Summer time brings gatherings. Suddenly, every weekend has a barbeque, bridal shower, birthday party or other excuse to gather and eat gorgeous food. And when invited to these soirees (and especially if you’re just getting to know the hostess), it’s good practice to bring a hostess gift.
And with everything: it’s the thought that counts. And what is more thoughtful than a handmade gift to say, “Thanks for having me?”
(It also says, “Thanks for making all of the food, cleaning up, and letting my kids trash your house”.)
I’ve collected 20 DIY Hostess Gifts that are sure to be received warmly. And if you’re REALLY using your thinking cap, you’ll choose a few of these and make them ahead of time so that they’re ready to be slipped into your bag before you head out to the McMillan’s Annual BBQ or Janie’s engagement party.
Or to my house. I want these!
p.s. I know that I said “hostess gift”, but in order to avoid seeming completely sexist, I want to make it clear that hosts are also definitely worth spoiling. Please consider these gifts for the man who loves to throw a good shin-dig as well!
A classic hostess gift is the bouquet of flowers. See how Amy from While Wearing Heels created this gorgeous vintage-inspired vase wrapper to add style to a vase.
Presenting a potted plant? Why not put it in a flower pot that you embellished with paint? See how I created this pair of Buck and Doe Flower pots!
Sarah from Repeat Crafter Me created these awesome fruit coasters using yarn and a crochet hook. How fabulous would these be on the patio?
And speaking of crochet, I haven’t ever met a crocheted dishcloth that I didn’t love. Kara at Petals to Picots has a free pattern for creating these lovely (and practical) dishcloths. I know that I would be ecstatic upon receiving a gift of these!
Or how about soaking those feet? Flip-flops do terrible damage to our heels, and Angie’s recipe for a Mint Lime Foot Soak on her blog, Echoes of Laughter, would be perfect for the hostess who lives in sandals!
Or maybe you’re visiting a fun-loving hostess? These mason jar wine-glasses (or “Red Neck Glasses, as Sky calls them), can be found on her blog, Capital B. I sooo want these!
Amy, from One Artsy Mama, shows us how to dress up a plain votive holder with colourful buttons! You can create a series of candle holders and wrap them up; how lovely would this look flickering in the summer night?
Don’t forget to jot down your appreciation for this incredible soiree! Create a beautiful card using the Silhouette Cameo, like Lauren from The Thinking Closet has done….
Presentation isn’t to be forgotten either. Whether you’re giving a potted plant, a bottle of wine, or a bottle of good balsamic vinegar (one of my favourite hostess gifts), consider packaging it creatively. Melanie from It Happens In A Blink shares this great tutorial for painting and personalizing a wooden crate. It’s awesome, and yet practical, too!
ChiWei from 1 Dog Woof has this incredible tutorial for a no-sew woven basket. I know! How is that possible!?! This is a beautiful way to present your hostess with a few carefully selected favourites.
And Adrianne from Happy Hour Projects has a great tutorial for creating a grease-proof fabric wrap for gifts of baking.
Ooohhh… wouldn’t the gift of a banana chocolate chip loaf be heavenly?
This collection of amazing hostess gifts can be found on my Pinterest board: DIY Hostess Gifts. If you’re always looking for a creative way to say, “Thanks for having me”, then please click over and follow me! I’ll be adding to the board as I find more gems like these!
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