With the holiday season right around the corner, you’re probably already thinking about what gifts to buy. If you want to show your tenants some appreciation and boost your landlord-tenant relationship, consider these awesome, affordable gift ideas.
As a landlord, it’s important to set the right the tone with your gift; you want to make sure it’s non-personal and professional. Giving a gift to a tenant is essentially a nice business gesture, so keep that in mind when choosing an item. Also, remember that the gift doesn’t have to be extravagant or expensive. You can find some lovely gifts and make a great impression without breaking the bank.
Chocolate is pretty much always a suitable gift. Just about everybody loves chocolate, and one of those fancy assortment boxes can be a real treat. You don’t have to go all out and order a box from a gourmet chocolate shop… Sometimes your local drug store and grocery store will have some high-quality assorted chocolates for reasonable prices, especially at this time of year. You can also order affordable gourmet chocolates from places like Amazon.
The Barnett’s Chocolate Cookie Gift Box is a #1 Best Seller on Amazon, and with good reason. These delicious cookies come in an elegant bronze box wrapped in a metallic ribbon. The box contains 12 sandwich cookies with different decadent flavors, sure to delight anyone’s taste buds. What’s more, this “luxurious gift” only costs a little over 20 bucks.
Assorted Chocolate Box
No matter what sweet assortment you choose, you can never go wrong with chocolate.
If you want to add a little more variety to your gift, consider buying your tenant a gift basket. Around the holidays, baskets of cookies, popcorn, candy, and other snacks are always appreciated. People love to sit around and enjoy the festivities while munching on holiday treats. You can find gift baskets pretty much anywhere, with prices ranging from $20 to $100. It all depends on how much you want to splurge.
This gift basket from Amazon, the Broadway Basketeers Token of Appreciation Gift Tower, marketed towards “business families,” is a little under $30 and features a wide assortment of tasty snacks. It includes honey mustard & onion pretzel nuggets, apple caramels, caramel popcorn with chocolate & peanut butter drizzle, chocolate chip cappuccino cookies, cracked pepper & sea salt popcorn, and chocolate toffee pretzels.
Holiday Gift Basket
You can also opt to go the beverage route and get your tenants a gift basket of coffee, hot chocolate, or wine. Here’s a nice gift basket of hot cocoa made by Starbucks.
Hot Cocoa Gift Basket
Hot cocoa is a popular favorite in the wintertime and your tenants will love getting cozy on the sofa while enjoying a nice warm mug.
Depending on your tenant’s personality, a funny gift will give your tenant a good laugh and probably make them appreciate the gift more than a traditional one. There are lots of humorous gifts related to landlords and tenants online, from tacky t-shirts to welcome mats.
An easy choice is this simple mug that says “Best Tenant Ever.” It’s something that will definitely bring a smile to your tenant’s face, and it’s also something they’ll probably use often.
Funny Printed Mug
As always, keep your professionalism as a landlord in mind. At the end of the day, you and your tenant have a business relationship, so make sure the gift you choose is appropriate.
Another fool-proof gift is definitely a gift card. You can choose a gift card for a specific store or online shop, or you can get a regular bank gift card that your tenant can use anywhere. No matter what, gift cards are great because they don’t require too much thought or effort. It’s also guaranteed your tenant will get something they like since they get to choose it. If you have multiple tenants, gift cards are also a great choice because they’re fair and neutral. For multiple tenants, $10 on each gift card should be ideal. If you have just one tenant, it’s up to you how much you want to give, but $25-$50 is a good range. Starbucks, Apple, Amazon, or Best Buy are all great places to consider buying your gift cards from.
Here’s a nice winter holiday-themed gift card you can purchase from Amazon.
Holiday Gift Card
You can get your gift card anywhere, just make sure it isn’t from a very specific store so that your tenant can find something they like.
Other Gifts to Consider
Flowers are a simple, tasteful, and timeless gift that anyone will appreciate. Giving your tenant a nice bouquet in a classic vase is a sweet and thoughtful gesture. You can contact a local florist or pick a bouquet from the grocery store. You can purchase the bouquet and vase separately and arrange it yourself if you wish. Just don’t get your tenant romantic flowers, like red roses, or else they might get the wrong idea. Some more neutral flowers that show appreciation and gratitude are sweet peas, hydrangeas, camellias, gardenias, violets, and azaleas.
This is obviously a pretty expensive gift, but your tenant will appreciate it and you’ll have to replace your unit’s appliances eventually. If your old appliance is a little worse for wear, it would be smart to buy a new one now and surprise your tenant with it as a gift. Your tenants should think of your rental as their home, so a new appliance will be really exciting and greatly appreciated. If you don’t want to get a new appliance because you’re worried about your tenants causing damage, think again… A new appliance, especially if it is higher quality than the old one, is a great asset to the value of your rental property and improve your tenants’ enjoyability. Also, tenants are responsible for the costs of damages, anyway — and you have the security deposit.
If you own a multi-unit property, like an apartment complex, a resident holiday party may be your best bet for a gift this season. It can be a great way for tenants to get to know each other and enjoy themselves in a festive atmosphere. The key to throwing a successful party is making sure it’s convenient for your tenants to attend. In an apartment complex, the best place to host the party is most likely the clubhouse or lobby area. If the weather is nice, throwing the party by the pool, if you have one, isn’t a bad idea. Make sure the party is held at a time when most people can attend; this is usually on a weeknight around 5-7pm. This is a good time because tenants will just be getting home from work and it’s still early enough for children to attend as well. You can provide tenants with beverages like apple cider and hot chocolate and serve some tasty snacks and finger food. Don’t forget to play some holiday music, too.
Keep in mind that a party isn’t the best choice if you own a variety of single-family homes. It’s unlikely that tenants will drive all the way to your office to attend. So, unless your tenants share common areas on the property, a party is not going to be ideal.
Nothing says appreciation quite like money does… Giving your tenant a discount on their monthly rent payment this season will definitely bring them some holiday cheer. You can deduct any amount from their payment — $50-$100 is reasonable — and send them a little note or email notifying them of the discount and wishing them happy holidays. Here’s an example of a message you can send them:
In the spirit of the holiday season, and as a token of my appreciation, I’d like to offer you a rent discount of $100 this December. I know that this time of year can be busy and overwhelming, so I’d like to extend this offer to you as a holiday gift. Please use this money to treat yourself or by your loved ones something special.
Thank you so much for your continued residence here, I greatly appreciate it. From my family to yours, I’d like to wish you a very happy and healthy holiday season, as well as a prosperous new year.