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An Easy Thanksgiving Hostess Gift

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My mother taught me to never show up at a person’s home empty-handed, and that is doubly true for a big feast like Thanksgiving.

We always spend Turkey Day with my in-laws, which requires a six-hour drive, and, since we usually arrive on the actual holiday I have to plan my hostess gift in advance. Flowers will wilt and a pie is hard to transport, so I usually bring cookies. Who doesn’t like cookies? Rather than bring them in a plastic sealed bag or on a plate, I like to dress them up a bit to make a sweet and easy hostess gift.

  • A Sweet & Easy Hostess Gift 1 of 7
    hostess gift

    Follow these quick, easy steps to give your holiday hosts a sweet thank you.

  • Grab Your Gear 2 of 7
    what you need

    Making a sweet (literally!) hostess gift is easy. You need a mason jar, some ribbon, photo paper, and cookies! Small cookies like snickerdoodles are great, although a family recipe can add a personal touch. I like to make this with my grandmother's cereal cookies recipe.

  • Fill Up The Jar! 3 of 7
    cookies in jar

    This is a gallon-sized mason jar, which I think is the perfect size for a hostess gift. You can fit a lot of cookies inside, and the jar is reusable! 

  • Make A Recipe Card 4 of 7
    picture on front

    When I give these gifts, I include a recipe card with the cookies. I just snap a picture of the cookies with my phone and e-mail it directly to my wireless printer! The 4x6 photo paper is the same size as a regular recipe card, and I personally love having a picture of the finished product in my recipe box.

  • Tape The Recipe To The Back 5 of 7
    recipe on back

    Print or handwrite your recipe and tape it to the back of the picture. 

  • Or, Download A Free Recipe Card 6 of 7
    recipe card

    You can also download adorable recipe cards to tape to the back of your photo. These two are from The Cottage Market and Country Clip Art.

  • Tie It All Together 7 of 7
    hostess gift

    Punch a hole in your recipe card and tie it to the mason jar, then add a decorative ribbon to make the whole thing pretty and festive. Hand it off to your hosts and know you've given them a gift they'll appreciate! 

Happy Thanksgiving!


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