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Holiday Hostess Gifts

Simple ways to say "thanks for hosting" with thoughtful, homemade gifts.

Allrecipes and Better Homes & Gardens are teaming up to help you have a very happy holiday.

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Pretty votive candle holders (pictured above) are easy to create in multiples, making them great hostess gifts for a busy holiday season. To make, wrap silver votive holders with blue velvet ribbon (or the color of your choice) and attach mini frosted pinecones for a natural, wintry touch.

    Snowflake Candle Holder

    This one-of-a-kind gift is deceptively easy to make. Simply affix adhesive snowflake decals--available at craft stores--to a clear glass cylinder. Slip a white pillar candle into the cylinder, and you're done!

      Holiday Tea Towel

      hand-stamped tea towel is a unique and long-lasting gift that lets you showcase your creativity. Visit to get step-by-step instructions. Tip: Use a large, ready-made stamp available at a craft store.

      Christmas Bulb

      Set an amaryllis bulb in a terra cotta pot and tie a wide red bow around the pot. Add a sprig of ivy and a Christmas ornament to dress it up for the holidays. Download care instructions and a pretty gift tag at

      Snowflake Frame

      Give the gift of a winter poem or a cheerful holiday scene in a decorated frame. Get instructions for this easy craft at

      Cheery Paperweight

      Colorful paperweights are sure to dazzle your holiday hostess--and they’re practical, too! Start with a glass paperweight kit, available at crafts and hobby stores or online. Decorate with holiday-theme scrapbook papers, gift wrap, or an old Christmas card. Finish with thin foam letters adhered to the paper with craft glue to spell out a happy holiday message.

      Fill your holidays with ho-ho-ho!

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