Both housewarming and closing gifts are a great way to not only celebrate a new beginning for your clients, but to also build those relationships. By giving a thoughtful, personalized gift to homebuyers when they close on a home, your help to strengthen your influence and obtain referrals down the road for your real estate business.
Keep reading to discover the best closing gifts from REALTORS®. Plus get advice on how much to spend on a real estate closing gifts with tips for choosing the perfect items.
Do REALTORS® Give Closing Gifts?
While buyers may not expect to receive a closing gift from their real estate agent, it’s normal for REALTORS® to give clients a token of their appreciation. Closing gifts from agents are considered a common courtesy within the industry.
You can relay your appreciation with a real estate closing gift or housewarming gift. A solid way to thank loyal customers for their business, these simple gestures also help to end the buying or selling process on a bright note.
Can REALTORS® Give Gifts to Clients?
There is a common real estate rumor that agents aren’t allowed to legally give gifts to clients. Variations of this state that gifts over a $25 are prohibited. This is mostly inaccurate, although it does depend on the circumstance.
Section 8 of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) states that “no person shall give and no person shall accept any fee, kickback, or thing of value pursuant to any agreement or understanding, oral or otherwise, that business incident to or a part of a real estate settlement service involving a federally related mortgage loan shall be referred to any person.”
In short, this means that you can’t give a gift in return for a favor. Nor can you promise a gift as a result of a finalized service. However, if you are giving a gift as a thank you without any strings attached, this is okay. (You can read a more in-depth explanation of this and similar rules here.)
Further, the $25 rule seems to originate from a basic IRS rule that clients cannot deduct more than $25 for gifts on their taxes. That’s not to say you can’t give a gift exceeding this amount. Simply put, if you give a gift that exceeds $25 you can only take the allowed tax deduction for that gift. Again, there are several exceptions to the $25 rule. These pertain to entertainment gifts as well as branded gifts that are considered promotional or advertising materials. (You can find more on this below.)
Why You Should Give Clients a REALTOR® Closing Gift
There are a lot of great reasons to give a real estate closing gift to clients. Here’s why many agents engage in this practice:
How Much Should a REALTOR® Spend on a Closing Gift?
As a rule of thumb, you should spend somewhere between 1-5% of your gross commission from a closing on a housewarming gift. When working with high-end clients, you may need to consider a higher quality gift rather than a run of the mill real estate closing gift basket to get the results you want.
According to feedback from real estate professionals on Alignable, most agents give gifts in the $25-$100 price range. Ultimately however, how much you should spend on a closing gift depends on your budget. When things are tight financially, I like to refer back to the old adage that you have to spend money to make money.
That said, giving a meaningful gift doesn’t have to cost a lot. It simply needs to represent your gratitude to the client. We find that giving personalized gifts is the best way to accomplish this.
Tips for Choosing Real Estate Closing Gifts That Stand Out
Here are some tips to help you choose the best client gifts.
Ideas for Real Estate Agent Closing Gifts
Now that you know that housewarming gifts are a great way to nurture your client relationships and gain referrals, you may need help figuring out what REALTORS® give as closing gifts. Here are some great real estate closing gift ideas you can give to new homeowners to make sure you aren’t forgotten.
Are Real Estate Agent Closing Gifts Tax Deductible?
The IRS has strict limits on the amount you can deduct for client gifts. In general, you can only $25 for gifts per recipient each calendar year. The exception to this is entertainment themed gifts, such as tickets. For this type of gift, you may deduct $50 per year for each client.
There are some exceptions to this, however. Branded gifts with your business information can potentially be written off at 100%. This is because they are considered a promotional or advertising expense. However, we recommend that you check with a tax professional in your area or state for clarification before making any purchasing decisions.
We hope our ideas for closing gifts from REALTORS® helps you pick the best products to say thank you. For more housewarming gift ideas, also be sure to check out information on our best closing gift, the Ulu Elite®, as well as our client holiday gift guide.
To help you determine what are good client gifts this holiday season, we’ve put together a corporate Christmas gift guide for 4th quarter. We recommend that you start your search – and order early – for the best selection and guaranteed availability. After all, holiday gift-giving is not only a great way to show customer appreciation, but it also helps to build brand awareness.
