Saturday, November 2, 2019

DIY Hostess Gifts for the Holidays

handmade hostess gifts for the holidays

6 Stunning Handmade Hostess Gift Ideas for the Holiday Season

Are you feeling it too – that sense of a ‘calm before the storm’ as the holiday party season get closer? Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good storm, but instead of keeping you indoors, this one beckons you out into a flurry of social engagements. From Thanksgiving, to the office holiday bash, to New Year’s Eve festivities, you may find your calendar is suddenly full of events with friends and family.

How will you make all those hosts and hostesses feel special this season? If you are one of those thoughtful and creative guests who likes to bring along a small token of gratitude then maybe you have considered making your own host/hostess gifts. By making a gift, you are able to add a personal touch that really stands out and delights both you and the recipient.

Check out these 6 ideas for small gifts you can stitch in a weekend that your host/hostess will love.

1. Embellish a Set of Fabric Napkins

Start with solid color napkins and add an embroidered touch to one corner of each. Monograms are a classic choice but something fun and modern can really put a smile on dinner guests’ faces. I love these napkins which are priced oh-so-nice at just $9.99 for a set of six and come in lots of colors. Need pattern inspiration? Keep it simple with these free monogram patterns or try these Christmas designs that fit perfectly in corners. Or, why not add some favorite quotes or phrases to your napkins? - whether you go snarky or sentimental, they will be dinner party conversation starters for sure.

2. Stitch up a Set of Refrigerator Magnets

Spruce up their fridge with some floss and create a custom set of magnets. This is a quick and easy project that can be completed while you watch your favorite holiday movie. Warning – once you make one set, you will want to make them for everyone you know. Not sure where to start? Check out this tutorial for the ‘how-to’.

3. Create a One-of-a-Kind Wine Bag

Wine is the quintessential hostess gift but you can stand out from the crowd with a handmade wine bag. Okay, this one is a little more involved so plan to spend a little more time to make this one. You also will need a sewing machine and some basic sewing skills. A free pattern is available here along with a video to walk you through the process step by step. These look great with or without embroidered embellishment.

4. How About a Set of Coasters?

Here is another project for those who have some sewing skills under their belt. Coasters make a great personalized option so you can give a gift that really speaks to your host or hostess’ interests and preferences. While it would be fun to scour the internet seeking out tutorials for this, someone else already has! I just loved this article. It showcases such a variety of styles and projects for different skill levels. I think you’ll find it really inspiring too.

5. Embroider a Holiday Keepsake Ornament

I’m biased because I have made hundreds of embroidered ornaments over the years, but I think this makes a fantastic gift. Because they are relatively small, the embroidery for an ornament doesn’t have to take long to complete. Use any small design (monograms work great for this too) and stitch up a special addition to your host or hostess’ Christmas tree. They will remember your thoughtfulness for years to come. A 3-inch embroidery hoop makes a great frame for these. You can also find these screwless frames at SeptemberHouse or explore other ornament finishing techniques here and here.

6. Make Votive Wraps or Napkin Rings

This is a two-for-one idea since the idea is really the same for both items. A bit of embroidery or counted cross stitch is a quick way to create a lovely votive wrap (works for larger pillar candle holders too) or napkin rings. This perforated paper is great for cross stitch projects like these (be sure to click through all the photos in the link to see a finished votive wrap project). It’s durable but easy to trim down to the size you need. Choose any simple border pattern or small repeated design for these. For a fabric-only, or surface-embroidered option check out this fun tutorial.

Are you as inspired as I am now? There are, of course, so many more possibilities for anyone with a love for DIY who wants to make something special this holiday season so consider this a tiny little sample and use your imagination/innovation to design your own unique gifts. I think handmade gifts put a little bit of the meaning back into this season and I am thrilled to be a part of that!

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