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It’s always nice to bring a little thank you when a friend or acquaintance goes to the trouble of having guests over for a nice meal. Here are some simple DIY hostess gift ideas, many of which you can make up now in bulk so that you always have something on hand to give.
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Mix up some fancy cocoa packages to give away, including little extras like mini marshmallows, peppermint sticks, vanilla sugar and mini chocolate chips. I’ve seen this packaged all sorts of interesting ways: layered in a mason jar like above; with each ingredient in little test tubes; in cellophane cones.
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If you’re feeling a tad more adventurous, try this hot chocolate on a stick recipe from Make and Take. This combines homemade marshmallows and chocolate blocks on popsicle sticks that are swirled and melted into warmed milk. Mmmmmm….
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A simple selection of individually wrapped teas together with a little jar of honey and other garnishes like lemons, cinnamon sticks, ginger root make a wonderful gift this time of year. Bonus points if you package the tea in a vintage tea canister or other decorative box.
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Scented sugars make a wonderful gift and are perfect in a morning tea, bowl of porridge, or atop fresh fruit. And they couldn’t be easier to make. Pick up, or re-use some glass jars with tightly fitted lids, add granulated sugar and an aromatic such as halved vanilla pods, mint leaves, lemon and orange peels, or rose petals. Let the jars of sugar sit in its closed jar for about one week and ta-dah: A uniquely sweet gift! How awesome too that this gift is shelf stable, beautiful to present and inexpensive to make.
Got kids or visiting grandkids looking for a fun sparkle mess of a craft, because this one is perfect. Pick up some simple glass baubles (or a less breakable material like Styrofoam balls if little ones are involved) and create a masterpiece for your host’s tree.
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Simply coat the bauble with a glue stick and dip/sprinkle with sparkles. For a snowball look, coat in Epsom salts. It’s really simple and fun if you’re a crafter.
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If knitting is your thing (it’s mine!), these charming washcloths by Whit’s Knits are made from a soft machine-wash cotton. The “log cabin” design makes for a visually interesting colour blocked look that are sure to be soft yet durable. For the full tutorial with loads of pics, just visit Purl Bee.
Hope you find time to relax and enjoy as the holiday season starts ramping up!