Why You Should Shop Early for Gifts
You don’t want to wait until the last minute to start your holiday shopping. Christmas client gifts can have a huge impact. However, due to the volatility of the supply chain we’ve been experiencing, waiting until the last minute can be detrimental. Not to mention, there’s nothing more frustrating than having your plans upended due to extenuating circumstances.
Here are some of the major reasons to shop early for personalized gifts for clients:
Why Branded Gifts Make a Difference
Help foster your most valuable relationships, and boost marketing efforts, when you present your most valuable clients with a personalized gift.
Top reasons to give branded corporate gifts include:
Holiday Client Gift Ideas
When shopping early for Christmas, it’s important to take several factors into account. You need to know who you are buying for and what your budget is. Once you’ve determined these two things, you can then narrow down your list to distinguish between VIP clients and regular customers to decide how much you’ll spend on each.
After you’ve allocated the amount you want to pay for branded gifts, you’re ready to start your search for Christmas gifts for clients.
As you likely aren’t buying the same types of gifts for all your customers, we’ve broken down our corporate holiday gift guide into two main categories:
If you still need help deciding how much to spend, be sure to check out our tips toward the end of this post.
Gift Ideas for VIP Clients
These holiday gift ideas are perfect for VIP clients. Not only can these products be personalized, but they are also designed with quality in mind. Therefore, this entire collection of upscale client gifts will last a lifetime.
Following is a compilation of custom gift ideas for your most important customers.
Custom Holiday Gifts Under $50
Gift ideas in this section range between $25 and $50. So, they’re an affordable way to show gratitude to valued customers even if you’re on a budget.
While these gifts may not cost much, the quality and craftsmanship of these products make them appear more valuable. While quantity discounts save you even more!
Engraved Heritage Chest
These custom memory chests make beautiful mementos. Gift these durable keepsake boxes with a bottle of wine to compliment the tools included with this purchase. Gift recipients can then reuse the boxes for stylish storage or important souvenirs.
Keepsake Wine Box
Like our memory chests, our wooden wine boxes also make gorgeous keepsakes. Each of these boxes makes a wonderful gift when paired with a bottle of wine. They feature a custom engravable medallion on the front and include a stainless-steel drip collar, bottle stopper, aerator, and corkscrew with a bottle opener.
Acacia Keepsake Caddy
This wooden caddy is a useful tool for staying organized through every walk of life. Whether they’re used for crafting tools or pantry staples, these decorative containers can be customized for lasting client keepsakes. You can also pair a caddy engraved for tea with a selection of teatime tools and accessories for an instant upgrade.
Knife blocks are a kitchen necessity! Not only do they showcase our LifeLong cutlery in style, but they also keep blades protected from damage and accidents.
Serving Trays and Boards
Wood serving trays make stunning, personalized gifts for clients. Our personalized serving trays are crafted from cherry, while our large serving boards are produced from beautiful acacia. These sturdy, yet lightweight boards are excellent both as chopping blocks as well as casual serving.
Pair any of our trays with a cutting board display stand to further elevate your recipient’s gift experience.
Custom Cherry Cutting Boards
Our custom cutting boards are made from quality, American cherry and can be engraved with the design of your choice. These cherry cutting boards come in two styles. The rectangular board features a juice groove, while the other is a house shaped cutting board that also doubles as an attractive cheese board or charcuterie tray.
Personalized Coaster Set
Everyone can use coasters! Our personalized coaster sets are double-layered and professionally printed for long lasting durability. Available in a variety of stunning shapes and designs, these leatherette coasters can be customized with a personal message or contact information and come with an attractive display case.
Gift twelve or more sets of these and price drops below $25 each.
Home Essentials Tool Tote
Our tool totes make great REALTOR® client gifts for new homeowners. So, they’re perfect for the holiday season, or customer appreciation throughout the year. These tool bags feature a business card display pocket and come with lots of pockets for organizing. There’s also a collection of home essentials neatly tucked inside including a hammer, crescent wrench, vice grips, a box cutter, scissors, measuring tape and more!
Corporate Christmas Gifts Over $50
Make a statement with these eye-popping Christmas gifts. Price between $50-$100, these ideas will ensure your services aren't forgotten.
Anyone who loves to cook knows that there’s no substitute for a quality knife. Designed to last a lifetime, our custom cutlery marries functionality with an elegant design that’s sure to be noticed. Featuring free engraving for your name or brand, we offer among the best blades in the business.
