Regardless of what culinary alchemy you manage to pull off, the hard truth remains that many baked gifts (gingerbread, mince pies, cinnamon rolls being three) have very limited shelf-lives. Cue: biscotti. A well-baked batch of these traditional Italian biscuits will last for up to a month in a sealed container - it's the perfect make-ahead gift. The added bonus is that they're easy to make in bulk and require very little skill. Now, fasten your apron and get cracking.