Holiday season is all about giving and sharing. Adding a little creativity and imagination, a gift giving can be a thoughtful gesture that’s as special as the people in your life.
1. Avoid giving your host an extra task: If you’re heading to a holiday party, be mindful of being considerate to a host when bringing a gift. If you’re giving a bouquet, Marcy recommends gifting an accompanying vase to leave with your host. “It saves your host from scrambling to find a vase when you arrive,” she says. “And gives them a lovely option for next time.”
2. Make your potluck contribution personal: Pick out a platter or tray that reflects your host’s style and bring it with your contribution. It creates a beautiful presentation and doubles as a hostess gift. Add a notecard with the recipe so they can recreate it at home — it’ll be a gift that keeps on giving.
3. Potted herbs make for the freshest gifts: If your potluck dish requires fresh herbs — like basil, mint or thyme — why not bring the whole plant? Guests can clip off as many or as few leaves as they want, right at the table. Marcy suggests tying a bow around the pot along with a pair of scissors for clipping — the perfect for any green-thumbed friend!
4. Make a cheat sheet: “I like to get my creative juices flowing by drafting up a cheat sheet before I go shopping,” says Marcy. “I’ll list out all the recipients’ names alongside things I know they enjoy, like ‘the color blue, traveling, dogs and gin.’ It serves as a fantastic way to jog my memory when I’m in a store, and helps me to shop creatively.” Include price ranges on your cheat sheet so you can stay in budget while shopping for gifts.
5. Curate a themed gift: Gift baskets reflect thoughtfulness and are one of the easiest ways to personalize a present. For someone who loves to cook, pair a colander with dried pasta and sauce. A dog lover? A dish coupled with treats, toys or a framed photo makes for a great gift box for their four-legged friend.
6. Wrapping can double as a bonus gift: “Forego wrapping paper and tuck your gift into a soft, woven throw from HomeGoods,” adds Marcy. “Tied up with a beautiful bow, it’s the perfect bonus to your gift and saves you from having to throw away that mess of crumpled paper!”
7. Create a tradition that builds each year: Find an item they love, and continue adding to the collection each year, such as a framed photo of you with the gift recipient, a holiday ornament that’s based on a memory or glassware to help outfit their bar cart. Not only is it something special for them, but you’ll be creating your own holiday tradition together, too.
8. Make a gift card more memorable: When in doubt, give a gift card and personalize it with a small item, or even write a thoughtful note with an invitation to go shopping together. So make your list, check it twice — and find a gift that’s unique and beautiful, no matter the occasion. At HomeGoods, there’s something for everyone.
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Credit: Marcy Blum Associates & HG Insider
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