5 Last-Minute Holiday Hostess Gifts Your Friends and Family Will Love

Nicole Fallon

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You’ve perfected your pot luck recipe. You’ve purchased your Secret Santa gift. You’re ready to have some holiday fun at your friend or relative’s party. Then you remember: You don’t have a gift for the host! 

While it’s never an obligation, it’s always polite to bring a small item or treat for the person gracious enough to invite you to their home for the holidays. No matter how long you’ve known each other or what your relationship is, a hostess gift is a gesture of goodwill that lets them know their hard party-planning work (and your friendship) is genuinely appreciated.

If you’re scrambling to find a last-minute holiday hostess gift, we’ve got you covered! Here are some great gift ideas, including a few you can find right here at The Cookie Cups.

1. Santa milk jug

If your host has kids who believe in Santa, you can bet they’ll be leaving milk and cookies out on Christmas Eve. Help them keep the magic of Christmas alive with our adorable ceramic milk jug made especially for Santa Claus.

2. A thoughtful coffee table book

It seems like there’s a “coffee table book” for every interest, whether it’s food and wine, music, pop culture, photography, or pets. Search for one you know your friend will love and give them a new book to enjoy while they’re curled up by the fireplace over the holidays. If you don’t have Amazon Prime (or even if you do), use this opportunity to shop at your local bookstore and support a small business!

3. A bag of local gourmet coffee

the cookie cups gourmet coffee

Who doesn’t love a hot beverage during the cold winter months? If your party host is all about coffee, give them a gift they can use the very next day. After a long night of post-party clean-up, your friend deserves a fresh-brewed cup of locally-roasted Minnesota coffee. At The Cookie Cups, we sell 12-oz. bags the same gourmet flavors we serve in-store: Chocolate Raspberry, Dulce de Leche, and Morning Blend.

4. A holiday-scented candle

Around this time of year, you’ll find no shortage of warm, whimsical candles made to smell like the holidays -- fresh-baked Christmas cookies, mistletoe, Christmas trees, cinnamon, and even snow. Although your host’s home will likely be filled with the scent of delicious food when you arrive, they can light your gift candle after the meal to evoke the sweet smell of Christmas.

5. A pack of bite-size treats

cookie cups gift pack

A Cookie Cups gift pack is the perfect hostess gift for any sweet tooth. When you stop by our Chanhassen or Navarre stores, you can choose your host’s favorite flavor Cups, ask for an assortment, or get our special Parisian-inspired holiday flavors. Each individual gift pack is filled with six freshly-baked Cookie Cups, while our Holiday Party Packs come with 24 tasty treats. We have gluten-free flavors, too!

Still need something to add to your holiday table? There’s still time to get catered treats from The Cookie Cups! Our holiday schedule is filling up, so call 952-471-2432 or email to place your order today.

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