Homemade Vanilla Hostess Gifts


It’s so hard to find great hostess gifts. So this year I am making homemade vanilla!

homemade vanilla

What’s the most difficult gift to find for the holidays? For me, it has to be hostess gifts. I always want to give great hostess gifts because anyone that invites us to their home deserves the best gift ever! So today I am sharing how to make homemade vanilla. It has to be the easiest thing ever to make. It’s also so much cheaper to make than buy. And it’s so delicious.

Today I have also paired with some wonderful blogging friends who are haring their DIY gift ideas. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post for so,e gret homemade gift ideas.

What You Need To Make Homemade Vanilla

Small bottles (I used these 8.5 oz. bottles.)


Tahitian or  Madagascar fresh vanilla beans. ( I used these Tahitian vanilla beans.)

vanilla beans getting ready to make homemade vanilla

How to Make Homemade Vanilla

Cut the beans or slice lengthwise.

Place 4-5 vanilla beans in the washed glass bottles.

Fill the vodka to at least 1″ higher than the vanilla bean. If the vodka does not cover the bean, the bean will likely mold.

Cover and store in a dark cool place for 6 – 8 weeks.

pouring the vodka in to the bottle

Add a bow to the bottle and a tag or label. If you are gifting the vanilla before it’s fully ready, just include a note on the tag suggesting they wait to use the vanilla until after the due date.

Over time, the vanilla will seep into the vodka and the vodka will turn dark brown. You can turn the bottle occasionally but that’s about all you need to do until it’s ready!

homemade vanilla vanilla in glass bottle

For labels, I created these in Microsoft Word VanillaExtractLabel.

If you are looking for some great hostess gift ideas, I put together these ideas to simplify your shopping efforts.

There are a lot of great homemade gifts that would make a lot of hostesses very happy. I teamed with some fellow bloggers and these gifts below are all incredible.

Welcome to the third week of the Seasonal Simplicity Christmas Series! Today a group of my blogging friends and I are sharing our DIY Gift Ideas to help inspire you for the upcoming holiday season.

Click on the links below each image to be taken directly to the different posts.

Free Printable Coffee Gift Card Holder at The Happy Housie
White Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods at She Gave it a Go
Chunky Hand Knit Hat and Mittens at The DIY Mommy
How to Wrap Baked Goods for Gifts 2 Ways at Modern Glam
Cinnamon Sugar Scrub at A Pretty Life

2020 Free Printable Calendar at Clean & Scentsible
Homemade Vanilla Hostess Gift at My 100 Year Old Home
Coal Rice Krispie Cookies at Life is a Party
Homemade Christmas Potpourri at Cherished Bliss
DIY Wood Burned Spoons at Cassie Bustamante

Mini Bread Loaves for Gifting at My Sweet Savannah
Peppermint Sugar Scrub at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
DIY Wood Slice Holiday Wrath at Jenna Kate at Home
Easy Christmas Snack Mix at This is Our Bliss
DIY Deconstructed Stamped Books at Lolly Jane

Petite Christmas Bouquet at Craftberry Bush
DIY Bath Bomb Ornaments at The Turquoise Home
Gold Detailed Candle Votive at Zevy Joy
DIY Glam Rhinestone Bow Ornaments at Summer Adams
DIY Christmas Centrepiece at Place of My Taste

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  1. Love the idea, would love to save to Pinterest. The only Pinterest link is to your Pinterest page. Am i missing something?

  2. Hi….great idea!! Just a quick question: used for baking but can it be used as a vanilla flavored vodka for cocktails?


  3. Where would you suggest purchasing the either one of those types of vanilla beans and is there a certain type of vodka you recommend or use?

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