Eat. Keep. Love! (Beautiful Carriers for Homemade Hostess Gifts)
If instant gratification is your gift-giving aim, it’s hard to top a decadent baked treat. Want to try? But instead of delivering your goods in plastic baggies or a paper plate covered with aluminum foil, you can bestow sweets and savories in carriers and containers that are equally covetable. They’ll delight friends and family long after the crumbs have been devoured.
Good as Gold
This stunning pedestal glass stand truly takes the cake. Boasting a shimmery gilded pattern accented by elegant gold leafing, it’s perfect for propping up your dessert of choice, and guaranteed to garner major props for your taste in decor.
Kilner’s canning jars, especially festive with their golden clip tops, make for cheap and charming holiday gifts. Simply layer each glass with the makings for hot chocolate (cocoa powder, sugar, cinnamon, and mini-marshmallows), and then add a cute label and how-to tag. The jars can then be reused for preserves, crafts, cocktails, and other maker creations.
The Giving Tree
Invited to a holiday cookie exchange? Stash your batch in Mikasa’s earthenware, tree-shaped jar, and then leave it behind as a thoughtful gift to be enjoyed for Christmases to come. Creamy white and adorned with graceful scrolls and fluting, it’s an elegant countertop addition that’s casual enough to be breached by the littlest cookie thief.
Three Tiers, Hurray!
Scalloped edging gives PL8 24’s cupcake carrier a fancy patisserie feel, so there’s no need to replate treats for display at your next soiree. It holds two-dozen cupcakes or one 9-inch layer cake when collapsed. Practical and pretty—what’s not to cheer about?
How darling is Patisse’s square springform pan? A sturdy, nonstick ceramic coating prevents sticking, while removable sides further ensure that delicate chocolate tortes and creamy eggnog cheesecakes emerge neat to eat. And come on, it’s pink!
Although this rattan caddy is designed to carry four bottles of wine, it could just as easily carry two bottles of wine plus a selection of homemade holiday nibbles like peppermint bark and nutty cheese balls. Designed by the French Chefs, it’s very merry way to wine and dine your hosts.
How ‘Bout Them Apples?
Kate Spade’s playful, apple-dappled porcelain hors d’oeuvres tray pairs brilliantly with any fruity and festive nosh. Our pick? Potato latkes with homemade applesauce.
And finally, any hostess would thrill to find Cake Boss’ dessert plate quad tucked under the tree. But if four petite treats were brought to her fete, and these colorful porcelain plates were the “leftovers”? That would be extra sweet indeed.