Do you know someone who is renovating their home? Home renovation products can be the perfect Christmas gift for them. Here are some Christmas ideas to get you started.
- Pot plants
- Plants for the garden
- How-to books
- Hand tools
- Gardening tools
- Tickets to home shows
Everyone loves pot plants. Buy a nice pot, good soil and a colourful plant for them. Some great plants that grow well in pots include:
- Peace lily has beautiful white flowers. It can be an indoor or outdoor plant. It likes a bright spot away from direct sunlight.
- For a shady area, try fuchsias. They like shade and produce beautiful flowers throughout the year.
- The flamingo flower has bright red flowers that are perfect for Christmas. Like the peace lily, the flamingo flower doesn't like direct sunlight and their flowers last for months. They also make a great table decoration.
- Geraniums are great for sunny spots. They come in a variety of colours. "Big Red" geraniums can make a perfect Christmas present.
- The Chilean jasmine is a climbing vine with beautiful pink flowers. It can be perfect against a fence or anywhere you can attach something for them to climb. Chilean jasmines grow best in sunny areas.
Some other plants to think about include ferns, small palms and succulents. Some of these can grow indoors or outdoors.
If you don't get pot plants, look for bald spots in the garden and buy plants for their garden. Some good choices may be:
- Ground cover plants can cover a wide area and help retain water in the soil
- Ferns can be perfect for some shady areas and always brighten up a garden
- Palms are easy to care for and can be ideal in the garden
For some ideas for plants that thrive in different parts of Australia, read Common Garden Plants: Local Recommendations. The article covers all states and includes plants for temperate, tropical and dry regions.
Renovators don't always know the best methods for their DIY jobs. If you know the DIY jobs your friends are going to be doing, get them a DIY how-to book on the subject. Some how-to books include a number of different DIY jobs and can be an ideal addition to the library. When any DIY job comes up, they will have a book to teach them how to do a job.
Gardening books are also a good choice. A good gardening book will tell what type of soil is best for a plant and whether it likes full sun, partial shade or shade. It will also tell how much water the plant needs and give other tips to make any plant flourish.
Renovators rarely have all the tools they need. You may need to be sneaky with this one. Casually ask your renovating friend what tools they have and try to take a peek inside their garage or shed. Look for something that's missing. It can be a garden tool or a tool they need for a renovation project. Here are some ideas:
- Quick grip clamps cost around $20 and most people don't have them, but can use them for innumerable jobs
- A scraper set costs around $45 and has every type of scraper a renovator could want. This is another gift idea most renovators won't have in their toolkit
- If they don't have a cordless drill, it can make a great Christmas gift. A good cordless drill costs over $300, so maybe too expensive, but if you do buy them one, they will love it
Most people have some gardening tools, but they may be missing others they need in their garden. Have a look at your renovating friend's garden tools and see if they are missing any of these:
- A wheelbarrow costs around $60 to $120
- A post hole digger is perfect for many jobs and costs around $50
- Hedge shears, pruners and secateurs are inexpensive and useful for so many jobs
- If they have a lawn, they may not have a turf edger to make the lawn edges neat and tidy. A turf edger costs around $55
- Many people don't have enough ladders or don't have a ladder that's safe. If your renovating friends are painting, look for a safe ladder for them. If it's a step ladder, it should be tall enough for them to work from about 3 steps down from the top. If they try to work from the top steps, the ladder can easily tip over
Remember to buy something they don't have. It's surprising how many people don't own a wheelbarrow or other garden tools, but check first and get them something they don't have.
Home shows often come before and after Christmas over the holiday season. Tickets to a home show can be perfect for a home renovator because so many booths cater to DIYers. Your friends will be thrilled to have the tickets and even more thrilled when they go to the home show and discover DIY tools and books they never knew about.
What other gifts can you think of? Are they doing interior or exterior renovations? We mentioned ladders and cordless drills above, but there are so many gifts that might be perfect for interior or exterior renovations. For example:
- If they are making a DIY kitchen from a flat pack, they may need some tools for the job. Either that or you can offer to help them. They will appreciate your help when they remove the old kitchen and start installing the new one.
- Are they knocking out a wall? Remind them they may need council approval and buy products that will make the job easier. They may be able to just do part of the job and a builder will have to finish off, but doing some DIY work will save them money. The wall should not be a supporting wall or they may find the roof collapsing around them.
- Are they painting the interior or exterior of their house? They may be missing some necessary paint brushes. Get them a set of quality paint brushes to help them give their interior or exterior a perfect paint job. A good quality ladder or even drop cloths may also be a good gift.
- If they are building a DIY deck, they will need a post hole digger and several other tools. Is the deck going to be a composite deck or natural timber? They may need some tools for the composite deck and when they finish a natural timber deck, it will need to be sealed and polished. Buy them some good quality paint brushes for sealing and polishing.
You know your renovating friends better than we do and you may have to be a little bit sly when you ask them about their renovation plans. Choose a gift they don't have and maybe even offer to lend a hand. That may be the best gift you can give them.