Authors Charity Ferreira and Jil Peters layered the dry ingredients for Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Quick Bread in glass bottles "from milk we bought in an independent food market, which is a good source for milk from small, local dairies." Alternatively, they suggest using quart-size canning jars. (We have also seen vintage milk bottles for sale at Etsy.) The lucky recipient just has to add wet ingredients – buttermilk, eggs, and butter – and bake.
Although one could use other quick bread mixes (such as a cinnamon bread, for instance), this particular recipe from Sunset looks especially nice with the layers of oats, chocolate chips, and nuts.
• Get the recipe & instructions: Quick bread in a bottle (Sunset)