In any given holiday season, some of us are hosts, but most of us are not! That means a lot of you are needing a little something to bring along to show your appreciation. Here’s a list of great host gifts that you can easily make right in your own kitchen.
Don’t show up empty handed! Homemade host gifts don’t have to be complicated and they’re usually much more appreciated than another bottle of wine. I’ve got lots of inspiration in my recipe archives, but I’ve picked out just a few to get you started…
Shortbread is one of the most elemental baking projects which means it’s easy, and just about everybody loves it ~ who wouldn’t love a buttery melt-in-your-mouth cookie? You can make the Scottish shortbread, below, in a mold, or you can bake up any shortbread in a plain cake pan, like I do with my Chocolate Chunk Shortbread Cookies.
This is one of my favorite recipes on my site. We do a lot of cheese plates in our house and these crackers are even better than the pricy store bought versions. Any host would love a cellophane bag full of these uber crunchy crackers. The process is actually very simple, too.
Everybody will be amazed at your creativity, and you don’t need to tell them how easy it was. This is one homemade host gift they won’t be expecting!
Show up with something deliciously thoughtful for the morning after, and you’ll win best guest, hands down. These fluffy muffins are right on theme with plenty of tart cranberries.
I can’t think of a more welcome gift than a little jar (or jars!) of sunny lemon curd. Silky curd can be made out of lots of different fruits, but lemon is primo.
When you’re unsure, go for chocolate! These candies are surefire hits with everybody. I’ve streamlined the recipe so it’s quick and easy, using store bought caramels. Even if you’ve never made candy before, you can do this!