Last Minute Recipes and Gift Ideas for Holiday Parties

Laura Benware

Don’t let last minute holiday gatherings stress you out. This time of year you might feel inundated with advertisements for the must-have gifts of the year. You might also be feeling pressure to cook up a festive, tasty appetizer or dessert.

If you don’t have time to do the research, we’re here to share some simple ideas for grab bag and hostess gifts that will require nothing more than a quick trip to the nearest shopping center as well as potluck recipes that are sure to be a hit.

Pot Luck

Sweet & Sour Kielbasa Appetizer 

Ziti Bake 

Blueberry Tea Cake 

Grab Bag Gift

Hat, scarf and gloves set. Pick a solid color that could be worn by either gender (i.e. brown, red, blue, black, gray).

Specialty food items. If you don’t live close to a specialty shop, don’t discount your local grocery store or pharmacy.  Check out the “seasonal” aisles for pre-made gifts sets. You’ll be surprised at what a hit that ceramic bowl filled with delicious candy can be!

Tea or coffee set. Whether you select a portable mug or dainty tea cup, place your choice in a festive gift box alongside seasonal coffee or tea. The recipient will be sure to enjoy the cold winter mornings with a warm drink.

Host Gift

Wooden cutting board topped with a package of holiday paper napkins.  Add a cheese knife and cheese and crackers – now you have both an hors d’oeuvre and a hostess gift.

Festive tea towels wrapped around holiday scented hand soap.  Tie together with a red bow for the finishing touch.

Scented candle and box of truffles.  The host will enjoy this indulgent treat after all the guests have departed.

Your shopping list is finally complete, your home is festively decorated, and gifts are perfectly wrapped.  Your planning and organization has paid off and now there’s plenty of time to enjoy the traditions of the season.

Money Saving Tip:  Take advantage of seasonal items marked-down after the holiday.  That 75% off festive cookie jar would make a great hostess gift filled with cookies next December!

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