The holidays can be stressful. And, hosting a party comes with even more pressure. There is the menu to consider, decorations to display, and so much more.  The host or hostess goes through a lot to put on the most flawless party. This year, for every holiday party you attend, be sure to show your appreciation to the hostess for her hospitality with one of the best gift ideas I’ve compiled here.  A gift shows our gratitude and thanks to our friends for opening up their homes.

From the best gifts for cooking enthusiasts to lovely home finds for the interior design fans and even edibles for the foodies. I have a feeling both you and your hostess will be happy with the items on this list. I have pulled together 20 of the finest gift ideas that will take you through the entire holiday season. Your appreciation gift need not be costly. Some of the best gifts I have complied are ones you can make yourself or are under $25.00.

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  1. Saved by Scottie has a wonderful tutorial for sugared cranberries and cranberry infused simple syrup.

2. Create Your Own Playing Cards.

Customize a set of playing cards with your photos, text, or designs for a unique gift.

3. House of Hawthornes shows us a brilliant and quick recipe for a DIY simmering potpourri gift and printable tag.

4. La Jolie Muse Rabbit Cupcake Stand

rabbit-shaped stand is perfect for presenting food on something a little more special.

5. How to make wax melts with herbs and natural ingredients is an excellent tutorial by Garden Therapy

6. Artland Honey Bee Pot With Dipper

Cute container for storing honey.

7. Our Crafty Mom blog teaches us how easy it is to make a DIY wooden cheese slicing board for holiday gift giving and entertaining.

8. The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook

The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook presents over 100 recipes that showcase the cookery and customs of the Crawley household.

9. The blog Atta Girl Says shows us how beautiful a hostess gift can be with a post on Forced Bulb Christmas Party Favors & Hostess Gifts

10. Table Topics

Dinner Party Edition:

Questions to start great conversations

11. Polished Habitat explains a brilliant tutorial on monogramed tea towels using a Circuit Maker.

12.  Four novelty serving ladles.

Let your favorite sauces be served up in style. 

13. Rustic deer antler DIY drink coasters are a breeze if you follow H2O Bungalow’s tutorial.

14. Stone Salt and Pepper Bowls

Each with serving spoon and oval metal tray.


15. Lydi Out Loud has a fantastic festive Christmas wooden spoons DIY tutorial.

16. Bread Warming Blanket

The best thing to happen for sliced bread, this blanket keeps your favorite loaf warm and fresh for much longer than the traditional napkin. 

17. PMQ for Two is sharing her secret recipe for whiskey cream caramel popcorn…..mmmmm delish!

18. Floral Bouquet Soap Petals

Use them decoratively in your favorite dish or apothecary jar to fragrance your bathroom, or use a few petals for single-use hand washing.

19. Artsy Pretty Plants has a creative idea for making DIY magnetic cement planters

20. Artisan Chocolate Box

12-piece box of fine bonbon chocolates. Handcrafted using the best chocolate, fresh ganache filling using locally and ethically sourced ingredients.

Let me know what holiday parties you are planning on attending. 

See Houston homes all decked out and decorated for the season in these post. 

A Traditional Red and Green Christmas

Decorate Your Christmas Tree Like a Professional

Stunning All Red Christmas

English Manor Inspired Tree

A Marie Antoinette Christmas

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Monique Henson

    Lots of great ideas!

    1. Kimmothy

      Thank you so much. And thank you for reading the post

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