A few years ago I decided to personalise things a little more at the Christmas table, and rather than setting out the usual crackers and place cards, I chose and individually wrapped little gifts for each guest, setting one at each person’s place at the table. It was a very well received gesture and each guest was thrilled with their little package, especially since I had chosen them with the receiver’s interests and tastes in mind. I was also delighted, because at £1-2 spend per person, they had cost less than the price of a cracker each!
With only a week to go until this year’s Christmas celebration, I thought I would share a few table favour ideas with you so that you can surprise and delight your own guests! (I had planned to write this post much earlier in the month, however with children’s sick bugs and general busy schedules in the run-up to Christmas, I am only now getting around to sharing this with you – apologies!)
The trick is to always choose table gifts that are either edible, practical or useful, so with that firmly in mind, here are some little ideas to get you started… and all for less than the price of a cup of coffee!
For female guests – notebook, cosmetic mirror, pocket tissues, mini candle, stationery item, hand cream, face mask, chocolates, mini pot plant…
For male guests – golf balls, pocket calculator, chopsticks, alarm clock, pack of cards, stress ball, keyring bottle opener, pocket map…
For teenage girls – funky paperclips, hair elastics, lip balm, baking cases, trinket tin, sweet treats, pocket purse…
For teenage boys – sweet treats, pocket comb, pen, keyring, water bottle, lip salve, cactus plant…
For children – colouring pencils, glitter glue, erasers, sharpeners, bouncy ball, sticker sheet, pocket toy, marbles, collector cards, sweets, Playdoh…
Your imagination is your only restraint here, but to inspire you further, I came across some little bargains recently, some of which you can pick up in larger supermarkets and department stores over the weekend. Just package them up to match your table decor theme and attach a name tag to each so they can double up as place name cards. No need for over-expensive and wasteful crackers – a little imagination and forethought is all that’s needed to ensure your guests actually appreciate their favours and will be sure to take them home…
1 Alarm Clock now £1.50 // George Home
2 Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lips £1.59 // Boots
3 Collins Pocket Map £1.99 // Waterstones
4 Pop up calculator £1 // Tiger Stores
5 Letter Votive Candle £2 // George Home
6 Outdoor metal thermometer £1 // Tiger Stores
7 Wooden Ruler £1 // Matalan
8 Face Mask £1.99 // H&M
9 Plasticine Basix Pack 99p // John Lewis
10 Hand & Face Wipes Now 45p // Accessorize
Are you a fan of the traditional cracker or would you be tempted to try out table favours this year instead? Any other ideas for less than £2?
Have a good final shopping weekend and try to relax into the slower pace of life soon … we’re almost there!