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The holiday season. It’s full of fun, family, friends and events. Just thinking about it makes me tired. Sadly, that is the truth. This year I decided to get ahead of the game a little bit and prepare some hostess gifts ahead of time. This one isn’t too difficult and it’s fun to fill a Hostess Gift Box with fun things that any hostess will love.
Here’s the thing about hostess gifts. When I lived in Estonia, 15 years ago, I learned that Estonians always take gifts for hostesses when they visit their homes. Even people who don’t have a lot of money bring something. We had a lady from our church over for dinner a couple of times and she had almost nothing. She was so nice, but had no money to spare. However, when she came over, she brought me a chocolate bar. I hated that she spent the money, but I was humbled that she thought of me and knew how much I love chocolate. Since we lived in Estonia, I always take a gift to a hostess when we go to their home for dinner or a party. Always. I love the tradition.
The first thing I did to get ready was to go to my local Walmart and browse the store a little. I saw these new candles from American Home™ by Yankee Candle® and had to take a look in the Housewares Department. Candles are the perfect gift for anyone and they bring warmth to the home, which is awesome when it’s so cold outside.
I looked through the candles and holy smoke, look at all the choices. There are so many fragrances that you’re sure to find one to suit your hostess’s taste. They come in sizes from votive up to 19oz jars, as well as fragrance beads. So many choices.
I picked a variety of sized candles and decided on some fragrances that say holiday time to me. You know I love pumpkin, so that’s what I went with in my selection. They smell you yummy. Kind of like dessert. I also picked some other items I thought a hostesses could use.
I wanted to decorate a box that I had at home for easy, stylish gift giving. Plus, it’s a great background color.
I selected some papers that have fall colors, but also brighter colors that would complement the green of the box. I measured the sides of the box and lid and the top of the lid and cut papers out to cover the sides.
I used Mod Podge to attach the paper to the box. You know I love that stuff. It’s so handy. I put a nice thick coat of it on the box. You don’t want to skimp on this or the paper will not stick and will end up with air bubbles. No one wants air bubbles on their box.
Next, you press the paper flat, ensuring you get all the bubbles out and everything sticks well. Allow it to dry completely before adding the next coat. (Yes, I know my rings are on sideways. They don’t move in the morning when I get up, but by the early afternoon, they are too big. Not a thing I can do about it.)
Next, cover the outside of the box with a thick layer of Mod Podge, allow it to dry and cover it again.
It’s this pretty? Wouldn’t you just love to get a gift in a box like this? After the box dried, I added a little wooden “knob” to the top of the box, using Liquid Nails to attach it.
See that plastic thing under the box? If you work in an operating room, you recognize this as a tray from an operating room. I’ve been painting on it for about 30 years. Crazy right? My mom is a retired OR nurse and got it for me.
Now it was time to package up my box. I decided to add some things that a hostess might need during the holiday season, like gift tags, tape and of course, lip balm.
I also added some homemade chocolates too. These are my secret recipe chocolates that I make each year. No one has the recipe but me. It’s not even written down. I hope I don’t forget how to make them ever. They are really yummy and always a hit.
I package my candles from American Home™ by Yankee Candle®, along with the other things, added so happy tissue paper and loaded it all into my box.
I kept out the largest candle for another hostess gift, but this one is all ready to gift.
I think any hostess will love this gift. What do you think? Do you give hostess gifts when you visit someone’s home for meals or parties? What do you usually gift? I can use some other ideas.