With more than a dozen years of real estate experience and having interviewed hundreds of top producing agents from around the country, we put together this cheat sheet of gifts your Realtor really wants.
After the list, we’ll tell you the five gifts that clients insist on buying, but Realtors HATE getting.
Here are the best and worst gifts for Realtors in 2019:
1. Fancy Booze With Custom EngravingSince the vast majority of Realtors enjoy (need?!) the occasional libation, it’s pretty tough to go wrong with a gift of high end booze.
Of course, it’s also easy for a gift of booze to come across as more Homer Simpson than Don Draper. In order to stay on your Realtor’s classy side, buy them something special.
You may have to do a bit of research and ask some prying questions, but a bottle of a rare single malt scotch or Anejo tequila will be treasured and savored instead of dumped into a watermelon and served at a barbeque.
Reserve Bar has a very giftable selection of booze for pretty much every budget. Even better, they offer custom engraving and limited edition cocktail sets for the more affordable spirits.
Price Range: $50- $150
Best for: Realtors who love fancy spirits
2. A Gift Certificate for Print MarketingNothing says you’re firmly in your Realtor’s corner like getting them something they could always use more of. Print marketing!
The only problem is figuring out what they heck they want.
Instead of guessing, get them a gift certificate to an all-in-one direct mail marketing service like ProspectsPlus, an Inc 5000 fastest growing company for 2016, 2017, and 2018.
Using ProspectsPlus, they can choose between hundreds of printed materials they can customize. They have everything from business cards, to door hangers, to just sold postcards ready to go.
Price Range: $100-$300
Best For: All Realtors
3. This Acrylic Flower Paperweight From Bo ConceptIf you’re looking for something for a Realtor who loves flowers, or just pretty things in general, this gorgeous Papaver rhoeas flower in acrylic paperweight from Bo Concept just might be the perfect gift. It’s lovely, relatively inexpensive, and unique.
If your heart is set on this one, you’re going to have to travel to NYC, Los Angeles, or another area with a Bo Concept showroom as they don’t ship. If you want something almost as nice, check out the collection at Dynasty Gallery below for options that can ship to your door.
Price Range: $50—$100
Best for: Flower-loving Realtors in windy offices
4. A Gift Certificate for Acupuncture or Massage TherapyNo matter how easy Ryan Serhant makes it look, real estate is a grind and a stressful one at that. Can you imagine busting your butt for weeks or even months at your job only to walk away with nothing? That’s just a normal Tuesday for some Realtors…
If you want to acknowledge just how much emotional flak your Realtor absorbed for you during the course of your deal, a day at an acupuncturist or massage therapist is the way to go.
Price Range: $100-$300
Best For: Hardworking Realtors
5. An In-Car Espresso MakerA gimmick for sure, but an awesome one! You can be sure your Realtor will make all the other office coffee geeks jealous with this high-tech way to make espresso on the go!
Perfect for rural agents or agents that sell farms, horse property, or land, this kit comes with a portable espresso maker, 3 unbreakable cups, and a sleek carry case that adds some elegance to offset the gadget nerd aspect.
Best for: Coffee or Gadget-Obsessed Realtors
6. A High Quality Fountain Pen Like a Pilot Custom 823When it comes to panache at the closing table, nothing can kill the mood faster than a cheap, skittery ballpoint pen.
That’s why an elegant, and yes, expensive fountain pen is a great gift for your Realtor, your lawyer, or anyone who wants to sign documents in “Copper Pheasant Teal” colored ink.
While there is a bewildering array of options (including many fakes) the fine folks at Pen Addict rate the Pilot Custom 823 as their favorite fountain pen. “A pen that inspires” according to the breathless description on their website.
But wait, there’s more! If you happen to get a science fiction buff Realtor you can brag to them that this is the pen American Gods scribe Neil Gaiman uses.
Price Range: $100—$300
Best for: Old school Realtors, Sci-fi Realtors
7. Tile Mate Key or iPad FinderI’m not sure why, but there is something about talking for a living that makes physical objects disappear into thin air. One minute you’re explaining how contingencies work to an open house guest, and the next your iPad vanishes into thin air.
If your Realtor is charming but seems to always have to run back to get keys or their phone, a few Tile Mates would make an awesome gifts.
The technology is dead simple. All they have to do is slip one of the Tile trackers onto their keys or into their iPad case, and they can then track them down remotely from their phone or laptop.
Now if only you could get one of these for that contractor who disappeared with your deposit three months ago…
Price Range: $50—$100
Best For: All Realtors
8. A DashcamOne of the realities of working as a Realtor is the fact that the more you drive, the higher your chances of getting into an accident become. If you regularly drive in congested cities or highways, your odds skyrocket.
