Apple Candles

Apple Candles

Holiday season is just around the corner! It’s never too early to start thinking about what to bring to those holiday parties. Your gratitude to your host or guests will stand out when they receive one of these unique DIY gifts!

Decorating Ideas for the Host

Thankful Tree

Create a Thankful Tree to brighten up your Thanksgiving Dinner Table. Gather a branch or two that has lots of little branches jutting out from the sides. You can dry and paint or spray paint this branch a silver, white, or gold color to give it an extra pop. Pot the branch in some soil or rocks to hold it up.

To make the tags that will hang from the branches, cut construction paper into rectangles, approximately 1 inch by 2.5 inches, punch a hole on the left side, and thread a piece of twine through the hole, knotting it at the end. After guests write the thing they are thankful for on the construction paper, they can hang their tag from the tree!

Apple Candles

Gather apples and unscented votive candles. With a sharp paring knife, cut the top of the apple, where the stem in, in a circle around the apple, cutting about an inch deep or however tall your votive is. You may have to dig out some of the apple a bit to create a space for the candle, but leave some room at the edge of the apple so that the candle fits snuggly. Voila! Apple candles.

Flavored Sugar in Mason Jars

Flavored Sugar in Mason Jars

Gift Ideas for Guests

Flavored Sugar in Mason Jars

Mason jar with attached lid, granulated sugar, sweet edibles like cinnamon, orange peels, vanilla beans, or rose petals. Layer granulated sugar and add your sweet edible in as well. Leave the jars closed for a couple of days to allow the subtle flavors to soak into the sugar. Wrap the jar with twine and a festive gift tag or a bright red or silk black ribbon to decorate.

Natural Home Fragrances

Natural home fragrances are a great gift that can be customized for the receiver! All you need to do is fill your mason jars with your desired fragrant items, then pour water over top. That’s it! These will keep in the refrigerator for 1 -2 weeks. Some ideas for fragrant items include citrus, particularly oranges and lemons are very stable for this kind of gift. Herbs like rosemary, sage, and thyme look earthy and modern in these fragrance jars. Also, try dropping some essential oils like vanilla or lavender mixed with one or two of the other fragrant items for a more complex natural fragrance.

What is your favorite gift to give your hosts or your guests for a holiday party? Exchange ideas in the comments!