Assemble a Last Minute Host(ess) Gift


Need a last minute host(ess) gift for a holiday gathering or party? I am sharing some of my favorite things and how I assembled them into a thoughtful host(ess) gift that can be put together at the last minute. Around the holidays, I try to keep a stash of small items like tea towels, cookbooks and a handful of gourmet products on hand for last minute gifts.

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How to Create a Last Minute Host(ess) Gift

Start by choosing a container. You can keep a few baskets on hand. I like thrifting quality, attractive baskets or picking up inexpensive ones like this one or these. When choosing a basket, I try to pick one that can be used by the recipient for other things. Baskets are great for rounding up remote controls, at the entry for keys and change, for serving bread, etc.

Once I have chosen a container I gather the items I want to include. For this particular basket I chose these items:

  • Big Heart Little Stove Cookbook – This cookbook is a new personal fav but feel free to choose one that is meaningful to you. Stumped? I love these as well: Cook This Book, More is More and Half Baked Harvest Super Simple
  • Oven Mitt – oven mitts and pot holders are always great items to add to hostess gifts as they are usually needed in the kitchen.
  • Festive Dish Towel – much like oven mitts, dish towels are a great host(ess) gift. They can be seasonal, decorative or simple and neutral.
  • Vanilla Bean Paste – I LOVE this vanilla bean paste and add it to gifts often. It is so versatile and tastes great.
  • Gourmet Peanut Butter – This peanut butter is a personal favorite but I realize not everyone may be a fan. Choose something that you think your recipient will love. Home made jam, local honey, a regional favorite? There are certainly regional specialities that would be welcome additions to your hostess gift.

Assemble your Gift Basket

To assemble your gift basket, arrange items from tallest to shortest in your container. You could add a little crinkle paper or tissue and seasonal decorations if desired. Wrap in cellophane and tie top with a bow if you’d like, this can help keep everything in place if you’re traveling.

Hope this provides you with a little inspiration to create your own gift baskets as host(ess) gifts or gifts for other loved ones. Need more ideas? I’ve got more hostess gift ideas too! And if you’re still searching for stocking stuffers? I’ve complied a list of 100 Stocking Stuffers that are $25 and Under for nearly everyone on your list!

Happy Holidays!

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