address gift guide

Service gift ideas

-thomas james

In lieu of making a coupon book for free hugs for your hard-to-buy-for in-laws, here is a list of home services they would actually appreciate:

A gift of housecleaning services does not imply your loved one’s home is dirty. It just means you think he or she deserves a week (or two) off. Pricing depends on the size of the home, but in the Greater Boston area, you can expect to pay about $200 to $300 for a one-time cleaning.

Your home doesn’t have to look like an episode of “Hoarders” for you to need tips and tricks on making it more organized. Custom home organization services from a local company such as An Organized Life or Organizing Boston start at roughly $300. They will walk through your home and create an action plan based on your needs.


Everyone has a room that needs a designer’s touch. With Havenly.com and Homepolish.com, it’s easier than ever to give someone the gift of interior design services based on their style. The cost varies: Havenly.com offers a basic $79 package that pairs a client with a designer, and Homepolish.com has a $50 to $80 consultation fee and is $100 to $130 per hour after that. For a more personal approach with a local, experienced designer, look for fees starting at about $750.

It seems too soon to be thinking about shoveling again. You can arrange for regular snow removal or give a gift certificate to a local plow operation in a finite amount. Cost varies depending on the length of the driveway
and/or walkways.

Yards don’t require much work during the holiday season, but spring will arrive (quickly, I hope). Lawn care or landscaping services — anything from designing a garden to installing a walkway to regular mowing — can be arranged so your loved one can kick back and relax.

Heather Ciras is a features producer for bostonglobe.com. E-mail her at heather.ciras@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @heatherciras.