Easy, Homemade Fall Hostess Gifts

by Alli

Are you a party animal?

When I’m invited to a party, the first thing I think about is a hostess gift – something small and inexpensive to show some love to the hostess and to convey my thanks for the invite.

A hostess gift is not required and you’ll probably hear, “Oh, you shouldn’t have,” but believe me, a small token of your love is always appreciated.

Flowers are often times a first choice when choosing a hostess gift, but not for me.  I know from experience that the hostess does not have time to be scurrying around for a vase and arranging a bouquet of flowers that probably doesn’t match her party decor.

I like to give something homemade and personable that can be stuck in the fridge or on a shelf, so I rounded up my very favorite easy, homemade fall hostess gifts.  Next time you’re invited to a party, you’ll be ready and you’ll become a permanent fixture on the guest list!  I guarantee it!

Go the extra mile by presenting the homemade gift in a specialty jar with a label or tag so that the hostess knows what it is and if there’s a “use by” date or if it needs to be placed in the fridge.

Not attending any parties this fall?  These homemade goodies would also be perfect for Christmas gifts.

Click the title of the hostess gift to grab the recipe.

Easy Apple Butter

What says fall better than apple butter?  And it’s always a welcome addition to breakfast or brunch.  Mix it with peanut butter for an unbelievably delicious sandwich.  Add it to your morning oatmeal. How about a turkey, brie and apple butter sandwich?

Fall Hostess Gifts - Homemade Apple Butter

Apple Peels and Cores Jelly  – Don’t throw those peels and cores away!

Apple Peels and Cores Jelly

Apple jelly is a little bit different than apple butter and this recipe calls for the peels and cores of apples.  I like that it uses parts of the apple that we normally dispose of.   Apple butter is made with the whole apple and spices and apple jelly is made from the juice.  It’s so good spread on a piece of  toasted bread, warm pancakes or crispy waffles.

Homemade Vanilla Extract

DIY Vanilla Extract

I recently shared how easy it is to make homemade vanilla extract.  Any hostess who loves to bake will be thrilled to receive a bottle of this.

Chocolate Martini Body Scrub

Chocolate Martini Body Scrub

I made 50 jars of my Chocolate Martini Body Scrub to use as favors at a Christmas party a couple of years ago.  It was a big hit and so easy to make.

Easy No-Fail Homemade Caramel Sauce

Easy No Fail Caramel Sauce

My easy no-fail caramel sauce can be spooned over ice cream or a warm piece of apple or pumpkin pie.  It can also be used as a dip for apples.

Don’t have the time to actually make anything?  Here’s a few more ideas:

A Fall Scented Candle 

Fall Scented Candles

Pottery Barn has a great selection of hostess gifts for under $25.00, including this adorable monogrammed tissue box cover!

Monogrammed Tissue Box Cover

What’s your favorite hostess gift to give or receive?

Fall Hostess Gift Ideas






Kita October 2, 2014 - 9:10 am

Cute gifts. I like to do homemade for the Christmas holidays I use to do chewies and this year I may start back again and do them in a pretty package of course from pinterest. I am a party animal as long as someone else is hosting and I can just come lol

Mitzi October 2, 2014 - 9:27 am

I’m always looking for fun hostess gifts this time of year– I love these because they’re all things anyone can actually use and different than those staple gifts we often give. thanks–I’ll pin and share too 🙂

Alli October 2, 2014 - 11:11 am

Thanks, Mitzi! Hope you have a great Thursday!

Ricci October 2, 2014 - 10:11 am

LOVE these ideas!! I love making sugar scrubs!! Also- I tagged you in the “Around the World Blog Hop” that’s up on my blog today 🙂

Alli October 2, 2014 - 11:10 am

I saw the tag, Ricci! Thanks, bunches! I love homemade sugar scrubs, too.

Artney October 2, 2014 - 11:02 am

What wonderful ideas!!! I usually bring a dish, but it would be nice to bring something different. I love the chocolate martini body scrub! You’ve given me some great ideas for the holidays!

Alli October 2, 2014 - 11:10 am

Thanks, Artney! I like to go outside the box of traditional hostess gifts.

Sarah October 2, 2014 - 11:15 am

I’ve made body scrub as Christmas presents before. Chocolate Martini sounds even better than the peppermint one I did!

Alli October 2, 2014 - 4:53 pm

Peppermint sounds good, too!

Nancy October 2, 2014 - 11:50 am

What wonderful ideas!! My fiance is very much all about bringing a small gift to show our appreciation if someone invites us into their home. Such cute ideas Alli 🙂 Soo… where should I send you the invitation to come to my home? :p


Alli October 2, 2014 - 4:53 pm

Email that invite! 🙂 Your fiance is awesome to think like that. Most guys don’t have a clue. 🙂

Chelsea October 2, 2014 - 12:39 pm

Oh my gosh, those tissue covers are adorable!!! I like your suggestion to use them as Christmas gifts as well…I’m always struggling with what to get friends, co-workers, and more distant family!

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Alli October 2, 2014 - 4:52 pm

I know! I want one of those tissue covers!

Jenna @ A Savory Feast October 2, 2014 - 1:08 pm

These ideas are great because you can make a bunch of them at a time and keep them for whenever you need them. The apple butter sounds really good.

Alli October 2, 2014 - 4:51 pm

It is really good, Jenna! Try it and let me know what you think.

Emerald October 2, 2014 - 5:48 pm

I never thought to bring a hostess gift to a party but I will next time.

Alli October 3, 2014 - 7:45 am

It’s not required, but I think it lets the hostess know how much you appreciate the invite.

Paris at My BIg Fat Happy Life October 2, 2014 - 8:12 pm

Thank you for this great list of hostess gifts! Perfect for upcoming parties and Thanksgiving!

Zan October 3, 2014 - 12:12 am

Those are great ideas! I agree that flowers make a mess and that a homemade gift seems to gain more favor. I once invited someone to my home and they brought a delicious granola mix over just to say thank you. Hmmmm, I wonder if she has more??LOL

Alli October 3, 2014 - 7:42 am

Granola mix sounds like a great hostess gift, Zan!

Caden October 3, 2014 - 3:11 am

I was just thinking about hostess ideas for the Halloween parties this year. I was thinking the candy flavored vodkas in potion bottles.

Carrie @ Kenarry: Ideas for the Home October 7, 2014 - 3:12 pm

Love these ideas, Alli! I typically just think of bringing wine, chocolate, flowers or a dish to pass. A little some thing homemade shows some extra thought and love to the hostess though.

Julie October 10, 2014 - 3:38 am

Such a lot of lovely ideas, I am especially loving that caramel sauce.
I usually just roll up with a box of After Eights or Matchmakers (do you even have them in the US? They are both after dinner mints/chocolates of sorts.
I love the idea of something with a bit more thought/effort involved.

Alli October 10, 2014 - 6:11 am

I’ve never heard of After Eights or Matchmakers. Now I want some!


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