Make this Summer Hostess Gift Basket & Get Invited Back

Make this Summer Hostess Gift Basket & Get Invited Back

Just a couple more days until the official start to summer! And do you know what that means? Some of my favorite things: evening bar-be-ques, play dates at the pool, and road trips to visit family and friends.

With all of these social events going on, I make it a point to have a Summer Hostess Gift at the ready.

Don't show up empty-handed! Make this Family Fun Summer Hostess gift basket and one-of-a-kind gift tag using the complete tutorial at

I hate showing up empty-handed, but a typical hostess gift (say a bottle of wine or flowers) doesn’t quite cut it when I’m hauling my entire family over to someone’s house to visit. In this case, I opt to put together a hostess gift for the whole hostess family to enjoy. I’ll preface this by saying this particular Family Fun Summer Hostess Gift Basket was made for a young family with a 2-year-old, but the goodies can be customized for families with kids of any age.

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Need another idea for a summer gift basket? Check this “Orange You Glad It’s Summer” gift basket out!

Don't show up empty-handed! Make this Family Fun Summer Hostess gift basket and one-of-a-kind gift tag using the complete tutorial at

My Family Fun Summer Hostess Gift:

1) Beach Tote

Yes, it’s true, we live in a land-locked state so we rarely make it to a beach, but we love a good beach tote as much as the next guy. We keep ours full of pool toys and throw it in the back of our car when we head to the pool. This one is light enough my three-year-old can carry it himself, even when it’s loaded with toys.

2) Beach Towels

Who doesn’t need a new beach towel? This is especially true for the family who hosts you at their swimming pool. Help them keep a handle on how much water makes it from the pool into their house! Heck, maybe throw in two!

I included a unicorn beach towel in my Family Fun Summer Hostess gift basket, but I have my eye on this dinosaur one for my son.

3) Pool Toys

I loaded a pink beach tote with beach balls, diving toys and water guns. Since we were staying the weekend with the hostess and adding our two kiddos to the mix, I wanted to make sure there were plenty of water toys for everyone. I especially like these mermaid diving toys (and they were a big hit with the recipient, who is currently obsessed with The Little Mermaid).

4) Bubbles

Every kiddo loves bubbles, right? I think if my kids received a tote full of just bubbles, they’d be happy. I’d grow tired of blowing them after five minutes, but they’d be happy…

5) Bug Catcher

Soon lightening bugs will be filling up the night sky. I can’t even begin to recall how many nights my sister and I spent catching lightening bugs when we were little. My son is already fascinated by them, so I was hoping the recipients would be eager to spend the evening hunting these bugs while we were visiting. Unfortunately, the weather didn’t cooperate, but fingers crossed they enjoy this addition to the tote as a family this summer!

6) Popsicle molds

I found these awesome silicone popsicle molds at my local Kroger, but I can’t for the life of me find them on Amazon. These seem similar though – and come in a 6-pack instead of the 4-pack I got.

7) Garden Pinwheel

Because why not?

Don't show up empty-handed! Make this Family Fun Summer Hostess gift basket and one-of-a-kind gift tag using the complete tutorial at

The Finishing Touch: A Custom Gift Tag

If you love the gift tag I added as the finishing touch for this Family Fun Summer Hostess gift basket, it’s quick and easy to recreate (given you have a Cricut Explore Air 2).


Cardstock/Decorative Paper: I used Martha Stewart cardstock in “Green Curry” available as an individual sheet at Michaels, Color Bok Pink Polka Dot photo mat paper available at Walmart, and Robert Stanley Pink Polka Dot ribbon available at Hobby Lobby

* Always double-check the licensing for the font(s) you download. I am using this font for personal use and will not be selling these tags for profit.


If you make your own version of this Summer Fun Family Hostess Gift Basket, I’d love to see your finished product! Tag me on Instagram or leave a comment below!

More later! The craft room is calling, and I must go…


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Natalie Menke, the self-proclaimed Gift Guru, is always thinking about the next gift she is going to give. Her hope is to provide boundless inspiration for completely customized and personalized gifts. Happy gifting!
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