choice.
If you (or other people in your home) frequently forget to turn the lights off, these can save you untold amounts of money on wasted electricity.
8. HeatTrak Snow Melting Mats
Tried of the constant lawsuits from your tenants who slip and injure themselves on your properties?
You might want to consider investing in a HeatTrak system – which is designed to melt the snow on your stairs and walkways.
9. OnGARD Security Door Brace
Stop spending your nights trembling in fear of burglars barging into.
With the OnGARD Security Door Brace from Global Security Experts, it'll take a lot more than a few kicks to break down your door!
10. BRICK IT Veneer
So you want to add the brick look to one of your properties, but you don't want to pay a small fortune for a mason to do it?
Check out BRICK IT veneer products – which can give you the look, in a package that anyone can do on their own.
11. Storm Shelter
The next time you're in garage renovation mode, you might want to consider adding a pre-fabricated storm shelter to it!
Rethink Storm Shelters has some awesome (and relatively inexpensive) garage shelters, outdoor shelters and safe rooms that can literally save lives
If you're worried about the next hurricane, tornado or nuclear holocaust – don't be! These storm shelters will have you covered.
12. Rev-a-Shelf Pullouts and Organizers
If you've had enough of rummaging through your cabinets, drawers and closets to find what you need – help has arrived!
Rev-a-Shelf has come up with an organizer or pullout for just about every corner of your house.
If you need a better way to stay organized and have quick access to your daily tools, you should see what this company has to offer!
13. Mag Pad Magnetic Tool Holder
If you consider yourself a handyman, you'll probably appreciate the Mag Pad.
Rather than fumbling around for your tools, nuts, bolts, screws, and nails – why not keep them all fastened in one place? This stunningly simple solution can solve a lot of your problems.
14. StairPro Staircases
If you aren't using the space underneath your stairs for storage, you're probably not being as efficient as you could be.
With these innovative built-in drawers from Stairpro, the stairs to your bedroom or basement will finally start pulling their own weight!
15. The Rolla Paint Mate
If you're obsessed with keeping your walls free of marks, nicks and other scuffs – the Rolla Paint Mate is going to solve a lot of your problems.
Rather than getting out all of your supplies and dripping paint all over the house, this nifty little tool allows you to paint over much smaller areas, with significantly less mess along the way.