Be the Toast of the Hosts

A little planning goes a long way toward being the perfect holiday host

All that separates you from those picture-perfect holiday scenes in the magazines is a bit of advance preparation and a little hand from AIR MILES®.

Redeem Cash Miles at participating grocery, pharmacy and retail AIR MILES Partners to not only lighten the financial load but to equip yourself with everything you need to impress guests. Here are some easy and affordable ways to knock their Christmas socks off…

Bake It Yourself

Forgo store-bought cookies and make a large batch of basic cookie dough. Roll portions of the dough into logs, wrap and freeze. Then, simply take frozen dough out when guests arrive, slice off as much as you need and serve up piping hot cookies in no time. Add festive touches, like rolling the edges of the cookie dough slices in sanding sugar before baking. Get all the ingredients at your AIR MILES grocery partner.

Basket It Up

Overnight guests will be thrilled to find a basket of small necessities at their disposal. Amass all the things that you think a visitor may need – from a sewing kit to spare socks to an eye mask – to make their stay more comfortable. Samples and miniatures of beauty products are perfect for adding a bit of pampering to their stay. Get a delivery of fabulous favourites from your favourite brands at airmilesshops.ca.

Layer Up the Warmth

Even if you are not big on seasonal decorations, winter demands you pull out two major mood makers to make visitors feel cozy: candles and throws. Position simple, inexpensive votive and pillar candles, in secure holders, around the house and light them up as the sun sets. Blankets casually strewn around living spaces lets guest know it’s ok to grab one and cuddle up if the mood strikes.

Whisper Sweet Somethings

Keep small food-safe gift boxes or cellophane bags handy and be ready to fill them with your homemade cookies or candy and give them out to guests, carollers of favourite friends as a treat. For overnight guests, a little sweet treat left on their pillow is a nice touch.

Pass the Parcels

Avoid getting caught out when presented with an unexpected gift. Keep a stash of wrapped token presents that can be gifted to anyone in a pinch – frames, scented candles, gift cards and beauty gift sets are made for occasions like this. Your AIR MILES Partner pharmacy shelves will be stocked with great ideas.

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