Homemade Gifts in Bottles

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Homemade Gifts in Bottles
Gift the gift of infused olive oil for a cook. (BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Most people appreciate homemade gifts. Impress your friends and family with homemade liquors and infused oils packaged in attractive bottles. Collect bottles from thrift stores or yard sales, or save the bottles from your oils and sauces. After filling the bottles, attach a ribbon and a homemade label for an exquisite gift that you will be proud to give.

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Flavourful alcohols will delight the adult who drinks. Infuse vodka with flavours, such as vanilla, orange, lemon, or almost any fruit. The simple process mostly involves letting the fruit sit in the alcohol for a month or two and straining the liquid. The gift recipient can use the infused spirits in cocktails, such as martinis. Try making a fruit-flavoured brandy or a pear tequila. Package them in empty alcohol bottles or carafes you have purchased from a thrift store.

Salad Dressings and Extracts

Anyone who appreciates natural products or someone on a low-sodium diet will enjoy a homemade salad dressing. Find a good recipe and make a large batch. Fill individual bottles and keep them refrigerated. This is a gift item that should not be made too far in advance. Add a pretty bow and a tag listing the ingredients in the chance someone might be allergic to certain foods. For a simple dressing, infuse olive oil with ingredients such as basil, sun dried tomato or garlic. Present rosemary-infused olive oil with a red ribbon for a holiday-themed gift.

Syrups and Sugars

Soak herbs, such as lavender, or citrus peels into honey to give as a gift in a bottle. Prepare a simple syrup with fruits or herbs for a sugar substitute that can be added to tea or coffee. Flavour can also be added to sugar and packaged into bottles. A homemade vanilla extract has more flavour than the store-bought variety and will make a gourmet gift for the home cook. Bottle them in containers from the thrift store or dollar store.

Bath Salts

Bath salts make a fragrant gift for a woman. Combine Epsom salt, sea salt and essential oils for a delightful bath salt suitable for soaking in. This is an easy gift that can also be beautiful when you add a few drops of food colouring to the salts. It makes a lovely gift packaged in a pretty bottle.

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