This is an easy one, trust me! You may remember this post about homemade vanilla extract. It makes a great gift, and if you make it as a kit like I did, it can be mailed.
1 food-safe glass container
a vanilla bean
paper and ribbon to make instructions
(your recipient will need about 1 cup or vodka or rum)
Just put the bean in the container, and add the instructions, attaching with a ribbon. The instructions say:
Homemade Vanilla Extract
Fill bottle with either vodka or rum. Turn bottle a few times at least once a week. In 6 weeks, you will have yummy vanilla extract to use in your favorite recipes.
If you don't need ot mail your gift, you could add the vodka or rum for the person, so all they have to do is wait. Or, if you're better at planning than I am, you could start it at least 6 weeks before you need it, so it's ready to go as soon as they get it.
I have been using homemade vanilla extract for over a year and I absolutely love it!