Being a first-time renter can be a lot of fun! It can also be a little bit overwhelming, particularly if said renter doesn’t yet have all of the things that they might need to get life in their new place running smoothly. Whether you’re looking for a gift to purchase for a first-time renter, or you are a first-time renter putting together a registry, this list will give you all your must-haves.
The most practical gift you can offer a first-time renter is a nice wad of cash! That way, they can use it for anything that they might find that they need after they are all settled in. It also saves you from having to figure out who has already gotten them what!
2. Grocery Store Gift Cards
Another great gift idea for a first-time renter is a gift card to their favorite local grocery store. Everybody has to eat, right? You really can’t go wrong with this one at all!
3. Basic Cookbook
That being said, if this first-time renter doesn’t know how to cook, a grocery store gift card might not be the best idea. They will at some point, however, probably want to learn how to whip up a home-cooked meal, so consider getting them a great cookbook that covers all of the basics. “The Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook”, “Better Homes Cookbook” or “How to Cook Everything” by Mark Bittman are all great options for first-time cooks.
4. Tool Set
At some point throughout the life of their lease, a first-time renter will most certainly find themselves scouring their pad for a hammer, wrench, or a screwdriver. Having a small tool kit handy can alleviate a lot of the grief that goes along with this search (plus the embarrassment of having to knock on a neighbor’s door or call up a friend to come by and tighten a simple screw).
5. First Aid Kit
Another smart thing to have on hand is a first aid kit. After all, you never know when they might need a Band-aid (particularly if they’re using that cookbook for the first time). You can even make the kit part of a larger gift basket full of basic toiletries.
6. Tupperware Set
You never quite understand the importance of good Tupperware until you live on your own. Oftentimes, being a first-time renter means relying on amazing friends and family that will come and give the tenant some of those first cooking lessons. Don’t let their hard work be for naught…making sure that there are Tupperware’s available to save any leftovers is imperative.
7. Command Hooks
Oftentimes as a renter, landlords can be very strict about holes in the wall. Command hooks are a great gift to give as an alternative to tacks and nails and won’t leave any residue on an apartment wall once removed.
8. Space-Saving Hangers
We all know that many apartment rentals are notorious for their tiny closets. Space-saving hangers work to alleviate that problem and can be found at any big-box retail store for relatively cheap.
9. Water Filtering Pitcher
When you move somewhere new, you may not be sure what the quality of the tap water is. Any first-time renter will benefit from a water filtering pitcher that they can keep right in their fridge (as opposed to buying the much more expensive filters that attach directly to the faucet).
10. Easy-to-Store Vacuum
Keeping an apartment clean can also prove a daunting task if you don’t have the proper tools to get the job done. A vacuum that easily stows away on a closet shelf or under a bed is imperative!
11. Slow Cooker
Another great gift that makes food prep fast and easy (and totally delicious) is a slow cooker. Most even come with an accompanying recipe book!
12. Noise-Cancelling Headphones
Neighbors in an apartment can be loud! Getting your first-time renter a set of these puppies can do them a great service, particularly at bedtime!
If you want to go the more traditional route, there’s nothing wrong with getting a first-time renter some beautiful flowers. It will spruce up their space and make it feel much more like a home!
Candles are also a great gift for a first-time renter. After all, you have no idea who lived in the space previously, and people can leave behind all sorts of odd odors.
Are You a First-Time Renter Looking for an Apartment in Hattiesburg?
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