Ten perfect hostess gift ideas for the holidays, including a recipe for Mexican Hot Chocolate Mix. You probably have all the ingredients for this mix in your pantry, making it the perfect last-minute hostess gift.
I love being invited over to someone else’s house. And I love showing up with something perfectly pretty in my hands to give to the hosts. The best hostess gift ideas are those that the host is not meant to serve at the party. That way, the host can say “Thank you” and then set it aside for tomorrow without having to spend any time at the event trying to figure out how to serve it to the guests.
You know what I mean, right? If you show up at a dinner party with a cake, the host assumes it’s meant to be put out for dessert. They therefore have to find serving utensils and perhaps extra plates. They might even wonder if they should skip the dessert they had planned. It causes difficulty for the host, which is never something I want to do.
If instead of the cake I take a nice jar of preserves, the hosts know instantly that the gift is not for serving at dinner. They can set the jar on the counter and leave it for breakfast the next day.
A selection of croissants or breakfast pastries in an airtight container with a note saying “For an easy breakfast tomorrow morning.”;
A mason jar full of vanilla sugar (Put two vanilla beans in a mason jar, fill with sugar and seal. Within 3 days the sugar will have a lovely vanilla flavor. Let your host know that they can leave the beans in the sugar until all the sugar is gone. Or, they can top up the jar with more sugar when it gets to the halfway point. They can top up in this way twice.);
To make this delicious hot chocolate mix, simply combine hot chocolate powder, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and optionally a pinch of cayenne. I like to put it all in a nice mason jar with some cinnamon sticks.
If you’re giving it as a hostess gift, it’s always nice to tie a ribbon around the jar along with a tag of instructions. To serve, heat up a cup of milk and add two tablespoons of the hot chocolate mix. Stir and enjoy!
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