When picking out a gift for a hostess, things that can be used up and enjoyed are always popular. Spices, oils, and other gourmet food items are perfect for party hosts who love to cook and entertain. Here's a list of popular edible homemade gifts that won't add clutter to your hostess's home. Some of them you can make yourself and others you can find at your favorite gourmet grocer.
Edible Hostess Gift Ideas
If you're a guest at a party, always make sure to bring a gift for the hostess. Here are some edible hostess gift ideas that are sure to please!
Gourmet goodies and homemade treats make great gifts for the party hostess.
Say thanks with some sweet treats.
Cookies or brownies in a jar baking mix. If you have a yummy recipe for cookies or sweets that everyone is always asking you to share with them, gift that as a hostess gift. Just assemble the dry portioned dry ingredients in layers in an airtight mason jar. Affix a label and tie a pretty ribbon around the top to attach the recipe card to the jar.
Layered dried soup mix. Just like the cookies in a jar hostess gift, a cozy soup mix is a good idea too. Layer the dry goods in colorful layers in a glass jar---dried beans, pasta shapes, dried onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, spices, and dried boullion. To make this gift look extra special and decorative, use a uniquely shaped jar or wide-mouthed bottle with a tight sealing lid. Attach a 'just add water instruction card' to the container. If you don't have your own soup recipe to make this hostess gift, you can find plenty of similar recipes and soup in a jar ideas online. Pinterest has oodles of links to sites with this type of gift.
Homemade chutneys, jams, or jellies. If you spend each fall canning the summer's bounty of fruit and berries, give the hostess a jar of your finest jam, jelly, or fruit preserves.
Spices and oils. Herb-infused oils, flavored salts, wine vinegars and exotic spice blends and rubs will be nice additions to your hostess's spice rack.
Homemade cookies or confections. Homemade goodies don't have to take a lot of time or energy to make. A simple treat such as chocolate and M&M pretzel bites can be made in under an hour.
A bottle of wine for the hostess's wine cellar is a nice gift idea.
After the party the hostess can put up her feet and sit back with a nice glass of wine.
A bottle of wine. Unless your host and/or her resident family members don't drink alcohol, a nice bottle of wine makes a nice gift to say 'Thanks for welcoming us into your home!"
Gourmet treats for the hostess's dog. Thoughtful party hosts will go out of their way to make sure that their guests are comfortable in their home. And this sometimes means having to keep family pets in another part of the house. If your host is a proud dog owner, a gourmet treat for her dog is a nice way of thanking her for so graciously accommodating those guests who can't be around dogs. At the end of the party when Fido is welcomed back into the rest of the house, the host will have a special surprise treat for her cooped up pooch.
Don't forget about the other furry family members.
Why not bring gourmet treats for the pooch who couldn't come to the party?
Thanks for thinking of me too!