Easy DIY Hostess Gift Idea

Your favorite hand or dish soap plus a little greenery and ribbon is all you need to create this simple and lovely holiday hostess gift.

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During the holidays it’s nice to have a few small gifts on hand to take to as hostess gifts. One of my favorite ideas is this beautiful dish soap tied with a bit of pine and ribbon. It’s easy to make, and so lovely–perfect for gifting.

 Holiday Hostess Gift Idea Dish Soap

I’m a big fan of combining simple and cute, especially during the holidays when to-do lists are long. Creating something that’s really nice, but doing it in a short time frame is what helps me manage everything during the busy holiday season. Homemade Holiday Stovetop Potpourri and Mrs. Meyer’s Holiday Soaps with a cute tag are two other favorite go-to ideas.

All you need is 5 minutes to put together this darling gift, and you’ll love how gorgeous the final result is. It’s not just for hostess gifts–consider giving to teachers, coworkers, for Secret Santa recipients, hairstylists, and many more on your list.

TIP: This is a gift you can give all year long–not just during the holidays. Sub out the pine greenery for something seasonal, and you can use this for any hostess occasion, birthday, teacher appreciation, and more.

Holiday Hostess Gift Idea Dish Soap


Holiday Hostess Gift Idea Dish Soap

You can use any favorite dish soap or hand soap. Depending on my budget range, I’ll use either a pretty glass soap jar or less expensive dish soap plastic jar. You can either fill it up with your favorite soap, or give as is.

Often I’ll go out into my yard and clip a few pieces of pine–and sometimes even off of our fresh Christmas tree! But it’s nice to have an option that you can store and not worry about the pine staying fresh and soft. I found these faux pine branches that have worked really for me–I just clip off the size I need.

I can never decide between red ribbon and green ribbon–I love them both! For this jar I used a red twill tape ribbon I adore, as well as a green stripe grosgrain ribbon so you can see each one. I often use these types of ribbon–both have the look I”m going for, plus they tie easily and hang nicely once tied.

Holiday Hostess Gift Idea Dish Soap

How to make

  • Cut the ribbon to length
  • Snip piece of pine
  • Tie ribbon around the pump, and insert a piece of pine in the knot.

So simple and quick!

Gifting options: Consider using hand soap instead of dish soap, or any other beautiful jar. You can also add a festive dishtowel if a larger gift is desired.

Holiday Hostess Gift Idea


Do I have to use pine?

No! Any bit of greenery would be lovely. I’ve used eucalyptus and other types as well, especially when it’s not the holiday season.

Do you fill up the jar with soap when giving?

Often I’ll give as is, especially when using the heavier glass jar, which is the gift in itself. But I have also filled it with a favorite dish soap too. Either way is okay!

Holiday Hostess Gift Idea Dish Soap

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