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
Follow these quick, easy steps to give your holiday hosts a sweet thank you.
Grab Your Gear 2 of 7
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
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
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
Print or handwrite your recipe and tape it to the back of the picture.
Or, Download A Free Recipe Card 6 of 7
Tie It All Together 7 of 7
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!