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!