The 9 Best Gingerbread Kits of 2019

Welcome the holidays with this crafty, family-friendly activity

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Wilton Welcome to Christmas Mini Village at Amazon

"This kit comes with four ready-to-assemble houses, making it a perfect activity for groups or siblings who want to create their own."

Best Budget: Wondershop Deluxe Gingerbread House at Target

"If you want to decorate a gingerbread house but don't want to spend a lot of money, this festive house is the perfect solution."

Best for Kids: Candyland Gingerbread House Kit at World Market

"If your children can play endless rounds of Candyland, they’ll be delighted by this twist on the racing game."

Best Funny: Gingerbread Cookie Ninja Kit at Amazon

"Get silly with this kit, which comes with the gingerbread mix, and an icing mixture, and four ninja cutouts."

Best Decorations: Gingerbread House Kit at Dylan's Candy Bar

"Comes with a wide range of candy decorations, including jelly beans, hard candies, gummies, gumballs, and more."

Best DIY: Gingerbread House Silicon Mold at Amazon

"These silicon molds make it easy to use your favorite recipe and create your own gingerbread house at home."

Best Mini: Wilton Petite Gingerbread House at Sur La Table

"This gingerbread home is under 5 inches in height, yet there’s still endless opportunities to personalize it and get creative."

Best Gingerbread People: Do It Yourself Gingerbread Man at World Market

"This kit comes with two big, already baked German gingerbread cookies to decorate however your imagination takes you."

Best Pre-Assembled: Holiday Gingerbread House at Williams Sonoma

"This 10-inch wide gingerbread house is the solution: it arrives fully decorated, making it ready for display in your home."

  • 01 of 09

    Best Overall: Wilton Welcome to Christmas Mini Gingerbread Village

    Wilton Welcome to Christmas Mini Village

    Courtesy of Amazon

    Excellent

    Why make just one gingerbread house when you could make several? This kit comes with four ready-to-assemble houses, making it a perfect activity for groups or siblings who’d prefer to create their own winter wonderland. Each of the houses in the kit is under 4 inches—given the somewhat delicate parts, the assembly is probably best suited for parents, who will need to break apart sheets of baked gingerbread along scored lines and put together the houses. Kids can help with the icing application, as well as placing on the candy decorations. The kit comes with several types of candy, fondant, and icing in two colors. And if pieces break during assembly, you can eat them—or use icing to frost them back together!

  • 02 of 09

    Best Budget: Wondershop™ Holiday Deluxe Gingerbread House Kit

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    Courtesy of Target

    If you want to decorate a gingerbread house but don't want to spend a lot of money, the Wondershop Deluxe Gingerbread House is a great option. This delightful kit comes with pre-baked gingerbread cookies, icing, and an assortment of colorful candies including gumdrops and round peppermints. Line the roof with gumdrops and arrange the hard candies—shaped like Christmas lights—around the doors and windows. With such an impressive assortment of candies, you can transform this house into anything you want. And, for a reasonable price, this festive house is sure to get kids and adults into the holiday spirit!

  • 03 of 09

    Best for Kids: Candyland Gingerbread House Kit

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    Courtesy of World Market 

    If your children can play endless rounds of Candyland, they’ll be delighted by this twist on the racing game. Fittingly, it arrives with plenty of candy: hard candy peppermints, gummies, fruit stars, sprinkles—if your kids nibble a bit on the decorations, there will still be plenty left to affix on the gingerbread house. This kit requires assembly, but the gingerbread arrives pre-baked. Some reviewers suggest getting some extra frosting to help keep walls and roof in place. Reviewers also suggest using the included cardboard cut-outs of the games’ characters as part of the decorations.

    For more inspiration, check out these adorable gingerbread house ideas.

  • 04 of 09

    Best Funny: Gingerbread Cookie Ninja Kit

    Why make gingerbread people, when you could make ninjas instead? Get silly with this kit, which comes with the gingerbread mix, and an icing mixture, and four ninja cutouts. Those cookie cutters are made from plastic and can be reused. Note: you will need to have a few pantry staples and basic bits of kitchen equipment on hand to mix and bake the gingerbread. You’ll have enough supplies to bake 20 ninjas, giving kids—and parents—plenty of opportunities to get creative with the decorations. And unlike some kits, which feature gingerbread that doubles as cardboard, this one produces cookies that are tasty in case you, or the kids, want to eat your work.

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  • 05 of 09

    Best Decorations: Dylan's Candy Bar Preassembled Gingerbread House Kit

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    Courtesy of Dylan's Candy Bar

    For that kid in a candy store feeling, turn to Dylan's Candy Bar gingerbread kit, which comes with a wide range of candy decorations, including jelly beans, hard candies, gummies, gumballs, and more. Who better than Dylan’s Candy Store—a boutique candy destinations, with outposts on both coasts—to craft this sweetest of treats. And if you need more candy for decorating, you can order directly from their website and have everything shipped to your front door.

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  • 06 of 09

    Best DIY: Gingerbread House Silicon Mold

    If you love to bake and have a recipe for gingerbread, then you don’t necessarily need pre-made gingerbread to assemble. You can bake your own home! These silicone molds make that process easy: just mix together a batch of gingerbread, place it in the mold (no need to grease it!), bake, and remove the gingerbread. Once you’re done, and the gingerbread has cooled, then the decorating can commence—try these sweet gingerbread decoration ideas if you need some inspiration. As well as making a house, you can also use this set of molds to make a snowman, sleigh, Santa Claus, and other holiday motifs. 

  • 07 of 09

    Best Mini: Wilton Petite Gingerbread House

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    Wilton

    No space or desire for a gingerbread mansion in your home? Try this Wilton petite gingerbread decoration kit—it comes preassembled so that you can skip straight to the best part: frosting and decorating the home with candy balls and sour gummies and other sweet elements. The gingerbread home is under 5 inches in height. The space is small, but there are still endless opportunities for you to personalize and get creative with the home. Because no assembly is required, this kit is particularly ideal for children, who won’t have to wait while grownups read instructions and put together the home.

  • 08 of 09

    Best Gingerbread People: Do It Yourself Gingerbread Man Kit

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    World Market

     

    If you don't have time to decorate a whole gingerbread house, decorating a gingerbread man is the next best thing. This kit comes with two big, already baked cookies, and is an ideal quick project, with none of the assembly or potential structural integrity issues of a gingerbread home. Use the icing and buttons included within the kit to decorate however your imagination takes you. This kit is made in Germany—and features German gingerbread. The cookies are peanut and egg free, and customers love how soft and chewy they taste.

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  • 09 of 09

    Best Pre-Assembled: Holiday Gingerbread House

    Gingerbread house

    Williams Sonoma

    Are you looking to display a gingerbread house, but don’t want to put in the assembly and decoration time? This 10-inch wide gingerbread house is the solution: it arrives fully decorated, making it ready for display in your home, or gifting to a friend or relative. It’s made by artisan bakers, and for an extra personalized touch, replace the cookie above the front door that reads “Happy Holidays” with a personalized option. Check the spelling though, on both the default and personalized greetings, as some customers noticed typos in the words, although the company was quick to rectify any mistakes.

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Our Process

Our writers spent 10 hours researching and testing the most popular gingerbread kits on the market. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.