Holiday Hostess Gifts

The hosts share ideas for sprucing up your holiday hostess gifts.

Jeff Mauro's DIY Mulled Wine Kit is displayed as seen on The Kitchen, Season 15.

Photo by: Jason DeCrow

Jason DeCrow

DIY Mulled Wine Kit

What you'll need:

  • Whole mulled wine spices (cinnamon sticks, star anise, cardamom, nutmeg, cloves)
  • Cloth sachet
  • Dried glazed oranges
  • Cellophane bag
  • Ribbon
  • Bottle of wine

How to:

  1. Place the whole mulled wine spices into the cloth sachet, pull the drawstring and tie the ends into a loop.
  2. Place a few dried glazed oranges into the clear cellophane bag.
  3. Secure the sachet and oranges with the ribbon and tie around the neck of the wine bottle.

Katie Lee's Tea Bag Tree and is displayed as seen on The Kitchen, Season 15.

Photo by: Jason DeCrow

Jason DeCrow

Christmas Tea Trees

What you'll need:

  • Foam cylinder
  • Mug
  • Wooden skewer
  • Foam cone
  • Dark green and light green tea bags
  • Push pins
  • Honey stirrers

How to:

  1. Cut the foam cylinder to fit into the mug and place inside the mug.
  2. Using the wooden skewer, attach the foam cone on top of the mug.
  3. Pin tea bags in a row around the base of the cone with push pins.
  4. Moving upwards, add another row of tea bags, slightly overlapping each row.
  5. Repeat the pinning process until you reach the top.
  6. Make a hole in the top and insert the honey stirrers to make a "star" at the top.

Sunny Anderson's Milk Carton Gingerbread House is displayed as seen on The Kitchen, Season 15.

Photo by: Jason DeCrow

Jason DeCrow

Holiday Cookie Packaging

What you'll need:

  • Empty milk carton
  • Craft glue
  • Brown craft paper or brown paper bags
  • White paint pen
  • Craft knife
  • Wooden bead
  • Brass fastener
  • Cookies
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon

How to:

  1. Cut the screw cap off a milk carton and open the top.
  2. Glue brown craft paper onto the milk carton and let dry.
  3. Draw on shingles, windows and a door with a white paint pen.
  4. Cut out the door with a craft knife, leaving one side uncut as the hinge.
  5. Cut a hole for a doorknob.
  6. Glue a bead onto a brass fastener and let dry.
  7. Put the fastener through the doorknob hole.
  8. Add the cookies through the top.
  9. Hole punch the top of the carton and secure it closed with a ribbon.
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