A Small Kitchen Gift for Neighborly Do-Gooders?

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Q: The couple across the street from me snow-plowed my driveway while I was at work, without asking. They did this last year, too — my husband and I offered to buy gas to offset the work, but we were waved away with a smile, told the "toy" didn't get much use and they were glad to do it.

This time around, I would like to at least give them a little something, but I'm at a loss as to what to do.

...we don't know them except to say "hello," so I don't know if there are food allergies or adversions. I need some suggestions for a small, all-purpose, satisfy-everyone's-taste-without-poisoning-and/or-offending-diabetics-and-Celiacs gift I could drop off. Any recommendations?

Sent by Kelly

Editor: Kelly, the Salted Pistachio Brittle was a hit gift for us this year, but while it's gluten-free it's definitely not suitable for diabetics! You could also go with a batch of extra-healthy Apple Muffins.

Or you could play it safe and give them a box of fresh clementines, tied with a pretty ribbon. Or play it even safer and give them a paperwhite or amaryllis bulb in a small pot. Beauty is always appreciated this time of year!

Readers, any other thoughts?

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