Our Top Picks
Best Overall: Wilton Welcome to Christmas Mini Village at Amazon
“The village makes a festive centerpiece, and a delicious dessert too.”
Best Pre-Assembled: Wilton Ready Dazzling Decorating Kit Bling at Amazon
“Skip the building and get straight to the decorating.”
Best Decorative: Manor Gingerbread House Kit at World Market
“It has pretty unique features like gummy candies for trees.”
Best Whimsical: In the Mix Gingerbread Cookie Kit, Ninja, 9.5 Ounce at Amazon
“This kit makes a great treat for parties or a fun gift.”
“This festive train offers a fun twist on traditional gingerbread kits.”
Most Candy: Wonka Gingerbread Cottage Candy Kit at Amazon
“It comes with candy galore (one-half pound in all).”
“If you like to bake your own gingerbread, this kit gives you all the tools you need.”
Best Lighthouse: Wilton Build-it-Yourself Gingerbread Kit at Amazon
“Perfect for those who live in warm climates or just dream of them.”
Best for Kids: Wilton Nintendo Mario Bros. Gingerbread Castle at Walmart
“This kit lets them build a Super-Mario-themed gingerbread castle.”
01 of 09
Best Overall: Wilton Welcome to Christmas Mini Village
Wilton is well known for its baking supplies, and they get top marks for their gingerbread kits, including this one that lets you make a mini Christmas village. It contains all you need to make four little houses (each stands between 3.25"-4" high), including pre-baked gingerbread panels, three types of candy, icing, and fondant.
It’s a fun activity for a family or to do during a party, so everyone can personalize their own house just how they like it. You can follow the instructions to decorate according to their plan, or let your imagination go wild and create whatever kind of designs you like. The village makes a festive centerpiece, and when dinner is done, it makes for a delicious dessert too.
02 of 09
Best Pre-Assembled: Wilton Ready Dazzling Decorating Kit Bling
When you want to skip the building and get straight to the decorating, this pre-assembled gingerbread house is ready to go. Fully assembled, you simply take it out of the box and then bring it to life with frosting and candy. It measures 6" x 6" x 5.25" and comes with four kinds of candy, fondant, icing, a decorating bag, tip, and instructions, which you can choose to follow or just wing it freestyle.
This kit comes in several styles, but we love this one dubbed the “Bling House,” as it has sparkly gold and silver candy, making it perfect for those who want something beyond red and green.
03 of 09
Best Decorative: Manor Gingerbread House Kit
While a major part of making the gingerbread house is making it sometimes you want something that can be a decorative touch to your holiday decor. If you are looking for something that looks as good as it tastes you might want to try this Manor gingerbread house kit that evokes a stately home.
This kit is far from small so it will make a statement displayed on your table. It has pretty unique features like gummy candies for trees and lots of frosting and fondant to get extra creative.
04 of 09
Best Whimsical: In the Mix Gingerbread Cookie Kit, Ninja, 9.5 Ounce
Run, run as fast as you can… move over gingerbread man, it’s the gingerbread ninjas. This kit offers a fun, quirky way to get your gingerbread game on by creating a tribe of festive gingerbread ninjas. You’ll have to do some baking, but the kit comes with the cookie mix and well as four cookie cutters, frosting, piping bag, and candies—everything you need to bring these tough guys (and girls, if you please!) to life.
The kit contains enough ingredients to make up to 20 different cookies. They make a great treat for parties or as a fun gift for your favorite ninja lover. Santa might even like a couple of these come Christmas Eve.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
Best Train: Wilton Build Decorating Kit Gingerbread, Train
All aboard! This festive train offers a fun twist on traditional gingerbread kits. It comes with everything you need to build a delicious treat train that comes complete with an engine, cargo car, and caboose, of course.
You start by assembling it, using the included icing to hold the pieces together. Then, it’s on to decorating it with the candies, icing, and fondant, all of which are included. It also comes with decorating bags, tips, a cardboard base and instructions to keep you on track—everything you need is right in the box. It makes a fun holiday decoration or centerpiece, but how long it will last without nibbles here and there is anyone’s guess.
06 of 09
Most Candy:: Wonka Gingerbread Cottage Candy Kit
For the sweetest kit around, Wonka takes the cake… or gingerbread house, as the case may be. It comes with candy galore (one-half pound in all), including Runts, Nerds, Sweet Tarts and Bottle Caps—everything you need for a festive sugar rush. To put it all together, it comes with premixed vanilla icing, a decorator bag and an organizing tray to help set everything up.
While some report problems with pieces being broken during shipping, most are able to put them back together with frosting, and customers love the array of candy. They say the frosting is a good consistency and holds the pieces together well, though some wish more of it was included.
07 of 09
Best DIY: Christmas House Cookie Cutter Set
If you like to bake your own gingerbread, this kit gives you all the tools you need to turn your favorite recipe (or mix) into a fantastic, 3D gingerbread house. The set of 10 cookie cutters makes all the pieces you need to cut out and assemble beautiful houses over and over again. You’ll have to supply your own icing and decorations, but for those who want more control over their creations, this is a great option.
Beyond gingerbread, you can use the cookie cutters to make houses out of other ingredients or even use them with clay to create fun craft houses. You can also use them to make houses for all sorts of occasions, such as a haunted house for Halloween or a traditional house for a housewarming party.
08 of 09
Best Lighthouse: Wilton Build-it-Yourself Gingerbread Lighthouse Decorating Kit
For a nautical twist on gingerbread, this kit from Wilton lets you construct a lighthouse. Perfect for those who live in warm climates or just dream of them, it makes a fun holiday decoration. The kit comes with eight gingerbread panes, which when constructed make a lighthouse measuring 5" x 7" x 10". To jazz it up, there are three types of candies included as well as white and green icing and a pretty display board. Two decorating bags, tips and instructions are included as well to help you bring it fully to life. There are two patterns you can follow, or you can go freestyle and create any type of lighthouse you wish.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09
Best for Kids: Wilton Build-it-Yourself Nintendo Mario Bros. Gingerbread Castle
Candy and cookies plus video games—it’s hard to think of much more that would delight kids (and some adults too!). This kit lets them build a Super-Mario-themed gingerbread castle that brings to life some of their favorite games. It comes with four pre-baked gingerbread panels, which when assembled make a castle measuring 7.25" x 4.8" x 6" inches. To bring it to life, there are three types of candies, icing, fondant and Mario and mushroom decorations made of icing. There’s even a mushroom cookie included, which may or may not prevent nibbling on the castle itself.
To put it all together, the kit includes a decorating tip set, a cardboard base, and an instruction sheet. It makes for a fun family activity that will pull them away from their screens for at least a little while.