All of these projects are fairly simple to make, but would make a nice surprise for the cooks and foodies in your life. Pair them with a handmade cocoa mix, or bottle of wine and you’ll have a great hostess gift.

Gifts for Cooks & Foodies

Cross Back Apron

This fantastic apron is easy to put on and has great pockets. It’s also super cute! This would be a wonderful teacher or hostess gift, tied up with a nice wooden spoon. Designed and written by the Purl Soho team, you know this is going to be a top-notch tutorial. You can even pick up the fabric on their site!

Reusable Snack Bags
These reusable snack bags are easy to make and can help you or a friend eliminate plastic bags from your life. For a gift, consider filling with tea bags, or other wrapped snacks. Get this tutorial, and while you’re there, take a look at all the amazing patterns, tips, and tutorials on Closet Case Patterns.

A Simple and Elegant Quilted Table Runner

This table runner by Suzy Quilts can be as simple or as fancy as you want it to be. It’s basically just a long quilt that you can quilt by hand or by machine. Suzy’s tutorials are all very clear with great instructions, as are her quilt patterns. Check out the shop and blog!

Cast Iron Skillet Handle Cover

This simple but handy cast iron skillet handle cover uses insulated batting to protect your hands from the heat. Plus it’s cute! (What pots and pans don’t need accessories?) Whip up one or two as stocking stuffers. Be sure to check out the other great tutorials and information on Mary Martha Mama.

Pieced Napkins
This is another beautiful tutorial from Purl Soho. Pieced napkins make a lovely gift for new home owners, students, or entertainers. Bundle with homemade cookies for a great present.

Pocket Potholder

Potholder or oven mitt? This quilted pocket potholder is the best of both worlds. It is a great way to bring a quilt to the kitchen! Get this and other excellent tutorials from Jacquelynne Steves.

Big Stitch Polkadot Coasters

If you feel like doing a little hand sewing, or are looking for a fun project for a child, these polkadot coasters are easy, but impressive. Package with a 6-pack for a fun gift. Shiny Happy World has tons of patterns to make for or with kids, so be sure to take a look around!