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Homemade bread is the perfect gift for any time of year. Gift wrapping bread using twine with seasonal herbs or flowers is beautiful and easy! Then create a sourdough bread gift basket by packaging butter, jam, and salt/spice blends together for a food themed present.
This recipe is part of a sponsored partnership with Ball® Canning. You can find more of my canning and preserving recipes, here.
I’ve mentioned this in years past, but buying gifts is not one of my strong suits. I’d rather make something with my hands and heart instead, like this homemade bread gift basket filled with fabulous accompaniments, or a holiday cookies and sprinkles package. Even a DIY Cocktail kit would be so fun to give!
What I love about a basket filled with homemade bread and jam is that it’s comforting, universally loved, and easy to put together.
You could also create a savory version by swapping Hot Pepper Jelly and Everything Bagel Seasoning for the fig jam and cinnamon sugar!
Besides using Ball® Jars for canning, they work great for gifting accompaniments in an elevated way. For example, the cultured butter stored in the 8 ounce jar looks more handcrafted than adding a cardboard container of butter.
To decorate the Ball® Jars, I simply used twine to secure fresh thyme and evergreen sprigs around the tops. And craft paper labels denote what’s inside the jars. Such easy additions!
Using twine, tie your bread parcel for a little extra flourish. Fresh herbs, flowers, or candied fruits secured with the twine, or candied fruits add a beautiful touch.
You could also wrap sourdough bread in craft paper, wax paper, or parchment for a more rustic loaf, keeping the top of the loaf exposed.
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Lovely idea for a gift basket…especially as I am a senior as are most of my friends, and we no longer want things we have to keep or display. We’re at a life stage where we’re getting rid of extra stuff. I like the idea of a gift that gets used up! Also, I’ve also found that putting together an attractive gift basket can often cost a fortune, but the things you suggested aren’t going to break the bank. Now, if only I was able to bake a decent loaf of bread! BUT there is the advantage of giving one of MY homemade loaves of bread…if you are cutting carbs, you could also use MY BREAD as a brick for your next masonry project! Thanks for the ideas!
Hi Sarah! Thanks for the note. I had a good laugh when you said they could use your bread as a brick! It’s always the thought that counts, right?!
What is cultured butter and is there a recipe somewhere?
Hello! Cultured butter is something you buy – the cream is treated with cultures (like yogurt), allowed to ferment and then churned. The result is a fuller flavor with noticeable acidity. It’s easier to find cultured American butters these days, but, as with salted butters, not all cultured butters are the same. My favorite is made by Vermont Creamery!