I may be predictable and boring, but every year I give the gift of marmalade. To me a jar of homemade marmalade tells my friends and neighbors how much I care about them. I want them to have something special made by me. I am trusting that if they are sick of it, they will drop me a small (or big) hint. I've met so many really lovely people on my blog, I wish postage of a 2lb jar wasn't just plain ridiculous or I would send you a jar.
Each year I change it up just a little bit...one year old mason jars, last year clay tags (you can see those HERE). This year I decided to go Old School, so I used Ball jars, a simple brown paper lid wrapping cut out from left over wrapping paper. You could also use brown paper grocery bags. A silver shimmery ribbon and a little robin stamp on the top. No further wrapping needed.
I've just boxed some up in my parcels heading to Montreal. My son's new Grandmother-in-Law, is a big fan of my marmalade. Her 83 year old husband bring her toast and marmalade in bed...so I need to keep George well stocked.
HERE if you are wondering about it.
I know some people think making jam or marmalade is a daunting task, but it really is simple and makes a really inexpensive and old fashioned gift. If you have any questions about making a batch, just ask me.