Can you feel the holiday gifting frenzy brewing around you? We sure can. Each year, we do our best to give our friends things we know they'll actually love. As it just so happens, most of our people are food people and we like to gift accordingly. Of course there are those closest to us who we want to splurge on the perfect gift. Then there's this other category of people we love dearly and want to give amazing gifts to, but need to embrace the realization that we're not made of money.
The great news is, when thinking about gifts that you know will make people happy, food people are the easiest to buy for because there are basically endless options. Below, we've rounded up 10 of our favorite cheap food gifts under $10.
Bourbon Maple SyrupMouth.com
"The 12 Desserts Of Christmas" E-CookbookPeaches, Please!
Tovolo King Cube Ice TraysAmazon
Emily G's Pear Honey JamEmily G's
100 Plus Year Old Alaskan Sourdough StarterAlaskanSkookumchuck
Grow Your Own Beer Plant KitPlantsFromSeed
Hoskins Berry Farm Blackberry VinegarMouth.com
Mozzarella And Ricotta Cheese KitSandyLeafFarm
Ramen Noodle Chocolate BarMouth.com
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Most home-brewed beers take between four and eight weeks to be ready to drink with your friends. You can get a beer-brewing kit from <a href="http://store.brooklyn-homebrew.com/Starter+Equipment+Kits.html">Brooklyn Homebrew</a>. <em>Photo via Flickr user <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/timpatterson/6791327460/sizes/z/in/photostream/">Tim Patterson</a></em>
Any bakers you need gifts for? Make them some homemade vanilla extract! Homemade extracts are cheap, easy and often taste way better than the store-bought stuff. Most homemade extracts will be ready in about four weeks. <strong><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/09/homemade-extract_n_1654446.html">Check out a few of our favorite extract recipes here.</a></strong>
Homemade Cocktail Bitters
Homemade bitters need to soak for two to four weeks, depending on your recipe. <strong><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/the-daily-meal/how-to-make-cocktail-bitters_b_829340.html">Check out this tutorial on how to make your own.</a></strong> <em>Photo via Flickr user <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/edsel_/6249720469/sizes/z/in/photostream/">Edsel L</a></em>
We recently fell in love with a new way to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/19/homemade-limoncello_n_1988384.html">make limoncello by diffusion</a> (this method takes nine weeks, so it's already too late), but there are also much quicker infusion methods to make limoncello, chile-infused gin, cardamom-infused whiskey -- the possibilities are endless. Most <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/the-stir/homemade-infused-alcohol_b_1146099.html">liquor infusions will take around three weeks</a>. <em>Photo via Flickr user <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mccun934/3047063826/sizes/z/in/photostream/">mccun934</a></em>
Depending on the strength of your brine and what you're pickling, homemade pickles can take anywhere from a week to three weeks to get properly pickled. <strong><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/06/pickle-recipes_n_2079786.html">Check out some of our favorite fall pickle recipes here.</a> </strong>
Personalized Cheese Markers
We love these <a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/90656508/recycled-silverwarerepurposed-vintage">cheese markers made from recycled, vintage silverware</a>. You can personalize these with the cheeses of your choice, but don't forget it will take seven to ten days, not including shipping. So, leave yourself a few extra days!
Any olive lover will be psyched about this gift. Your olives will need to marinate for only a week, so you still have plenty of time. <strong><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/marinated-olives_n_1053582.html">Here's one of our favorite marinated olive recipes.</a></strong> <em>Photo via Flickr user <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/stone-soup/5186237797/sizes/z/in/photostream/">jules:stonesoup</a></em>
Cheese Curds From Wisconsin Cheese Mart
In case there is someone out there you love very much, you can send them <a href="https://www.wisconsincheesemart.com/item/cheddar-cheese-curds-combo-3lbs-pK/#.UKvnsOOe-fs">three pounds of cheese curds from Wisconsin Cheese Mart</a>. Someone did this for us once and we will never forget it. These are a great last-minute gift since WCM will ship to most places in the Continental U.S. within one to four days.
Homemade Hot Sauce
Have you procrastinated until a few days before the holidays, but still want to give out homemade gifts? Whip up a batch of homemade hot sauce for your friends in just a few hours. <strong><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/homemade-hot-sauce_n_1061816.html">Get the homemade hot sauce recipe here.</a></strong>
Did your liquor not infuse? Did your cheese curds not arrive on time? When all else fails, BAKE. We love <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/01/cheez-it-recipe_n_2049927.html?utm_hp_ref=baking">this homemade Cheez-Its recipe</a> and so will your friends!