This gift requires advance planning. To make, split open half a
vanilla bean and place it in a 2.6 ounce glass jar. Cover with
vodka and seal. In about a month, you will have a flavorful version
of vanilla extract. I sometimes use orange-flavored vodka to make
orange-vanilla extract. If you are coming up against the holidays
but want to try this project, you can always give the extract
before it is ready and tell the recipient to wait to use it.