Now that it is officially December 1st, it feels like an appropriate time to talk about all things Christmas related. I was so surprised to see how many stores were decorated for Christmas…in October! But now with a swift change of the calendar, I have fully embraced the holiday spirit.
Many bloggers are posting great gift ideas for family and friends. However, around this time of year come many holiday parties. It always nice to bring something for the host and hostess who have generously invited you over.
I love to bake and make homemade gifts. With these thoughts in mind, here are my ideas for affordable and homemade host gifts for the holidays, with a personal touch:
With every passing Christmas, my love for peppermint grows exponentially. Here is a great recipe that I plan on trying out myself this holiday season! Place the bark in a decorative bag or tin, either of which can be found at Etsy or Target.
Last Christmas, I made holiday cookies and found the holiday cookie cutters in the dollar aisle at Target. If you have a child, or a niece/nephew, have them help you with the decorating. They will love it! Be sure to make a little extra, because after carefully decorating I am sure they will want to eat a few. 🙂 Since the cookies are pretty in itself, they don’t need help in the presentation department. Simply wrap the cookies in some cellophane, tie it with a ribbon, and you are good to go.
Is there a more perfect winter drink than hot chocolate? I think not. Provide your host with all the essentials to make an amazing mug of hot chocolate. You can even cater to your host’s preferences, if you know them well enough. For instance, include pieces of shaved Andes mints for someone who loves mint. (Hint hint :)) Put all the items in a cute jar, add a pretty label, perhaps even a ribbon and hand it over to the host to enjoy!
For those of you that don’t like baking, this is the item for you. All it requires is some assembly but it is still just as thoughtful!
What is your go-to gifts for hosts during the holidays?
(All images courtesy of Pinterest.)
Love the hot chocolate idea! Definitely a must for the holidays!!! (Ditto on the mint….yum!)
Love hot chocolate during the holidays 🙂
I really like that hot chocolate idea!!! I plan on putting a few of those together. Thanks Ami!!!
Yay! Isn’t it great and so easy to put together?
The hot choc idea is so smart/cute/easy! And fool proof for someone who can’t cook/bake (me!) 🙂
Haha, exactly! Can’t go wrong 🙂
Ahh I can’t wait to make peppermint bark this year! And I hope Target has some more cookie cutters this year— I’d love to stock up! For some reason the only ones I have are alphabets and Halloween/Easter themed…
PS love the idea of make-your-own hot chocolate! It reminds me of s’mores, my favourite 🙂