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What to Get Your Wilmington Renters for the Holidays

Christmas Gift Basket for Wilmington TenantsAs a Wilmington landlord, you understand really well that a superb tenant can be complicated to find – and sometimes, even more, tedious to keep. To strengthen good relations with your tenants, one easy thing you can do is to give them a small appreciation gift for the holidays. Keeping your tenants happy can take effort, but a happy tenant is one who is very likely to take good care of your property, pay their rent on time, and stay in the rental home for a long duration. Even something as small as a simple holiday gift could let them have an idea that you appreciate them – and would like them to stay.

A thoughtful tenant gift is one that your renters can use, but that is appropriate for their particular status and situation. Most of the best tenant gifts are, in addition, housewarming gifts because they tend to be welcome things for almost everyone. A box of gourmet cookies or a bottle of wine may be just the thing to sincerely show your support and to build rapport with your tenants. A small, nice houseplant, a thank-you card, or a set of monogrammed coasters are equally splendid ideas and would likely be both put into service and definitely appreciated by your tenants.

If you see that gifting your tenants a traditional housewarming gift isn’t quite up to your alley, other solutions may make more sense. Few tenants may appreciate a free property upgrade in lieu of a gift. One relatively inexpensive upgrade that will make your rental property more pleasantly comfortable (and more appealing to future tenants) is installing USB ports or one or more smart devices. Even a basic video doorbell or smart thermostat could mean a lot to your tenant while also increasing the value of your property. It’s an investment that is absolutely sure to pay off in many different ways.

Other great tenant gift ideas are less than tangible, however, no less appreciated. For illustration, if you have multiple tenants in the same town, consider hosting a fun event for your tenants, like a free movie night or gathering. An additional effective way would be to gift them a helpful service, such as water or furnace filter delivery. If financially viable, you may likewise think of giving them a welcome break on any upcoming rent increases, like maybe delaying their increase for a few months. Send them a friendly card conveying your intentions, and most likely, they will be very pleased with the gift of minimum rent for a few months longer than they estimated.

At the minimum, you should be sending your tenants a card or other acknowledgment for the holidays. Not only is this a good habit to get into generally, but really, it could be just as effective as a gift in encouraging goodwill. On the other hand, if you decide to send a card to your tenants, it’s significant to be mindful of different religions and cultures. Not all people celebrate Christmas, so unless you are certain that your tenants do, it’s great to wish them instead “Happy Holidays.” As a result, you can affirm respect for your tenants while sending good wishes their way.


Regardless of what you get your renters for the holidays, make sure that it is thoughtful and appropriate. Even supposing it may take some time to select and give just the right gift, eventually, those efforts will be well worth it. Definitely, if you live at a distance from your properties or find yourself short on time, another great option is to hire a professional Wilmington property manager to do it for you. At Real Property Management Champion, we proactively nurture good tenant relationships in multiple different ways. Would you like to see and learn more? Give us a call at 910-782-4488 today!

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