Best Fixer-Upper Housewarming Gifts

Best Fixer-Upper Housewarming Gifts

Apr 30, 2008

Eleven months ago we closed on our first home. Ten months ago we moved in to our work-in-progress from the tent in the backyard. The time has flown by at record speed and we can't quite believe that last April we didn't know the difference between a reciprocal and a miter saw. Older and wiser now (chuckle chuckle, snort snort), we're often asked what items make good "fixer-upper" housewarming gifts. Our list below the jump:

We're going for practical here. We have to admit, when one friend showed up with a roll of butcher paper and a 10-pack of painter's tape, we swore it was the most beautiful gift we had ever seen...

  • Home Improvement 1-2-3: Expert Advice from the Home Depot (aka our Bible)

  • a good quality respirator

  • leather work gloves

  • safety glasses

  • a plybar (invaluable...really.)

  • shop vac!!!!

  • contractor trash bags (don't laugh, we ALWAYS ran out and ALWAYS needed more)

  • a digital camera to document the process (if you feel like dropping some dough on a gift)

  • a fantastic mix tape or cd 'cause the radio gets old real fast

  • a bottle of whiskey (or wine or beer get the idea)

  • Any more suggestions?

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