Two of my proposed food gifts both take more time than effort. And by time I mean time sitting and developing flavor time not labor time.
This weekend I started a quart of homemade vanilla. This was actually a little late to start on it as vanilla should sit for at least two months prior to using. It only takes two ingredients: vanilla beans and vodka. I read lots off different homemade vanilla recipes on the web (I'll include links to some of them on my blog posting at toomanypastimes). I ended up taking the middle road as far as ratio of beans to vodka. I used two kinds of beans: Tahitian and Planifolia.
The steps are easy. Slice almost to the top of each vanilla bean.
I put four of each type of bean in each jar for a total of eight per pint. After a few minutes the vodka was already starting to darken.
I also started homemade limoncello but will wait to talk more about that til after the second step next weekend.