Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Autumn Inspired Gift Tags & Make Your Own Hostess Gift Ideas


"Is not this a true autumn day? Just the still melancholy that I love — that makes life and nature harmonize. The birds are consulting about their migrations, the trees are putting on the hectic or the pallid hues of decay, and begin to strew the ground, that one’s very footsteps may not disturb the repose of earth and air, while they give us a scent that is a pefect anodyne to the restless spirit. Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns."
~ George Eliot

Oh autumn, you inspire dreaminess... But you also inspire hospitality with all your warm and cozy charm! We have a desire to sit around the fire with something hot in the hands to sooth the chill while we embrace conversation and simply enjoy the precious act of fellowship. While it is wonderful to be invited into a home, it is even more enjoyable to prepare a little gift of appreciation and love for the hostess. This is something my mother had always done and I have tried to keep her lovely tradition. Here is a list of practical (but pretty) hostess gift ideas that can be made from what you have at home which have that fantastic "fall" feeling.  We are also sharing some autumn inspired gift tags to give them with.



Cornbread Mix-in-a-Jar

(Gluten-free flour can be replaced in this recipe if need be and who doesn't like cornbread?

Printable recipe and label kit is included.)



(Paint a thrift store frame to match the recipient's house as an inspirational gift.)



"Give Thanks" Vintage Bookmark Set

(These are a nice small size for mailing out to a loved one or someone in need of cheering up.)


Granola-in-a-Jar

(A simple ribbon around a recycled jar and you have a wonderful and useful gift!)


Mulling Spices and/or Simmering Potpourri

(These can be packed in small jars or decorated cellophane bags.)



mulling spice sugar scrub


Mulling Spice Room Spray

(You can prepare all three mulling spice recipes for an extra fancy gift.)


Pumpkin Seed Packets

(You can use these for roasted pumpkin seed snacks or actual seeds to plant.

Bundle them up with ribbon or twine for extra effect.)



Apple Cider Scrap Vinegar

(This will take some time to ferment but would make a lovely gift when bottled up and labeled.)



Apple Cinnamon Syrup 

(This recipe is made frugally with the peels and cores leftover from all your apple projects!)


Orange Extract

(Attach a favorite recipe to use the orange extract with for extra fun!

An orange extract vintage label, gift tag and recipe card printable are also included.

Start this gift now as this will take at least a month to infuse.)


Orange Peel Potpourri

(This can be given in a cellophane bag with ribbon, inside a decorative mason jar or thrift store bowl.)



(Present this in a decorated mason jar or recycled tin with ribbon.)



(Present this in a recycled jar or make your own apothecary style jar.)



(Prepare a bath set by giving both of the orange body product recipes we shared.)



Citrus Infused Cleaning Product Set

(This set would be darling inside an old pail and wrapped in cellophane.)


A basket of homemade herbal remedies would also make a welcoming gift for fall and winter.  And of course, a jar of home-canned anything with a bit of decorative charm is always appreciated!  Dig up some fabric scraps and ribbon and enjoy creating a homemade gift from the heart! For some beautiful and frugal gift wrapping ideas, you will want to visit The Bluebirds are Nesting.



Some of the autumn clip art is courtesy of Little Birdie Blessings, The Graphics Fairy and Reading Roses and Prose. To access our autumn labels, simply download from HERE. We printed ours on white card-stock, hole punched them and added some ribbon. What will you give with yours?

"... and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said,
It is more blessed to give than to receive."
~ Acts 20:35

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52 comments:

  1. Hello Jes,
    I love all of these gift giving ideas. Thanks for sharing them and I like the granola in a jar idea!
    Have a nice day.
    Julie xo

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    1. It is so easy to make and so delicious! You can't go wrong! Thank you for sharing! :)

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  2. How delightful! This post is so inspiring, chock full of creations right from home. I always try to take a hostess gift when we're dinner guests, also. My usual is either a knitted dishcloth or a bar of soap or both if I know special efforts were made for the dinner. Once I took a friend a pear shaped pincushion and was gratified to find out that she had just started quilting and needed another pincushion just for quilting pins. You're right, making that little gift was even more enjoyable than the dinner as the whole time was spent contemplating giving a bit of joy to someone else.
    Thank you for the beautiful tags. I can't wait to us them. Have a great Wednesday!

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    1. I received a knitted dish cloth not long ago and loved it!! :) Those are also wonderful gifts! Thank you for sharing :)

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  3. Jes, how lovely! There are some wonderful hostess gift ideas on that list, and many of them would work well over the Christmas season, too. And those gift tags are just beautiful! I wish someone would invite me over now, just so I could use them. :)

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    1. I am glad you like them! You can always start making some so they will be ready for your next outting! :)

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  4. Wonderful, lovely ideas! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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    1. Thank you Marci! Nice to hear from you :)

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  5. Thank you, You always share such wonderful things with us! I need to get busy as the Holidays will be here shortly. Thinking of you!
    Blessings, Roxy

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    1. Thank you for taking time to visit Roxy! :)

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  6. Terrific ideas for gift giving! Thank you so much for sharing!!!!! You are so talented.