That’s why a dashcam that records and saves everything that happens when you drive your car can be a lifesaver. It gives your Realtor solid evidence for court whether they’re fighting a ticket or, god forbid, a lawsuit after an accident.
They come in a variety of sizes and features, but the best ones are small, and record decent, wide angle video.
Check out Amazon’s list of the most popular dash cams below to learn more.
Price Range: $100—$500
Best for: Realtors who drive in congested areas
9. A Thoughtful, 5 Star Zillow Review & Future ReferralsJust like teenagers always want cash, and your mother always wants something heartwarming, Realtors want one gift more than pretty much any other: great reviews and referrals!
While you’ll likely not have a referral ready to go right at closing, you can always write up a nice review and submit it to sites like ZIllow, Trulia, Realtor, and Yelp. Then, to make it more of a gift, write them a nice card to tell them about the reviews and to promise referrals in the future.
The best part of gifting your agent reviews and referrals is that it won’t cost you a dime! Even better, if your agent is truly good, you’ll be helping a friend out as well.
Price Range: FREE!
Best for: Newer Realtors
10. A Backseat Organizer Loaded With Stuff for Kids & AdultsThere’s nothing like sitting in the back seat for an afternoon of showings to make someone feel like a 3rd wheel. For kids, the backseat is pretty much a well upholstered prison.
In order to help your Realtor make their backseat more inviting to both people who draw with crayons and people who pay taxes, a fully loaded backseat organizer is the way to go.
Since they’re cheap (this leather looking one above is less than $20 on Amazon) you can stock it up with candy, travel mugs, local brochures, umbrellas, or if you’re feeling extra generous, a tablet.
Price Range: $20—$150
Best for: Buyers Agents
11. This Cool “Deep Sea Sand Art” Desk ToyLet’s face it, desk toys are just cool. They give people on long boring calls something to do besides doodle, and can work in a pinch as a talking point for the easily amused. Most of all, they just look cool.
This deep sea sand art desk toy from Uncommon Goods is a particularly cool one, and one that many frequently desk-bound Realtors will enjoy for years to come.
Price Range: $50—$150
Best for: Artsy Realtors
The Worst Gifts for Realtors: Gifts Your Realtor Will Throw Right in the Trash
Now that you’ve hopefully gotten some inspiration about what Realtors actually want in 2019, here is a quick list of gifts that most Realtors will hate. You’d actually be better off not buying your agent anything at all!
Cheapo WineWhile there’s certainly a time and a place for cheap wine (my house, tomorrow night) buying a bottle of Chateau de Gas Station is more than a little insulting for someone who helped you buy or sell a house!
Price range: The change you can dig out of the cushions of your couch
Best for: Realtors you don’t like very much
Cheesy Desktop Name Plates
Here’s a hint that you’ve given an unfunny gag gift. Whenever someone actually says “that’s so funny!” instead of laughing they mean the opposite and your gift is going into the nearest garbage can.
Price Range: What a phone call costs the year you were born
Best for: Realtors who have never heard a joke before
SunglassesWhen I bought my sunglasses I spent more than an hour in the store trying on dozens of pairs and frowning in the mirror. Did I mention I’m a 42-year-old man?
Sunglasses are a very personal thing. Style, face shape, and a million other factors make buying them for someone else nearly impossible. Worse, what if I’m not wearing them the next time we run into each other?
Price range: As much as the luxottica cartel wants to charge
Best for: Realtors who can’t afford $10 drug store sunglasses and don’t care how they look (aka no one)
Anything Superhero or Star Wars RelatedEven if your Realtor goes on and on about how much they love Black Panther or The Empire Strikes Back, avoid buying them anything related.
Seriously. What are the odds that the one weird looking toy or T shirt you find at the mall is something they’ll actually like? What are the odds they don’t already have it?
Unless you want to bribe their significant other to snoop their den, avoid buying any toys or memorabilia unless you can spring for something one of a kind. The line between kids toy and adult collectible are blurrier than ever!
Price range: Your Realtor’s dignity
Best for: Your nephew who played Willy Loman in his high school’s version of Death of a Salesman
Man Purses, Handbags, or BriefcasesUnless you’re willing to drop some serious dough and interrogate your Realtor harder than the FBI, skip buying them any bags for daily carry. Like sunglasses, these are always really, really personal choices. That means the line between elegant gentleman’s attache and “I’m carrying my wife’s purse” is dangerously thin, verging on invisible.
Price range: All the money
Best for: Your best friend since 7th grade
Over to You
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