35 Real Estate Agents Reveal The Best Closing Gifts They’ve Ever Given
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 thesereal estate seasoning gifts. They keep my face in front of them all the time.
Megan Ramos Keller Williams Legacy One Advantage Home Team
Monogrammed Yetiswith my contact info on the bottom, so every time they take a sip someone else will see my info. and ask.
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) Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties
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!”
It’s hard to beat custom embroidery fromStitch 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!
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.
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!
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. :)
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!
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!
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 useAlpha 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.
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.
Rebecca Johnson HomeSmart
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 Realty Executives
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.
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!
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®
I had clients arriving from out of state with a Uhaul late the night before Thanksgiving so I got the catered Thanksgiving meal from Publix (grocery store) ready to pop in the oven plus everything they’d need to enjoy it so they’d be able to spend their first Thanksgiving in paradise in their new home with all the family that came to help them move. It was waiting in the fridge when they arrived with the supplies on the counter.
They are still good friends years later!
Nicole Askew Right Choice Realty
The best closing gift I gifted was apersonalized housewarming pillowthat says “Home” with my buyers initials and their closing date. It also had a personalized message just for them on the tag on the side of the pillow along with my contact and brokerage information (for referrals and future).
And because there’s advertising on it there’s a partial tax write off!
The best closing gift I still use today: a personalized cutting board fromPersonalization Mall. It allows me to personalize it with their names and at the bottom write: Thank you, Dee Langley Realty Associates.
This way they will always have my name and it’s the first thing for their home that is useful and pretty.
If they buy and sell with me then I useNew Nest Pillowsto again personalize a pillow with their names and a tag on the side with my name and phone number!
I have given personalized wine glasses, and the cutco knives too but I love the cutting board the best.
Dee Langley, REALTOR®, CDPE, SPS Dee Langley Realtor Associates LLC RE/MAX
I always give a gift that coincides with whatever holiday is approaching or even perhaps just passed, as long as it’s appropriate for the clients’ religious beliefs, nationality, etc. This way each year when they take it out to decorate for that holiday they will think of me! Here’s an example of a large pumpkin clay planter that I got at Home Depot last year. I bought a ton of the large ones (they never go out of style).
I had lots of closings in Sept. and Oct. last year so all of my clients received one and I have extras for this year. They can either use it as a planter or put a candle in it and it can be used inside or outside. It’s durable so will last for years!
Inside of the card that I give with my closing gift I always give a gift certificate to a local restaurant that delivers too so they can use it on moving day when they are busy and don’t have time to cook!
Christine Manzo, REALTOR® The EZ Sales Team Keller Williams Realty Greater Cleveland West
I just closed with one of the sweetest ladies you will ever meet. We were able to close in 14 days time with the fast work of everyone and it was the smoothest transactions I have ever experienced. She is a huge prayer warrior and always shared scripture for relying on God for everything and this was His plan.
A lady at my church does watercolor and has some amazing artwork that sells in a local shop as well as on Etsy (https://www.etsy.com/shop/truecotton). I went to the shop one day looking for the perfect gift for this client and found one with beautiful colors stating one of the verses that the client had shared with me on numerous occasions.
After she opened it, her eyes filled with tears as she told me she had been in the shop before and really wanted this piece & frame, but she did not want to spend the extra money on it as she was buying a house. She was in awe that God used me to give her a gift that had so much meaning to her and that she would think of me every time she saw it in her home. Was truly very special.
Jen Wetzel, NC/SC Realtor & Team Leader Re/Max Executive Realty The “With Jen, You Win” Team
My favorites are a customized cutting board (round or rectangular, depending on clients) fromChef Bella. I have their names on the front and a message engraved from me on the back ($90 + shipping).
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