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Christmas Party Host Ideas and Hostess Gifts

Christmas Party Host Ideas and Hostess Gifts

When invited to a holiday gathering, many follow the tradition of bringing a small gift for the host or hostess as a sign of appreciation for holding the event. Sometimes it can be hard to decide on an appropriate gift, especially if other traditional Christmas gifts will also be exchanged. If you are searching for a suitable option for the host or hostess of your next holiday celebration, consider the following tips.

Wine

If the host and hostess are fans of wine, you can’t go wrong by bringing a bottle as a gift. Don’t worry about making a selection that works with any foods being served, as the purpose is not necessarily to drink the wine during the event. Instead, choose a selection that you know the host or hostess enjoys. You can even add a small card stating that the bottle is intended for personal use as “stress relief” after the party is over if you feel they will appreciate that sense of humor.

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It is possible to get a good quality bottle of wine without spending a fortune. If you live in an area with local wineries, consider making a visit and see their current offerings. Some offer mulled or spiced wines during the holiday season, which are very enjoyable when heated, making it a great choice for the cold winter months.

For those who want to add a little something, you can present the host or hostess with the wine in a lovely wine tote, or include a set of wine glass charms to help people tell whose drink is whose. If you aren’t sure exactly what kind of wine they drink, a gift certificate to a local winery may be appropriate.

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Breakfast Basket

For parties featuring a full meal supplied by the host or hostess, consider giving them the gift of a meal as well. A simple breakfast basket with some gourmet coffee, fresh muffins, and similar items that don’t require cooking may be appreciated. That way they can get up the next morning without having to worry about cooking again.

If you don’t want to aim for an entire breakfast, a high-quality gourmet coffee can stand on its own as a gift, especially if you know the host and hostess are fans of the beverage. To elevate the gift, consider providing some attractive coffee mugs or some biscotti.

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Poinsettia

A poinsettia is an incredibly popular selection during the holiday season. These festive plants bring in the colors of the season, making these flowering plants as gifts for Christmas an excellent choice for the host or hostess of a Christmas gathering. Select a decorative pot and add some holiday ribbon, and you are all set.

Plants like poinsettias are often better options than cut flowers. Cut flowers must be handled if they are not already in a vase, pulling the host or hostess away from the party. Potted plants simply need to be set on a surface, and they are ready to enjoy.

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Gift Certificates

When in doubt, a gift certificate can be a great choice. You can include one from a local grocery store to help offset the cost of the meal, or consider one from a cleaning service that can help with the post-holiday bash clean up.

Gift certificates for pampering services may also be appreciated. Think of local spa services, like manicures, pedicures, and facials, and see if there is something that works for your price range. After preparing for a large gathering, who wouldn’t enjoy a little relaxation.

You can also make a selection based on the host or hostess’ favorite activities. Consider movie rental or theater gift certificates, restaurant gift cards, of one to their retail store of choice. When in doubt, most people appreciate an Amazon gift card.

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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1. Listen

Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

“Why do you want to do that?”

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“What makes you so excited about it?”

“How long has that been your dream?”

You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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3. Encourage

This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

5. Dream

This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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6. Ask How You Can Help

Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

7. Follow Up

Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

Final Thoughts

By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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