The holidays don’t have to put a dent in your wallet. Try these easy and inexpensive gifts that will wow and impress any gift recipient you encounter. These gifts will be tasty, useful and show you care.
Homemade infused vodka
Gift this to your favorite party animal or your local cocktail lover. They can use it to mix creative drinks with at their New Years party.
The first step is to choose what you want to infuse. Juicier fruits work best, but other things like ginger, green tea and jalapeno work too. I recommend blueberry, blackberry, cinnamon, cucumber, lime or mint. Feel free to mix these together to create flavor combinations.
1. In a mason jar, pour vodka and your chosen ingredients in. The more fruit you put in, the stronger the infusion, so the amount you put in is up to you.
2. Seal the mason jar and shake, store the jar in a cool, dark place for two weeks. Take the jar out every other day and shake.
3. Once the two weeks are over, strain the liquid and it’s ready to serve or wrap up for a gift.
Homemade rosemary extract
Use this tasty olive oil for salads, sandwiches or any other kind of cooking. This is the same idea as infused vodka, except using oil. Store the oil in a cute bottle to make the gift extra presentable.
1. In a mason jar, or another sealable glass container, pour the olive oil in until it’s nearly full.
2. Add multiple sprigs of rosemary. It’s up to you how much rosemary you want to use — the more you add, the stronger the taste.
3. Place in the refrigerator for 3-5 days before filtering and serving, or storing.
Homemade hot sauce
A simple sauce only requires one type of chili. For a more complex sauce, use multiple colors and types for a unique spice.
1/2 pound of hot peppers
1 tablespoon of salt
3/4 cup of distilled white vinegar
1. Chop the stems off the chilies and place them and the salt in a blender or food processor. Blend until a coarse puree forms.
2. Pour the mix into a mason jar and seal. Let it sit in a dark place for 12 hours.
3. Once the 12 hours are up, pour the vinegar in and let it set for one to seven days, The longer you let it sit, the stronger the flavor will be. Once you’ve reached your desired flavor, shake well and strain. Pour into a clean bottle and store in the refrigerator for up to six months.