Warm, spicy gingerbread and sweet, sturdy royal icing serve as the brick and mortar for this classic holiday decoration. Gingerbread houses are actually quite easy to construct, especially if the gingerbread pieces are baked ahead of time. Once the gingerbread is done, gather all the materials needed to construct a finished home and place them in a decorative box. In addition to the gingerbread, you should include:
1. The template and instruction card. The card can be folded in half and placed with the other materials. The template should be photocopied twice for each house to be constructed, and enlarged, or kept as-is, depending on the desired size.
2. Miscellaneous candy for decorating.
3. The dry ingredients for Royal Icing in a pastry bag.