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Edible Hostess Gifts for the Holidays

Edible gifts are one of the more popular ways to thank a hostess around the holidays. Don't just bake a batch of chocolate chip cookies and cover the plate with tinfoil, though. Regardless of how yummy they may be, your hostess deserves a treat with a little more thought put into the wrappings.

Here are a few of our favorite ways to wrap homemade holiday treats when gifting to hosts and hostesses.

Styrofoam Containers

Styrofoam containers shouldn't be overlooked! We were able to reuse a large styrofoam container we had by giving it a "new face."  

To recreate this look you just need a bit of black and light pink acrylic paint and a small piece of orange paper. Here's how to get the exact design:

With your finger, apply the pink paint in two large circles to the container to form the snowman's rosy cheeks. Let dry completely.

Dip your pinky finger in the black paint and make dots for the snowman's eyes and mouth. Again, allow to dry.

Finally, cut a carrot shape from the orange paper and adhere to the cup for the snowman's carrot nose. Once done, fill away!

We filled our container with cinnamon-sugar popcorn (see recipe below), but you could fill it with holiday nuts, no-bake snowball cookies, or any other yummy holiday treat you love most! No matter what, your hostess will be happy!

Cinnamon-Sugar Popcorn

6 cups popcorn, popped
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 teaspoons sugar mixed with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions: Drizzle the popcorn with the melted butter and then sprinkle with the cinnamon-sugar mixture.

Mason Jars

Mason jars are popular vessels for edible holiday gifts for good reason. They're the perfect size for sharing delicious homemade treats and they look fantastic with the most minimal effort.

We've filled mason jars with homemade herb butter, completely baked Santa cakes, given layered ingredients for hostesses to DIY a quick batch of hot chocolate and even filled them with non-edible mixes like homemade bath scrub.

DIY Cordials

Celebrations Expert Mark Addison shared one of our favorite hostess gifts to give last year - DIY cordials! This clever trick of his requires just a few basic tools and turns out one of the most delicious, most clever DIY hostess gifts ever!

We promise your host or hostess will be blown away by these impressive, yet simple to make edible gifts!

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Jennifer Geddes
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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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