DIY: 5 Hostess Gifts for the Holidays by

Issue 101 · The Early Bird · December 5, 2013

DIY: 5 Hostess Gifts for the Holidays

Issue 101 · The Early Bird · December 5, 2013

What to bring to a holiday party? Skip the bottle of wine and tote something handmade instead. 

Here, we share five DIY holiday host and hostess gifts, some of which take minutes and others a few hours to pull together. Pick the ambitious projects if you have the energy and desire, or toss some foliage in a ceramic vase and call it good. Time expenditure doesn't buy beauty: we think all five of these gifts are equally charming.

DIY Boxwood and Cedar Wreath, Reading My Tea Leaves, Remodelista

Above: This DIY wreath of foraged boxwood and cedar will smell beautiful and add a holiday note to any table, wall, or door. Get the how-to from Gardenista's Erin Boyle in her blog, Reading My Tea Leaves: Boxwood and Cedar

DIY Gift Wrapping with Newspaper and Berries, Reading My Tea Leaves, Remodelista

Above: Sometimes what's on the outside counts. This petite package from Reading My Tea Leaves is made from magazine pages tied with metallic string and adorned with winterberries; ideal for wrapping up Lindt LINDOR Truffles.

Simplest Holiday Arrangements, Leaves and Berries in Vases, Design Skool, Remodelista

Above: We're charmed by the simplest holiday arrangements. Allow Remodelista's own Justine Hand of designskool to show you how to recreate the look in 5 Quick Fixes: Pine Branch Holiday Decor

DIY Mulling Spices as Holiday Hostess Gift, Reading My Tea Leaves, Remodelista

Above: Did you know that mulling spices are surprisingly simple to make? Find the ingredients and instructions in Reading My Tea Leaves: Mulling Spices.

DIY Bay Berry Candles as Holiday Hostess Gift, Design Skool, Remodelista

Above: Are you as entranced by these as we are? If you have some time before your gift is due, try your hand at making bayberry candles, a traditional Cape Cod craft. Read Justine's thorough how-to in The Romance of the Homemade Candle.

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