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Fun and festive gingerbread kits and decor

Building a gingerbread house is among the most enjoyable holiday traditions. It’s a perfect activity for people of all ages, especially guardians and children who work on it together. But whether you're building it from scratch or using a preassembled house, you will need a surprising amount of materials to do it properly. 

In this article: Sewanta Gingerbread House Kit, Create-A-Treat Oreo Build Your Own Cookie House and YXChome Gingerbread House Cookie Cutter Set.

What’s included

Gingerbread house kits can contain a variety of materials.

  • Prebuilt kits come with house pieces already baked that either you can put together or that come pre-iced together.
  • Baking kits come with cookie cutters so you can use your preferred recipe to bake the house.
  • Icing materials are commonly included too. These can be just piping bags and tips, or it can come with ready-to-use icing in addition to the bags.
  • Decor, meaning candy, isn’t always included, as some people prefer to use their favorites rather than the usual gumdrops, candy buttons and candy canes. 

Cost

Depending on what’s included and the house's complexity, gingerbread house kits typically cost $10-$50. The cost of gingerbread house decor depends on how much extra material you want to have left in your pantry when you're done.

Best gingerbread house kits

Brand Castle M&M’s Holiday House Gingerbread Cookie Kit

This complete kit comes with everything you need to build and decorate, including plenty of M&M’s and prebaked wall and roof pieces with special “perfect build connector clips” to help keep them together.

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Circle of Drink M&M’s Holiday Mini House Gingerbread Cookie Kit

This miniature-sized version of the main M&M’s gingerbread house is perfect for individuals to put together on a lazy day off before munching on it later. The M&M’s are all milk chocolate.

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Cook Candy Land Mini Gingerbread House Kit

This Candy Land-themed gingerbread house is great for little kids who are fans of the board game. It comes with plenty of candy jewels and fruit gummies, so they can snack while they build and still have enough left for decorating. 

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Cookies United Always Fresh Elf On The Shelf Mini Gingerbread House Kit

This themed kit comes with little paper stands featuring the Elf on the Shelf, a snowman and a Christmas tree. It has everything you need, including pre-baked gingerbread.

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Create-A-Treat Oreo Build Your Own Cookie House

Some people can’t stand the taste of gingerbread but still want to eat their house when they’re done. This Oreo-flavored set, which includes everything needed to build and decorate two houses, is for them.

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Create-A-Treat E-Z Build Gingerbread House Two-Pack

This value pack is stuffed with materials so two people, or two groups of people, can work on houses separately. For the older crowd, consider having a race to see who can finish theirs first.

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Play-Doh Builder Gingerbread House Building Kit

This kit doesn’t include anything edible, only the stencils and Play-Doh needed to build a mock gingerbread house. It’s a good alternative for little kids who can’t or shouldn’t eat the usual cookies and candy.

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Sewanta Gingerbread House Kit

This kit takes the pre-baked option a step further by already having the walls and roof pieces iced together. All you need to do is use the included icing to stick on the included candy.

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Wilton Gingerbread Mini Village Kit

This cute kit includes everything you need to build and decorate four tiny houses. It’s excellent for keeping costs low while entertaining several people.

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YXChome Gingerbread House Cookie Cutter Set

This cookie cutter kit includes 10 pieces in a variety of shapes and sizes, so you can bake as many houses as you need for your household or event.

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Best gingerbread house decor

Brach’s Mini Candy Canes

Mini candy canes are among the most classic decorations for gingerbread houses. This giant tub includes 260 individually wrapped canes. Save what you don’t use for next year.

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A Great Surprise Candy Buttons Strips

This bulk set of candy buttons contains 50 strips in pink, yellow and blue. Use them to represent Christmas lights on your gingerbread house.

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Haribo Gummy Bears Bulk Pack

This bulk container contains 100 individually wrapped gummy bear bags with each bag containing about five bears. Use them as little critters surrounding your gingerbread house or even as the house’s occupants.

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M&M’s Party Size Milk Chocolate Candy Two-Pack

These big bags of M&M’s hold hundreds of candies that can be used to represent all manner of things on your gingerbread house. If you prefer more of a crunch, you can also get them with peanuts inside.

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The Nutty Fruit House Assorted Spice Drops

Gumdrops are among the quintessential gingerbread house decor, so most kits include them. If you prefer to bake your own houses, don’t forget to pick up some Spice Drops.

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Skittles Party Size Bag

Too many chocolates and other sweet candies can easily overwhelm your tastebuds, so it’s nice to break from tradition and use tarter candies. They’re excellent substitutes for M&M’s. 

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Sour Patch Kids Boxes

The usual inhabitants of a gingerbread house are, of course, gingerbread people. There are plenty more humanoid treats to use instead, such as these first sour, later sweet kids.

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Starburst Original Fruit Chews Bulk Pack

Starbursts are an unusual choice for gingerbread house decor. However, they can be used to make things like shingled roofs or stained glass windows that more typical decor can’t as ably achieve.

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