Hostess Gift Idea | Food Gift | Homemade Granola

As I started planning for the holidays a month or so ago, I realized that I would need a lot of hostess gifts during November and December. From traveling to family’s homes for Christmas, work parties, Christmas parties and a few other events, I need around 10 hostess gifts. I decided to do a big batch of the same gifts that I could prep ahead of time and grab to take with me when I needed one! 

Earlier this fall I discovered the Maple Walnut Granola recipe from Victoria magazine. It is delicious and very simple to make! Using the “something to eat, something to keep” hostess gift method I learned from Amy Hannon, I put this hostess gift together:

  • Homemade Maple Walnut Granola
  • Airtight jar from Dollar Tree
  • Christmas Dish Towel – I found some at TJMaxx ($2-2.50/each), some at Target in the Dollar Spot ($1.50/each)

I really wanted to add a pretty copper scoop or serving utensil, but I never found what I was looking for. You could also tie in a pretty Christmas ornament with the ribbon.

Over the past couple years I’ve noticed that people seem to be drowning in sweets and baked goods during the holidays. I decided to also give these as gifts to a few people that I normally gift a plate of baked goods, like my boss/coworkers, hair stylist, etc. It definitely makes life easier!

I grabbed a large reusable shopping bag from my stash to hold all the extra jars, dish towels, ribbon and gift tags. When I need to assemble a hostess gift I can pull everything I need right out of the bag!

Some people wonder, “When is it appropriate to bring a hostess gift?” Here’s my rule of thumb – if I’ve been invited to an event where someone is the hostess, I bring a gift. That includes things like meals, parties or overnight visits in someone’s home. Even if you’re contributing to the meal, it’s still nice to bring a little something for your hostess.

Here are a few other resources for hostess gifts:

If you have a lot of events to attend this month, try the big batch hostess gift method! It’s a life saver!


10 thoughts on “Hostess Gift Idea | Food Gift | Homemade Granola

  1. Hi Whitney, I haven’t had a chance to get your mailing address, so I wanted to first of all thank you for coming and helping your mom at the retreat. Thank you so much for the granola, I can’t wait to try it! What a great idea! May your holidays be merry and bright. Twas so nice to meet you again!


  2. Yum! What a fun gift. It’s great that you can make the granola in a big batch and have lots of gifts to share. I think it’s the perfect special treat without being super sweet/desserty. I bet all of your hostesses will be thrilled with your fun treat. I bet people will ask you for the recipe!


  3. I am going to snag this recipe and make this for friends coming to our home for a gingerbread party! This is the perfect gift for them! THANK YOU for the inspiration!


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