One of our favorite recipes comes from Susan over at A Year in Bread. She also has some great suggestions for variations:
• Susan's Beyond Easy Beer Bread from A Year in Bread
When it comes to gift-giving, we like to put the dry mix in a canning jar and then use a nice ribbon to tie it to the bottle of beer. If you're feeling extra fancy, you can add the dry ingredients to the jar one at a time for a layered look. We've also definitely poured the dry mix in a zip-lock bag and thrown everything into a handy holiday gift bag when we're in a pinch!
Another idea is to include a loaf pan with the bread mix and package everything right inside the pan. This is an especially good idea if you're unsure whether your gift recipient actually owns a bread pan!
Don't forget to write out the instructions for making the beer bread on a pretty recipe card and tuck that into the package. In case you missed it, those instructions were "Mix, bake, slather with butter, smile. Repeat last two steps until satisfied."