Homemade Holiday Gifts for Family and Friends

Are you dreading a trip to the mall during the busy holiday season? Tired of endlessly browsing online for that perfect gift? This year, why not tap into your crafty side instead? These budget-friendly DIY gift ideas are perfect for family and friends.

#1. Cinnamon Vanilla Candied Almonds

Sweet and just a little spicy, these candied almonds are flavored with Tahitian Pure Vanilla Extract and Pure Almond Extract making it the perfect holiday gift to give. They are easy to make, easy to pack and with proper storage, will last longer than the typical baked good. You cannot go wrong with these delicious candied almonds.

#2. Gingerbread Fudge

This gift is perfect for your friends who watch Elf on repeat all season. It’s loaded with festive flavors like ginger, cloves and cinnamon, plus a teaspoon of our Pure Vanilla Extract to round out the spice with a sweet kick. We topped ours with colorful sprinkles, but feel free to experiment with other toppings, like marshmallows or toasted nuts. Fun tip: insert wooden popsicle or lollipop sticks into the fudge to create…fudge on a stick! Wrap them up in plastic and tie with a bow for extra flair.

#3. Blueberry-Vanilla Bean Refrigerator Jam

Blueberries are available year-round, so why not put them to good use? Homemade jams are cute gifts that anyone can enjoy. We combined our Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans with Organic Pure Lemon Extract in this recipe, making it the perfect blend of sweet and tart. For an extra-special gift, bake and gift these Vanilla Sugar-Crusted Scones at the same time! We guarantee the jam will taste delicious on top.

Blueberry Vanilla Jam

#4. Beer Caramel and Pretzel Chocolate Bark

Sweet meets salty in this delicious take on classic chocolate bark. We love the beer-infused gooey caramel plus the crunchy pretzel and chocolate combo (we dare you to try to eat just one bite!). We added Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste to help sweetly bring the caramel and chocolate together in every bite.

#5. Vanilla Caramel Corn Crunch

Ditch the traditional sugar cookie gifts for this tasty and easy-to-make sweet snack. The rich caramel and Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste make a delicious duo, and the slight saltiness of the popcorn ensures that this gift won’t taste too candied. You might even want to make a batch to keep for yourself!

Vanilla caramel corn

#6. Vanilla Body Scrub 

If you know someone who loves self-care baths, this is the perfect present. Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar is the star of the show, and its large sugar crystals make a terrific exfoliant that will leave skin soft and supple. The sweet vanilla scent is an added bonus. Feel free to include a few drops of your favorite essential oils for even more relaxation.

#7. Chocolate Coffee Biscotti 

Coffee or tea drinkers are sure to appreciate these crunchy biscotti cookies. (Hint: they look fancy but they’re actually easy to make!) They take only 15 minutes to prepare and feature our Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste and Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar, which elevates the robust flavor of the Pure Coffee Extract. Once baked, store them in a festive, airtight container for the lucky recipient to enjoy!

Chocolate Coffee Biscotti



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