Great Gifting Tips from Celebrity Party Planner Marcy Blum

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Photo: HomeGoods / Matt Harrington
Take the stress out of all things holiday gifting (shopping, wrapping, you name it) with these must-know tricks.

Getting the perfect gift for everyone on your list is such a great part of the holidays, but we all know it can sometimes be a little stressful. HomeGoods and celebrity party planner Marcy Blum have teamed up to share some helpful holiday gifting tips to make the process gorgeous and stress-free. Read on for her tips, tricks, and favorite trends in gift-wrapping and -giving this season.

Creative gifting got you stumped? Make a cheat sheet.

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Brainstorming specific gifts for each person on your list can feel daunting, so I like to get my creative juices flowing by drafting up a cheat sheet before I go shopping. I'll list out all the recipients' names alongside things I know they enjoy – like “the color blue, traveling, dogs and gin." It serves as a fantastic way to jog my memory when I'm in a store, and helps me to shop creatively.

Get creative with wrapping that doubles as a bonus gift.

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Forego wrapping paper and tuck your gift into a soft, woven throw from HomeGoods. Tied up with a beautiful bow, it's the perfect bonus to your gift and saves you from having to throw away that mess of crumpled paper! (Check out how-to here!)

Home décor isn't just for grown-ups.

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Home design is hotter than ever – and with dorm room transformations going viral and “first apartment decorating" trending, even the youngest gift recipients appreciate some chic starter pieces to spruce up their space. You can't go wrong with a selection of affordable pillows and throws in vibrant prints from HomeGoods, or a beautiful coffee table tray paired with fun, metallic glasses.

Does your gift need a starter pack?


For the sake of the parents, include the necessary items to get kids' gifts started – including batteries or pre-charged packs. Combine the items in a pretty lidded box.

Round out a gift basket with reading material.

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Assembling an “at-home spa day" gift basket for your BFF? Fill up a beautiful woven basket from HomeGoods with relaxing aromatherapy, essential oils, herbs, soothing tea and a loofah, and throw in a couple of magazines or a clipping of an article about DIY spa treatments.

What are some of the hot trends this season?


Lots of metallic wrapping paper and metallic ribbons! We're also seeing more and more people use really deep greens and burgundys in their décor.

Even people allergic to DIY are attempting to wrap their gifts in an interesting manner - maybe include a sprig of faux holly or some tinsel or a metallic butterfly on the package to be creative!

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"Themed packages" are so popular right now - such as a home spa day with bath salts, aromatherapy candle , loofah and a stack of magazines or a basket of wonderful doggie gifts. All things you can find at HomeGoods!

As bar carts have become so popular, they are stocked seasonally now vs. kept the same year round - with ports and cognacs and festive décor for the winter holidays!

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