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    1. Glad you like them! And thank you for taking the time to share and encourage Merry! :)

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  7. What a gorgeous array of wonderful, sweet smelling awesome gifts for the holiday season! The tags are really awesome too! Have a blessed and wonderful day :)

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    1. So glad you like them! Thank you for taking time to comment so kindly :)

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  8. Dear Jes, Beautiful gifts and I love the tags! Just gorgeous!
    Also there is still plenty of time to make a lot of Christmas gifts. I tend to make batches of things so I get the numbers up.
    Thank you so much! Love Annabel.xxx

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    1. Making batches is an excellent thing! You will always have a goodie for someone who needs a bit of love! :)

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  9. Oh, my! What a blessing and such a wealth of information! I love the ideas, and it has started me thinking about Christmas and what I can do with what we already have on hand. That is always a good thing!! So thankful for this post and for all you do here, JES! God bless you. :)

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    1. Handmade gifts are fun to give and even funner to make! Enjoy :)

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  10. Opps ps Jes I forgot to thank you very much for the link. It was too early in the morning! xxx

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  11. Hello Jes!
    I just love all of your DIY projects! It's that time of year to be thinking about some crafts for the holidays. I love trying something new each year to give to my family and friends. I've got them saved to try at a later date. Thank you for sharing all these goodies!

    Have a blessed day!
    Hugs, Amy

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    1. Glad you like them and hope all is doing well in your home! :)

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  12. Dear JES, thank you for all of your lovely ideas and tutorials. The weather here is just starting to cool, which always seems to inspire extra productivity. I'll be canning apple butter for the rest of the week. Between you and Annabel, I am encouraged to package some up as gifts to give with a loaf of homemade bread. Your gift tags are just the ticket to make it all look special :) -- Kelsey

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    1. Thank you for sharing Kelsey! The apple butter sounds delicious and I am sure your home smells of autumn! I agree with you on Annabel, she is a wonderful inspiration! Your gifts will be well received I am sure! :) Homemade is always welcome!

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  13. My sweetest JES.
    you're a wealth of practical knowledge, useful informations and want to make, especially to be helpuful to us, who come and visit you here, sure to find always a world made of warmth !
    It's such a blessing to have you as a friend !
    Much dear Love to you
    Dany
    Thank

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    1. Dear Dany, Thank you for the constant warmth and encouragement you leave here! Have a wonderful weekend! :)

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  14. Hi Jes. I love each and every one of these ideas. Thankyou so much for collecting them all in one post! Love, Mimi xxx

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to comment Mimi! Have a wonderful weekend! :)

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    2. I'm so glad you came over and shared this post at Five Star Frou-Frou too, Jes. I'm thrilled to have you. Mimi xxx

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  15. What a fun post Jes. Thanks for the link back to me. Love all your autumn ideas here and I'll definitely share with my readers. Have a blessed day. ~ Abby

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    1. Thank you for all YOU share! Have a lovely weekend Abby! :)

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  16. What a great round up of ideas! I'm definitely pinning this.

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  17. Beautiful work...pinning! Thank you so much for sharing!

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    1. Ah, thank you so much for the pin! :)

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  18. What a beautiful blog and thank you for the printable tags. They are lovely. I put a link to you on my blog!

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    1. How kind of you to share our link! Thank you very much! :)

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  19. You always amaze me, Jes. You live such a beautiful life.

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    1. Oh dear Laura, I certainly have those messy moments like everyone else! :)

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  20. Thank-you for this beautiful compilation! I need to make me some of the orange peel potpourri- I LOVE how you suggest to use items from the outdoors added in there. What a great idea! Thank-you! :)

    Erin
    www.yellowbirchhobbyfarm.com

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    1. Glad you like it! The mix was pretty much 1/4 from the pantry and ¾ from the outdoors! :)

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  21. What a wonderful list! And that granola looks so good, I'll have to make some for my own house. Thanks for sharing on the Homestead Blog Hop JES!

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  22. I simply live all the great diys you share. I would love to make some granola... I think I just might try it, if we have everything. :)
    Love.
    Ashley
    creatingpreciousmoments.blogspot.com

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  23. Loved the Granola and the Mulling spices jars :)

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  24. Our weather really cooler off today, I guess because of the coming hurricane, but it's so nice to curl up a bit in a warm shirt and jacket. So now I'm feeling all fallish, and these gifts sound perfect now! Thanks for sharing on the Homestead Blog Hop! I pinned!

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  25. Some great ideas! I'm doing some similar ideas leading up to Christmas. Love the gift tags.

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  26. Jess, thank you so much for sharing these gift tags, they are so beautiful, love them. Can hardly wait to give some to our daughter, she appreciates pretty things like these tags. Will give book marks and tags to my very best friend in Tucson also.
    Hope you have lovely Fall week

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  27. Some great gift ideas! We made homemade gift tags this year from cards. :)

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  28. I haven't taken the time to search through your blog and I wish that I had ages ago! It is so amazing and I have pinned lots. I love the art of homemaking and have taught it to my children and my grandchildren. I never want these beautiful gifts to be lost in this modern world. Thank you for sharing. I will be sharing more like this on my blog. You have given a lot of inspiration.
    Thank you! xoxo Jo

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