Food Gifts to Start Preparing Now for the Holidays

Food Gifts to Start Preparing Now for the Holidays

Sheela Fiorenzo
Oct 7, 2016

There's something about giving a homemade food gift that feels especially generous. Now — before the holidays get underway — is a great time to get started on a number of these DIY gifts, since some need a few weeks or more to infuse or rest in order to be at their full gifting potential. Plus, it doesn't hurt to check this off your list now before the nuttiness of the season begins. Here are seven great homemade food gifts you can get started on now.

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1. Limoncello

This sweet, tart Italian liqueur is a treat at the end of a meal. It also happens to be incredibly easy to make yourself — but it takes a good month to infuse the flavor of lemon peels into the vodka. So get going now and by the holidays you'll have the perfect boozy gift to give.

Get the recipe: How To Make Limoncello

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2. Vanilla Extract

With so many of us depleting our vanilla extract supplies with all the upcoming holiday baking we'll be doing, the gift of a new bottle is a great one. The longer the vanilla beans infuse the alcohol, the better the extract will be.

Get the recipe: How To Make Homemade Vanilla Extract

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3. Herb-Infused Honey

While it doesn't take long to infuse your favorite dried herbs into a jar of honey, the flavored honey keeps indefinitely, so it's a great thing to simply check off your list now and have it all ready to go come the holidays.

Get the recipe: How To Make Herb-Infused Honey

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4. Preserved Lemons

Preserved lemons add tangy, complex flavor to everything from salad dressings to pastas. They not only make for a unique edible gift, but also a beautiful one. Don't forget to include a few ideas on how to use them!

Get the recipe: How To Make Preserved Lemons

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5. Apple & Cinnamon Infused Bourbon

If you went a little too crazy at the apple orchard this month, gather some of your pickings to make this fruit- and spice-infused bourbon — it will keep whoever receives it warm all winter long.

Get the recipe: Apple & Cinnamon Infused Bourbon

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6. Pickles

Load up on the last remaining cucumbers at the farmers market (or head to the grocery store if they're already gone in your area) and get your canning game on with pickles. They'll be enjoyed alongside sandwiches long past the holidays.

Get the recipe: How To Make Dill Pickles

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7. Fruit-Infused Vodka

Infusing vodka with seasonal fruits like figs or plums is a great way to preserve a taste of those juicy fruits long after they are gone. Recipients then can have fun playing with them in cocktails after the holidays.

Get the recipe: How To Make Fruit Vodkas

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