We're traveling a lot in the next month. We're going to be seeing people we don't often see, attending a few weddings, and staying with friends. Now that we're adults and lucky enough to have friends willing to house us, we bring host(ess) gifts with us as a small thank you. I prefer to bring something special from Portland or something I made with my own two hands.
I'm trying to keep in mind that whatever I bring needs to travel in my suitcase across the country; so small, light weight, and not too fragile is best.
Some of the ideas I'm considering:
I think table linens are almost always an excellent gift. I love this apple stamped (with a real apple) table runner tutorial from Design Sponge. It has an easy to follow tutorial with beautiful photos.
A Beautiful Mess has a fun tutorial for turning a plain jane picture frame into something special. This would make a special gift filled with a meaningful photo.
For a crafty friend especially, I love the gift of a few stash baskets. Maybe with a few crafty bits and bobs to add to their stash or get it started. This tutorial from The Purl Bee is detailed and straight forward.
I know that everyone has a million cloth shopping bags these days. But mine certainly don't look like this. I'd be happy to trade a few of my boring ones in for these stylish canvas bags. I can only imagine my hosts would be happy to do the same. The super simple tutorial from Between the Lines is here.
Note: All photos in this post belong to their respective and linked sites.