A taste of summer’s best and brightest flavors, strawberry and lemon, is a welcome gift in cold winter months. (The secret is in the freezer aisle—this recipe uses two bags of frozen berries.) Skip the traditional canning process and simply refrigerate the marmalade in glass jars. Tie a ribbon around the neck, and add a thinner metallic twine on top for extra glitter.
Mixed Bean Soup Mix
Layers of chickpeas, cranberry beans, lentils, curry powder, and herbs are artfully arrayed in a tall glass jar, and presented along with a duo of vibrantly colored spoons. The mix is made to be cooked with aromatic coconut milk and vegetables for a hearty, warm-you-up dinner.
Spiced Pumpkin and Brown Sugar Granola
Commercial granolas are often full of fat. This homemade version is healthier, with a mix of old-fashioned oats, pumpkin puree, olive oil, nuts, and dried fruit. To make these festive boxes, deconstruct a Chinese takeout container by pulling out the wire handle, then glue decorative paper on the inside. Trim excess edges with an X-Acto knife, then reassemble the box. (If the glue and paper are not food-safe, first put granola in a plastic bag.)
Orange-Scented Scottish Shortbread with Dark Chocolate
This giant cookie breaks into wedges come dessert time, but the real magic is in its few, yet decadent, ingredients: just butter, sugar, orange zest, chunks of dark chocolate, and flour. If you’re hand-delivering, present the cookies on vintage plates, found at flea markets and garage sales.