First, find yourself a vintage or antique nutcracker. Not the Christmas soldier type, but a solid metal nutcracker. These can be found vintage on eBay or Etsy or in thrift stores everywhere. They're very clever hostess gifts, as nutcrackers seem to create many handy uses for themselves besides cracking nut shells.
|The nutcracker gift I chose for my dog-lovin' recipient. Lift his tail and crack nuts in his mouth!|
|Pretty ribbon and a small card serve as accessories to this favor|
|SHELLED NUTS! L-R: Pecans, Hazelnuts, Walnuts|
|My gift was being sent in the mail, so I used the nuts as packing material!|
|I tied one end of my ribbon around the doggie nutcracker|
|And buried him in the nuts!|
|The other end of the ribbon tied to the card, wishing my wonderful recipient a Happy Thanksgiving!|