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Simple HOSTESS GIFT IDEAS: (flavored butters, engraved coasters and spoons)

December is such a sneaky month.  Every year, it rolls in from out of nowhere and surprises me. Somehow I’d like to figure out a way to slooooow it down though, so I can enjoy every little bit of it.  Ahhhhhh….December.

And with a new month, comes another Michaels Makers challenge…..and this month was of course, Christmas themed! All of the Michaels Makers received a different theme and mine was — Simple Hostess Gift Ideas.  Oh hello, in case you haven’t met me, my name is Ashley and I have a special LOVE for quick projects….so I was excited about this challenge (plus, it would also help me cross some names off my gift list! :) )

As I started thinking about what I would make, I started thinking about hostess gifts that I would actually be really excited to receive……and USE!!!!  So, that’s when I came up with these 3 ideas —


Okay, and I know this post is packed with pictures and normally I don’t try and fit 3 separate ideas into 1 post, but we were challenged to come up with 3 ideas……so they are QUICK to make and actually really FUN!  And I also think that hostess and neighbor/friend gifts can definitely overlap, so I think these would be great for anyone on your list!

First up — and the most simple of all 3, Etched Wooden Spoons.  Yep, you read that right…..those letters are burned right into the wood of those spoons!  There are so many ideas that you could use to make your spoons unique….and I’m telling you, once you start etching with a wood burning tool, you’ll be hooked.


The words are actually etched into the back of each spoon and will never fade or wash away.  This is a such a fun personalized gift that any hostess (or friend/neighbor/etc) would love….especially if you paired it with some new kitchen towels or maybe an apron!


The next hostess gift idea is something that I have REALLY been wanting to make and I thought, “hey this would be a fun hostess gift too!”…….so I added it to today’s gift ideas and finally made some ‘Engraved Home State Coasters’.  So yes, every state we’ve lived together as a married couple/family, made its way onto a coaster.  So, this actual set isn’t one I’m giving away….but I have extra wood slices to make more!  (And as a bonus, my kids think it’s a geography game!)


These are made with thick pre-cut slices of basswood and are so earthy and perfect!  You could make your hostess a set of matching coasters from the state she’s in now, or figure out the places she has lived and add those to some coasters. Such a fun conversation starter too, am I right??  :)


The last hostess gift idea is something you could give to anyone—–your neighbor, a co-worker, a friend, a guy, a girl……anyone would love this!  Plus, it takes 2 seconds to make and doesn’t cost much at all!


I made each of these butter flavors in 1/2 cup portions and put them in these cute little jars and printed out some labels for the top (labels included below).  I’m not sure which one is my favorite but my kids can’t get enough of the Cinnamon Honey Butter.  But the Sweet Cranberry Butter is perfect for holiday time and is just—yum!  But oh, if you prefer a savory spread (or want something to accompany your dinner)……that Parmesan Garlic Butter will knock your socks off!


Each of the butters are whipped, so it’s light and easier to spread but still carries a lot of flavor with each bite!  Now, just layer some of this stuff on hot bread and OH MY WORD!!!!!!…..Yum.  (If you want to make this gift even better, pair it up with some homemade bread.  But, with it being holiday time……’s totally fine to grab some from the bread store. Permission granted. ;) )


Wow, so many ideas floating around in this post…….but you could make all 3 ideas in one afternoon.  Or whip some up with friends!


Okay, onto the first idea—

Flavored Whipped Butters

I made 3 different flavors and all are equally simple.  I purchased the 4-ounce crystal jelly jars from Michaels….and they’re the perfect size for these recipe sizes.  I’ll share the ingredient lists first and then below that, will share how quickly they come together.




  • 1/2 cup salted butter, room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp jellied cranberry sauce
  • 1 Tbsp honey





  • 1/2 cup salted butter, room temperature
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp honey
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon





  • 1/2 cup salted butter, room temperature
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp parsley flakes
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper



If you only make one of the butter flavor recipes, you’ll notice that there’s only 1/2 cup of butter.  If you try and whip 1/2 cup of butter in a mixer, it won’t whip because it’s too small of an amount and the beater can’t reach it. (Unless you use a hand mixer or a smaller food processor, etc.)  So, I mixed all 3 butter amounts together (1 1/2 cups)….and then divided into 3 portions after whipping the butter.

Turn your mixer on high and start whipping your room temperature butter.  After whipping a minute or two, you’ll notice that the butter will start to lighten in color and will look like it’s increasing in amount.  This is good….that means air is being added to the butter, making it light and fluffy.  Scrape the bowl occasionally and continue to beat on high until fully whipped.


Now, divide your butter into 3 bowls and then add their different ingredients.


Hand mix until well blended (refer to the images above) and then place each flavor combination into the 4-ounce jelly jars.


I added labels to the top of my jars that you’re welcome to use, HERE.  (I printed mine out on brown card stock.)



Okay, next hostess gift idea —

Engraved Wooden Spoons


  • wooden spoons of any kind
  • wood burner tool
  • oil conditioner, optional (I used Fractionated Coconut oil and it worked great to warm up the color of the wood and made it look higher quality. But not all oils work as a conditioner.)


Print out whatever word you want on your spoons, and flip the words in your Word document to be mirror image.  Cut out your word and place face down and tape in place onto the spoon, to hold it in place.


