Thoughtful DIY Hostess Gifts

I don’t expect guests to arrive at my home with hosting gifts. (“Hosting” because I am a man and not a hostess, per se.) Instead of adding to your hostess's mostly-unused candle closet, bring something that shows your subtle gratitude for the invitation and that will also make her life a little easier the day after the soiree. Here are 5 DIY “thank-yous” that will give her a simple pleasure to look forward to in the morning.

  • DIY Hostess Gifts Clinton Kelly
  • DIY Hostess Gifts Clinton Kelly
  • DIY Hostess Gifts Clinton Kelly
  • DIY Hostess Gifts Clinton Kelly
  • DIY Hostess Gifts Clinton Kelly


Fill a small basket with fresh scones from the farmers market or local bakery to be enjoyed for breakfast the day after.


Fancy, organic honey is a luxury many people would not splurge on. Add an old-fashioned honey dipper and a note that suggests the honey be used in tea or on toast and oatmeal.


Morning drinks don’t have to be dry. Fill a pretty mug with all of the ingredients needed to make a hot toddy: Whiskey, rum or bourbon, lemon, star anise, cinnamon sticks, tea bags (chamomile or rooibos red), honey, and a recipe.


A bowl of bright, sweet clementines, or any citrus fruit, brings cheer to a winter day. When she opens the fruit tomorrow they will release a refreshing citrus scent that fills the room.


Fill a mason jar with a homemade granola mixture. Think: an edible strata of granola, almonds, chocolate chips, golden raisins, dried cranberries and shredded coconut that will top her morning yogurt perfectly.

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Nine years ago, I made a vow to live my life based on three guiding principles: Love, Awe and Gratitude. Today, instead of feeling sad, angry or anxious about The Chew’s cancellation, I will look through the lens of Gratitude and thank: My cohosts, @chefsymon and @carlaphall, for being two of the greatest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. The crew and staff of The Chew for being so dedicated, hardworking and collaborative. Our viewers for allowing us into your homes each day to share a laugh and a recipe — and a cocktail. It’s been a fun run and I am so freakin’ lucky to have been a part of it. Much love, CK ❤️

This photo was taken the day my mom brought me back to the US from Panama, where I was born. She had jet-black hair and a tan, whereas I was basically translucent, with white hair and big blue eyes. Security guards stopped her in the airport because they thought she was smuggling someone else’s baby out of the country. So, I guess it’s time for everyone to come clean. I was indeed stolen. I am actually a Norwegian prince. Where’s my 👑, Terri?!?! Where. Is. My. #%^*ing. 👑?!? 🤪 Happy Mother’s Day!!! I love you. Sorry I’m so weird. ❤️

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