DIY Hostess Gift Ideas for Any Occasion

We're in the full swing of the holiday season, which means there are parties, parties and more parties to attend!

Despite it being last-minute, don't show up empty handed to your hostess' door. There's no excuse as we've got 10 quick, simple and inexpensive ways to give the lady who's opened her home to you and fellow guests a little token of appreciation.

Semi-homemade with a touch of customization, our hostess gift ideas will add a much more appreciated personal touch to your hostess' holiday celebration this year.


  • Gift baskets are always perfect hostess gifts, but if you're out of time to order one or want to go the DIY route, our quick and easy idea inspired by hot chocolate is a good solution.

  • While there are plenty of hostess gifts in this round up that can be given all year, homemade ornaments are absolutely perfect for holiday parties. We made this decoupage one from paper we tore out of an old book - simple, festive and extra special!

  • Hostesses are most gifted with wine so it's important to stand out from the crowd if you go this route. Luckily, it doesn't require a ton of added work or funds to do just that. Check out our simple DIY wine gift idea  that uses a stylish dish cloth and wine charms for inspiration.

  • Pamper the hostess in your life with a DIY gift that will help her relax once all the party work is over. Mini baskets with soap, exfoliating gloves and lotion is a trifecta of relaxation. Go the extra step with a handmade bar of soap!

  • Any hostess can appreciate a gift that'll help her entertain guests. Trendy cocktail napkins and plates wrapped with a coordinated ribbon are sure to prove both fabulous and functional!

  • Olive oil wrapped daintly or even a small rosemary tree are another two hostess gifts that are funtional, too!

  • And last but not least, you can never go wrong with an edible token of appreciation. Whether you make killer cookies, fabulous seasoned popcorn or sensational roasted pecans, a hostess will adore an edible gift wrapped especially for her.

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