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Great Last Minute Gift Ideas

Oh oh - you just remembered that you need to bring a present for someone at tomorrow's Christmas dinner... and you forgot.

Not to worry. Most shops are still open on Christmas Eve, such as chemists where there are actually some great - and even inexpensive - presents you can pick up there…

  • Gift card. Everyone appreciates a gift card whether it's for music, perfume or to spend in the chemist itself. The cashier can often load up the balance for however much you'd like to give.
  • Magazine and subscription. Pick up a magazine that the person would be interested in and send off the subscription card. (Or go online - you can usually subscribe that way too.)
  • Perfumed products. Whether you pick up someone's favourite perfume or body lotion or some scented candles, these gifts are always gratefully received.  
  • Shampoo/conditioner.Purchase a good quality product that you know your friend wouldn't buy... it's always nice to try a new hair product.
  • Fashion umbrella. Most chemists have a stand of fashion umbrellas for different prices. And everyone can use another one of these.
  • Cozy slippers. Head to the aisle with socks, stockings and cozy slippers or socks. These make great colourful gifts. 
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Guest Expectations

The festive season can often be stressful as families often end up spending a lot of time together and sometimes it can bring about tensions. If you've been invited to an event over Christmas, here's some advice on making the most of it and keeping tensions to a minimum.

  1. If you have children, go over manners and house rules with them so they know how they should behave.
  2. Remember, you can't control other people's behaviour so control your own. If someone is likely to push your buttons, tell yourself before you go to the event that you're not going to be a part of that... keep them at a distance and enjoy the company of the people you do get along with. 
  3. Avoid serious discussions. If someone starts going on about an inappropriate topic for the event, say: "Oh, I don't think we should talk about that now... how about another day?" Then change the subject or leave the room.
  4. Do bring the host/ hostess a gift. A bottle of wine is always a welcome gesture, but don't expect to drink that bottle. That's up to the host. A gift certificate, or a voucher for dinner out can be a lovely idea.  So is an amaryllis plant, scented candles, or a special Christmas ornament.
  5. Advise the host/hostess ahead of time if someone in your family or group has special dietary needs. Offer to bring a dish for that person. If that's not possible, suggest the person do the best they can with what may be on offer, and perhaps consider eating beforehand if possible.
  6. Lend a hand when and if it makes sense. Helping to clear the table or keep the kitchen clean is usually welcome - but remember to take the lead from the hostess, say the Domestic Cleaning Professionals at MOLLY MAID.  
  7. Be respectful of the time... and don't over-stay your welcome. If the hostess keeps looking at the clock or offers you another cup of coffee, start gathering the members in your party and your belonging to prepare to say your goodbyes.  
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10 Best House Cleaning Stocking Fillers

Lots of people love practical gifts these days. Since everyone needs to do some cleaning, here are some great cleaning gift ideas.

  1. Duster for tough-to-reach places
  2. Green cleaning products
  3. Dustpan and brush
  4. Molly Maid Cleaning Handbook
  5. Gift certificate  or voucher from MOLLY MAID
  6. Rubber gloves
  7. Air freshener
  8. Scrubbing brush
  9. Reusable microfiber cloths
  10. iPod loaded with fabulous music (label it: Whistle While You Work!)
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Tree Trimming Party

Organising a tree trimming party is much easier than you think. You need food, refreshments and the tree... and that's about it. Here's a checklist.

  1. Buy a Christmas tree and set it up in the living room (or where you want to have it). Let the tree sit inside for at least a day before you decorate it. Make sure you use a stand that allows you to give the tree water. It will last longer.
  2. Pull together Christmas music that you can play as background music - maybe even carols. If you are lucky enough to have a piano, place Christmas sheet music on it in case someone at the party feels like playing.
  3. Make it a buffet style party that includes finger food. Load up the cookies, gingerbread and sweets too, because that's what guests will be expecting.
  4. Plan the party for either a weekend afternoon (say from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.) or in the evening after work (say 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.) It should depend on whether or not young children will be there.
  5. Lay out boxes of ornaments and other decorations so they're easy to see and reach. Ensure there's a star or angel for the top of the tree too for good measure!
  6. Appoint someone in your household to be in charge, and start by stringing the lights. 
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Holiday Tricks: Clean and Decorate for the Festive Season

When you combine cleaning with decorating for Christmas, the time will go by quickly and it is guaranteed to be oh so enjoyably! Here are cleaning tips:

  1. Make Space for the Christmas tree: Most people have to make space for an indoor Christmas tree. As you move chairs and other furnishings around, be sure to have your vacuum and duster on hand. This is a wonderful opportunity to clean the room.
  2. Fireplace mantle: Do you have a collection of angels or Santa figurines? Clean off your fireplace mantle or the window sill and remember to dust and wipe as you do. You might de-clutter at the same time too, say the Domestic Cleaning Professionals at MOLLY MAID - is there anything on these surfaces that you don't want to display or keep anymore? Dust off and shine up each Santa and angel as you create a festive display.
  3. Decorate the staircase: Look closely at the staircase railing (and staircase in general) because this is where dust and dirt accumulates and there are likely scuffs and possibly pet hair as well. Grab your duster and dust these areas. Then, vacuum if possible. Use a damp cloth to wipe away any marks. It might also be the time to touch up walls with a lick of paint if you have time. Once this is done, wind garland or a string of lights along the staircase.
  4. Festive Scents: Do you use various fragranced products in your house? Now's the time to switch your regular products with Christmas scented hand moisturisers and room fresheners... think festive peppermint, ginger, orange and evergreen. It's also nice to put cinnamon and other scented candles in bathrooms. Wipe all surfaces clean before you do.
  5. Light Dusting: Hanging mistletoe is lots of fun for parties and holiday gatherings. But first dust and clean the lights - or a guest may get a surprise dusting when they embrace! 
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