A DIY Gift

Jordan is traveling for work this week, and I am in charge of the blog.  After all, it’s the least I can do since she took care of it for almost a month when we took our last trip.  Even though we shared our Houzz Ideabook  this week that was loaded with great hostess gift suggestions, I prefer to make the hostess gifts that I give.  Sometimes I take homemade granola and muffins so the host and hostess will have a delicious breakfast all ready for the next morning.  Sometimes we take a bottle of Heitz wine.  (There’s a Heitz wine cellar in California that makes excellent wine.  Unfortunately, we aren’t related to them, but we did visit their winery and meet them.)  This year I am taking homemade apple butter that I made in the slow cooker yesterday.  You can find the recipe that I use here.  If we are invited to your house, then you know what you are getting.

Slow Cooker Apple Butter

We are curious.  Please let us know what you like to give/take as hostess gifts.  Do you like to make them or buy them?  Maybe we can get some new ideas.


Take care.


  1. Cindy says

    Here are a few suggestions:
    ** a soap or lotion from Bath & Body Works
    **holiday dish towel
    ** “real” vanilla for your baking friends
    **homemade fudge
    **even store-bought candy is nice if you put it in a candy dish (Dollar Tree has nice ones for a buck)
    **one or two holiday mugs…these also make nice containers for candy
    **seasonal scented candle (pine, cinnamon, pumpkin)
    **flavored coffees or teas…these also pair well with holiday mugs
    **a small poinsettia or Christmas cactus plant
    Hope these ideas help…Merry Christmas