Knit and Crochet Handmade Hostess Gift Ideas for 7 Kinds of Hosts
Are you a giver of hostess gifts? I have to confess that until very recently, I had never even heard of or considered giving a holiday host a thank-you gift. My sincere apologies go out to any of my hosts in years gone by who may have felt slighted by this omission! If you, like me, want to show your hosts some extra appreciation this holiday season, consider these handmade hostess gift ideas to knit and crochet.
(Side note: I’m a little uncomfortable with the term “hostess gift” because, to me, it conjures an image of a frazzled housewife laboring all day over a hot stove while her husband watches football. From here on out, I’m going to switch between the words “host” and “hostess,” because anyone can have people over for the holidays, and if they are part of a couple, hopefully they’re sharing the work!)
For a Practical Hostess: Handmade Kitchen Towels
A practical host knows one can never have too many towels, and will always appreciate an attractive addition to their collection. Handmade towels, either knitted or crocheted, are just as washable and durable as purchased towels. Choose a simple pattern like Kathy Hammerton’s Kitchen Dish Towels from Quick + Easy Knits and create a soft, absorbent towel that will perfectly match your host’s décor.
For a Kitschy Host: Colorwork Wall Hanging
For a hostess with quirky, eclectic taste, consider a custom handknit wall hanging. The Knit a Bit Wall Hanging pattern by Kiyomi Burgin from knitscene Accessories 2015 comes with a complete alphabet chart, so you can customize your message to perfectly suit your host’s taste. You could even change out the colorwork heart for a different motif. Check out Alterknit Stitch Dictionary for inspiration, or design your own with graph paper!
For a Hostess Who Needs to Chill: Handknit Bath Set
Some hosts get a little high strung about big events like holiday meals, but volunteer to host anyway because they objectively do a great job. After all their hard work, they’ll really appreciate something to help them unwind. Knitting an item or two from Jill Wolcott’s Mediterranean Scrub Set from Love of Knitting Summer 2017 is a great way to show that their efforts are appreciated. Include a luxurious bar of soap for a special touch!
For the Hostess Who’s Ready for Christmas: Handmade Holiday Decor
For a Thanksgiving host who you know is secretly counting down the days until Christmas, it’s a great time to give them some cute handmade holiday décor. They’ll have plenty of time to display the gift before the holidays and they’ll think of you each year when they pull out their holiday decorations! Festive wall hangings like Deborah Bagley’s O Tannenbaum or ornaments like Sue Perez’s Star Flakes, both from Love of Crochet Winter 2017 are great choices, as are tabletop decorations like Jesie Ostermiller’s Snowman Family from Interweave Knits Holiday 2016.
For the Host with a Green Thumb: Crocheted Plant or Vase Cozy
Lots of people give flowers as hostess gifts, but not many people accompany the flowers with a handmade vase cozy! If your host is always bringing home new plants, whether live, cut, or artificial, they’ll appreciate a stylish way to display the bounty. The Home Grown Plant Cozy by Vickie Howell from Crochetscene 2017 is a great option that doesn’t take up any counter space. For a fun way to use up fabric scraps and remnants, try the Rag Yarn Vase Cozy by Maria O’Keefe from Interweave Crochet Fall 2018.
For the Hostess with a Black Thumb: Crochet Succulents
If your host is prone to killing even the most low-maintenance of plants, a handmade option can be a fun way to scratch that plant-loving itch. The Simple Succulents crochet pattern by Tagil Perlmutter is a wonderful option that will delight a gardening-challenged hostess.
For the First-Time Host: Trivets
First time hosts for a holiday meal never quite know what they’re getting into! One great way to help out is to provide an extra handmade trivet or two. Whether knitted or crocheted, handmade trivets help ensure all those hot dishes have a safe place to rest—just be sure to use cotton yarn with no acrylic! The Sock Yarn Braided Trivets by Martha Lazar from Interweave Knits Summer 2015 are an elegant but simple option.
This Thanksgiving, I’m visiting my aunt and uncle in Chicago. I know they’ve been riding their tandem bicycle a lot recently, so I’m going to knit them a wall hanging that modifies the bicycle chart from Alterknit Stitch Dictionary into a tandem, with the phrase “Life’s a Wonderful Ride!” above it. If it turns out well, I’ll give you an update!
What do you usually give as hostess gifts? Or are you, like me, just now realizing the potential of a handmade hostess gift to thank your friends and family for opening their homes to you? Let me know in the comments!
Yours in Stitches,
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