If you need a truly unique client gift idea, our Ulu knives are the way to go! These revolutionary kitchen knives have a variety of uses from chopping nuts and herbs to tackling pizza, veggies, or meat! So, they handle the job of multiple knives thanks to their stunning curved blade and comfortable handle.
Choose from several styles of our Ulu Elite™ blades with optional add ons and quantity discounts available. (You can see this product in action here.)
Gourmet Grilling Set
While most of us aren’t heating up the barbecue in the middle of winter, this thoughtful client gift idea guarantees you’ll be remembered once grilling season rolls back around. This personalized grilling set is perfect for backyard cookouts or block parties.
In lieu of personalization, this product can also be branded with select Virginia collegiate team logos.
Client Gift Baskets
It’s easy to build a gift basket around our products for personalized gifts for top clients. Pair our custom, kitchen serving ware with cheese and crackers or coffee and sweets for creative food themed gifts. Or gift our 3-piece entertainment set with kitchen basics such as tea towels and potholders.
I also love the idea of including a 2-piece pizza set with the ingredients you need to make your own homemade pizza from scratch!
Upscale Client Gifts Around $100 or More
While we offer fewer options in this category, you can easily combine related products for higher value options. These ideas are perfect for your most valued customers and are a great way to show your appreciation for their business throughout the holiday season.
Like our other categories, the more gifts you buy, the more you save. So don’t be afraid to stretch your budget to make an impactful statement.
Our engraved cutlery sets can be customized for a lifetime of cooking memories. Carefully curated to impress clients and fill a need, these upscale client gifts are ideal for your top customers.
You can also take this client holiday gift to the next level by pairing a knife set with our beautiful magnetic wood knife block. Or gift our classic 13-piece rosewood knife block set.
Damascus Hunting Knife
This limited edition Damascus hunting knife is a must have gift for fishing or hunting enthusiasts. Featuring a stunning blade made from 67 layers of Japanese VG-10 steel, this durable knife also has a solid yellow-rosewood handle with room for customization.
Ulu Knives with Bowl Boards
Our rocking knife choppers are even better when paired with a bowl board! Match an Ulu knife with a bowl board for a creative client gift that won’t go unnoticed. Our engraved round, oval and square chopping boards are designed to complement the curvature of the Ulu knife while also doubling as storage for this indispensable tool.
Client Appreciation Gifts Under $25
Most corporations or businesses have a huge client base. While we want to recognize everyone during the holiday season, most of us are limited by budget restraints.
Following are several economical ideas for personalized corporate gifts for clients that you can gift en masse. As each of these gift ideas cost less than $25 each, they’re a great way show customer appreciation and take advantage of the full tax deduction.
Stainless Steel Soap
Kitchen odors are an inconvenient result of cooking with fish, onions, or garlic. Luckily, there’s a handy kitchen tool that solves this problem! Our stainless steel soap bars are made from heavy-gauge, sand-polished steel so they last for years even with regular use. Personalize these with a full color message on the back for as little as $15 each.
Safety Knife Sharpeners
We offer a variety of knife sharpeners that allow you to safely sharpen kitchen knives and other blades for as little as $5 each. Not do these valuable kitchen tools work great as a solo gift, they also make a lovely addition to a Christmas gift basket.
Personalized Key Rings
Personalized key rings are a useful gift idea that everyone can use! Made from high quality stainless steel or eye-catching carbon fiber, these essential tools can either be engraved or customized in full color.
Everyone uses calendars! Whether it’s to keep track of upcoming appointments or school schedules, calendars are a valuable everyday resource. For this reason, our magnetic themed calendars are a wonderful choice for all your customers!
Regardless of the style of calendar you choose, we offer themes that appeal to every walk of life. For example, our recipe calendars are a top seller year after year. Customers are so delighted to receive these, they make annual requests for them. Plus, they’re produced and printed right here in the USA.
Magnetic Bottle Openers
No home is complete without a bottle opener. Our custom magnetic bottle openers are among the best of the best. Featuring durable stainless-steel construction and a heavy-duty magnet, these handy church keys also double as a safety box opener tool. Choose from a huge array of designs, then add your personal message or information to complete your custom gifts.
