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Holiday Host Essentials

Holiday hosting can be stressful. But, listen. Let’s make a pact to not sweat the small stuff this year? M’kay? Easier said than done.

To help things run smoothly, I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite holiday host essentials. If nothing else, skip down to #9 and get yourself one (or four) of them. 

This list is two-fold. I curated these items with those hosting family and friends at their home in mind. But, some of these would also work as gifts to give your host! Just never show up empty handed.

Feel free to click on the individual image or read below to see why it made my list of host essentials. And if you like this list, check out my top 10 thoughtful gifts under $50.

Holiday Host Essentials

  1. Gold Flatware Hostess Set
    I am so loving gold this season… and it’s even more elegant on the dinner table. Grab a few gold utensils for your spread. They look more expensive than they cost. This flatware set also makes a great hostess gift!
  2. Kavka Designs Black/White/Grey Plaid Grey Memory Foam Bath Mat
    You don’t have time to renovate your bathroom before guests arrive, but you can freshen things up with this adorable bath mat. I love this design and think it pairs well with many decor styles.
  3. Faux Birch Embossed Gift Wrap
    This embossed paper might be my favorite of the season. With so much plaid going on this season, it’s a more neutral pattern. This paper is perfect for wrapping empty boxes to put around your tree or on your mantle. I suppose you could use it on gifts too, but it’s almost too pretty for that.
  4. Couchlet^ USB Outlet Extender
    If you have houseguests, you’re going to need more chargers. That’s a fact. I love that this one from The Container Store can be hidden in your couch (or a chair). It’s convenient and it won’t look like there are cords running all over the place. You might wanna grab more than one.
  5. Retro Holiday Van Ceramic Cookie Jar by World Market
    Keep your guests fed. That is my best advice. What’s cuter than this jar on your countertop filled with homemade treats (or a bag of Oreos – no judgement here)? Tell your guests to help themselves. And, I love a retro van almost as much as I love a retro camper.
  6. Livera Moroccan Beaded Cotton Throw Pillow Color: Champagne
    I hate my current couch. But I love pillows and sometimes that’s the best way to change up your furniture without actually buying something new. I love this design because it adds a little holiday glam without actually being a holiday pillow. So you can keep them on your furniture long after the tree is put away. Plus, this design will compliment any decor style.
  7. Juniper Tree, Green With Berries
    When you have a house full of people, nobody’s got time to water plants. This faux juniper is the perfect, no-hassle solution. It looks great in your kitchen or even as the centerpiece on your dining table. You’ll get lots of compliments with this one.
  8. Wondershop Flannel Sheet Set Full Car Print
    I held out on buying flannel sheets for sooooo long. My hubby claimed it would be too hot. But this year, I couldn’t resist this pattern – it’s like they were made for me, right?!? They are so soft and warm, they will be on my bed all winter long. There’s nothing more inviting than adding some flannel sheets to your guest room… or if you’re like me, just buy them for yourself. Your sleep is more important. 😉
  9. Red Picnip Vintage Style Flask – Fred
    This is the most adorable flask. Ever. Yes, I said flask. Because it’s the holidays. And you are hosting family in your home. Need I say more? Keep it filled, my friend. And best of luck.

Kristy Robb

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