Easy Handmade Gifts

Every time this year I like to make little handmade gifts for friends, family and co-workers. Last year I made sugar scrubs which were a big hit, but this year I wanted to do something that was helpful in the kitchen whether you are a baker or a master chef.

I made rosemary infused olive oil and vanilla extract. Both were so easy to make, cost efficient and took no time at all. Most importantly it’s the thought, time and love that you put in to each handmade packaged gift.


What you will need..

Vanilla Extract:

  1. Glass containers
  2. Vanilla Beans (about 6-8 beans)
  3. Bourbon, Vodka or Rum

Rosemary Infused Olive Oil:

  1. Glass containers
  2. Rosemary (about 10-15 springs)
  3. Olive Oil (1/2 a gallon)


Ensure you sterilize your glass containers before use. Simply boil a large pot of hot water and place containers for about 10 minutes. Turn off heat and let them cool in water.

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Vanilla Extract:

Split the vanilla beans lengthwise and scoop out the good stuff. Place in container along with the bean and fill with alcohol. Close and seal the lid tightly. The beans should steep for at least 2 months before use. And that’s it! Too easy.

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Pour half of your olive oil and half of the rosemary in to a large pot on low heat. Let sit and infuse for 5-10 min. Turn off heat and let cool completely. Fill glass jars with the other half of rosemary. Pour both heated olive oil and the remaining half of olive oil in to the jars using a measuring scoop. Cork em up tightly and you are good to go!


Have fun with the decorating and give each container your special touch. Your family and friends will love the thoughtful idea and it will actually come in use the next time they are cooking or baking!




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