It’s the holiday season, and that means, among other things, holiday parties. If you’ve been invited, but don’t have a lot of time to create custom hostess gifts, try one of these easy projects! Let the kids help and make it a family affair!
Peppermint Bath Salts
½ cup Epsom salts
½ tablespoon baking soda
3-5 drops peppermint essential oil
3-5 drops red food coloring
Mix Epsom salts, baking soda, and essential oil. Separate half the mixture to a second bowl and add a few drops of red food coloring, mixing well. For a candy cane effect, layer three tablespoons from each bowl into a jar, alternating red and white. Fill the jar to the top, tapping gently as you go, to settle the salt and prevent the colors from mixing together later. I reused jelly and honey jars we had saved in the pantry. You can use acrylic paint to decorate (just dab with mod podge to seal) or add holiday stickers. I recycled a couple jingle bells and a piece of ribbon to finish off the project.
Chocolate Covered Pretzels
Candy bark in chocolate or vanilla
Crushed candy canes, sprinkles, or candy melts
These are one of my favorite Christmas treats and are easy to make. Melt chocolate on the stovetop over low heat. Once chocolate is melted, dip the pretzel into the chocolate, using a spoon to cover the entire stick and shaking gently to remove excess. Lay the pretzel down flat onto a sheet of prepared wax paper. Remove the wrappers from the candy canes and place them into a Ziploc bag. Crush using a spoon or mallet. Sprinkle crushed candy canes or your choice of sprinkles over the warm chocolate. You can also use Candy Melt chips or Nestle Morsels to add additional layers. Simply melt a handful of chips in a freezer bag in the microwave in 15 second increments, kneading as you go. Cut the tip off a corner of the Ziploc and drizzle over pretzels.
A six pack of glass bottled beverage
This cute and easy hostess gift takes little time and can be adapted for any age party. In this instance, I used my favorite glass bottled root beer. Simple hot glue the eyes, nose, and bows onto the bottle itself (I used pipe cleaners to fashion the bows because I find it easier than ribbon to work with). Twist a brown pipe cleaner around each bottle cap. Wrap each protruding end with a pencil to create a curl. The front of your container can be decorated any way you choose (printable tags can be found online as well).