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Nov 12, 2011 12:25 PM

Ideas for Home Made Holiday Presents in a Bottle

I am looking for holiday gift ideas! I have 4 pretty, blue, small neck bottles that hold about 16 ounces each. The photo is of the exact bottle, without the label of course!

I was thinking maybe a flavored olive oil or some type of vinaigrette, but am open to something more creative. I am trying to stay away from liquors as I am not 100% sure if it would be appropriate. Anyone have any ideas? Thanks!

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  1. It wouldn't be ready for this year, but you could brew your own soy sauce.

    1. I am making homemade vanilla. I work at Costco, so we have vanilla beans, and of course vodka, the only thing is, you would have needed to start it earlier You could still start and tell the recipient that it will not be fully ready till early next year.

      1. well, infused oil was going to be my first suggestion, but you could also do infused vinegar...or on the sweeter end of the spectrum, flavored simple syrup or homemade pomegranate molasses.

        1. I have in the past boiled down good balsamic vinegar in order to make more of a syrup; it went over really well, but man did I have the place smelling of vinegar! This sort of thing is good (in a vinaigrette if you'd like) drizzled on a bitter salad that also has acidic and nutty ingredients, or even spooned on vanilla ice cream.

          You could mull non-alcoholic cider and rebottle it -- it'll keep a little while in the fridge, but you wouldn't want to get that one underway until closer to gift-time.

          1. How about home made cordials or digestif? There were some recipes on chow last year.