Gift Guide: 10 Memorable DIY Hostess Gifts

Although it's hard to believe, it's almost that time of year when holiday parties start occupying most Saturday nights. My go-to gift for these kinds of events is usually a bottle of wine, but sometimes it's nice to surprise your hostess with something different. Here are some wonderfully affordable DIY ideas that you can start thinking about ahead of time to avoid excessive holiday stress.   

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Holiday in the Southern Hemisphere: What It's Like Celebrating Christmas in Summer

by Matt Allison

created at: 12/19/2012

We are less than a week away from Christmas. The trees are up, carols fill the airwaves, and gifts are being wrapped...but there's simply no way it's gonna be a white Christmas at my house.

You see right now here in Cape Town, South Africa the weather is a little shy of a 110 degrees, the surfs high and our pristine beaches are covered with tanned bodies flocking to 'The Fairest Cape'.  'Cause it's summer.   

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Roundup: 25 Free Printable Holiday Gift Tags

by Craftmel

created at: 12/17/2012

One of the most impressive final touches to a handmade or well-though gift is a unique and memorable gift tag.  You can't put time and thought into a present, and then just write the recipient's name with a sharpie across the wrapping paper!  Here are 25 FREE printable holiday gift tags to put a grand finale on the art of gift-giving.
   

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A Curbly Mom's Best Christmas Cookie Recipes

by DIY Maven

created at: 12/20/2012

At this time of year, the kitchen of my childhood home was covered in a thin blanket of flour. That's because my mom when into baking overdrive around the second week of November and didn't stop until the day after Christmas. We kids all had our favorites and Mom always obliged. These six recipes, by far, were and still are, at the top of the list of must-haves at Christmastime. 

Because some of these recipes have been in my family generations, you'll notice one particular ingredient that would make dietitians faint. That ingredient is shortening/Crisco. When I make these cookies now, I swap the shortening out for butter, which my mother thinks is an expensive, unnecessary extravagance. Also, these recipes

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How to: Give a Gaudy Glitter Reindeer a Classy Papier-Mache Makeover

by Chris Gardner

created at: 12/13/2012

'Twas a few weeks before Christmas 2011, when I discovered the might glory of the craft store glitter reindeer. I had so much fun hacking these glam-covered beasts into something a little less insane, that I wanted to rescue this elegant species from their harsh coats of coarse, uneven glitz again this year. Last year, I came up with a trick for removing the factory glitter and replacing it with something more refined. This year, I wanted to...

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