It can be boring doing something similar each year when you have a choice of breaking the rules and create a totally different concept.
I made this Gingerbread Gift Box for two reasons: first, I want to present a gift that serves dual purposes - edible and can hold some more goodies inside. Second, I want to preserve the spirit of constructing a festive gingerbread cookie structure.
It is so easy to make this. All you need is a tissue box. Simply take it apart and create a "window" on one of the square parts using a sharp blade and this will serve as your pattern for all the four corners of this gift box. The base, obviously, needs to be closed (and so does the top) to hold all the goodies in. Using a round cutter, make this fancy hanging gift label where you can write your favorite person's name on using royal icing. Don't forget to make some holes to put the ribbon or golden string in. Tie it on the cover of the box. Voila! A very sleek and pretty touch!
Here are some basic recipes to get you started:
GINGERBREAD COOKIE DOUGH
I adopted this recipe from BBC's GoodFood section (original recipe here) as it works well.
If you want to bake gingerbread cookies meant for consumption (although this recipe is definitely edible), you may want to make my gingerbread sable instead as it is definitely much tastier and fit for the dining or coffee table with its more tender crumb and butter flavor.
I prefer my dough chilled overnight as it is a lot easier to deal with on the working table -- more firm and manageable. I store the baked pieces with a lining of parchment or baking paper in between (if stacked) and on trays loosely covered with cling film kept away in ambient conditions until ready to use.