The actor will host next year’s awards in February.

On Christmas, ABC gifted viewers the first promotional clip for the Oscars.

Host Neil Patrick Harris has some sound advice for last-minute shoppers in the commercial. “Instead of traditional presents, give (your family) the gift of simply telling them to watch me host the Oscars,” the How I Met Your Mother alum says.

The 87th annual Academy Awards will be held in Hollywood's Dolby Theatre and air on ABC on Feb 22.

Harris has performed at the ceremony in the past, but will be hosting for the first time. He hosted the Tony Awards last year and the Emmys twice, in 2013 and 2009. — Reuters