Another great idea for fun and functional gifts are custom refrigerator magnets. Everyone has a fridge. Why not give them something to decorate it? Whether you create DIY magnets with your own artwork or choose from our customizable designs, magnets are always a hit!
Our super scrapers are not only a great addition to customer gift baskets, they’re also a valuable stand-alone, holiday gift for clients. Available in two sizes, these kitchen scrapers give the competition a run for their money. Cooks LOVE the vibrant imagery and kitchen conversions on our jumbo version almost as much how easily they make it remove stuck on food. Plus, they double as ice scrapers in the winter.
Engraved Wine Opener
These wine corkscrews pair perfectly with a bottle of wine for a simple yet effective way to wish customers a Merry Christmas. Available engraved with your message or contact information, these classic wine bottle openers are crafted from premium stainless steel.
How much should you spend on a client gift?
If you are looking for a holiday gift for token clients, we suggest gifts in the $25-$50 price range. For more important relationships, it’s recommended that you spend between $50 and $100. In some instances, the gift total may even go as high as $1000 for affluent clients.
To help you decide how much you spend on a client, here are some important questions to consider:
Are client gifts tax deductible?
The IRS has strict limits on the amount you can deduct for client gifts. In general, you can only $25 for gifts per recipient each calendar year. The exception to this is entertainment themed gifts, such as tickets. For this type of gift, you may deduct $50 per year for each client.
There are some exceptions to this, however. Gifts with your personalized branding can potentially be written off at 100%. This is because they are considered a promotional or advertising expense. However, we recommend that you check with a tax professional in your area or state for clarification before making any purchasing decisions.
We hope our client holiday gift guide assists you in making lasting connections and building customer relationships. For more ways to successfully market your business, as well as information on new product launches and special offers, please subscribe to our newsletter. You can also follow us on Facebook or Instagram.
There are so many reasons to send greeting cards throughout the year. With uncertainty whirling around health and safety right now, staying connected can be a challenge. However, sending a personalized note card is a great way to keep in touch even when you can’t make a personal visit.
Greeting and note cards are a wonderful way to remind people not just that you’re thinking of them, but that their relationships matter. Following you’ll discover just a few ideas for sending out cards to people you know. What better reason to break into your forgotten stash of Forever stamps than to remind someone you care?
Ideas for People to Send Cards To Today!
The past one to two years have really deviated from what we what consider the norm. We certainly didn’t think we’d still be dealing with the effects of a pandemic after all this time. Yet here we are.
While there’s light at the end of the tunnel, personal communication is still a challenge for many of us. Staying connected with friends, family, and your community remains extremely important, even if we can’t visit in person. Letting someone know you’re thinking about them can go a long way in relieving stress and strengthening relationships.
Therefore, we’re sharing ten reasons to send a card to the people you know.
Reasons to Send a Greeting or Note Card
Following are ten amazing people you can reach out to with a greeting or note card. Sending something as simple as a card is a wonderful way to make someone's week!
A Friend Who's Far from Family
It’s likely a challenge to hop on a plane to visit family and friends who live out of state. Let them know you’re thinking of them — and schedule a phone or video chat! — with a beautiful PLUSH™ note card.
Parents + Grandparents
Nothing brightens a parent or grandparent’s day more than getting mail from you or the grandkids! (Other than an unexpected visit, of course). Your note doesn’t have to be long; something simple and sweet will do the trick just fine. Include a funny story or childhood memory for extra-big smiles.
Your Spouse or Significant Other
Yes! You can totally send a card to someone in your own home. If the past several months have left you both feeling stressed, or even a little distant, a from-the-heart note can go a long way in the healing process.
Elderly Friends + Neighbors
Chances are, things are still just as hard on your elderly friends and neighbors now as they were when COVID first hit. Many still feel uncomfortable going out in public or having visitors over. With a new cold and flu season on the way, a note from you might just add some warmth to their day.
Health Care Workers in Your Life
For many frontline workers, every day still brings fear and uncertainty. And with anticipated winter case surges, spirits are undoubtedly low. Don’t underestimate the power that a few sincere words can have on someone who continues to give so much.
If you’re still working from home, reach out to your work friends with a funny story or memory. Hopefully, it won’t be long before you’re gossiping by the water cooler again.
