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A Gift List For New Homeowners

A Gift List For New Homeowners

There's no place like home for the holidays — especially for first time homeowners. But owning your own abode calls for a sleighful of practical items to keep things in good working order.

"When you've never owned a home before, there are many things you never realized you'll need," says Stephen Glynn, manager at Larsen's Ace Hardware in West Hartford. "The best gifts for new homeowners are practical items that help deal with some of the challenges that come with taking care of a house."

Glynn's suggestions? Fill a tool box with a variety of hammers, nails, screwdrivers, sockets and wrenches. (Throw in a picture hanging kit.) Pick up a brand new...