Expressing gratitude to clients with a gift is a traditional way many real estate pros like to sew up their transactions. Closing gifts not only serve as a nice gesture on a happy occasion, but they can also leave a lasting impression upon the buyers and sellers who receive them.
Giving any gift at all is most certainly appreciated, but creativity is key if you’re going for maximum impact. Creativity isn’t everyone’s strong suit, though. No worries! We reached out to our email list, and they were happy to oblige by sharing the best closing gifts they’ve ever given.
Some are practical.
Some are creative.
And a few have backstories that are downright touching.
I’m a newbie and just getting started on fun closing gifts, but so far I have found that my clients absolutely love them. They keep my face in front of them all the time.
Keller Williams Legacy One
Advantage Home Team
Monogrammed Yetis with my contact info on the bottom, so every time they take a sip someone else will see my info. and ask.
Jenny Heymann, REALTOR®
I would say the best/most unique gift I have ever given for a closing was when I gave my clients (who moved from Hawaii to Denver, CO) a snowblower after they moved in.
They had never lived around snow before so I thought it would be a great and fitting gift being that I knew a huge storm was on its way. The snowblower made it just in time, and I think they loved it. Lol!
Steve Tower, Realtor Associate (RS-76204)
What to get high-end clients that have EVERYTHING? Chances are, they’re buying a home with a pool…
Oversized monogrammed pool towels for everyone in the family! Anyone that has owned a pool knows that there are NEVER enough towels and no one will run off with monogrammed ones! If you really do it right, their friends will ask where they got them. Your clients will answer, “Oh, our fabulous Realtor!”
Lindsey Holley Newburn, REALTOR®
Griffin Real Estate Group
Stitch Folks. SO personalized yet reasonably priced! Clients will remember you forever because of this. These are so impressive it makes me wanna buy one for myself!It’s hard to beat custom embroidery from
Olivia Nicodemus, Agent/REALTOR®
The Gene Group REALTORS®
My favorite and most memorable closing gifts were hand made signs from recycled pallets. I have an old agent friend who went into referral status and is so creative. She made me these super cute signs, burned each sign with the year and last name of the client and attached a little piece of twine to hang it. I love them and when I give them to my clients at closing their eyes light up when they see “our first home” and then the year and last name. Super personal & super unique.
Lindsey L. Vinzant, Realtor®
The Amanda Hoke Real Estate Team
Carder Realty Group
I like to give reproductions of old maps of the town that they’re moving into. They’re very well received. I can mount and frame them myself (saves $$), and I can put my card on the back. Every time they look at the map they (hopefully) will think of me and recommend me to others!
Stephanie Stone, REALTOR®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
I have a couple favorites:
I was helping a Middle Eastern man with his home purchase, and he was surprised by how much paperwork and time was needed to get it closed. He said that “back in his country”, people could buy a home, exchange wads of cash, throw in a few goats, shake hands and the deal was done. The day of closing arrived, and I made him a gift basket that included $50 in singles, rolled up around toilet paper tubes to look like wads and a goat figurine. We shook hands, and I handed him the keys. He loved it!
I was helping a couple shop for homes and they were very religious people. They only wanted to see homes with Blessed Mary statues on the lawns. They wrote an offer on a home and asked for the statue to be included, but the sellers wouldn’t leave it. I found out where they bought it and got the exact same one for my clients, and before closing I went over to the house to set her up. :)
Sarah D’Hondt, REALTOR®
As a closing gift, I hosted a housewarming party for my buyer after closing. I received 3 leads from the party.
Lori Webster, REALTOR®, CNE
RE/MAX Sun Properties
There is a guy in my hometown who makes handmade decorations out of stainless steel. He has many designs to pick from. I usually go with the flower for most of my buyers. This is such a great gift for their yard. Plus, they will always remember where they got it from and there friends will ask where/how they got it!
A park bench.
