Treat your hostess to a gift she'll love this season with these pretty, useful, and yummy homemade gifts.

By Amy Palanjian

Make up a batch of these Cranberry-Quince Preserves to take care of all your hostess-giving needs in one fell swoop. It's the perfect color for the holidays, makes a delicious addition to a cheese platter, and can transform a slice of toast or a piece of pound cake. In short, it's an ideal homemade gift!

2. Double-Chocolate Almond Joy Granola

Robyn from Real Food Whole Life has a crowd-pleasing treat that's particularly lovely to gift at this time of year. Package up this decadent Double-Chocolate Almond Joy Granola, and your hostess can reward herself with a job well done. It's a ready-to-eat breakfast that tastes like gourmet.

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3. Loaded Chocolate-Oatmeal Cookies

Give the gift of home-baked goodies and let your hostess enjoy a treat—and treat her family—without ever having to turn on the oven. Vary the add-ins in this easy recipe for Loaded Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies to customize them for flavor preferences, or make a few batches with different flavor options, then put together an assortment of gift packs!

4. Maple Coconut Chips

These Maple Coconut Chips taste just like the trendy store-bought version, but are super simple (and much less expensive) to make at home. Make a triple batch, package in cellophane bags, and tie with festive ribbon for a healthy holiday gift your hostesses will love.

5. DIY Polka-Dot Napkins

Make a set of these super simple yet so elegant napkins for your favorite hostess, and help her decorate her house without any effort at all. She can even use these DIY Polka-Dot Napkins for a celebratory table setting on New Year's Day. Tie up a stack of four finished napkins with pretty ribbon or baker's twine, then gift away.

6. DIY Succulent Gift

We love succulents for their stunning visuals and because they are so easy to care for. Pot a few tiny plants in this simple gift idea, then share with the deserving hostesses on your list. You might even want to make one for yourself to enjoy in the New Year.

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