For me, gift giving is all about the thought that goes into the gift. Sometimes I have to resort to asking for a list but - when someone tells me what to get, it sort of takes all the fun out of the hunt. I would like to THINK that I know the recipient well enough to choose a gift for them that they will appreciate even though I REALLY miss the mark sometimes. It really is the thought that counts when it comes to gift giving - right?
I guess that's why I like to give homemade gifts. I definitely appreciate gifts that I receive that someone has invested their time and talents into creating. I hope that the recipients of my homemade gifts feel the same way. (My homemade gifts are far from perfect so it really is about appreciating the effort not the result.)
I tried some new edible gifts this year for Christmas. One of the things that I made was vanilla sugar. The concept is simple - combine vanilla bean and sugar to create a vanilla infused sweeter for tea or coffee.
Start with really great vanilla beans. They are a little pricey but totally worth it. (I found a jar with 2 beans on sale for 3.00.)
Slice each bean down the center with a sharp knife. Use the tip of the knife to scrape the seeds from the inside of the bean.
Pour turbinado sugar into a bowl.
Add vanilla seeds and stir to combine.
Spoon into jars. (I added a half of a vanilla bean to each jar to give it a little extra boost of vanilla.)
Tie with a ribbon and label jars to give away.