Delight someone with a fresh-scented and boldly striped soap. Purchase clear and white glycerin soap at a crafts store. Use a mini loaf pan as a mold; each "loaf" of soap requires 2 cups of each soap and yields six bars of soap.
Photography: Lisa Hubbard
Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2004
Melt the glycerin according to the package instructions, using 1/4 cup at a time.
Stir in a drop of peppermint oil (available at most health-food stores) with a plastic spoon; for the clear glycerin, add drops of red food coloring, stirring until you get the desired hue.
Pour the 1/4 cup of melted soap into the loaf pan. Let cool for 20 minutes.
Score the top with a fork. Repeat, alternating colors, until the pan is full.
Let set for 4 hours. Pop soap out of pan, and slice into bars.
Wrap each bar in cellophane; tape it shut, and tie with bakery string.
Cut holly-leaf tags out of green construction paper.