5 Holiday Host Gifts

Hello Everybody! My name is Kristen the newest member of Eventful Planning! I wanted to share a bit about me and talk about 5 holiday host gifts I like to share this time of year!

I love the holidays, it’s my second favourite time of the year right behind the cool, crisp, and colourful fall season. Hot cocoa, decorating the house, and sledding are some of my favourite things during the holiday season. It’s a great time to spend time with friends and family and celebrate. With the holidays there are many social gatherings that come with that. Whether that’s Christmas parties, heading to the neighbours for drinks, or traditional family gatherings. I never like to show up empty handed when invited to a social function. Depending on the host, I always like to get something that is unique to that person.

Here are 5 host gifts I like to bring or think would be interesting and fun!

Bottle of Wine/Alcohol

A lot of my friends and family enjoy a few holiday drinks throughout the season. I like to bring their favourite drink with funny personalized glass and small treat that is unique to that person.

Greenery Arrangements/Swags

Every Christmas we have a day where we make make greenery arrangements and swags. This is a fun way to bring out my creativity during the holiday season. I usually end up giving them to neighbours or friends who have us over.

Holiday Baking

Every year I also like to do holiday baking (Cookies, chocolates, loaves, almond bark., etc) I always like to include a print out of the recipe along with the goodies.

Here Is a recipe for a classic holiday treat and my favourite! Super easy and delicious!



  • 1 Cup unsalted butter
  • 1 Cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 cups all purpose flour


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. In the bowl of your mixer cream butter and sugar until smooth, at least 3 minutes
  3. Beat in extracts and egg.
  4. In a separate bowl combine baking powder with flour and add a little at a time to the wet ingredients. The dough will be very stiff. If it becomes too stiff for your mixer turn out the dough onto a counter top surface. Wet your hands and finish off kneading the dough by hand.
  5. DO NOT CHILL THE DOUGH. Divide into workable batches, roll out onto a floured surface and cut. You want these cookies to be on the thicker side (closer to 1/4 inch rather than 1/8).
  6. Bake at 350 for 6-8 minutes. Let cool on the cookie sheet until firm enough to transfer to a cooling rack.


DIY Sangria/Cider Kit

I’ve never personally done this before, but I think it’s a great idea! You could essentially do anything with it weather it’s tea, hot chocolate, cider, or sangria specific to your hosts favourite drink! 

Dip Mix Ornaments

I thought this was a cute idea, I’ve seen it floating around Pinterest for a while now. I know my one aunt loves trying new snacks and appetizers around Christmas time and loves her Epicure!