15 Products to Make Hosting for the Holidays Easy

by Hilary Braaksma

15 Products to Make Hosting for the Holidays Easy
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If you’re generous enough to host for the holidays, you know it involves a ton of prep work. Aside from the food prep, cleaning and decorating, you still have to worry about keeping guests entertained, making everyone comfortable and clean-up when it’s over. Here are some of our favorite products to help make holiday hosting a little bit easier this year.


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illy Y3.2 Espresso and Coffee Machine


Help guests help themselves by setting up a coffee station on a console table with a coffee maker, creamer, mugs and more. You can keep working away in the kitchen without the constant distraction of serving early guests, and this super compact, easy-to-use illy Y3.2 espresso and coffee machine will take up hardly any room.

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SMEG 4 x 4 Slice Toaster


If you’re having overnight out-of-town guests staying with you for the holidays, setting up a small breakfast bar might not be a bad idea either. Since the holidays are famous for being feasts, breakfast can be light. Offer some bagels, frozen waffles and bread to be toasted, plus a few classic toppings. This gorgeous SMEG four-slice toaster will help multiple guests get their breakfast ready in minutes.

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Acrylic Tumblers 12-Pack

Price:$40.00See Reviews

On to the main meal—sort of. If you’re hosting lots of children who are past the age of sippy cups but not quite past the age of possible spills, this 12-pack of acrylic tumblers is a must. These reusable cups come with an attached lid and straw to stop splashes and spills, and come with a set of name tags so kids (and adults) can remember which is theirs.

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Enviroscent Stix + Stand Fragrance Starter Kit


Every host and hostess wants to create a warm, welcoming environment that smells amazing—but candles can be iffy when you have lots of little ones around. Instead, opt for this liquid-free, flameless diffuser set from Enviroscent. Not only does it look amazing wherever you display it, but you can have mess-free fragrance all day long. Opt for one of their holiday scents like Balsam Fir + Spruce.

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Ivory and Black Tribal Striped Zohra Hand Towel


Your bathroom is likely to see a lot more foot—and hand—traffic than usual. Stock up on plush linens like this pretty striped Zohra hand towel from World Market for guests to dry their hands. Place multiple towels within sight of the bathroom and kitchen sinks so guests always have something clean and dry after a handwash.

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Pillowfort Kids’ Lounge Mat


Whether you’re having extra kiddos as overnight guests or you just want to offer somewhere for little ones who need a midday nap, these lounge mats are amazing. The lightweight pad is easy to move around but thick and plush enough to offer a comfy resting place no matter where you put it. Add a small pillow and a light blanket and you’re good to go.

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Holiday Foil To-Go Containers

Price:$16.00See Reviews

Nobody likes the last minute scramble to send home leftovers—finding matching containers and lids or looking for the dishware you don’t care if you get back. Prepare ahead of time by stocking up on these awesome foil to-go containers with festive holiday printed lids.

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HedBanz Family Guessing Game

Price:$12.00See Reviews

Keep the whole family entertained after the holiday meal with a round of HedBanz. Kids and adults alike will get a kick out of this fun, easy-to-play guessing game. Each player wears a headband depicting an image they can’t see, and tries to discover what or who they are with a series of “yes” or “no” questions.

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Brit + Co Holiday Clorox Wipes


The bad news is that the holidays fall during cold and flu season—the good news is Clorox wipes make disinfecting and killing bacteria and viruses easy. Keep Clorox wipes on hand to clean countertops, wipe down door knobs and disinfect other high traffic areas when you have guests over. The gorgeous Brit + Co.-designed holiday canisters mean even if you accidentally leave these out, they’ll just add a festive touch to your get-together.

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Washable Coloring Tablecloth

Price:$30.00See Reviews

Cover the kids table with this awesome reusable coloring tablecloth. Lay out washable crayons and markers and let little ones color to their heart’s content while they wait for food to be ready or to entertain themselves after the meal. When all your guests have left, simply throw it in the washing machine and put it up for next year.

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Skandinavisk SKOG Pine Forest Liquid Hand Soap

Price:$28.00See Reviews

Treat your guests—and yourself—to a little bit of luxury everytime they wash their hands. This gentle, fragrant soap is the perfect mini splurge to make your home feel extra festive. Soak up the scent of a Scandinavian pine forest with this premium blend of natural ingredients.

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Amazon Echo Dot

Price:$50.00See Reviews

Turn on some holiday music, ask for recipe reminders, set timers and more with just the sound of your voice. The Amazon Echo Dot makes hosting super simple—all you need to do is say “Hey Alexa, play some Christmas music” to set the mood.

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Shark WANDVAC Cord-Free Handheld Vacuum


It’s a truth all holiday hosts know well—messes are bound to happen. Take the stress out of crumbs-all-over-the-couch catastrophes, last-minute pet hair clean up and spilled cookie ingredients with the Shark WANDVAC. This slim, sleek handheld vacuum has powerful suction and a compact design that helps you reach even the tightest of places.

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Ruggable Washable Rug


If there was ever a time to invest in the innovative, washable Ruggable rug, it’s right before you play host. Ruggable has an amazing selection of pretty, patterned rugs that easy detach from their non-slip rug pads to fit into standard-sized washers and dryers. Don’t worry about spills and messes, just enjoy your holiday and toss the top part of this trendy rug in the wash as soon as your guests head out the door.

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IRIS Metal Garment Rack with Wood Shelf

Price:$61.00See Reviews

Don’t let your bedroom or mudroom turn into an endless sea of coats, purses, diaper bags and other discarded personal items. Invest in a small, sleek garment rack like this IRIS metal and wood one and set it up in the entryway or a spare room for guests to neatly hang their coats and place their bags.