15 Gingerbread House Kits Everyone Will Want to Decorate
We categorized them so you can find the perfect one for you!
What could be more festive during the holiday season than decorating a gingerbread house with the entire family? If you're not ready to make a gingerbread house from scratch just yet, store-bought gingerbread house kits come with nearly everything you need to turn your spiced cookie pieces into an impressive 3D creation. But they aren't one-size-fits all. In fact, nowadays houses aren't even the only thing you can make with gingerbread cookies! We searched high and low for the best gingerbread house kits on the market and we've found one to fit a variety wants, needs and skill sets! Hate assembling the actual house, but love decorating it? We've got a pre-built gingerbread house option for you! Want to create a whole gingerbread village? We've tracked down the ultimate deluxe kit, too. Here are some other categories to consider before you head to the checkout line. Happy building!
The Best Overall
Dylan's Candy Bar is known for its top-notch assortment of sweet treats, and this pre-made gingerbread house is no exception. Apart from the fact that it's already built — take that gravity! — this whimsical kit also comes with an 8 oz. bag full of everything you need to make your gingerbread house the talk of your Christmas table, including holiday sprinkles, swirled starlight mints, gumballs, jelly beans, gumdrops, festively colored-candy corns and rainbow sugar ribbons. Though the price tag for this option is a bit heftier than most of the other kits on this list, it's totally worth it once you hear all the compliments you'll get from anyone that stops by with a "holiday hi!"
The Best for Kids
Gramma Nutt, Princess Frostine, Gloppy, King Kandy and kids of all ages will love this Candy Land-inspired gingerbread house offering. The kit's miniature size and pre-made icing and cookie pieces make it a manageable holiday craft for pint-sized builders, plus unlike the board game, you won't need to travel through Licorice Lagoon, Peppermint Forest or Lollipop Woods to get your hands on it.
The Easiest to Assemble
We like to think of this adorable kit as an edible puzzle, thanks to the interlocking cutouts found on each one of the included gingerbread walls and roof panels. This characteristic makes constructing the gingerbread house a total breeze, which will leave you and your family with even more time or decorating and munching later on. Two piping bags and two decorating tips are also included inside, so you won't need to make any additional purchases either. Williams Sonoma also offers this kit in sets of two, four or six, in case you're looking for some extra entertainment for your yearly cookie swap or holiday party.
The Best "From-Scratch" Option
If you prefer to build your gingerbread house entirely from the ground up (or in this case, the cookie dough up), this hands-on choice from PastryBase is sure to please. The kit comes with a gingerbread cookie mix, a royal icing mix, a house-shaped cookie cutter, parchment paper and naturally-flavored candy canes and sprinkles to give you the total holiday package. Everything in it is also completely vegan and gluten- and allergy-free, so you don't have to miss out on the Christmas cheer in case you have any dietary restrictions.
The Best Pre-Built Option
If you've had your fair share of gingerbread house mishaps in the past — no judgement, we've been there, too! — and are looking for more of a low-lift building experience this year, this kit from Target's Wondershop collection is a great choice. Just like the Dylan's Candy Bar option above, this kit comes with a pre-made gingerbread house, but it's just a bit smaller and loads cheaper. For decorating purposes, be sure to use the included red and white icing packets, mini candy beads, gumballs and jelly hearts. This kit also makes a really fun stocking stuffer, if you're looking for something extra to add to your gift pile.
The Best Non-House Option
If watching the big game is a part of your family's holiday traditions, you're going to want to stock up on a few of these hilarious gingerbread kits. Though it's by no means the most "traditional" option on this list, this stadium-themed treat is still super fun to put together and still tastes just like the gingerbread cookies your family knows and loves. To give your cookie stadium a personalized touch, use the included color wheel and food coloring powders to make signature frosting shades of your choice. And don't forget to name your "Home" and "Away" teams!
The Best for Chocolate-Lovers
If your least favorite part of gingerbread houses is the gingerbread (!!!), beloved chocolate brand Hershey's is here to give your tastebuds a yummy alternative. This kit, which comes with baked chocolate cookies for construction and an assortment of Hershey's Kisses and Hershey's snacking bars for decorating, is a must for chocolate-lovers. Best part of all, you can add any other Hershey candy of your choice onto it for additional decorative pizazz!
The Best for Snack-Lovers
Not a fan of gingerbread? Don’t worry — this house, which is made from chocolate cookie pieces, is a delicious replacement. In addition to the classic fruity gummies and candy jewels for decoration, this kit also comes with full-sized and mini Oreo cookies to make the house extra unique. Just be sure to have a tall glass of cold milk on standby when you finally dig into it.
The Best for Pet-Lovers
The Best Gingerbread Village
Looking for a more ambitious way to tackle a classic gingerbread house? Grab this kit from Crate & Barrel and try your hand at constructing an entire gingerbread village instead! With it, you'll be able to make one alpine-style house, one colonial-style house, two cottages and one schoolhouse. To get everyone involved in the holiday fun, wait until Christmas day to open the kit up and divide the building responsibilities between different family members. It's a great way to pass the time until dinner's finally ready.
This exclusive and bedazzled gingerbread kit from Wilton might just replace your Christmas ornaments as the sparkliest thing in your house this December. To make your gingerbread house the blingiest it can be, follow the instructions on the back of the box and coat your gingerbread cookies with the included icing first, then cover each piece with white sanding sugar. For even more glitz and glamour, add a handful of the brand's other holiday sprinkles into the mix!
The Most Untraditional
Anyone who has ever dreamed of having a treehouse as a child will love this gingerbread kit. Though it isn't the most orthodox, this kit still comes with all the traditional gingerbread house fixings like colored icing, sprinkles, and of course, gum drops. If your family is full of adventurers or those that just love spending time in the great outdoors, this kit is truly a must.
The Biggest Splurge
At $70, this DIY gingerbread house kit from Williams Sonoma is one of the more deluxe offerings for 2021. Despite its larger price tag, the kit is packed full of some useful essentials like icing mix, pre-baked gingerbread walls and roof pieces, packs of colored sugars, gumdrops, funfetti sprinkles, starlight mints and peppermint sticks. If you're hoping to use your gingerbread house as a table centerpiece for your Christmas gathering, this one gets our vote for having all the bells and whistles.
The Best Non-Edible Option
Though you can't actually eat this super cute gingerbread house — it's made entirely out of paper after all — putting it together still makes the perfect family-friendly holiday activity. While you'll need a bit of patience to put together both the interior and the exterior of the house, you'll be left with a fun decoration you can use again and again! It also makes a holly jolly holiday gift for the kiddos big and small!
The Best Gingerbread House Mold
Okay, okay, so this bundt pan from Nordic Ware isn't technically a gingerbread house kit, but it's still worthy of a spot on your Christmas shopping list. Not only can you use it to make Food Network Kitchen's Gingerbread House Cake recipe, but your spongy cake house will probably last you a wee bit longer than a traditional gingerbread house will. Decorating this cake version is also just fun as decorating a typical cookie house, too, and will feel like it'll gain you extra brownie points with the adult members of your candy cane crew.