Unique gifts to give your home this year


By Jane Abbott

Do you love giving your family the perfect gift? No doubt you do! But these days there are so many cool presents to give, how do you choose? Why not give the gift that keeps on giving? No, we're not talking about the latest iPhone, that will be dead as soon as the newest version comes out - we're talking about home renovations! It might sound like a big undertaking, but there are a couple of things you can do around the house that will surely put you on the nice list this year. Check out these home renovation that will not only make your family happy, but they'll add value to your home! 1. Redo the patio It's summertime, so an outdoor renovation will be a welcome gift for the whole family. But a patio makeover isn't just good for aesthetics, it's also one of the little things you can do to boost the value of your home if you're looking to sell in the future. Redoing the patio is a matter of your personal preference, but there are a couple of must-have things to make the space extra special. The first element is, of course, a comfortable place to relax, shaded from the hot Australian sun. You can easily do this with an umbrella, awning or even under a big tree. Next, make sure your garden is well tended to by weeding and planting fresh flowers. Finally, have the kids been asking for a tree fort? Maybe this is the year to transform the old garden shed into a cool clubhouse! 2. Spruce up the boudoir Have you been looking to spice things up in the bedroom recently? Well, there's really no better way to get on the nice list than committing to a redesign of your most intimate space! Because this is such a special place, make sure you involve your partner with the decorating as well. On Christmas morning, surprise your significant other with your intentions (perhaps with a corny coupon saying 'IOU one new bedroom'). Giving the bedroom a makeover doesn't have to mean stripping the place down to the bare bones. Often, it just means grabbing some fresh sheets, artwork or a new statement piece and then rearranging the room so it looks like a new place. A fresh interior design in the bedroom will have you all getting a good night's sleep dreaming of sugar plums, no doubt. After all these renovations, you'll be ready to host Christmas at your place next year! 3. Remodel the kitchen The kitchen is another space that's going to add value to your home if you want to sell in the future, but for now, it's a great entertaining space. New countertops, cabinets and eco-friendly appliances are easy ways to elevate your kitchen to the next level. This is another 'IOU' coupon situation, as you want to make sure the family gets some of their own input on the project. After all these renovations, you'll be ready to host Christmas at your place next year! For more information on how you can transform your home with valuable renovations, contact the team here at First National today.