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Holiday travels can be exhausting.

Both for you and for the hosting family.

No matter how close you may be to your loved ones, holidays come with many pressures.

When staying with family at their home, it can be difficult to know your place.

Your family wants to make you feel at home, but sometimes they also want their space back to themselves.

Take some pressure off with these 5 ways to be the very best holiday guest.

5 Ways To Be The Very Best Holiday Guest

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Best Holiday Guest Tip #1

Arrive With A Holiday Bouquet:

5 Ways To Be The Very Best Holiday Guest

Never arrive empty-handed.

When they open the door to welcome you, show you appreciate them with a gift.

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This is just one of many ways that you can ease into the guest experience.

By showing a little appreciation you send a message that you know it’s extra work for them to have you in their home.

Best Holiday Guest Tip #2

Come Prepared:

5 Ways To Be The Very Best Holiday Guest

There is nothing more awkward than having to ask for a toothbrush or deodorant.

Packing smart and being prepared go a long way to both you and your hosting family.

Make a list in advance of all those little necessities that could easily be forgotten.

From extra phone chargers to slippers, be sure to bring them with you.

We all have those specific things we do not want to be caught without.

No one wants to have to ask a family member to run them to the store while in the midst of the busy holiday.

Having what you need allows you all to focus on enjoying time together.

Best Holiday Guest Tip #3

Have Your Own Ride:

5 Ways To Be The Very Best Holiday Guest

Just in case you do want to be able to jaunt down to the store, rent a car during your stay.

Having your own wheels while on holiday travel can be liberating.

You will never have to ask your hosting family members for a lift.

If you do feel too locked down you can enjoy a nice drive.

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Having your own transportation means not having to ask busy family members to pick you up at the airport too!

This also allows them more time to prepare those delicious holiday meals for you.

Best Holiday Guest Tip #4

Be Helpful:

5 Ways To Be The Very Best Holiday Guest

Whether it’s helping to prepare those holiday meals or pitching in with shoveling snow, offer assistance.

Your family will be grateful for your offer even if they decline the help.

If you have teens or younger children be sure they keep their own messes tidy and offer to help with chores.

The best guests are those who keep things in order.

Remember being together for the holidays is not just about the gifts and great food.

Taking part in the daily routine of your loved ones is some of the best times together.

That is where real memories can be made.

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5 Ways To Be The Very Best Holiday Guest

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What are some of your ideas for being the best holiday guest?



  1. December 11, 2017 / 2:56 pm

    These are great tips! It’s important to make sure you arrive with something that expresses how glad you are that someone opened up their home to you.

    • December 12, 2017 / 4:33 pm

      Indeed I think it is a very nice gesture when they have to work extra hard to host us.

  2. December 11, 2017 / 3:01 pm

    I try to make sure my hosts don’t have extra stress from me in any way. I never abuse hospitality, and I always arrive with something to show I’m happy to be there.

  3. December 11, 2017 / 5:14 pm

    These are some awesome tips, I have never really thought about how to be a good holiday guest, mainly as I don’t really go anywhere, but we are going to my parents for lunch so I might get them an extra bouquet as a gift.

    • December 12, 2017 / 4:34 pm

      Thank you Sarah! I am sure they will be super happy just having you over. Parents are special that way 🙂

  4. December 11, 2017 / 5:55 pm

    These are all great tips! We are going to be guests at someone’s house this year and I think it is a great idea to come with a gift in hand!

    • December 12, 2017 / 4:34 pm

      Thank you Jeanette. I know the one time we traveled out of town as guests we did not do any of these things, although our trip was totally last minute but I am glad I am more aware of these things now.

  5. December 11, 2017 / 8:17 pm

    These are great tips! I want my holiday guests to do all of this, so it’s what I would do. I would never want to put someone out during the holidays by not helping around the house or with dinner, needing a ride to and from where ever, etc.

    • December 12, 2017 / 4:35 pm

      Me either Joanna I have always offered help but I am glad as I get older I am more aware of the “extras” I can do.

  6. December 11, 2017 / 8:24 pm

    We always go to my in-law’s for Christmas, so giving them gifts is always a given. These are really good tips.

    • December 12, 2017 / 4:37 pm

      Thank you Bill! Oh indeed I am sure they get their share lol I know my kids sure do and their significant others.

  7. Victoria Heckstall
    December 12, 2017 / 1:29 am

    Sometimes, guests forget that they are guests. But this article is such a big help to each one of us to be not only good but best guests.

    • December 12, 2017 / 4:38 pm

      Thank you so much Victoria! Means a lot to me that you enjoyed the article.

  8. December 12, 2017 / 4:20 am

    YES to all of these! Being a good guest is so important! I always try to bring a hostess gift when I go somewhere for the holidays, it’s such a nice gesture.

