2 Holiday Hostess Gifts for $50

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Are hostess gifts required? Probably not. Are they nice to receive? Most definitely! With all of the social events going on during the holiday season it doesn’t hurt to be prepared with a few thoughtful gifts that would make any hostess smile. I shopped around IKEA and found the makings of two pretty fabulous gifts for $50 total. For a nice touch, scroll down to the bottom of this post to download the free printable 4×6″ prints that coordinate with the gifts.

I’m so proud of my friend and fellow party stylist Kylie of Made by a Princess. She co-hosted the very first Meet, Greet, and Tweet event at IKEA San Diego earlier this week and it was a huge success. Some of my favorite local bloggers and business owners came out to this first-of-its-kind event. Kylie asked me to be one of the stops on the scavenger hunt in the paper department. My theme was gift giving/wrapping, and IKEA provided me with a $50 gift card to show how that amount could be used for products around the store.

It was surprising that $50 actually stretched into 2 complete hostess gifts. As I shopped, I was inspired by the reds and silvers of the Vinters collection for 2015. The first package I created is a holiday drink gift that includes a silver wine bucket, 2 red champagne glasses, a bottle of a yummy mulled apple drink, cocktail napkins, and a matching bar towel. The second gift is baking themed and it’s perfect for holiday cookie making. Along with an oven mitt, timer, measuring spoons, and holiday cookie cutters, I also include a print of my favorite recipe for No-Fail Cutout Sugar Cookies in a double-sided frame stand.

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This 3 pack of ribbon was perfect to decorate both gifts. In the wine bucket I also added a string of 12 battery operated twinkle lights among the red paper shreds to up the sparkle factor. The effect was really pretty against the bottle and red glasses.

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Enjoy these free printable 4×6″ prints that fit nicely into the double-sided IKEA Tolsby frame. The recipe is especially nice in the frame because you can stand it on the kitchen counter while you’re baking. Recipe ingredients are on one side and the instructions are on the flip side.

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Have fun showering your host or hostess with a little extra love this holiday season!




  1. I love this unique, creative, wallet friendly, and EASY DIY gift. Thank you for sharing. Is the bucket it is in from IKEA too?

  2. You are so sweet, Maureen! Thank you so much for being a part of the very first blogger event and for pulling off a wonderful station in just a couple of days. I loved your ideas! <3 Ky

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