You’re popular. You have things to do: parties to attend, galas to sweep through, dinners at which to be charming. Adding your own holiday preparations to the seasonal social whirl can make it easy to forget things like bringing a token of your gratitude to your host or hostess. Of course, outsourcing your baking and party scheduling could free up some of your holiday hours.
Here are ten great ideas to keep you from ending up panicked in the checkout line at Safeway twenty minutes before the party begins.
Gifts That Say “Thanks For Feeding Me Turkey!”
1. Pumpkin Spice Rocky Road Brownies
You can’t go wrong with anything this gooey and sweet. Bake them up the evening before your Thanksgiving buffets begin and pop them in a box with an orange ribbon and prepare to get stampeded at the door.
Pop a suitably festive bunch of flowers in a hollowed out pumpkin and ring the doorbell. Beautiful centerpiece, check. Clever idea, check. Hostess gift problem solved, check and check.
3. Seasonal Spice Kit
Easy to prepare in advance and keep until needed, this spice kit makes a great gift. Mix up a few batches of different spices – mulling spice, chili spice, and pumpkin pie spice – and pop them into mini mason jars. Tie them up with twine or a ribbon and keep them near the door so you can sweep one up on your way out.
Wine is always a solid choice. Make whatever bottle you choose a bit more thoughtful by adding a clever, sincere, or seasonal tag. Buy a selection of bottles and tags and assemble as needed.
5. Caramel Apple Cider Kit
Nothing says fall like sweet, buttery apple cider. You can buy the ingredients at any grocery store and put in any container that takes your fancy. Another good one to assemble ahead of time and keep on hand for when the need strikes.
Gifts That Say “Thanks For Letting Me Get Tipsy In Your Living Room In The General Proximity of Christmas!”
6. Hot Cocoa for the Grownups
Boozy hot chocolate is always a crowd pleaser. Throw some hot cocoa mix in a mason jar, cover with marshmallows, attach a chocolate-friendly bottle of liquor and guarantee yourself an annual invite.
Turn a six pack into a crew of reindeer with pipe cleaner and google-y eyes. If you have kids, put them to work making your root beer a pack of sleigh beasts. Or just do it yourself while watching Hulu one night.
8. Santa Hat Cheesecake Bites
If you have the time and the kitchen moxie, doors will swing wide open when you come bearing cheesecake dressed like Santa.
9. Festive Infused Vodka
More ambitious gift-bearing party-goers could try infusing vodka with candy cane or cranberry. Great for holiday party cocktails or just swilling straight when the family gets to be too much.
10. Christmas Spice Simmering Potpourri
Everyone likes a house that smells like Christmas. All you need are some cinnamon sticks, cloves, dried orange peel, and a glass jar. And a pot to put on a stove, but that’s their problem.
Do you have any holiday gift ideas that we missed?