The holidays are such a wonderful time of year. But, as much as we love the warm fire, twinkling lights, and delicious food, many of us dislike the idea of attending holiday parties due to the pressure of thinking about what gift to bring. We all have other reasons as well: maybe you don't want to deal with crowds or you hate wearing uncomfortable clothes or you can't stand small talk. However, your feelings about the holidays and the parties that come alongside it, play out in your life—whether you're "hardcore" or just mildly annoyed—we can all agree on one thing: The best gifts are ones that make people's lives easier! So whether it's an office party or a family gathering, consider bringing one of our holiday gifts along with you. Trust us, people will love you!
It's hard to think of holiday gifts. We know. We've been there! But did you know that, according to one research study, 83% of people say they look forward to getting a gift from their friends and family more than receiving any other present? So, when you're stumped for ideas, think about the things that are important to your loved ones. Maybe your mom gets giddy about cooking classes, or maybe your best friend would love a subscription to a monthly box of artisanal treats. Whatever it is, make sure that your gift is something personal to make them feel that you really think about them? In this blog post, we have some customized gift ideas that are affordable, can be made at home, and are customizable. You surely not wanna miss out so keep on reading if you wanna find out what holiday gift ideas we have to offer.
Straight from the Heart Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Loved Ones
We’ve all heard the adage, the best gift comes from the heart. How true is such a statement? No one really knows unless they receive a gift from their beloved. So, if you wanna make your loved ones feel loved and special for the holidays, consider these holiday gift ideas below:
A bottle of wine
A bottle of wine is a great host gift. Accordingly, you can buy a bottle from a local vineyard or winery, but you don’t have to! There are plenty of options available at the liquor store and big box stores as well. If you’re buying for someone who has been known to enjoy a little bubbly mixed with juice or soda, consider purchasing one of those mini bottles (or “nips” as they are affectionately called). They make great stocking stuffers too!
If you’re buying for a wine connoisseur, consider purchasing something special and unique. If they like reds, try a Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah. For whites, Pinot Grigio or Chardonnay are great options.
A cheese plate is a great host gift, and you can make it yourself or buy one. If you’re going to make your own, consider the theme of your party and look for cheese that matches. If not, just pick up a few types of cheese that go together well (we like Havarti and goat cheese). Don't forget to add fruits, crackers, and dried meat. Remember: A cheese plate is an easy way to give back without putting any significant effort into it!
If you’re hosting a party and want to give back with a host gift, consider making your own cheese plate. It’s an easy way to give back.
One of the best host gifts you can give is a candle. Not only are they useful, but they also speak to your friend's personality and style. If you want to go the extra mile and personalize it, consider adding their name or initials on top of it. While you have the option to make your own candle, there are also specialty stores that accept customized orders to save you time and energy. Apart from being practical, candles can be used in so many ways:
- To create a relaxing environment
- To set the mood for a party
- To decorate a room
Everyone loves cookies, right? And what better way to show your appreciation for your host than with a delicious Christmas cookie? You can get creative with the flavor and shape of your cookies. The possibilities are endless!
If you're one of those people who like to make everything from scratch, then Christmas cookies are an excellent choice for host gifts. If not, then buy them from a local bakery or grocery store like Trader Joe's.
Don't forget to give you and your loved ones' hands some T-L-C!
After the party is over, it's time for cleanup. Hand soaps are an incredibly thoughtful gift for your loved ones, since they're useful not only during your holiday party but also after it's over.
Hand soaps will make a convenient addition to anyone's kitchen or bathroom cabinet, and they're small enough to transport easily (so you can bring them without worrying about finding space in your luggage).
With hand soaps all set up at home, you'll have clean hands whenever you need them—especially, if you've been using those dishwashing gloves.
We can imagine your expression when we propose a holiday ornament as one of the best gifts for a host. But hear us out: If you're looking to give something useful and personal, ornaments are hard to beat. Not only do they look great displayed on the mantel, but their smaller size makes them ideal for traveling hosts—meaning they can take them wherever they go and enjoy them year-round.
Ornaments are also an option if you want to get creative with giving a personalized gift. You can find everything from snow globes that display photos of your family members to snowmen holding wine glasses. The options are endless, so don't be afraid to think outside the box with this one.
Seasonal kitchen or dish towels
One of the best things about dish towels is that they can be used for so many different things. You’ll find that they come in handy when you need an extra set of hands or just want to clean up something quickly. So, if you don’t have any dish towels on hand and need some right away, there are so many ways to make your own! They’re so versatile, you’ll find that there are many different ways you can use them. You can even use them as rags to clean your home or do yard work.
Moreover, you can use these towels to dry dishes, or you can use them for tea towels. You could also use them as trivets, pot holders, or even table cloths for your next dinner party.
The holidays are mostly dedicated to spending time with our family and friends. Meaning, movie nights are most likely included in people's holiday plans.
Popcorn is the perfect gift for your parties. It's healthy, tasty, and easy to make (or purchase). Popcorn is also easy to serve because it comes in many different flavors, sizes, and shapes. The person receiving the popcorn will love it! Popcorn is great for movie and game nights because it's fun to eat while sitting on the couch together with friends or family members.
There are many stores that specialize in popcorn buckets, perfect as a holiday giveaway!
Making Your Gift More Presentable: A Quick Guide
Gift wrapping is not just a way to dress up your gifts. It's also a great way to express yourself, and show the recipient how much you care about them. Now that you have some ideas about which gift to bring for your upcoming holiday parties, you may be wondering how to wrap your gifts and make them more presentable. As a bonus, we will also be providing some tips and tricks to level up your holiday gifts.
Gift wrapping is an art, and it's not one that comes easily to everyone.
First, let's talk about what makes a good gift wrap. Good wrapping should be simple, but not boring—you want to make sure your gift is presented well to the person who receives it. A nice box or bag can help make the gift seem more valuable, even if it's just a few pieces of chocolate in an envelope inside a plain cardboard box.
Next up? It's all about presentation! If you're going to go through all the trouble of wrapping a gift, why not make sure that every aspect of its appearance is perfect? Don't skimp on ribbon or bows; they're an easy way to enhance any package without having to spend money on new items or materials.
Finally, don't forget about making sure there are no sharp edges on any part of your gift-wrapping process—this includes paper cuts! Make sure all surfaces are smooth before putting them together so nobody gets hurt while opening their gifts at Christmas time.
Also, don't forget about tags—they can really help your recipients know what they're getting without having to open everything up first. Adding a short note or letter also makes it even more special.
We hope this list has given you some holiday party gift ideas, whether you're going to have one of your own or just attending others'. We know how stressful planning can be—especially when it comes to the little details—but we also know that sometimes a good laugh or two goes a long way! Remember to have fun with your friends and family this season, and if they don't like their gifts? Well, maybe next year they'll get lucky!