DIY Tutorial: Holiday Hostess Gift (under $10)

DIY Holiday Hostess Gift

(this is a fun little gift for friends, too!)

With the Christmas season upon us, many of you are heading to holiday parties and get-togethers with friends.  With so many things to do (so many, right?!), it is easy to forget a little gift for your hostess.  Clearly, no hostess is expecting a gift, but it is nice to be able to bring a little something to say thank you for all of the work she has undoubtedly put into the gathering.

My advice is to put together a little batch of these gifts to make it easy on yourself to grab and go.  The premise is very simple – cute napkins, ribbon, a few decorations, a little stamping – done.  These napkin gifties take minutes to put together, and are easy on your pocket.  (LESS THAN $10!!)

Here’s how to make them…

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Materials you will need:

* package of pretty paper napkins (mine were from Anthropologie, but I don’t see them online.  they had several cute ones in store.)

* ribbon to wrap the napkins

* stamps and stamp pad

* scissors

* paper to stamp on

* optional: paper to make a little card with

First things first, remove the price sticker off of your napkins.  (because Miss Manners says to)

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When I’m stamping several things with the same phrase, I find it easier to stamp them all together.  So when you’re done, you’re done!  Two or three light dabs of ink on your stamp is all you need.

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I cut strips of paper for each of my phrases and stamped them.  I stamped “sparkly holiday cheer” since it fit with my napkin pattern.  At the end of each strip, I cut out a little triangle to make them look like banners.

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The beauty of adding these handmade touches to your gift is it makes a set of napkins personal.  If all of your letters are not perfect when you stamp them, don’t fret!  It just adds to the charm in my opinion.

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Use your fingers to make your paper look like a roller coaster to give it some texture.  This will add some interest and come into play when we put everything together.

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Wrap your ribbon around your package however you like.  You can wrap it traditionally or do something a little different like I did below.

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Now I will let you in on a little secret, I did not make the cute little paper decorations on my napkin gifts. They were FREE from Anthropologie!  They have a couple of little fun gift accessories you can choose when you are buying a gift from there for someone.  Pretty great, right?  Insta-special.

Once I tied my ribbon, I placed my decoration on top of the napkins and pulled both ends of the ribbon through the hole and tied them.

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Then I placed my little banner on top of the knot and tied it.  And voila, my friends, a perfect little gift.

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Adding a personal card is as easy as folding a small piece of pretty paper in half, and writing a message on the inside.

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I love these types of gifts that make people feel loved, to let them know you took time for them.  Nothing big, just a little something.

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It is so simple and easy to make a batch of them to grab as needed!

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Hope you have some sparkly holiday cheer in your life today!Written by Grace

2 Responses to “DIY Tutorial: Holiday Hostess Gift (under $10)”

  1. Tricia December 10, 2013 at 7:17 pm #

    How sweet! A perfect little gift on its own but extra special with the added touches. Thanks for a great idea.

    • Grace December 11, 2013 at 4:05 pm #

      Thanks Tricia! I hope you use it! xoxo, G

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