Use a pen or pencil and trace around your lettering, nice and hard……creating an outline of your word on the wood.


Peel back the paper and you’ll see some of the printer ink transferred onto the wood.  That’s good….it will help the outline show up a little better.


Heat up your wood burner tool with the diagonal tip attached……and BE CAREFUL!!!  This tool gets HOT!!! Now, grab some scrap wood and practice a bit.  It takes some time to get the hang of it but just remember, it doesn’t have to be absolutely perfect.  Just go with it….and love it!

I found it easiest to burn around the edges of each of your letters and then filling the extra space when needed.


Now repeat with your other spoons.


Now, this is completely optional but these were very inexpensive spoons and didn’t have much color to them.  And wooden spoons that haven’t been used yet look a little dry.  So to help warm up the color and improve the look a bit, I rubbed Fractionated Coconut Oil onto each spoon.  (I have the oil on hand for dry skin and such but it worked well on the wood.  You can also use a wood conditioner or beeswax or mineral oil, if you have some.)

I put the oil just on the upper corner, to show you how it really changes the warmth of the wood.  Looks a little more worn and soft.




And now, the 3rd hostess gift idea…

Engraved Wood Slice Coasters



To get a silhouette shape of your desired state, google your state name and then copy/paste into a Word document.  Then, print out the size you need and trace onto your wood coasters, the same way as the wooden spoons from up above.  I added each of the hearts in the location that we lived in each of those states…..but you can leave them off if you’d prefer.


Then, cut out a piece of felt that’s slightly smaller than your coaster and hot glue it to the bottom of your coaster.  (This is keep it from possibly scratching any of your surfaces.)


Lastly, apply a layer of polyurethane to your coaster, to keep the wood from warping if it gets wet.


And that’s it! 3 gift ideas for you to whip right up and tell your hostess “Thanks!”…….or for anyone else you know, to show them you care!




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Ashley Johnston

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Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
Simple hostess gift ideas: (flavored butters, engraved coasters and spoons)
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  1. Stacey says:

    These are such wonderful gifts! I tried printing the labels for the butter but there too small. Is there a way to enlarge to fit the jar? Or edit format so I can enlarge and add more labels?


  2. Johanna says:

    I love the idea of the wooden spoons. Which typeface did you use? I tried every one in Word which looks remotely like handwriting but none looks quite like yours.
    I’d appreciate an answer.

    1. Amanda B says:

      She said in a reply above that it is Sweet Pea :). And she shared this link:

  3. Sara says:

    Love the recipes for the butter! Im wondering how long they last? Can I make them a week or 2 ahead of giving them out?

    1. Jeannie K Markech says:

      Also wondering how long the butter can last… Can it be frozen, also?

  4. Anna S says:

    These ideas are so great for the upcoming holiday season! For the flavored butters, how long will they keep once gifted? With the add-ins, especially the garlic and cheese, I wasn’t sure. Thank you!

  5. Laurie says:

    Love your ideas! Question though – you can use the spoons for cooking even after adding the oil or beeswax?

  6. اتوبار says:

    Thank you for sharing

  7. Amber Gardner says:

    Hello! I just love these and want to give them to my wedding shower hosts. However, I am much more a scout and buy than DIY- if you saw my skills you would understand :)

    Do you sell any or would be willing to?

    Thank you :)

    an uncrafty bride

  8. Stacy T says:

    Just bought myself a wood burner. I love those Spoons! Can you share the font you used? It’s perfect!

    1. Ashley says:

      Sure, it’s a free font called Sweet Pea:

      And oh how fun, you’ll love that thing!! I just bought another one today because my last one I accidentally left on for hours and hours and then while it was super hot, I tried unscrewing a tip and totally stripped it. Bummer. So, don’t do that! ;) But I loved it enough to want the other tips to work with it, so I got another one. Good thing they’re pretty inexpensive!

      Definitely practice with it first, until you get the hang of it! :)

  9. jenni says:

    I love these ideas!! Especially the spoon gift. I love everything about it. Where did you get that dishcloth or apron or whatever it is? Thanks for the fun idea!

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh thanks so much Jenni! I love those spoons too….simple but such a fun gift.

      It’s a dish towel and I bought it at Target!

  10. June says:

    OMG! I LOVE all of these project! I never thought I would have a use for a wood burner but I’m going to get one TODAY! I follow some other blogs that do stuff with Michaels and they didn’t do anything as creative as yours! Love these, you need a raise!

    Dear Michaels Craft Stores,

    Write this creative lady a big check, she is so great!


    1. Ashley says:

      Haha……this made me laugh out loud, so I had to read it to my husband. Thanks so much June….so sweet! :)

      And you know, I had never really used a wood burner tool before but it was actually a lot of fun. Just practice before doing it on the final project. But now I’m thinking of all the things I can BURN!!!!! ;)

      Thanks again, you totally made me blush tonight!

  11. Natasha says:

    Wow!!! I love all these gifts, and so inexpensive too. Thanks for your post earlier this week on the Disney Circle, we need it for our home full of teenagers, bummed I didn’t see it in time to get the deal, are they able to offer a discount for your readers?

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh thank you!!!

      And yes, Circle would be great for teenagers!! But darn it, the only discount was for that day and I haven’t heard that they’re doing any other deals. Sorry about that….but if you decide to get in anyway, let me know how you like it! :)

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