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‘Tis the Season: Dos and Don’ts of Holiday Party Etiquette

‘Tis the Season: Dos and Don’ts of Holiday Party Etiquette

Anna Hennings |

Whether it’s a company bash, a family gathering or a personal, after-hours shindig, it’s undeniably holiday party season. You might be gearing up for a whole slew of functions, or perhaps just one, but be sure not to leave without considering what behavior is appropriate for each.

Hostess Gifts

Are you going to a party as someone else’s plus one? Or maybe you are heading to your significant other’s parents’ or friend’s soiree. As a gesture of gratitude, you might want to come bearing a small hostess gift. Keep in mind: you’ll want to keep your gift in line with the air of the party. Low-key party? Low-key gift. Fancy-shmancy formal? Sophisticated gift.

Need some classy, tasteful ideas? See below!

1. Nice bottle of wine. You can’t really go wrong with a chardonnay or pinot noir. (Be sure your host drinks alcohol, though.)

2. Lightly scented candle set (make sure the scent is not too invasive – you never know how sensitive your host may be to those sorts of things).

3. Lightly scented soaps or other bath products.

4. Truffles or something else elegantly presented that could potentially be shared at the party.

5. Set of assorted teas, or hot chocolates.

6. Picture frame.

7. Cookbook. (Go hardcover!)

8. Gift basket filled with various gourmet goods.

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