If you’re still looking for a fun and inexpensive gift idea for a friend, especially a friend who loves to bake, make them a Homemade Vanilla Extract Kit. It couldn’t be easier to throw together. All you’ll need is a bottle with a nice secure top. I found these glass bottles with a rubber top here. Then you’ll need a few good vanilla bean pods. Place the vanilla beans inside the bottle and attach a label of instructions for the person receiving the gift.
What I wrote on my bottles was this: fill with either vodka or bourbon and place bottle in a dark cupboard for two months, remembering to shake the bottle every two weeks. By the end of two months they should have their very own bottle of homemade vanilla extract.