The school year has been just as stressful and frustrating for our teachers as it has been for students and parents. (Let’s not forget that many teachers are parents as well). A simple note of empathy and thanks to the teacher in your life will mean more than you know.
Your Friends Who Are Still Homeschooling
There is nothing easy about homeschooling, especially when it’s a decision you were forced into. If you have a friend whose kitchen is still a classroom, reach out. Tell them how proud you are that they’re taking on the challenge of keeping their kids educated. Plus remind them that no matter how tough the struggle may seem, that you know they’re killing it.
Friends Who Are New Parents
Being a new parent is hard enough. However, parenting during a pandemic can be downright terrifying. Chances are there are many parents who feel isolated and alone. And when help does arrive, it isn’t without risk. Your note of love and encouragement could serve as the sweet pick-me-up new parents need to get them through the day.
Frontline Workers Who Can't Work from Home
While you might be completely over working from home, you probably have a friend who would kill for the peace of mind that distance working can offer. A note of sympathy and encouragement is just the ticket to get them through a tough week, and hopefully bring a smile to their face.
Need More Ideas to Mail Cards?
For more reasons to send a greeting card, be sure to check out this post on 5 fun and unexpected occasions to send a card a past client.
You can also peruse our gorgeous line of folded note cards designed for every occasion. These high-quality note cards feature a velvety smooth PLUSH™ finish, (link to plush product post) with quantity discounts available.
There are lots of great reasons to send a greeting card to those who matter most in your life. However, sending cards to past clients is often overlooked. Just as you nurture your relationships with friends, family, and neighbors with a special note, you also build your business relationships when you send a card.
This post explores some easy ways you can reconnect with past clients with a personalized note card.
Social Media as a Marketing Resource
These days, real estate agents and other business owners have an invaluable resource at their fingertips: being social media friends with their clients.
Not only is it fun to keep up with their lives after the transaction, but you now have a front-row seat to some of their biggest moments and accomplishments.
How can you use this insider’s look to connect and stay top-of-mind? Comments and likes on life event posts are often lost in the crowd. However, a tangible, beautifully designed notecard delivered to their mailbox won’t be forgotten!
Reaching back out to your past clients after a sale makes a huge impact. It also goes a long way toward nurturing those relationships. When you take the time to wish someone a happy birthday or congratulations, you further build on those connections. This in turn helps to boost loyalty and can lead to referrals down the road.
Top Occasions to Send Cards in the Mail
With the help of social media platforms like Facebook, you have an amazing opportunity to connect with past clients. You can use your inside look into their lives to send a card in the mail related to that particular event.
Here are the top five special occasions you can take advantage of to send a card to a past client:
Ok, this is an easy one, but so simple. Did you know that under your Events tab on Facebook, you can see all your friends’ upcoming birthdays? This means you’ll have plenty of time to get a birthday card signed, sealed, and delivered. Your client will be so blown away that you remembered their special day!
Our greeting card service, Minute Mail Gifts, is an affordable way to send a custom greeting card with an amazing gift. Not only is it quick and easy, but this card service also allows you to include photos and a custom message inside for a truly personalized connection.
Expecting a New Baby
Are you even having a baby if you don’t announce it on social media first? Whether your client is becoming a parent or grandparent for the first time, or the fifth time, a new baby is always cause for celebration — and a card.
Celebrate that impending bundle of joy with a custom greeting card. Then be sure to send a follow up gift once the baby is born.
Launching a New Business or Organization
Starting a business, passion project, event, or organization is a huge deal. It’s also one that requires a lot of support from friends and family. Sending a card with a few words of encouragement will go a long way in fueling your client’s dreams and making a lasting impression.
Retiring or Landing a New Job
This new chapter of life can leave anyone feeling a little nervous, scared, and excited. A friendly, encouraging note from you could be just the push they need to feel totally confident.
Getting Engaged or Married
Getting married is a major life event that may require your expert real estate services sooner rather than later. Make sure you’re staying top-of-mind with a beautiful, heartfelt note of congratulations on a new engagement or marriage.
More Reasons Why You Should Send a Card
Looking for more ideas to send a card in the mail? Then be sure to explore ten other reasons to send a greeting card to past client or just someone you know!
In addition to mailing out physical cards, client gifts are another great way to further relationships. Check out our client holiday gift guide for branded gift ideas to help enhance your existing or past client relationships and gain referrals.
