From Dennis and Jane Guertin | Guertin Family Realty | (952) 442-1300 |
It's the season of giving, and finding a really special present can take a lot of shopping around! Here's a time-saving list of ideas for gifts that also make great housewarming presents at any time of year.
Dennis and Jane Guertin
(952) 442-1300 Direct

Great Gift Ideas for Home and Family

For the Lover of Curb Appeal:

Tree of Life Garden Hose Holder


Store your garden hose artfully
with this handmade "Tree of Life" holder.  It comes with hardware that makes it easy to hang outside your home or garage.

Price Range: Around $70.

For the Artistic Entertainer:

The Easel Serving Palette with Bowls

People rave about this creative artist's palette style serving tray.
It comes with six colorful bowls designed to look like a set of paints, while the curved shape and thumb hole allow it to be carried easily with one hand, like an easel.

Price Range: Around $35.

For the BBQer:

Set of Kabob Grilling Baskets

Topped with a rosewood handle, the basket makes it easy to flip food for thorough grilling without having to worry about anything falling off a skewer. 

Price Range: Around $17 for the set of four.

For Cat Lovers:

Cats with Yarn Glass Tumbler Set


Each of these four tumblers is decorated with a humorous illustration depicting the theme of "Cat Meets Yarn".  (The glasses are not frosted, they are filled with milk in the photo.) Perfect for people who love cats and/or knitting.

Price Range: Around $35 for the set of four.

For the History Buff:

History of the World Map by Map Coffee Table Book

More than 140 detailed maps tell the story of pivotal episodes in world history, following patterns of exploration, discovery, or conquest that created empires, colonies, and theaters of war.

Price Range: Currently around $34.

For the Loser of Keys:

Genuine Rock Key Hiding Place


A hiding place for keys that actually looks like natural stone... because it is.
:) Users give high reviews to this inconspicuous key keeper made from rock that has been naturally rounded by wind and water.

Price Range: Around $22.

For Dog Lovers:

Bad Dog® Diner Mug Set

Dog lovers will appreciate these microwaveable mugs humorously illustrated with a dog studiously ignoring commands.

Price Range:  Around $35 for the set of four.

For the Creative Gardener:

Bottle Stopper Hydroponic Herb Garden Kit

Emptying a wine bottle now creates a home for your own hydroponic herb garden. These bottle stoppers and seed starters create a maintenance-free mini-garden for herbs that can be harvested within a few weeks.

Price Range: Around $35.

For Kids Who Appreciate Stylish Lighting:

Gummy Bear Light with Timer


Not edible! :) Kids can squeeze the belly to turn on the Gummy Bear LED light, and parents can set it to either turn off after an hour or stay on. User reviews say these bears are a big hit with kids. (For children 3+ years old.)

Price Range: Around $28 per light.

For the Person Who Says "Don't Get Me Anything":

Donate a Farm Animal

"A cow, not a cup" is the motto of Heifer International,
a non-profit that donates farm animals and livestock training to under-served populations. If there's someone on your gift list who doesn't need or want anything, a donation in their name might be the perfect way to show you're thinking of them.

Price Range: Starting at $20.

Note: Links to online shopping sources are included for efficiency's sake, but items may be available at various locations, including non-online stores. This is not intended to recommend any particular shopping resource. Item images courtesy of and
What the lawyers make us say: The information here is not presented as expert legal or financial advice. Please use your best judgment and consult professionals when necessary.
Recent Market Highlights

- U.S. home prices rose 5.5 percent year-to-year in September, according to a recent S&P/Case-Shiller report.  They rose 5.4 percent year-to-year in October,  according to CoreLogic, a data and analytics company.

- The national average 30-year fixed mortgage rate is in the mid 4-percent range.

The October Pending Home Sales Index decreased 6.7 percent year-to-year, according to the National Association of Realtors®.
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Links that Make Life Easier

Sometimes real estate-related, sometimes not... these are assorted links that come in handy:

Kapwing Online Video Creator and Editor
An unbelievably easy-to-use online tool that makes it a cinch to produce all kinds of videos, slideshows, memes, and more.

2019 Colors of the Year
HGTV showcases the 2019 Colors of the Year, revealed by Benjamin Moore, Behr, and Sherwin Williams.

Pastry-Topped Turkey Casserole
A good way to turn holiday meal leftovers into a delicious main course.

The Lighter Side


An elderly man in the Philippines stole the heart of online viewers when he was filmed doing everything he could to protect his beloved dog from the rain. Click here or on the image above to watch the video on the family-friendly VideoOasis website.

(If it starts with an ad you'll be able to skip the ad after five seconds by clicking in the lower right corner of the video.)

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Have a great day,

Dennis and Jane Guertin
Broker/Owner, REALTOR®, SFR, CBR, e-PRO, GRI, BA
Guertin Family Realty

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