One of the easiest edible gifts to make is flavored salt. Try
giving your friends and neighbors a jar of citrus salt, which is
heavenly sprinkled on fish or chicken. To make, simply layer strips
of orange or lemon peel-use only the outer peel, avoiding the
bitter white pith-with kosher salt in a glass jar. This is
especially fun in winter when there are so many exotic citrus
varieties in stores like Meyer lemons and blood oranges.
For bakers, flavored sugars are a welcome gift. To make vanilla
sugar, which is a delicious addition to most baked goods, scrape
the inside of a vanilla bean into two cups of sugar and stir to
combine. Cut the bean in half and add it as well. Citrus sugars
also are a wonderfully fragrant gift. The idea is the same as
vanilla sugar: add the zest of a large lemon or orange to two cups
of sugar and stir to combine.