Easy Peasy Hostess Gift

You guys! HOW IS IT ALMOST THANKSGIVING?! If you’re anything like me, this holiday completely snuck up on you and you’re scrambling to finish your massive to-do list before the big day. Thanksgiving catches me off guard every. single. year. because the moment Halloween is over, my mind goes straight to Christmas. (yes, I’m one of those!) Then a few days before I remember how much I LOVE Thanksgiving and think of a giant list of projects I just haaaaave to start and finish in the next 36 hours, because I’m a crazy person. 😅 Hopefully you aren’t as insane as I am, but if you need a last minute hostess gift, I gotchu 😉

I put together this little gift basket this weekend and it only cost me $20! I definitely think it looks like I spent a lot more, which is a win in my book! Here’s a breakdown of what’s in the basket-

  • Wire basket- $5 (half off @ Hobby Lobby)
  • Wood cutting board- $7 (also half off @ Hobby Lobby)
  • DIY herbed salt in $1.50 canister (HL)
  • DIY infused olive oil (herbs from the garden and we had the olive oil)
  • Olive oil bottle- $1.5 (you guessed it, HL)
  • Rosemary plant & tin- $4.50 (Whole Foods & HL)
  • DIY tea towel- I had the fabric already, but if I did this again I would totally get one of these Hearth & Hand towels instead!
  • Grand total- $19.5

Woohoo! If you guys throw one of these together remember to shop the sales. Craft stores have crazy good deals all the time and there’s alwaaaays a coupon, don’t pay full price for anything! I infused the olive oil on Saturday, so it’ll have a week to absorb all that rosemary flavor, but if you don’t have time don’t sweat it! A yummy smelling handsoap, some artisinal cheese or (duh) a bottle of wine would work just as well. I do think the herbed salt is really worth taking the time to make, it makes such an impact and it tastes so good. To make your own all you’ll need is your choice of herbs and/or garlic (I used rosemary & garlic) and some salt. I used exactly what is pictured below and it is POTENT, and I had enough extra to fill two more containers

Simply pulse your ingredients in a blender or food processor, spread the mixture out onto a baking sheet and bake for 10-15  min at 230 degrees. After you dry it out you can run it through the blender again or use a mortar and pestle to break it up and get it super fine, then pop it into a cute lil jar and you’re good to go. YUM!

I’m so happy with how this little gift turned out, I’m torn between being excited to give it away and wanting to keep it for myself. 😈 If you’re putting together a hostess gift I’d love to see what you come up with! Happy scrambling!

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