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The holiday season is here, people, and you know what that means: an endless stream of dinner parties, get-togethers, and soirees. And since it's the season for giving, you don't want to show up empty-handed. Then there's all those little gifts for people you just don't tip... like your child's preschool teacher or the receptionist at work.

Here are a few quick and easy ideas for handmade holiday gifts for your party host or anyone else you want to give a little something.

If you sew:

The Purl Bee has a great tutorial for handmade napkins. Who couldn't use a few extra napkins? Add some embroidery or applique in a corner and they're good to go. They use Halloween quilting fabric, but I think a loosely woven cotton or cotton/linen blend would work better for napkins. And please, it might be the holidays but skip the holiday fabric. Who really wants napkins they can only use for 6 weeks out of the year?

Jenny from Allsorts has a tutorial for these nifty Criss-Cross Coasters (pictured above). So adorable, and a great way to use up scrap fabric.

If you knit:

Whip-up this adorable felted tea cosy from Knitty. Their samples are red and green, but seriously people, again, ixnay on the holiday colors.

If your recipient prefers a different type of beverage, hand them a bottle of wine in this knitted wine cozy; again from Knitty. (No, I don't know why tea cosy has an "s" and wine cozy has a "z"; I'm just writing what I see here people)

If you crochet:

Teresa Franco
has a tutorial for cute flower-shaped crocheted coasters. Quick, easy, and fun. (Via Craft)

Try this pattern for a crocheted snowflake from Use it to make ornaments or embellish napkins, or other small gifts for your host.

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