8 Easy to Make Hostess Gifts Ideas

Anything that comes from the kitchen is full of heart and that’s why food gifts are always a hit around the holidays. Here’s our round up of edible (and drinkable) hostess gifts that will guarantee you an invitation to next year’s party. 

First there were cookies in a jar, now it’s all about soup in a jar. Fill jars with dry ingredients and spices. Lentil soup works great and is the perfect gift to keep your host warm through winter.

We found great jars at Cost Plus World Market. Don’t forget the coupon code for 10% off.

Make a big batch of spiced nuts and you’ll have hostess gifts for all your holiday parties. Use spices like cinnamon, cayenne, cumin and chili powder. Using olive oil rather than butter may extend your shelf life.

Even if you’re not a baker, you can handle chocolate dipped pretzels. Dip pretzel rods in melted chocolate, then sprinkle with your favorite candies or décor.
Wilton: Save 10% off candy melt

Bring a cookie or cupcake decorating kit for the kids. Bake a batch of plain sugar cookies or cupcakes, then load up a basket with frosting, sprinkles and other décor.
Save $1.50 off two packages Pillsbury Refrigerated Cookie Dough
Save $0.75 off two Better Crocker mixes

If your host has dinner covered, then why don’t you handle tomorrow’s breakfast? A lot of dishes can be made the night before like quiche, French toast casserole, or yogurt parfaits in a jar.

Wine is often a go-to hostess gift. Here are three ways to give a bottle that’s anything but ordinary:

Make a personalized wine label. You can order custom labels online or purchase label templates from an office supply store and print your own. Find these beautiful labels on Etsy.

Turn your bottle into a turkey. All you need for this project are a few fall leaves, construction paper, and wiggle eyes.

Choose a bottle that gives back. The band, Train, started Save Me, San Francisco Wine Co. All profits go to Family House, which provides housing for families while their children are treated at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. Bonus Gift: They also sell gourmet chocolates from Ghirardelli.


Not in the DIY or cooking mood? Use one of these codes to send a gift basket, baked goods, or other holiday treat sure to delight your hosts.


Coupon codes:
Shari’s Berries: Save 20% off $29+ with coupon code HUGEDEAL. Exp. 11/30
Harry & David: Printable coupon: Save 25% off one item in-stores. Exp. 12/24
1-800-Baskets.com: Save 15% off select gift baskets with coupon code GIFTBASKETS15. Exp. 11/30
Edible Arrangements: Save $5 off with coupon code ENTB1215. Exp. 1/14
Cafe Britt: Save 10% off 6+ gourmet products with coupon code BRITTCOUPONS. Exp. 1/31