Holiday DIY: 3 Easy Gift Ideas For the Hostess


By Rachelle McCray

The holidays are here and that means- it’s time to party! Between buying gifts for friends and loved ones, it’s easy to forget a fabulous gift for the hostess with the mostess. And since she has probably spent weeks or even months planning that holiday get together you’re enjoying, it’s a sweet idea to show your appreciation.

Here are three easy DIY gifts to shower the hostess who has it all and planned it all.

Holiday Scrubs for the Beauty Lover

Beauty regimes are full steam ahead during the holiday season, which is why a seasonly themed sugar shower scrub is the ultimate hostess gift for the beauty guru in your life. With just a few ingredients, you can turn your gift into a spa day moment for your favorite girlfriend. It’s so easy, we just had to share!

You’ll Need:

  • Mason Jar or Decorative Jar
  • Ribbon
  • 1 cup granulated white/brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup mild-flavored oil coconut oil or olive oil
  • 8-12 drops of peppermint essential oil

Mix Sugar, Coconut Oil, and Essential Oil together until consistency is to your preference. { For a thicker scrub, use less coconut oil, and larger granules of sugar, like Turbanado sugar. For a finer, creamier scrub, choose granulated sugar and use recommended amount of coconut oil. } Once you’ve mixed it all together, place in the jar of your choosing and accent with a festive ribbon.

Viola! You win gift giver of the season.

Holiday Treat Bags for the Dog Lover

We all have the dog lover in our lives who would do anything for their pets. You know, the friend who even has a stocking hung on the mantle with the rest of the fam’s. So why not include their four legged loved ones into the ultimate hostess gift by making dog approved treats with this simple recipe:

You’ll Need:

  • Peanut Butter
  • Cinnamon
  • Oats
  • Decorative Cellophane bag and Ribbon.

Mix peanut butter, cinnamon, and water until smooth. You may add more water if you need to. Mixture should be thick. Gradually add oats. Form into round balls; size is preference of your choice. Chill in refrigerator. Store in container in the refrigerator or freezer.Place into a decorative bag or bowl with a sweet note attached with a ribbon.

And just like that you have a ‘paw’sitively perfect gift.

(recipe via cookpad.com)

Holiday Goodies for the Foodie

You can easily put together holiday treats and drinks presented in cute mugs, jars, or bowls. Try your favorite holiday mix of pretzels and candies or bake your favorite cookies and wrap them in a bow.

For a simple idea that will get anyone in the holiday spirit, here is a hot cocoa mason jar recipe which is sure to please even the toughest food critic.

You’ll Need:

  • Dry Milk
  • Sugar
  • Cocoa
  • Marshmallows
  • Mason Jar
  • Ribbon
  • Paper Attached with Recipe Instructions Below

In a mason jar layer ingredients listed above. Seal with lid and decorate with fabric and ribbon. Print the RECIPE instructions below, and attach. Cute, simple AND delicious.

RECIPE TO ATTACH: Measure 1/2 cup cocoa mix into mug. Stir in 1 cup hot water or milk. Makes 12 servings.

The hostess in your life will feel appreciated and loved with these small, yet meaningful gifts. Give them a try and don’t forget to share this post with friends and loved ones.

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