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Hostess Gift Ideas

Hostess Gift IdeasWelcome to our last night of Glad Tidings…can’t believe it’s gone so fast. We’re sharing some last minute hostess gift ideas that are easy and inexpensive. If you’re like me, I never think of these things until it’s almost too late and I’m scrambling for ideas. Hopefully this will help avoid the scramble! My go-to gift is always something from my kitchen. Quick breads are easy and produce a lot of bang for your buck. Most of the time you can get four to six small loaves of bread from one recipe. My most recent favorite is Snickerdoodle Bread. Oh my goodness. 

Hostess Gift Ideas: Snickerdoodle BreadClick here for the Snickerdoodle Bread recipe.

I think it’s one of the best breads I’ve ever made. Very moist and flavorful. So after I made my batch of bread, I came up with a few different ways to wrap it. First up is the easiest: cellophane bags.

Hostess Gift Ideas: homemade bread in cellophane bagsYou can find these bags just about anywhere. Craft stores have loads of them. Slip your loaf of bread in the bag, tie a ribbon and you’re finished. These would make really good teacher gifts too. Next up is basic brown kraft paper tied with twine.

Hostess Gift Ideas: Homemade bread wrapped in brown paper and twineI wrapped the loaf of bread in Press ‘n Seal first, then the brown paper. I got the twine from this fun Etsy shop, BonFortune. It’s a little chunkier than regular twine. They have incredibly fast shipping too. Another idea for the brown paper is a ribbon with some sort of label.

Hostess Gift Ideas: Homemade bread wrapped in brown paper and ribbonI thought this was very classy and you could write a message on the label. Last and perhaps my favorite, is a linen towel and ribbon.

Hostess Gift Ideas: Homemade bread wrapped in a linen towel and ribbonAgain, wrap the bread first. I used one of the washed linen towels from my online shop but any sort of towel would work. This is a step up from the brown kraft paper because the towel is included as part of the gift. Save this for someone very special! (There is a great selection in my shop of handmade tea towels along with vintage tea towels.)

Before I go I’d like to show you one more idea. Here are a couple of wine bottles gift wrapped for Christmas. 

Hostess Gift Ideas: wrap a wine bottle in a festive tea towelI showed you how to fold the towel last month in my post, No Sew Wine Bottle Gift Wrap. You can do the same thing with a piece of scrap fabric which is what I did with the red ticking. Easy, quick and inexpensive.

Hope these ideas have helped!



  1. Great ideas! Thank you & Merry Christmas!

  2. Fantastic gift ideas! Thanks for the inspiration. x

  3. Pam Prueter says:

    Got your ideas just in time! I wrapped some banana nut bread in craft paper but used simple red satin ribbon – had no twine – & it looked very nice. Thank you for the inspiration!

  4. Great ideas! I wanted to make the Snickerdoodle Bread today but couldn’t find any Hershey’s Cinnamon Chips. Are they usually hard to find or just this time of the year! I wonder if I can substitute something else; any suggestions???

  5. Those are some great ideas, thank you. I need one for the lunch that I went to yesterday… a bit late I know, but perhaps I can make it up with a home-baked item.
    Hugs, Cindy

  6. BamaCarol says:

    Thank you for the recipe and ideas! I search through places like Homegoods and TJ Maxx for kitchen towels that are on sale and purchase those to wrap my breads in. Just about everyone can use another kitchen towel! Yours are very pretty and special and I would save those for a VERY special friend.

  7. Ricki Jill Treleaven says:

    Lovely ideas, Ann. Thank-you!

  8. Beautiful ideas! I now know what to give my special neighbors, thanks Ann!

  9. Nana Diana says:

    Those are some really, really cute hostess gifts, Ann. I love them all- xo Diana

  10. It’s a great gift. I love how you wrapped them.

  11. There all just perfect. I love the linen towel also and can’t wait to try the bread. My hubby loves that recipe in cookie form so I bet the bread will be a hit also:)

  12. Mary@athomeonthebay says:

    Those are great ideas Ann, and wrapped so pretty.

  13. Dori Troutman says:

    BEAUTIFUL Ann!!!!! I love them all. My favorite is, of course, the tea towel and ribbon! I love Snickerdoodle cookies so I must try this quick bread. Looks so yummy! ~ Dori ~

  14. debbiedoos says:

    Mmmm…mmmm..good. I will take two. How pretty Ann. I would truly love this gift.

  15. Jane @ Cottage at the Crossroads says:

    Ann, everything that you do is beautiful! Love that thicker twine, too, and I’m glad you told where you got it. Since I have some red ticking scraps, I need to make a cover for my homemade Kahlua! Going to download your snickerdoodle bread recipe! It sounds delicious!

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