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8 Hostess Gifts From the Heart, Not the Mall

The No. 1 rule of holiday get togethers: never show up empty-handed. But finding a unique hostess gift can feel overwhelming when there’s so much to do during the holiday. This year, skip the mad rush to the mall. To thank your friends and family who welcome you into their homes, consider bringing a thoughtful, edible gift.

Here are eight inexpensive DIY gift ideas for hostesses, neighbors, co-workers, and beyond.

1. Mini Bundt Cakes

Do you have more than one holiday party to attend? Multiple family parties in one day? A mini cake pan lets you bake six small cakes at once. Customize cakes with a special glaze, sprinkles, or powdered sugar. The Mini Cake Gift-Making Set includes everything you need to turn personal cakes into gifts.

Mini Cake Gift Making Set

2. Mini Pies

Give your host or hostess a tiny, decadent pie wrapped in a decorated box. Create seasonal pie favorites like apple, pumpkin, pecan, or cranberry. With the Mini Pie Gift-Making Set, there’s no need to go to multiple stores or buy all your supplies separately. Find everything you need to beautifully package six gifts, for about $3 each. The set includes six boxes with liners, precut twine, and gift tags.

Mini Pie Pan

3. Cookie Dough Ornaments

Make a decoration for your host’s home or Christmas tree. All you need is a salt dough recipe, cookie cutters, paint markers, and glitter to make unique DIY ornaments

Here’s another gift idea for salt dough—press a child’s hand or a pet’s paw into the dough for a more personal gift.

Salt Dough Ornaments

4. Layered Cookie Mix

This spin on the gift in a jar gives your hostess a tasty recipe in a practical mixing bowl. Layer all the dry ingredients of your favorite cookies or try our cookie mix recipe.

Cookie Mix Gift Idea

5. Cocoa mix in a jar.

Start with a layer of hot cocoa mix, then add your host’s favorites toppings. Crushed peppermints, chocolate chips, and marshmallows make yummy cocoa toppings. Our BPA-free jar won’t break and can be reused for on-the-go layered salads and travel snacks.

Gift in a Jar Recipe

6. Easy DIY Cookie Gifts

When done with a little flair, small gestures can be very meaningful. Look at basic sugar cookies, for example. It takes almost no time to bake them, but they make a wonderful gift for a hostess or a neighbor. The Cookie Gift-Making Set includes everything you need.

Make big batches of cookies (in a variety of shapes!) in a fraction of the time with a rolling cookie cutter!

Homemade Cookies

7. Homemade Chocolate

Beautiful chocolates nestled in a brightly colored liner are sure to make your hostess’ day happier. A chocolate mold lets you put your own personal spin on this gift.

You can dream up tons of creative candy creations. Layer white and dark chocolate melts. Try mint candy melts or caramel-flavored melts there are so many possibilities!

Just melt chocolate, pour it into the wells, and pop it in the fridge. It’s that easy.

DIY Chocolate Candies

8. Whisk Gift Idea

When you need a last-minute gift, fill a whisk with chocolate kisses and tie it with a bow. For a finishing touch, add a tag that says, “We whisk you a merry kiss-mas!”

Kitchen Gadget Gift Idea


Need help with your holiday DIY gifts? Pampered Chef’s Bake to Gift Collection includes beautiful, useful tools, and easy recipe videos you can use to craft gorgeous baked goods to give as gifts—creating sweet traditions along the way.


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