However much we prepare for the holidays, something generally slips through the cracks. And without fail, it goes unnoticed until the specific moment that we need it. Keep away from last-minute scrambles this past year by stocking up on those essentials.
1. Brown kraft paper may be used for wrapping gifts, covering up the children’ (or adults’) table, which makes place settings, as a table runner or for tags.
2. Colorful tape makes any wrapping job more fun. Stock up for birthdays while you’re at it.
3. Twine in cheerful colours may be used for wrapping pretty gifts and packages, tying tags, hanging decor and more.
4. A gold pencil may be used to dress up brown kraft paper and colored gift tags or create a thank-you note seem extra special.
5. Scissors. Consider purchasing a colorful pair for additional holiday cheer.
6. A hole punch and colored paper to generate gift tags and confetti (at precisely the same moment!) .
7. White twinkle lights will make any room seem festive. Keep these on hand for quick decor.
8. Candles in all shapes and sizes should be on hand. Stock up on scented candles for baths, decorative candles and votives for dining settings, and Hanukkah candles for those eight special nights.
9. Matches should be all set for your entire candles, a cozy fire and perhaps a New Year’s Eve sparkler or 2.
10. Cloth napkins make impromptu foods feel appropriate, and may take the wear and tear that comes with heavy holiday foods.
11. A serving tray will present your annual holiday cheese ball in style.
12. Tide pens will look after those inevitable red wine and gravy spills.
13. A bottle opener. Don’t function as host who needs to rush to the store 15 minutes before the midnight toast!
14. Coasters strategically placed on each table will encourage visitors to safeguard your furniture.
15. DIY drink tags in holiday colours help your visitors keep track of their glasses. Simply trace the base of a wineglass on a piece of paper and follow a dime at the middle. Cut both circles out with a slit between and use your gold pencil to label each one.
16. A doormat at a bright colour will help remind visitors to wipe their shoes before coming in.
17. Thank-you cards. A handwritten note is a great way to show family and friends your appreciation.
18. Holiday stamps announce the coming of a special invitation or notice before the envelope has been opened.
19. Cleaning supplies will look after any pre- and postparty messes.
20. Ibuprofen. Whether you are sore from late-night dancing or have a headache from too many Christmas carols, then you’ll want to keep a big bottle of ibuprofen throughout this holiday season.
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