We’ve all been there—Christmas is days away, and you still haven’t picked out a gift for the real estate investor in your life.
A small apartment building or beachfront home would be a fitting gift, but if you’re looking for something a little more budget-friendly that will arrive within a few days, we’ve got your back. From tools to learning materials to digital gifts, you’re sure to find something on this list that your recipient real estate investor will appreciate.
1. BiggerPockets Pro Membership
A Pro Membership from BiggerPockets gives real estate investors access to unlimited property analysis calculator reports, rent and rehab estimates, workshops and webinars, and free software to make deal finding and property management a breeze. If you gift a membership at $32.50/month (billed annually), they’ll also get unlimited lawyer-approved lease agreements for all 50 states.
With 12 months of resources, this is the gift that keeps on giving. And since it’s digital, you can go ahead and procrastinate until the very last minute
2. Handy Laser Distance Measure
Every savvy real estate investor needs a laser distance measure, like this BOSCH Blaze GLM50C Bluetooth-enabled 165-ft laser distance measure with color backlit display from Amazon. Rather than fumbling with a tape measure and notepad or guessing whether the master bedroom will fit a king-sized bed, for about $110, this device allows easy room measurements up to 165 feet and is accurate within one-sixteenth of an inch. And with free apps from Bosch, you can easily transfer measurements onto images you capture with your smartphone to create detailed floor plans you can reference later on. It arrives in two days with Amazon Prime.
3. 360-Degree Camera
If the real estate investor in your life is also a short-term rental host or landlord, a 360-degree camera will give their marketing efforts a boost. This Ricoh Theta SC2 camera with 4K video will allow them to take immersive 360-degree photos and videos to create virtual tours of homes and apartments in their portfolio. It also features a dedicated editing app and high-speed data transfer for easy sharing. You can choose between four colors starting at about $297, and it ships overnight from Amazon with Prime.
4. Books from the BiggerPockets Bookstore
A real estate investor never stops learning, so give them the gift of new skills and strategies that will help them grow their portfolio. The BiggerPockets Bookstore features several titles that will appeal to real estate investors. Our latest release, Pillars of Wealth by David Greene (on sale now for $9.99), features a strategic and holistic approach to growing your money with real estate, including proven investment and tax strategies that allowed the author to build a multimillion-dollar net worth. Plus, if you’re out of time, you can send your recipient an e-book.
5. Keyless Entry Smart Lock
Keyless entry is essential for Airbnb hosts and convenient for landlords as well. This Wyze fingerprint keyless entry door smart Bluetooth deadbolt replacement goes for $74 at Amazon, and you can also purchase a package with a security camera. It allows you to store up to 50 fingerprints or provide unique codes to tenants, property managers, and cleaning crews. You’ll be able to see a history of who came and went as well. And it’s rated well for easy installation.
6. BRRRR Design PopGrip
If the real estate investor in your life won’t stop talking about the BRRRR method, we’re sure this affordable cell phone PopGrip will make them smile. The Buy Renovate Rent Refinance Repeat PopSockets Swappable PopGrip goes for just $15 on Amazon with free two-day shipping for Prime members. It makes it easy to handle your phone with one hand, preventing accidental drops, and works like a kickstand when you want to watch videos.
7. BiggerPockets Bootcamp
BiggerPockets’ 2024 Bootcamps pack a ton of instructional material in eight weeks and include live Q&A sessions with industry experts. Choose from Rookie, Multifamily, and BRRRR options happening in the first quarter of 2024. Each $590 workshop comes with a free, yearlong Pro Membership and includes extra bonus material if you purchase by the end of the year.
If the real estate investor in your life has a busy schedule, consider a self-guided bootcamp instead. Each course includes five hours of on-demand video content.
8. YETI Tumbler
Anyone with an on-the-go job would appreciate getting a stainless steel, insulated tumbler for Christmas. This YETI Rambler 30-oz stainless steel vacuum insulated tumbler with MagSlider lid is on sale for $38 at Amazon with free overnight shipping for Prime members. The magnetic lid prevents spills, and the double-walled insulation keeps drinks hot or cold for hours. Plus, it’s BPA-free, dishwasher safe, and comes in a variety of color choices.
9. Ring Doorbell
For anyone who owns an investment property, consider the Ring video doorbell, which is currently available from Amazon at a 45% discount (currently $55) and ships overnight for Prime members. This 1080p video doorbell notifies you when someone rings or triggers the built-in motion sensors and allows you to see, hear, or talk to visitors or intruders from your smartphone. You can even store your videos for 180 days with a Ring Protect Plan.
10. Portable Charger
Real estate investors tend to spend a lot of time on the phone doing business, often while they’re out and about. A cell phone battery doesn’t last long enough to support frequent video calls throughout the day, so give the gift of extra battery life with one of the many affordable options available for quick shipment on Amazon. For example, this Anker 10,000 mAh Portable Battery Pack with PowerIQ Charging Technology goes for about $16.
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