Holiday Hostess Gift Ideas – All DIY

DIY Holiday Hostess Gift Ideas

I dont know about you, but I love getting creative for Christmas. I love handmade gifts, both to give and receive. With the evolution of Pinterest, there seems to be a never-ending stream of inspiration these days. But sometimes, those ideas can get overwhelming, FAST. Around the holidays, when time is of the essence, I like projects that are easy, simple, quick and fun, that are budget-friendly, and can be made with easy-to-find supplies. From Secret Santa and gift swaps at work to friends holiday parties and family get-togethers, these DIY Holiday Hostess Gifts are sure to delight and impress everyone on your list!


Our first DIY Holiday Hostess Gift Idea came to me while browsing the aisles at Home Goods a few weeks ago, where I came across this beautiful set of red nesting bowls. They were just so pretty, they were practically calling my name! My mind immediately started whirring, and of course, Sharpie paint pens (once again) came to mind. I’m thinking I might have a tiny obsession with these pens, no? I grabbed a white one and basically wrote mix, whip and stir right on the bowls. Cute, right? Took all of about five minutes. I told you, I like quick, easy and fun! Guaranteed great results aint half bad either 😉 These bowls are perfect for the foodies and hostesses in your life this holiday season, but dont let that limit you. These custom mixing bowls would make a great birthday or shower gift, as well as the perfect housewarming present! Wrap them with a pretty ribbon, add a wooden spoon (which, by the way, you can buy a set of five for like $7.99 at Home Goods), and you are good to go!


Our next DIY holiday hostess gift is a homemade rub that I fondly call YUM!! 🙂 Its loosely based on Emerils BAM seasoning, but Ive added, subtracted, and changed it to include my tried and true favorite spices and make it my own (recipe below). Its a family favorite and a hit every time I make it. With my trusty Sharpie paint pen (gold this time), I wrote YUM! on a small ramekin, mixed up some of my favorite spices, poured them into a jar that I got at Michaels (I found another at Target with a shaker top, also cute!), and added the cutest wooden scoop I got at Sucre Shop! The teeny-tiny chalkboard label I simply cut from a larger Martha Stewart label. Id wrap it all up in some tissue, add a bow, and tada!!, youve got the perfect holiday hostess gift!!




Yum Spice Rub


  • 2 1/2 tablespoons smoked paprika, not regular paprika
  • 1 tablespoon course sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder, not garlic salt
  • 1 tablespoon coarse black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder, not onion salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon celery seed, not celery salt


  1. Toss spices into a small bowl and stir.
  2. Then transfer all spices to a small food processor and give it a quick couple of pulses to mix all the flavors. Doing this will also grind up some of the coarser spices for a nicer blend of everything.
  3. Store in a tightly sealed jar, or if you are cook regularly, store on your counter in a small ramekin to be used daily.

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