These ideas are from the Home Made Simple website: Nesting Tips and Décor Ideas—Home Made Simple
Warm and comfy textures and more rugs is a good idea, but I'd forget the candles--cliched and dangerous. I prefer potpourri and pomanders to commercial scents, btw. Updating photo displays improves your home's look for you and your visitors. And I'd include children's books--don't forget pop-up books for young and old (I've got the pop-up space station book on my Christmas list); I have young visitors now and then, and I believe in entertaining and educating them.