Weekend Project: Start Making Edible Gifts

On the day and weekend after Thanksgiving, hordes of gift givers will stand in lines, battle crowds, and succumb to the madness of retail. Others of us like to take a quieter, and perhaps more gratifying, approach to the holiday weekend – it's time to begin making edible gifts!

Homemade treats like cookies and candies can be tackled later in December but vinegars, liqueurs, and some condiments should be started now to give the flavors time to develop. To participate in "Craft Friday" you might need to step out for some ingredients but otherwise you get to stay home by yourself or with loved ones, enjoy the warmth and coziness of your kitchen, and eat leftover pie while you work ... sounds pretty ideal, no?

Here are a few projects that would make delicious, thoughtful gifts. They take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks (mostly hands-off), and in many cases you can get as creative as you like with flavorings and invent your own fruit, herb, and spice combinations.

Fruit
Boozy Cherries
Brandied Figs
Preserved Lemons
Spanish Fig & Almond Balls

Liquor & Liqueur
How To Infuse Vodka
Infused Vodkas (and DIY Tips!) from Sub Rosa Spirits
How To Make Sweet Milk Liqueur
Homemade Cocktail Mixers
Cranberry Liqueur
Crema di Limoncello
Quince Ratafia

Mustard
How To Make Mustard At Home

Olive Oil
How to Infuse Olive Oils

Vinegar
Make Fruit Vinegar
Improvisational Cherry Vinegar
Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar
Shrub (Drinking Vinegar)

Are you staying in to work on homemade gifts? What are you making?

Related: Yummy Presents: 40 Homemade Gifts from The Kitchn

(Images: Emma Christensen; Faith Durand)

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Emily Ho is a Los Angeles-based writer, recipe developer, and educator on topics such as food preservation, wild food, and herbalism. She is a Master Food Preserver and founder of LA Food Swap and Food Swap Network. Learn more at Roots & Marvel

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