Need a unique closing gift for your most important clients? Our Ulu Elite® Knife and Ulu-Mate™ Bowl Boards combine for a client gift that won’t be forgotten. These quality kitchen tools are a great way to strengthen relationships with important customers.
Keep reading to learn the history behind the ulu knife, watch a video demonstration on how it’s used and to learn where to buy this amazing product.
What is an Ulu Knife?
Ulu knives were originally used as multi-purpose tools by native Alaskans who were part of the Inuit culture. Traditionally used by women, these rocking knives featured a handle made from a caribou antler, muskox horn or walrus ivory. While the cutting surface was created using slate or shale as metal smelting was not available. Designed for common domestic tasks such a food preparation and skinning, this unique knife has since evolved for use in modern society.
Today, the ulu knife has been improved with contemporary materials for use in the kitchen. As these knives are so versatile, our Ulu Elite® knife is able to replace other popular options such as paring and Chef’s knives.
A revolutionary kitchen tool, this cutlery is finely crafted with a curved, heat tempered blade and comfortable handle. It can be used to chop nuts and herbs as well as vegetables and meats, all with comfort and ease. You’ll love how much it increases efficiency when cutting. While the mirror finish on the blade allows for clean cuts and prevents food from sticking.
These knives work best when paired with our Ulu-Mate™ bowl boards. A twist on a traditional flat cutting board, bowl boards are meticulously handcrafted to complement the curvature of the ulu. They also provide a handy spot for storing your knife when it’s not in use.
Why Choose the Ulu Elite®
yIt's no surprise that our latest and greatest knife — the Ulu Elite™ — was inspired a customer we met at a trade show. We're always listening to our customers about how to improve our ever-growing product lineup.
Our Ulu Elite™ boasts a stunning curved blade and comfortable handle that allow you to tackle many of the jobs paring and chef knives do — just much easier.
It's made for quickly rock-chopping and rock-slicing veggies, meat, nuts, herbs, pizza and more. Since force is applied down on the knife, rather than beside it, the Ulu offers no wasted energy and amazing comfort, even for long cutting sessions (perfect for your weekly meal prep!).
The rugged, full-tang blade features a phenolic resin-infused acacia handle, so it won't become damaged by water. We also designed it to be mirror-polished to the very tips, so food won’t stick and your cuts will be clean.
To customize this client gift with a message or to reflect your brand, we also offer personalization of this product.
How to Use an Ulu Knife
While it’s doubtful you’ll use the ulu knife to skin animals, build igloos or cut hair, this product is still a highly valuable tool for anyone who’s serious about cooking. This client gift is perfect for foodies, chefs, and even untrained cooks. It also a great tool for hunters.
To help you learn the proper way to use an ulu knife, we’ve provided a short video to illustrate this tool in action.
Once you get comfortable using this extraordinary new tool, it can be used for:
Why the Ulu Makes a Great Closing Gift
So what makes the Ulu Elite® the best closing gift ever? First, you can almost guarantee your clients — and their friends — don't already have one, making it a conversation-starter that will always end in the amazing service they received from you.
The knife is also engraved along the blade with your name and short business info, so they'll never forget who gave them such a one-of-a-kind and useful gift, or how to contact you again.
For the best experience, pair the Ulu Elite™ with our Ulu-Mate™ Bowl Boards, which are handmade from smoothed Plantation Hardwood and crafted to complement the curvature of the Ulu's blade. Because of the bowl shape, food stays contained while chopping. The back of the board also features a unique slit for holding and displaying the knife when not in use.
There are other advantages to gifting an ulu knife with a bowl board. The flat side of the board also makes an elegant serving board for entertaining. I love using mine as a charcuterie board as the knife is so readily available for use, if needed.
Cleaning and Care
An important tip to remember when caring for your Ulu knife is to never put it in the dishwasher. Due to its construction, you should always wash this rocking knife by hand and clean it after each use. You’ll also want to take precautions when cleaning as the blade on these knives is exceptionally sharp.
As our acacia wood handles are infused with water-resistant phenolic resin, there’s no need to oil the handles to maintain their natural beauty.
Where to Buy
The stunning line of Ulu Elite® products, including knives and bowl boards, can be purchased from LifeLong Gifts.
You can also read a customer review here on these top quality kitchen products from an Arizona bakery!