Be the Perfect Guest with the Perfect Gift

You may have just received an invitation to spend Christmas at someone else’s home, but now you’re worrying about what sort of gift you should take with you. These festive invites can sometimes come from unusual quarters — your children’s in-laws, for example — which can make present-buying difficult if you don’t know them that well. There are some gifts, however, that will always be appreciated and will help to break the ice when you arrive at the door.

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Flowers and Plants | You really can’t go wrong with a large bunch of seasonal blooms or a specially wrapped Christmas creation. The Next Christmoose Gift Bag features stunning red carnations and roses, complemented by alstromeria and a fun moose accessory. Or you could opt for a traditionally beautiful Vintage Christmas Hand Tied bouquet from Interflora.

A poinsettia makes the ideal festive gift and a Gift Wrapped Large Poinsettia offers that added special touch, whilst a Mulled Wine Gift Set by Plants4Presents is a really unusual gift and comes complete with a little calamondin orange tree, spices and a bottle of Bordeaux.

Hampers | Arriving at your hosts’ house with a hamper of delicious festive goodies in your arms is guaranteed to get that front door open as quickly as possible. You could make your own for a really personal touch, or simply buy one of the great ready-made varieties that are available right now. The great thing about this gift is that it can really reflect the personalities of your hosts and can be as big or small as you like.

The Waitrose Box of Cheer is filled with tasty treats for everyone to enjoy, including a Christmas pudding, wine, crisps, fudge and biscuits. The John Lewis Seasonal Sophistication hamper, meanwhile, would make a supremely extravagant present. Even the most high-brow of hosts could not fail to be impressed by the selection of Champagne, wine, port and delicious food, all presented in a beautiful domed basket.

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Chocolates | No home can have too much chocolate over the Christmas period, especially if there are children present, so you cannot go wrong with using this as a basis for a gift. A tinned chocolate selection would be well received by most hosts, or you could go for something a little more special and unusual. The Green and Black’s Christmas Table Collection would make a welcome addition at the end of a festive meal, or you could really go to town with a choctastic Thornton’s Winter Wonderland Hamper.