When you’re invited to a dinner party, birthday party or any event this Winter, you will want to take a small gift to say, thank you. Hostess gifts are often forgotten in our modern day, but showing appreciation for the work your hostess put into the event is a custom we believe in!
You don’t need to spend much money to show gratitude. A hostess gift isn’t intended to be a costly item. Just put a little thought and effort into your ideas and create a simple homemade gift that shows you care.
Here are three easy ideas for creating homemade hostess gifts for your Winter events:
1. Homemade Jam. Apple spice jam is a perfect flavor for this time of year. Peel and cut 12 medium gala or pink lady apples. Add to a large soup pot with 6 Cups water. Allow to simmer until soft. Add 3 Tbs cinnamon, 1 Tbs. P
pumpkin pie spice, 1/2 -1 Cup Sugar, and 1 Tbs. lemon juice. Simmer 2-3 minutes longer until sugar melts then begin to mash apples with a potato masher. Fill your mason jars leaving 1 inch of room at the top of the jar to breathe.
2. Spice infused oil in a pretty dispenser. Flavor infused oils work great as a Salad dressing, over pasta or bread, or as a boost of flavor to almost any dish. Start with the freshest, highest quality olive oil you can find. Check the label for an inspection seal and the harvest date. If the label doesn’t have either of these, chances are it’s not actually virgin, pure olive oil. Next, choose fresh herbs and bruise them with the back of a spoon to allow the essence to permeate. Place the herbs into the bottle of oil, and seal well. Allow to sit for 2 weeks for herbs to infuse well. With your gift tag include a note that says, once open the oil should be refrigerated and used within 1 month. Try basil, rosemary, or chili peppers just to get you started. The flavor combinations are really endless.
3. Homemade shower scrub. In a mixing bowl place 2 cups coarse sea salt and 1 cup Epsom salts. To the salts add 1/2 Cup coconut oil, and 20-30 drops of your favorite essential oil. Mix well. The mixture should be gooey, but not too loose or runny. Spoon into a glass jar with tight fitting lid. Add a decorative ribbon and tag.
It doesn’t take much to say, thank you. With a few simple ingredients, you can create a thoughtful homemade hostess gift.