Hostess Gift: Garlic Pretzels




Are you going to a holiday party over the next two weeks?  A family or friend’s house to wish them good cheer?  Why not whip up a batch of crunchy goodness to take to them as a hostess gift.

Food gifts are always welcome and enjoyed, plus ones that are wrapped with holiday flair spread the gift of giving which is what the holidays are all about.  I like giving these pretzels because they are easy to make and can be made ahead of time.  They also are easy to transport.

I found the vintage Christmas card image online and fell it love with it. I had to find a way to use it since it makes me smile.  I love the vintage feel and the fashionable happy woman bearing lots of beautifully wrapped gifts and a wreath to bring holiday cheer to her destination.

I made it into gift tags and have a free printable for you to download.


On my trips to HomeGoods, I am always on the lookout for containers in which to place food gifts in. I found the red topped jar and the white ceramic berry basket last week.  With the addition of a piece of ribbon and the vintage Christmas card tag,  I have created a hostess gift that can be enjoyed by the whole family…. 

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