    • December 12, 2017 / 4:39 pm

      Thank you so much Ricci I am so glad you liked the article and agree.

  9. December 12, 2017 / 4:47 am

    $500 AMEX gift card would be great to start the new year! Loving all these tips, I always offer help when I go to a party especially if I am close with the host.

    • December 12, 2017 / 4:39 pm

      Right!? I can’t wait to hear if one of my readers is one of the lucky winners! Yes it is important we do our share to help out, especially during the holidays!

  10. December 12, 2017 / 5:03 am

    These are all wonderful ideas on how to be a lovely guest. I think it’s really important that you come prepared and be helpful around the house as well.

    • December 12, 2017 / 6:17 pm

      Thank you so much Jocelyn! It is important we understand they have a lot of work to do.

  11. December 12, 2017 / 6:21 am

    Yes, totally agree with showing up with the bouquet. I do not like going to people’s places empty handed and I think a holiday bouquet is a really original hostess gift.

    • December 12, 2017 / 6:17 pm

      Indeed! I think many show up with a bottle of wine perhaps but not everyone drinks and to me, it should be just about the hostess.

  12. December 12, 2017 / 7:21 am

    I know a bunch of people who should read this!! I try to be as helpful as possible when I am a guest, and not cause extra work. But I know too many people who are not the best guests. I like that you suggested having your own vehicle – I can’t imagine a host having to drive people around all the time.

    • December 12, 2017 / 6:16 pm

      LOL perhaps sharing is a subtle way to nudge them. Haha! Oh wow exactly I mean when I wrote that I was only thinking of myself being a guest or the person reading the article but you are so right, If they have to drive me, or you they probably end up having to transport everyone and that is just not fun or fair! I know I would not want to do it!

  13. Kathy
    December 12, 2017 / 8:11 am

    These are all such wonderful tips. I’m always helpful, especially around the holidays. I love helping out the host because they put so much work in to it.

    • December 12, 2017 / 6:15 pm

      Kathy I totally agree! I am just always thankful when I do not have to host the big gatherings lol so I can do a little in the way of bringing a gift for the hostess and helping out for sure!

  14. December 12, 2017 / 8:16 am

    Great post! I think if someone showed up at my house with a holiday flower of any kind I would love them forever, that is such a sweet and classic move!

  15. Michelle Cantu
    December 12, 2017 / 8:39 am

    A gift can definitely set the tone for your stay. I love these ideas, the holidays are very stressful on my family.

    • December 12, 2017 / 6:14 pm

      Thank you I am so happy that you liked my ideas! Holidays can sure be stressful you are so right! A little gesture can mean so much.

  16. December 12, 2017 / 12:20 pm

    Yes to all of these! So important to never come empty handed. Hostess gifts are necessary, I think.

    • December 12, 2017 / 6:13 pm

      As I have gotten older I totally agree. Even if just a small gesture but it is important.

  17. December 12, 2017 / 1:04 pm

    Yes yes yes!! I feel it is so important to do something nice, like taking flowers where you are staying. It doesn’t have to be an expensive gift, but a nice gesture is nice!

    • December 12, 2017 / 6:12 pm

      Exactly – nothing expensive is necessary just something within our means to say thank you.

  18. December 12, 2017 / 1:04 pm

    I am guilty of showing up empty handed when going places during the Christmas season. The flowers are beautiful and they would be a great hostess gift.

    • December 12, 2017 / 6:12 pm

      Indeed just a little gesture can mean a lot. Thanks for checking out the article!

  19. December 12, 2017 / 3:09 pm

    I love the focus of this article! Not many people talk about how to be a good guest, just how to be a good host. These are all perfect tips.

  20. Lynsey
    December 13, 2017 / 12:36 am

    Love these ideas! A holiday bouquet a new one to me, thank you for the suggestion!

  21. December 13, 2017 / 5:08 am

    I am an excellent holiday guest! I love to help cook all the meals and I always bring great gifts for my hostess. Happy holidays!

  22. December 13, 2017 / 9:38 am

    I always make sure to bring a gift for the host to show my appreciation. I have never thought of giving a holiday bouquet though. Next time maybe I’ll do just that.

    • December 13, 2017 / 10:15 pm

      That’s awesome to hear Lyndee! So glad to help with a new idea too!

  23. December 13, 2017 / 2:43 pm

    Having your own ride is pertinent. I hate being stuck and not able to go and come as I please. – yolonda

  24. December 13, 2017 / 4:24 pm

    You often see tips for being a good party host but not too often do people reflect on being a good guest. I liked your approach with this post’s topic and found it interesting to read. Nice tips!

  25. December 13, 2017 / 6:42 pm

    These are really great tips! I try to be really prepared and to be the best guest possible. Also, when I have guests, I put out a basket of things like toothpaste etc in case they did forget things.

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