For hostess gifts this year I used an idea I had seen before, but decided to add my own twist by including a little pot as part of the gift. That way all it needed was water for it to be ready to go and then the pot could be reused for other little simmering concoctions in the future.
I filled each pot about halfway with slices of orange peel, cranberries, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and sprigs of rosemary. Then I used a cellophane bag to slip over the pot and tied a big plaid bow. I used the leftovers to simmer in our house and oh my goodness did it smell delicious.