$2 Holiday Hostess Gift

It’s a good thing there’s hardly anything to do and hardly any money to spend around the holidays. That way I have plenty of time and money to get hostess gifts to go to the holiday parties that I have all kinds of time for.

Honestly, I find myself so bored and filled with cash at this time of year I often spend my days napping on the couch dreaming about the day I won’t win the lottery.

If however, you are not like me and are in fact the opposite of me you might just benefit from this little tip.

Make a bunch of these and have them lined up in a closet. That way when you have somewhere to go you have a cheap but cute gift tucked away with the hand towels and extra soap to bring.  I don’t mean bring extra soap to the party, I mean bring the hostess gift you have tucked away with the soap.

They’re also great to have on hand when that random person you barely even know from down the street shows up on your doorstep with homemade cookies and a Christmas/Hanukkah card for you. You know the type. They’re either genuinely really nice people who know your name, the names of all your children, your pets and your place of employment or … they know you own a snowblower.

Either way, this is a cute, cheap gift.

So now behold, the bedazzled Dollar Store candle.



After Part II

The candle is from the Dollar Store. It cost $1.25. The stick-on rhinestones are also from the Dollar Store and they cost $1 per sheet. One sheet is enough to bedazzle 1 or 2 candles depending on the size.

I did a snowflake and a tree, but obviously you can do whatever you like. Frankly I’m kindda surprised that I only did a snowflake and a tree what with all the time I have on my hands. Really it would have made more sense to create a rhinestone recreation of one of Picasso’s blue period pieces, but I didn’t want to seem pretentious. Besides, it probably wouldn’t have cost enough. I swear I’ll never get rid of all this money I seem to have.

And once again, just for fun … the $2 hostess gift.


  1. Whitney says:

    Awesome idea! Kind of makes me sad I’m missing the holidays to lay on the beach. Okay, no it doesn’t.

    P.S. I think you missed the “2” in “One sheet is enough to bedazzle 1 or candles depending on the size.”

  2. Liz says:

    Pssst, your RSS link is broken for me. That means i actually have to come straight here.

    I’m liking your hostess gifts, however I’m slightly preturbed that your dollar store candle is $1.25 rather than $1. Isn’t that the point of the dollar store?

  3. Anna says:

    Great idea! I’m running to the dollar store right after work. I love the dollar store! Curious as to why the candle is $1.25 and not $1 if it is the dollar store? Maybe because it is Canadian?

  4. marilyn says:

    thanks for another great idea karen..do you think lisa will be surprised if i bring her one this weeekend? lol..they are so pretty

  5. Brilliant idea! I never thought to look twice at those candles at the dollar store, but thanks to you, I see their potential. By the way, I HEART Dollarama, too!

  6. Linda Marleny says:

    You should know that as a starving college student stuck at school for the break, I’m actually spending all my time languishing in bed, bored to tears. BWAHAHAHA.

  7. stephanie says:

    this is almost as good as the “rectal wreath”…..for some reason the large rectaNGUlar wreath shows on my computer as the “rectal wreath” which I’m gonna have to draw the line at as far as wreaths go……

  8. Brilliant! What a great idea. Martha Stewart, move over.

  9. deborahinPS says:

    Very clever!

  10. your projects never cease to amaze me!! i’m still hot-gluing mirror squares into little boxes!!

  11. Kelly Kline says:

    Karen, Thank you so much for another amazing project! I am going to go to the $1 and 99 cents store! You creativity amazes me!! Thanks again! You Rock!!

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