Saturday, November 10, 2018

Ten on the 10th....Hostess gifts for under $10



I personally believe that, especially during the holidays, one should always bring a hostess gift to every party, dinner, or get together they are attending!  It doesn't have to be an expensive gift, but rather a way to acknowledge your appreciation for being "included".

Here are some ideas that are inexpensive, but will certainly be appreciated by any hostess:

FUDGE WREATHS
This fudge, in the shape of a wreath, is so easy to make - and it's "never fail", too.

Here are the supplies - just under $10 to make 3-4 wreaths:
aluminum pans from the dollar store
vanilla
evaporated milk
chocolate chips and butterscotch chips
walnuts
a few spearmint leaves


The first thing I do is cover some "prescription" bottles with plastic wrap. These are to create the holes in the center of the fudge, to create a wreath shape.



I place these in the center of small aluminum pie tins:



I lightly brush butter on the tins and the plastic wrapped bottles:


I cut "leaves" out of gumdrops or spearmint leaves:


I chop up lots of walnuts:


And here is the recipe:
12 oz bag of milk or semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup peanut butter OR butterscotch chips
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 t vanilla extract
Melt all 4 ingredients until creamy and add 8 oz chopped walnuts

Pour into 3-4 prepared small pie tins and add a few "leaves" and little cinnamon balls:


Refrigerate until set. Then I "twist" the prescription bottle out of center:



Peel away the pie tin, place on a holiday dish and it is ready to be wrapped up for gifts or ready to slice and enjoy yourself!




This takes little time but makes a lovely gift. I usually wrap it in cello wrap with a pretty bow!  There are some cute plastic plates that you can find at the Dollar Tree or Christmas Tree Shops and it still keeps this gift under $10!


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SOUTHWEST RUB:

Another fun idea is to give a jar of a spice or seasoning mix that you have made.


Print out your recipe onto recipe cards or gift bags and make a batch of this seasoning rub....


Store this in a pretty jar OR wrap in small plastic zip bags and tuck into paper gift bags - Use your imagination to present it in a pretty manner!



This recipe made 16 little gift packets:

Southwest Rub
1/3 c course salt
1/4 c lt brown sugar
2 T paprika
2 T black pepper
2 T oregano
2 T thyme
1 T cayenne pepper
1 T cumin
1T coriander
1 T chili powder
Mix all together well and enjoy on chicken, fish or beef!


For other ideas, visit some of my old posts:

These vinegars are easy to make, just store it in a cute bottle.

Tandoori Rub is delish, store it in a cute jar with a big red bow and a jingle bell.

Fresh herbs are also a great idea.

And if you are a Mackenzie-Childs fan, visit this old post for some inexpensive ideas for gift giving HERE






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16 comments:

  1. Patti, I love your ideas! The fudge wreath is gorgeous and would be so welcomed by a neighbor or friend. The spice packets are a great idea too. I might do that! :)

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  2. I have fond memories of my grandmother making fudge and divinity every year. Your wreath is extra cute.

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  4. Fudge wreaths?? How did I not know about these?? They look great and I love the idea of bringing treats like this to others. Useful and yummy!

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  5. Those fudge wreaths are the cutest ever!! I have never seen those before! I love how you printed the spice recipe on the bag. I want to be you when I grow up. lol

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  6. I love homemade gifts - I need to start planning!!

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  7. I'm going to be dreaming about that fudge wreath all day long! Enjoy your weekend.

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  8. Excellent ideas. Those wreaths are so clever, Patti. You have all sorts of good ideas!

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  9. Well, thanks for another idea to make with my fudge. I made pounds and pounds every Christmas to give as "happies." You are so creative!

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  10. I agree it's always nice to bring a small gift to the hostess, Patti. Your darling wreaths would make anyone happy. I really like the addition of the candies and the inexpensive plate and knife. ♥

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  11. What great ideas! I can't wait to try making your little wreaths.

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  12. Your fudge wreaths are such a great idea Patti! And I think herb packages are lovely too, easy to put together and always appreciated. Great ideas, I need to get with it, I have only barely begun to think about holiday gifts...
    Jenna

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  13. Those fudge wreaths are best idea EVER!!!
    I am so making those to hang on pkgs for my girlfriends. Great idea, Becky!!! Thanks.
    B Homeckys are the best!!!

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  14. Patti I would be thrilled if someone bought me one of these gifts. Desserts are always welcome in my house.

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