Cheap Hostess Gift Ideas

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Treat a hostess to a homemade chocolate gift.
Treat a hostess to a homemade chocolate gift. (Image: Verity Welstead/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Even if you’re on a tight budget, you can treat a party hostess to a thoughtful gift. Giving a party hostess a small gift is a way of thanking her for a generosity and time. Surprise the hostess with an inexpensive token of your appreciation, such as a handmade item or baked good.

Scented Sugar Jars

Scented sugars give coffee, tea and homemade pastries extra flavor. Create your own decorative jar of scented sugar as a creative and thoughtful hostess gift the recipient can use and display and her kitchen. To create the gift, fill a glass Mason jar with layers of sugar and an edible aromatic item. You can customize the treat to reflect the hostess’ favorite flavor if you know it. Layer the sugar with treats such as dried lemon or orange peels, dried rose petals, vanilla beans, dried lavender sprigs or mint. After you layer the goodies, seal the jar with an airtight lid, and allow the aromatics to infuse the sugar for a few days before presenting the gift. Include a handmade recipe booklet featuring the sugar as a thoughtful gift. Tie a ribbon around the jar lid for a charming presentation.

Chocolate-Dipped Spoons

Chocolate-dipped spoons are cheap and simple to create, but they make luscious and unexpected hostess gifts. The spoon gifts, which the recipient can use to stir hot cocoa and coffee, are so inexpensive to make that you can treat the recipient to several flavors. Make the treats by dipping heavy duty plastic or metal spoons into assorted melted chocolate. After dipping the spoons, lay them on a wax-paper-covered cookie sheet to harden. While the chocolate is still wet, sprinkle the spoon with coarse decorator’s sugar or candy sprinkles for a festive look. Choose sugar and candy colors to match the occasion, such as orange and purple for a Halloween party. Make one white, milk and dark chocolate-covered spoon and package them individually in clear cellophane baggies. Tie all three spoons together with a ribbon bow, and attach a gift tag.

Personalized Tote Bag

Handmade tote bags are the ideal inexpensive gifts for eco-conscious hostesses on the go. Recipients can use the decorative totes to carry groceries, haul books to and from the library and transport craft and beach supplies. A hand-decorated tote bag will have a boutique-quality look for less than half the price. Jazz up a plain canvas tote bag with stencils and fabric paint or by attaching flat-backed gemstones with a hot glue gun. Create designs to reflect the hostesses’ hobbies and interests. You can fill the bag with a small gift, such as homemade cookies, before presenting the gift.

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