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Unique Gift Ideas for the New Homeowner - The Sensible Sort

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By : Andy Asbury    99 or more times read
If someone on your Christmas list has just purchased a new home and you're trying to come up with gift ideas that will provoke a 'wow' response, this article will hopefully give you a few suggestions to pique your interest. These items are unusual, practical, and all are pretty cool. So if scented candles, themed gift baskets, and monogrammed towel sets just aren't your thing, read on for some gift ideas that are sensible, with a twist.

Purchasing a complete home security system for someone would be an extravagant gift, and one that's fraught with difficulties in terms of execution. However, if you'd like a little peace of mind knowing that your friend is safe in their new home, there are other options out there.

For instance, if your friend's a gardener, the Solar Shed Light will come in handy when the eerie cover of dusk creeps in. Solar Shed Lights can provide nearly 3 hours of light per charge, and run on rechargeable batteries that are powered by solar energy. These lights are very affordable, and make a great gift for someone who needs to tinker in their shed after dark, but is too skittish to do so.

For the easily spooked, nighttime inside the house can also be creepy, not to mention dangerous. If you don't have nightlights turned on, you can easily trip on something and get hurt. Often however, there aren't any plug-ins right where you need them, so it's with a great sigh of relief that we introduce the Portable Motion Detecting Dusk-to-Dawn LED Blue Night Light. This light is battery operated and can stand on its own, which means that you can move it to any area of the house you like. It uses motion detection technology, so it doesn't waste any battery life, and it has a special photocell that ensures that it only turns on at night. This fantastic blue light is also extremely light and features a flexible neck, so you can position it right where you need it. For under $30, this light makes a great gift.

Does your friend like to travel? While away from the house, it's a good idea to make it seem like someone's at home, in order to deter burglars. Light timers are a great option if you can't afford to hire a house sitter, but since the lights turn on at the same time every night, observant criminals may catch on. If they figure out that no one's home, they'll feel much more confident about breaking in. Timers work well in deterring opportunist thieves, but if you want to help your friend be even safer, you may want to get them this cool security feature that does a much better job faking it than timers: the FakeTV Burglar Deterrent Device.

The FakeTV Burglar Deterrent Device simulates the light flickers and color changes that regular televisions make and can be set to turn on at dusk plus 4 hours, or dusk plus 7 hours. At the prescribed time, it automatically shuts off, giving the impression that the occupants have gone to sleep. FakeTV has a light sensor, so that it can tell when it's dusk, and it uses much less electricity than actual television sets. Perfect for travelers and for people who don't want others to know that they're home alone, the FakeTV Burglar Deterrent Device is an inexpensive and simple way to protect one's home.

A slightly more eccentric security system is called M30P Magic Mirror. Hooked up to your existing security system, the Magic Mirror appears to be a regular mirror, but in reality houses a LCD screen with a CGI character named Basil. The ominous-looking Basil appears as just a head floating in front of a cloudy background. Basil only appears when his sensors detect that there's motion inside or outside the house (depending on which areas of your home are monitored). Basil is able to repeat preset recordings and report real time information. The M30P Magic Mirror allows you to give a gift that's both useful and kitschy in one to-die-for gift.

If the new homeowner in your life already has beefed-up security, but he or she has trouble keeping up with their yard work and housekeeping, you may consider hiring a maid, but why do that when there are cool gadgets you can get instead?

Vacuuming robots have been around for a few years, but today's models are much smarter than they used to be. They can detect obstacles (like your cat), and they return automatically to their docking station to recharge after use.

The newest addition to the realm of household robot technology is the Auto Mower, a solar powered robotic lawn mower. Slightly resembling the Batmobile, the Auto Mower is technologically advanced and perfect for those who can't (or won't) use a traditional lawn mower. Once its batteries get low, it heads to its docking station for a recharge, and then promptly goes back out to finish the job. If you're nervous about the Auto Mower being thief bait, have no fears. The Auto Mower requires a pin number to activate and also has a security alarm that sounds when unauthorized users try to mess with it. Pets, children, and potted plants are safe around the Auto Mower because when it brushes against something, it bounces backwards and heads off in a different direction.

In winter months, no activity is more backache-producing than shoveling snow. Thankfully, there are now Heated Traction Mats, which can melt up to 2 inches of snow per hour. Just line the mat along your driveway or walkway, plug it into a standard 120 V outlet, sit back, and watch snow and ice melt away! These mats are available in various sizes, can be left out all winter long, and are made out of non-slip rubber. If there's one gift any new homeowner outside of LA would love, it's the Heated Traction Mat.

For gifts that are even more unusual and decidedly extravagant, check out the continuation of this article, "Extraordinary Gifts for the New Homeowner."
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