Nail your next holiday hosting gig with a handful of top tips

All that separates you from those beyond-perfect holiday Instas is a bit of advance prep and some help from AIR MILES®. Redeem Cash Miles at participating grocery, pharmacy and retail AIR MILES Partners to lighten the financial load and equip yourself with everything you need to impress.
Here’s how to knock their novelty Christmas socks off and use Cash Miles to save the money in your wallet along the way…

Bake It Yourself
Forgo store-bought cookies and make a big batch of basic cookie dough yourself. 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. Or eat the dough raw while watching Netflix with your BFF*. Use Cash Miles to get all the ingredients at your AIR MILES grocery partner.
(*we don’t recommend eating raw cookie dough, but you know it’s gonna happen…)

Basket Case
Sleepover guests will be thrilled to find a thoughtful basket of necessities. Gather up all the things that you think a visitor might need – from soaps and face creams to spare socks and an eye mask – to make their stay extra comfy. Beauty counter and pharmacy miniatures are perfect for adding a bit of pampering to their stay. Visit AIR MILES retail partner department stores and pharmacies for some great choices.

Bring the Hotness
Even if you’re not into festive decor, winter demands you pull out two major mood makers to help visitors feel cozy: candles and throws. Position simple, inexpensive candles, in secure holders, around the house and light them up as the sun sets. Blankets casually strewn around living spaces let guests know it’s ok to grab one and cuddle up if the mood strikes. AIR MILES partner department stores and hardware stores stock all kinds of wintery home comforts.

Buy cheap food-safe gift boxes or cellophane bags to fill with handfuls of homemade or store-bought treats for visiting friends. Leave overnight guests something sweet on their pillow to smash that midnight craving. Pro/con: they’ll never want to leave. Your AIR MILES partner grocery store will have all the ingredients to make this easy.

Pass the Parcels
Avoid getting caught empty-handed when hit with a surprise present. 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 this. Your AIR MILES partner pharmacy shelves will be stocked with great ideas and putting Cash Miles towards the cost means smart savings at the most spendy time of year.


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