I'm hosting a small gathering of a few close friends this weekend, consisting of a thoughtfully crafted autumnal menu. I've always enjoyed spending time on the simple details in hopes of my guests' overall experience to be a unique and charming one, so a parting gift was a must. Fortunately, I came across a selection of beautifully hand painted, oversized tea cups at Anthropologie that had just been marked down and thought they'd make a perfect little gift, but that wasn't enough.
While shopping around Holiday Market later that day, I found one container of house made candied orange peels, and another of dark chocolate covered coffee beans—the sweetness of the orange peels balanced out bitterness of the dark chocolate coffee beans perfectly. I simply filled the tea cup with coffee beans and orange peels, then placed them in a plain brown paper bag and tied a bow of twine around to wrap. Simple as that.
If you're on a budget, I have an alternative that's just as beautiful and creative—place beans and peels into a clear bag, print out tags (or type on a manual typewriter if possible), tie together with twine and a decorative autumn leaf. (p.s. They had lots of autumn decor at Michaels Crafts Store and I picked up a handful of leaves that had fallen on the floor, which the cashier said I could keep at no charge).
a few photos from the first batch I took: