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17 Hostess Gift Ideas for the Holidays

By: Jeanette Benoit, Editor, AllFreeCrochet

Mom was right: never go to someone's house empty handed, especially during the holidays. This year, break away from tradition and give something besides wine and flowers; try your hand at something homemade. Your host will appreciate the thought -- and will definitely invite you back next year!


If you're at a loss of what to make for that special friend, family member, coworker, or neighbor, you're sure to find the perfect gift idea in our collection of 18 Hostess Gift Ideas for the Holidays. Choose from a wide variety of quick and easy crochet patterns, including wine bottle cozies, crocheted coasters, crochet gift bags, and more. Plus, most of these great gift ideas work up quickly, so you won't be scrambling at the last minute. There's no better way to show your gratitude for the host than with one of these homemade tokens. 

17 Hostess Gift Ideas for the Holidays
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Crocheted Coasters and Trivets
Crocheted Gift Bags
Miscellaneous Crochet Gift Ideas

Crocheted Coasters and Trivets

Santa CoasterThe host has likely just spent all day in the kitchen. Show your appreciation for their hard work with one of these festive coasters or trivets. Each one of these holiday themed crocheted coasters would add the perfect finishing touch to any holiday spread. Plus, their small size means these free crochet patterns are all super quick to crochet. (They're also a great way to use up leftover yarn!) 



  1. Simply Cheerful Trivets
  2. Colorful Kitchen Trivets
  3. Candied Coasters
  4. Santa Coaster
  5. Reindeer Coaster

Crocheted Gift Bags

Ornament Style Gift BagsGift wrap can get expensive. Why spend all that money on something that's just going to get ripped apart and thrown away? Instead, kick your wrapping up a notch this year without spending a dime. Wrap your hostess gift in any one of these crocheted gift bags. It's a great way to make your hostess gift stand apart from all the others. Plus, it's like two gifts in one! Who wouldn't love a homemade holiday bag that you can use again and again? 

  1. One Hour Wine Bottle Cozy
  2. Holiday Gift Box
  3. Floral Gift Topper
  4. Little Gift Bag
  5. Pineapple Pouch
  6. Resuable Giftbag

Miscellaneous Crocheted Holiday Gifts

Dressed to Party Winter Bottle AccessoriesNo idea what to give the chef that has everything, or the new neighbors that just moved in? Don't worry, no matter whose house you're headed to this holiday season, you're sure to find something for everyone on this list. Most of these are quick to work up, which is especially helpful if you've waited to the last minute - again!

  1. Dressed to Party Winter Bottle Accessories
  2. Dainty Snowflake Table Runner
  3. Ornament Vase Holder
  4. Christmas Holly Berry Sachet
  5. Flip Flop Holder for Glasses
  6. Clover Honey Bear
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This might sound strange, but I like to keep a selection of hostess gifts wrapped and ready in a little basket by my front door. Chalk it up to the days when my school aged kids would inevitably tell me at the last minute that they needed to bring something to donate or give to someone. I try for generic items, and this collection has a number of clever ideas. Ive already worked some up and will be making more in the future.


Here is a pattern for the towel if you don't already have one.


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