17 Easy Gingerbread House Kits
No time for baking? Skip the measuring and mixing and get straight to the fun part
If you're handy with tools, and not-so-handy with baked goods, fear not. The easy kits and plans in this gallery make quick work of creating your very own festive—and edible—gingerbread abode. If you're too busy to make one at all, we'll even show you a few unique pre-made options.
Shown: Create Santa's House and Toy Shop with this complete gingerbread house kit. Santa, a snowman, candy canes, gingerbread pieces, and icing are all included. About $18; Amazon
Perfect for old-house lovers, this collection of baking "blueprints" helps you to recreate a dozen classic home styles—in gingerbread. Make an urban brownstone, Victorian-style farmhouse, art deco abode, and more. Each blueprint includes historical context and an explanation of architectural features. Gingerbread and icing not included.
$23, Kitchen Krafts
Thinking outside the box for this year's gingerbread creation? How about a gingerbread tree?
Pre-baked gingerbread pieces, icing and candy decorations are included. Add square fondant presents and hard candies along the bottom as pictured for a complete Christmas-morning scene.
About $20, Amazon
Is your family more Nightmare Before Christmas than Miracle of 34th Street? Gingerbread headstones and coffins deck out this house, which comes with everything you need for your own spooky setup. Use icing and leftover candy corn (we know you still have some!) for this great spin on a winter holiday classic.
About $15, Amazon
The perfect kit for coasties—this 10-inch-tall lighthouse comes completely assembled. All you have to do is decorate! Candy and icing are included, making this the perfect projects for small children. Don't have time to decorate before the holidays? Fully decorated lighthouse, and a fully decorated gingerbread ski lodge are also available.
About $30, L.L. Bean
Food allergies got you down? Get in on the gingerbread house-making fun with this nut-, wheat-, gluten-, soy-, egg-, dairy- and sesame-free kit. All parts are made in a nut- and gluten-free facility in Rhode Island. Order by Dec. 21 to make sure you get it by Christmas Eve.
About $30, A & J Bakery
Here's everything you need to throw the ultimate gingerbread house-making party—even invitations! Loads of candy, icing mix, and other decorating tools are included. You'll also get a rolling pin, pastry cloth, and recipes for homemade gingerbread.
About $60, Magic Cabin
Short on time? Give the gift of gingerbread—even if the gift is for yourself. This fully assembled, gourmet gingerbread house will go to the recipient of your choosing, complete with holiday wreath and a snowman. Makes a great holiday centerpiece.
About $50, Winecountrygiftbaskets.com
When it comes to gingerbread houses, bigger is better. In fact, everything's bigger in this house—including the gingerbread people. The finished house weighs a whopping nine pounds and measures 8¼ inches high by 9 inches wide by 8½ inches deep. A house is not a home without family, so pre-baked gingerbread kids are included.
About $29, Amazon