Wednesday, December 2, 2009

4 Holiday Hostess Gifts with a Junk Twist

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he holiday season is filled with magic, merriment, wonder, and love. It is the time of year that we focus on sharing our appreciation for our friends and loved ones at gatherings of all kinds. As party hosts and hostesses open their homes, I love (as I'm sure you do) to bring a token of gratitude for the time and effort they put into creating a memorable event.

Some of the holiday cheer I like to gift my host/hostess includes wine or champagne, floral centerpieces, and ornaments. But I like to add an extra special and unexpected touch by presenting these standard gifts in a unique and memorable way. The good thing is that you don't have to spend any extra money on the wrapping! You just have to shop your own home with a creative eye. Here's what I pulled from around the house...

  1. 2 vintage fur muffs (previously found at resale shops)
  2. 2 vintage canvas water bags
  3. ribbon & twine
  4. metal cow tag (gifted to me by Sue@JunkMarketStyle)
  5. necklaces made from vintage cash register flags (made by Gretchen@Mimi-Toria's Designs)
  6. mystery glass piece
  7. faux berries from previous gifts
Mix it all together and here is what you get!...

IDEA 1: Muff wine bag.
Embellish with vintage necklace (these are from Mimi-Toria's Designs)

IDEA 2: Necklace drink marker.
Just wrap the chain around the stem and fasten.

IDEA 3: Floral centerpiece in a vintage water bag tote.
Embellish with ribbon, faux berries, and a cow tag or ornament of some kind.


IDEA 4: Wine AND flowers in a vintage water bag tote.
Embellish with a unique glass piece and twine wrapped around the center. Use additional twine to add a hand-turned cork made by a local artisan.

I hope that you are inspired to get your gift-giving groove on! There are fabulous things around your home that can be used to add that special flair and make your host and hostess gifts sparkle. I look forward to seeing what ideas you come up with!


  1. Wow! I love these ideas- so unique. The water bags are fabulous. Great tips :)

  2. Magazine quality ideas, Amy! Wow! Ultra creative and funky rustic at the same time. Thanks for the inspiration!


  3. I'm always inspired by your ideas! That last photo is my favorite :-)

    pk @ Room Remix

  4. Amy~
    Neat ideas and very nice photos!
    Everything in your house is coming along so nicely.
    You're creativity is inspiring
    Happy Wednesday~
    Franny :+)

  5. Wow, how gorgeous! I was wondering how in the world you would use the muff, but it looks so elegant.

  6. You are such a smart cookie! ;) Love these ideas.


  7. Very fun projects Amy. Love those canvas buckets.

  8. I'd like to invite you to dinner so you will bring me one of these wonderful gifts! ;)

  9. I love it all, especially the water bags!!


  10. Those are beautiful!


  11. I was just going to put a peel-and-stick bow on it. Not good, huh?

    As usual, your creativity is off the charts!

  12. very clever and creative! thanks for sharing!

  13. the 06 is my favorite!!!

    I'm off to drink some wine AND then make a bag

  14. These are AMAZING--just like you. They are beautiful, thanks for linking to the party.
    I will click to follow and add you to my subscriptions if you have that feature on your blog.


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  16. Wonderful ideal, thanks for sharing the inspiration.

  17. I am definitely shopping my home!

  18. Wonderful idea you got there!! Great gift can also come in small items like keychain or accesory put in their mobile or lap top. Those small things that they can often see to remind them of you

  19. Here's what I'm saying. Come to Texas. I'll host you. You give me any of those bags...fur or canvas. I like em both! Very creative, Amy. ~Mindy


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