Christmas is right around the corner, and if you are anything like us there’s still about a million more to do’s to cross off the list.
Decorating, shopping, wrapping, parties, the list seems endless when it comes to the holidays! And it is always the little gifts that can stump us right here in the last few weeks before Santa arrives. What do we get for the hostess of the Christmas party, our children’s teachers and neighbors?
Let’s be honest, it’s just not possible to spend $50 – $100 on each of these people, despite the gratitude we want to exude. That’s when a great DIY project will save the day! Personalized, made from scratch gifts are something that everyone can appreciate. Simply knowing a friend put the time, effort and thought in to a present makes us feel special and appreciated. With a little planning, you will be proud to give a homemade, DIY gift to all of the people who make everyday life possible.
This week we will be sharing how you can easily and inexpensively put together an unforgettable gift for all of these important loved ones! We will start with hostess gifts, but make sure to check back for the teacher and neighbor ideas as well. You will go back to these ideas over and over throughout the year for birthdays, showers and appreciation gifts, they are not just for Christmas!
Hostess Gift Ideas
It’s safe to assume the host of the annual holiday party loves to entertain, and most likely cook. Veer away from the typical bottle of wine, and step it up a notch with a kitchen bundle.
Grab some basic wooden utensils, and add a fun twist by dipping the bottom 1/3 in paint. For these, I simply applied tape to ensure a crisp line and used a makeup sponge to apply red paint. Took all of two minutes! Pair with a fashion forward, but neutral towel and tie with a festive ribbon. For the final wow, include an amazing scone mix, housed in a mason jar, so the cook only has to add oil, egg and milk for a quick sweet treat at their leisure.
Cranberry Orange Scone Mix Recipe: These scones are bomb-tastic. As in, don’t even bother looking for another recipe. Follow the detailed instructions on constructing a giftable mix, include hand written instructions tied around the lid. Recipe link here.
A more fashion forward gift would be a terrarium ornament. Terrariums are all the rage, and I don’t see the trend fading any time soon. These perfect little globes can be purchased everywhere from Amazon to Hobby Lobby. The 7 – 9″ inch sizes are statement pieces for the tree, but can make a beautiful accessory to a side table or desk after the season. Simply add a spindly air plant, surrounded by moss and you are set.
For a more traditional take on the same type of gift, make the globe in to a winter wonderland scene! Replace the modern succulents or airplanes with a festive base of snow and accessorize with your favorite winter fairy garden items.
To build, pour iodized salt in to the bottom of the ornament, approximately 1/2 inch. Sprinkle white sparkle glitter and flakes on top of the salt to simulate the snow. Lastly, add trees, deer, a red truck, whatever your heart desires.
Happy making! And enjoy yourself at all of those holiday parties, you deserve it!