I get my husband to assemble it, and I attached a brass plate to it, saying:
“Compliments of your Realtor, DARLENE ANSTEY, Broker”
Darlene Anstey, Broker
Royal Lepage Trinity Realty, Brokerage
One of my clients had a 4 year old daughter that was fighting leukemia and going thru a series of chemo. She (the daughter) always wanted me to hold her and she would play with my long hair (she had none). So, when we closed on their house, I went and had 13 inches of my hair cut and donated it to Locks of Love in her honor. Not really a closing gift, per se, but it meant a lot to my clients.
Tricia Kenney, REALTOR®
Treeline Realty Corp.
We get referrals from this housewarming gift. The buyer never forgets us when we give this mouse in house framed print.
On the back we print: “May this be the only mouse that visits your house.” Under that is our company logo, contact info and the signatures of everyone on team that made the sale happen.
Best closing gift I ever, ever gave was early on in my career. Worked with a wonderful family and the children wanted a dog. At closing, I handed over a certificate for the local animal shelter. I am a huge fan of rescuing. It was a win-win for everyone, both the dog and the family!
Cheryl A. Brun, AHWD, ASP, GRI, MRP, SRS
Sibcy Cline Realtors
Alpha Beta Photography, and the cost is usually about $115 CAD (about $75-80 US). It’s a unique gift and one that my clients will usually hang in a prominent place in their living room, foyer or family room. Love their work — and they ship it directly to my home or office and I can order it online.One of the best closing gifts that I like to give is a picture of the client’s last name that they can hang. I use
Jim Datlen, Real Estate Broker/Trainer
Century 21 Millennium Inc., Brokerage
An orange tree. My clients had been trying to buy a home for years after falling on hard times (and a crooked lender). They have 5 beautiful children and the kids always wanted an orange tree . So, an orange tree, soil, and fertilizer it was! Got an email 2 weeks after close telling me how much fun the family had planting the tree together and how they think of me every time they see the tree.
A Pizza Delivery Worksheet.
It never fails. At the closing, when I know my clients are moving with friends & family, I show up with a pizza order worksheet. Simple & easy: topping options, number of attendees, preferred beverages & the date/time of their move. It’s great to stop in with food & drinks the day of the move. Revisiting the experience with the clients, meeting their closest friends/family members. Remember the paper plates & napkins… you never know if the kitchen is unpacked or not!
Lindsey Kehr, Realtor®, ABR/SFR/BPOR
Director of Business Development
I provide a cake that looks like the buyers house that I bring to their house warming party with a very nice bottle of Dom. The cake is a hit and I get lots of the guest at the party asking for my card and many great referrals.
CalBRE No. 01944339
SHANKLE REAL ESTATE
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Tom Brady’s signed helmet.
My client told me he wanted to get more signed memorabilia. I’ve never seen someone so grateful for the gift I got him. He said it was one of the nicest things anyone has ever done for him!
I get gifts just to put a smile on my clients face.
Diamond Realty & Associates
Mary Jones, REALTOR®
Keller Williams Realty
Last week I bought my buyers a pool table. While looking at homes, the husband kept saying he wanted one for their new home! Okay… okay… so it was a table top toy pool table, but hey it’s a pool table! Haha it was pretty funny and they absolutely loved it! Of course I got them balloons, wine, cake and a gift card too! Love love love working with buyers!
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services
It was a custom build home. I would go out and check on the progress. One day when I was out at the house, I grabbed a pallet. I then took it home and had someone paint it with my client’s initial of their last name. I gave it to them on our final walk thru. It’s still on their back patio. This was the final product. I thought it was need that they had a piece of the build process as a decoration piece. They loved it!
Sarah Dilks, Realtor® Associate
Coldwell Banker Select
My buyers closed on a home and during the loan process they lost their father to Cancer. They didn’t even tell me, but I had a hard time getting a hold of them until closing. I was fortunate enough to meet their father during the showing. As a closing gift I gave them an angel statue to go next to the bench that sat by the creek where they told met they always talked and prayed to their dad.
Mays Khalaf, REALTOR®
Comey & Shepherd REALTORS®