Christmas is a magical time, but it can also be a very stressful time. There are lights to string, trees to trim and gifts to wrap; this period can be especially taxing for a holiday host. In addition to cleaning and decorating their home, they have meals to prepare, tables to set and guests to entertain. The smallest of gestures can go a long way in showing gratitude for all the effort your host goes to. As a result, we’re counting down the top five gifts to make your Christmas host feel special and appreciated this year!
5. Cutting Board
A cutting board is a thoughtful (and practical) item to gift your host. With the majority of your host’s workload taking place in the kitchen on Christmas Day, a cutting board can really convey your appreciation for their culinary talents. And with modern boards materials such as marble or bamboo, it can add stylistic flair to their space. An extra cutting board is always a useful tool and perfect for slicing cheese, bread and preparing hors d'oeuvre during busy times like Christmas. It also creates an organic way to offer help with the meal prep. Not only will it take some of the pressure off your host, but it can be a great bonding time as well.
4. Throw Blanket
Things can get very chilly during the winter months, so a beautiful throw blanket can really warm up your host’s holidays. The perfect addition to any living room, a red or white cotton, fleece or wool blanket is perfect for the holiday season but can be used all year round. Not to mention, throws can really tie together a room’s decor just by draping them over the arm of your sofa. If you combine your throw blanket with another gift item, consider a scented candle. Around the holidays, there’s no shortage of balsam, cedar, peppermint or gingerbread aromas to choose from.
3. Game or Puzzle
Some of the fondest memories are created during the holiday season. One of the best ways to bring everyone together and share a laugh is through an interactive game or puzzle. Games have evolved from the days of classic board games such as Monopoly and Yahtzee. Today, there’s no shortage of fun, affordable and interactive games or puzzles that the whole group can enjoy. For example, the game ‘Hearing Things’ involves one player guessing a phrase said by the rest of the group as they wear speech-canceling headphones. Guests will have a blast and make lifelong memories, and your host will appreciate their preoccupation!
2. Christmas Plant
A colourful Christmas plant is a classic gift to give your host on the big day. In addition to brightening a room, certain plants are very low maintenance. A Christmas Cactus grows indoors, has colourful blooms during winter months and requires little light and water to flourish. Likewise, a Christmas Poinsettia will add a splash of colour and pinch of sophistication to the festivities.
You can also opt for a flower arrangement from your local florist to show your thankfulness. Incorporate Eucalyptus or fresh greenery to complement other popular Christmas colours!
1. Wine and Wine Glasses
Wine is the quintessential gift for a host of any event; Christmas is no exception. A full- bodied Chardonnay or red, such as Pinot Noir, pairs perfectly with a turkey dinner, but can also be saved and enjoyed after the holidays. It’s not necessary to purchase the most expensive wine; a moderately-priced bottle, coupled with a set of wine glasses, cheese or chocolates works wonders. You can even substitute chocolates for baked goods, if desired (your host will appreciate the extra treats)!
While the holidays can be a hectic period, a great gift puts the ho-ho-ho in host. It can remind them what the season is all about, and show your gratitude at the same time. Christmas is about giving and sharing happy times with loved ones, and as a result, everyone congregates to the most comfortable seats in the house — on sofas, loveseats and recliners. If you’ll be playing host next year and could update your set, take advantage of the great deals at La-Z-Boy this year, and be prepared. During the holiday season, it’s better to give than to receive, but armed with a great gift, receiving seems pretty great too!