By Sophie Warren-Smith published
There are so many details you can include to make your Christmas meal special – and Christmas table gift ideas are amongst the most thoughtful and welcome. Wrapped or unwrapped, fun or luxe, they are guaranteed to make guests feel special and considered.
You can of course coordinate them with your Christmas table ideas to create a really stylish look, but you needn't: the presentation of Christmas table gifts can be as formal or as informal as you like.
These are just a few of the ways the H&G team and design experts love to present theirs.
Christmas table gift ideas
Christmas table gift ideas are that thoughtful finishing touch that can really set the mood for a festive meal. If you have the time, you can choose individual gifts for each guest – perhaps save one from their Christmas stockings – or swap out crackers for table gifts, filling them with fun finds, jokes or even personal messages.
Ideally, Christmas table gifts might be wrapped your Christmas dining room decor, they might coordinate with your Christmas table centerpiece or Christmas table garland ideas. But they needn't. Tablescaping at Christmas is entirely personal, and setting the perfect Christmas table is really down to how you as a family like to decorate for the holidays.
1. The charm of handmade crackers
'There's nothing lovelier than receiving a handcrafted gift is there? Using traditional materials like crepe paper tied with pretty ribbon or twine will bring back happy memories of childhood Christmases,' says Melanie Griffiths, Editor at Period Living.
'Fill each one with a tissue paper hat, handwritten saying or joke, a classic toy and a chocolate or two.'
2. Gift a bauble or two
'Baubles originated from the Roman tradition of hanging fruit from trees; today, they are very much part of our personal Christmas theme – be it pared back and neutral, fabulously kitsch or decorative with patterns, sequins and stripes in classic colors,' says Lucy Searle, Global Editor in Chief, Homes & Gardens.
'We love the idea of gifting a bauble as it's a great way to create memories where you buy loved ones a new design each year for their trees. Tricia Guild OBE of Designers Guild shared the idea for these beautiful Christmas table gifts with us in her festive decor tips – I think the colors look wonderful.'
3. A scented candle to evoke memories
Gifting the best candles as Christmas table gift ideas instead of putting them in stockings is a lovely way to make guests feel welcome.
'Every Christmas, I like to include something extra for each guest to take away and enjoy at home. This year, I wanted to gift something which is not only personal but which I hope will be kept for many years to come,' says Lee Broom, designer at Lee Broom.
'All my guests will be receiving one of my new scented candles, which have a striking crystal holder with a recyclable refill, in two colorways with different scents: On Reflection and Self Portrait. The candles are designed to be collectable, sculptural pieces, and I believe they make the perfect table gift.'
4. A seedling to grow
'If you're a keen gardener and have already sown some seeds, this is the most perfect green-fingered Christmas table gift. It could be a simple Christmas foliage idea, a plant or flower seedling that can be lovingly looked beyond the festivities and something to treasure as it grows,' says Andrea Childs, Editor of Country Homes & Interiors.
5. Artisan chocolates for foodies
'These limited edition, gourmet cocktail-flavored marshmallows bring quirk and originality to the table. Beautifully packaged in a Divine Savages’ Zsa Zsa-printed box, it makes the perfect gift and doubles up as a chic alternative to petit-fours to perfectly finish off dinner,' Jamie Watkins, co-founder of Divine Savages.
'In collaboration with The Marshmallowist they feature eight lusciously light marshmallows, each box contains four "divine peach bellini" and four "savage espresso daiquiri" to bring a touch of the divine and the savage to your table. Yum.'
6. Create a mini wreath
Christmas wreath ideas don't have just be for the front door.
'Make a Christmas wreath – a simple one is fine – for each guest by using evergreen foliage. You could use a small wreath ring as your base and attach stems from the same origin using wire or string. Often less is more, and this pared back wreath will look great hung from a hook on a wall or door inside your home,' says Andrea Childs, Editor at Country Homes & Interiors.
7. Old fashioned sweets like stripy candy cane
'With Christmas full of tradition, it's nice to carry on some from days past like gifting the classic candy cane to each guest. It's said that the candy takes the shape of a shepherd's crook to represent the shepherds who were first to worship the newborn Christ,' says Jennifer Ebert, Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens.
8. Hand-iced festive biscuits
'Love baking? Then why not make Christmas table gifts like these charming iced biscuits? Super cute and delicious of course, choose shapes that are synonymous with the festive season likes trees, stars, crackers, puddings and presents. Or, if baker you are not, you could cheat with these from Biscuiteers!' says Melanie Griffiths, Editor at Period Living.
9. A beautiful house-shaped tealight holder
'Our Castleton tea lights are the perfect stocking fillers or Christmas table gifts for guests on Christmas Day. They are small, light, and sturdy, and look the part everywhere in the home, whether it’s pride of place on the mantelpiece, nestled in some spruce in your centerpiece, or glowing on the window sill for passers-by to admire,' says Ailie Williams, stylist at Neptune.
10. An ornament that means something special
'Buy each guest or family member a small ornament that means something to them, it could be in memory of a holiday, city visit or simply a walk that you loved. It could be something that can be hung from from a tree, or a piece that can be placed in a trinket dish on vanity unit. The idea is that it's a special personal touch for those you love,' suggests Andrea Childs, Editor at Country Homes & Interiors.
What do you put in Christmas table favors?
It's great to put personalized gifts into Christmas table favors – and they needn't be complicated: candy for kids; a special new bauble or fancy chocolates for an adult. Or you could treat a table favor like a cracker and fill it with a paper hat, a joke, a saying, a tiny dollar store gift... the list is endless. If you want to spend more, a small luxury gift will be welcome – a candle, an ornament, perfume, and so on.
What's the easiest way to present Christmas table gifts?
The easiest way to present Christmas table gifts is to put them in a small gift box. However, you could also simply tie a name tag to each – and they can double up as a place setting marker, although don't expect the children to resist them for long.
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