How to prepare your home for Christmas

Preparing for a party? Make sure you’re ready for the onslaught of Christmas guests with these kitchen gadgets

20 Nov 2019

Whether you're throwing a house party in the run up to Christmas or you're having the in-laws over with a much quieter time, it's good to have everything you need to keep the Christmas party going.

You should make sure you've got the kitchen essentials: a washing machine that means fresh towels and bed linen, a fridge that can handle Christmas and freshly brewed coffee for the morning after. Getting ready for Christmas guests can be stressful – but not with these life-saving kitchen gadgets.


For when the guests arrive

Whether you're a home body or a natural nomad, nothing quite feels like that panic to get everything ready. But when you hear the knock at the front door, make sure you have the fundamentals sorted. They won't notice your unalphabetised book case.

  • Have fresh bed linen and towels aplenty

Have your loved ones travelled far? If they’ve been stuck in a car all day, they’ll probably be looking forward to freshening up – and sleeping in a fresh bed.

Samsung QuickDrive

Stay one step ahead with a large-capacity washing machine like the Samsung QuickDrive. It combines the sturdy, reliable performance of a Samsung washing machine, but with the extra features that make it a smart washing machine.

Use it to:

  • Wash loads quickly but thoroughly with QuickDrive technology
  • Prepare bed linen and towels in advance with its large 10kg drum
  • Help remove spilled wine or gravy from your guests’ clothing at lower cost with eco-friendly ecobubble technology
  • Launder your clothes and linen ultra-fast with the handy 15-minute wash setting
  • Forgot to pop in that extra tea towel? No problem – simply add it through the AddWash door
  • Don’t miss a moment of the Strictly final – control the wash from the couch using a special smart phone app

Check out our wide range of washing machines


  • Get the fridge stocked up

Christmas is all about the food. Whether you’re planning roast turkey with all the trimmings, a cocktail party packed with delicious nibbles or both.

LG Instaview

You’ll have plenty of room for all your foodie treats with the LG Instaview Fridge-Freezer

Use it to:

  • Store loads of food – with 413 litres of fridge space and 196 litres in the freezer
  • Let your guests help themselves to a thirst-quenching drink from the water and ice dispenser
  • … or let them choose something else: they can see what’s on offer through the Instaview door-in-door
  • Avoid manually defrosting the freezer – let Total NoFrost look after it for you
  • Smart Diagnosis lets you know when a problem’s arisen, so you can get it solved fast
  • Keep everything tidy with an inbuilt wine rack, egg holder, salad drawers and plenty of separate compartments

Check out our wide range of fridge freezers


  • Keep the kids entertained

Kids make Christmas special, but it's always good to keep the nippers happy with the latest Android tablets to keep them occupied.

SAMSUNG Galaxy Tab A 10.1" Tablet

Little ones will never be bored thanks to the SAMSUNG Galaxy Tab A 10.1" Tablet.

Use it to:

  • Rely on Kids Mode - made for younger users, thanks to an engaging display and parental controls
  • Play movies, TV and games all day thanks to this Samsung tablet's 13-hour battery life
  • Let them enjoy their favourite content on beautiful full HD widescreen
  • Keep all your movies and apps on this Smsung Galaxy tab with 32GB of storage and up to 512 GB on microSD
  • Enjoy great sound with Dolby Atmos

Check out our wide range of tablets and e-readers


  • Offer them a cuppa

After a long drive battling the Christmas traffic, it’s a must to put on the kettle and greet your guests with a soothing cup of tea.

Tefal Avanti Kettle

Have a brew ready for when they arrive with a stylish, cordless kettle, like the Tefal Avanti Classic Kettle.

Use it to:

  • Knock up a decent cuppa for the whole house at once thanks to a 7l capacity
  • Keep your kitchen stylish - its slick matte black design fits with any décor
  • Say “no thanks” to limescale with the specialised anti-limescale filter

Check out our wide range of kettles


  • Cooking them dinner

Your guests arrive on Christmas Eve, and with a huge day of cooking coming the following day, you want to make them something that’s super-tasty but hassle-free. That's where dual cook and self cleaning ovens really shine.

Samsung Dual Cook Oven

The right electric oven can help make your mealtimes easier. Take the Samsung Dual Cook Flex Electric Oven

Use it to:

  • Cook multiple dishes at once with Dual Cook technology and extra shelves
  • Or just cook for one without wasting energy by isolating heat in one part of the oven
  • Don’t waste time cleaning – catalytic liners burn all the gunk off the oven walls, so you only have to sweep out the ash

Check out our wide range of electric ovens


For the morning after

After an evening of partying, you'll have plenty of bleary heads seeking life-saving coffee, conversation and a good brekkie to get them fired up for the day ahead.

  • Make them a coffee

After a night of celebrating you’ll want a coffee machine that can whip up drinks effortlessly. And you've got plenty of options, whether that's a Delonghi coffee machine, bean to cup coffee machine or a Nespresso coffee machine.

De'Longhi Prima Donna

Catering for coffee snobs? You may prefer the aroma of freshly ground beans with a bean-to-cup machine.

These are super-easy to use – simply pour the beans into the machine and it’ll grind and dispense the right amount for your drink.

For a coffee that’s spot on every time, you need the De'Longhi Prima Donna Bean to Cup Machine

Use it to:

  • Choose from 13 settings to get your personalised favourite coffee
  • Forget the clean-up – it cleans itself automatically
  • Serve those who don’t like coffee, too – it whips up deliciously creamy hot chocolate


Prefer pods? Try a coffee machine that gives you the perfect blend every time with clever Centrifusion technology like the Nespresso by Krups Vertuo Plus

Use it to:

  • Customise your cups - from espresso to deep mug
  • Enjoy 20 varieties of pods to suit your taste
  • Get one button ease and stylish looks

Check our our full range of coffee machines


  • Whip up some scrambled eggs for brekkie

After a long night of celebrations, the last thing you want is to faff about with a hundred different pans making breakfast for all your guests.

Magimix Food Processor

So here’s a trick – mix a big batch of scrambled eggs in your food processor (like Megamix) for a quick, delicious breakfast that everyone will love. All you have to do then is heat the eggs in a single pan, et voila! Breakfast for the whole house.

Use it to:

  • Get creative – our food processors chop, slice, grate, whisk and knead
  • Use it again and again and again – some come with long term guarantees
  • Don’t worry if your guests are still in bed – there are plenty in the range that are quiet as a whisper

Check our our full range of food processors

  • Don’t waste time washing up

Don’t leave your guests alone while you disappear into the kitchen for hours of cleaning. Let a dishwasher do the dirty work while you talk about old times and new with your guests.

AEG ComfortLift Dishwasher

We love the AEG ComfortLift Dishwasher. It lets you load and unload with minimal effort thanks to the ComfortLift lower rack lifting mechanism.

Use it to:

  • Fit in all your dishes with 13 place settings
  • Give delicate items like wineglasses extra support with SoftSpikes and SoftGrips
  • Take stuff out dry – the Air Dry technology will make sure of it

Check our full range of dishwashers


Browse our home appliances for more ideas on how to prepare for your guests

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