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‘Tis the season for gifting and gathering, and what better way to thank your generous party hosts than with a unique and tasteful gift?
From delectable eats to cool subscription gifts suited for everyone, Royal LePage Your Community Realty is bringing you 5 of the best gifts to scoop up for your hosts this holiday season!
When it comes to gifting the hosts-with-the-most this season, lean toward unique-yet-practical gifts that can be put to use straight away. One practical gift that’s a surefire winner is a beautiful, oversized cutting board (that can also work as a serving board for charcuterie and other shareables). Bonus points if you personalize the cutting board with something like the hosts’ family name or the holiday and year.
Also along these lines would be be personalized coasters or serviettes. These presents are personalized to the receiver and instantly functional for your party hosts as they entertain throughout the holiday season.
A few retailers that offer customizable gifts like this include: Zazzle, Etsy, Amazon, and Pottery Barn.
For the host who loves serving boards, add something extra-cool to their collection with this compact swivel cheese and tapas board from Uncommon Goods.
Tip: be sure to include a thoughtful card - it’s the thought that counts, and taking the time to write a gracious thank you note often makes more impact than the gesture or gift itself!
It’s the season for a little - or a lot - of sparkle! When gifting a host with a penchant for all things bright and merry, consider a gift that packs a little glitter and glam.
One easy gift for that instant glitz-factor are these Swarovski Crystal Megnetic Glass Wine Charms, available on Amazon. In a set of 12 beautiful coloured gems that magnetically attach to your wine glass, guests can feel confident in setting their drinks down, without the dreaded party question: “Is this one mine??” This is both a useful and timely gift, particularly with party-go’ers taking extra care to keep things sanitary and safe during the hosting season. This gift idea rings in at just over $50, offers free delivery for Prime Members on Amazon, and arrives well before Christmas (if you order soon!)
For hosts, inviting guests into their home goes beyond just the night-of duties. It typically means advance planning, shopping, cooking, cleaning and that’s just to start! By the time a great host has everything in place to welcome and feed guests, any ideas on how to entertain them beyond that might become an afterthought.
Help your hosts out this holiday season with a gift they can put to use straight away - and one that will enhance the atmosphere for all.
A party game like this one: TableTopics: What Would You Do? Questions to Start Great Conversations is sure to get people talking and add an element of fun to any holiday soiree.
For some DIY holiday party games that you can put together and customize based on your guestlist and theme, check out this seasonal roundup from Shutterfly, who also offer custom photo and gifting options to suit your party-planning needs.
For the host who has it all, you may have to think a little outside of the box in order to gift them something truly unique. If your host is a fan of a great bottle of wine - who isn’t? - consider gifting them a subscription like the one offered by Toronto Life in conjunction with Wine Club.
The “Wine Club” membership provides you (or your giftee) with monthly home delivery of 2-12 bottles of specially-curated wines from top Canadian wineries, selected by wine experts and led by top wine critic, Tony Aspler.
Subscription packages are available at 3 levels and price points:
We get it. Over the holidays, it’s chaotic enough planning around conflicting schedules, holiday parties and get-togethers without also having to remember to pick up the perfect gifts for hosts. If you find yourself showing up the night-of with empty hands, not to worry!
Retailers like Baskits.com are just one of many Canadian vendors who offer unique as well as custom gift basket options - with this particular site offering next-day GTA delivery (see website for details). Via their website, you can filter your selection by occasion, price, receiver particulars and more, making it easy to find the perfect next-day gift to express your thanks.
Feeling a little strapped for added spending this season? You’re not alone! Remember, over the holidays, it can be easy to lose sight of the true spirit of the season, but at the end of the day, gifting is sometimes as simple as a phone call, hand-written card, or thoughtful gesture. Don’t overthink it and give from the heart!
Another great gift idea that goes above and beyond is to make a donation in the name of your host toward a cause or charity close to their heart. This time of year especially, the need for those less fortunate is overwhelming. Any little bit counts, and this is one gift you can be certain will make a difference for those who truly need it.
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