DIY Vanilla Gift Set with Reusable Jars

Do-it-yourself gifts are inexpensive yet thoughtful. See how we take Litehouse’s pourable salad dressing jars and turn them into the perfect vanilla bean gift set, which is a great hostess or foodie gift!

Litehouse pourable jars are made out of a beautiful, sturdy glass with easily removable labels. Once you have used up at least four bottles of that delicious dressing (my favorites are the Organic Caesar and Thai Peanut!) then you can start!

How to Make Homemade Vanilla Extract
All it takes to make vanilla extract is vodka and vanilla beans stored in a cool, dark place for at least three months. How easy is that? Start several batches now and you can give homemade vanilla extract this Christmas!

How to Make Homemade French Vanilla Coffee Creamer
Coffee creamer is so easy to make at home and includes only three ingredients: milk, vanilla and sweetened condensed milk. You can keep it in the fridge for a few weeks! If you want, you could even add a bit of vanilla beans for extra vanilla flavor.

How to Make Vanilla Bean-Infused Sugar
The flavor and scent of fresh vanilla beans is delicious. Using vanilla bean-infused sugar in place of regular sugar in any recipe will bring a flavorful twist to any dessert. Try using your vanilla bean-infused sugar in these Litehouse recipes! Spooky Halloween Cheesecake Treats, Basil-Lime Fruit Kabobs and Spiced Pumpkin Cupcakes.

How to Make Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup
Simple syrup is made by boiling sugar in water until it dissolves. Simple syrups are often found in cocktails, but can also be found in various desserts. Transform any of your favorite cocktails with this vanilla bean-infused simple syrup!

You can also use the Litehouse Instantly Fresh Herb bottles to make your own seasoning kits and the Litehouse Jars to make your own salad-in-a-jar!

How do you reuse your Litehouse jars?

DIY Vanilla Gift Set with Reusable Jars

Finish in 3 months

This vanilla bean gift set is the perfect hostess gift and includes homemade vanilla extract, vanilla coffee creamer, vanilla bean infused-sugar and vanilla simple syrup!


Vanilla Coffee Creamer
¼ cup milk
¼ cup sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla
Vanilla Extract
1 ½ cups vodka
3 vanilla bean pods
Vanilla bean-infused sugar
1 ½ cups sugar
2 vanilla bean pods
Vanilla Simple Syrup
1 ¼ cups sugar
1 ¼ cups water
2 vanilla bean pods


1. Wash Litehouse pourable bottles and remove the labels. Let dry. 2. Vanilla coffee creamer: combine milk, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla in the Litehouse bottle. Shake until combined. Refrigerate up to two weeks. 3. Vanilla extract: Split the vanilla bean pods down the middle. Place in the Litehouse bottle and then pour 1 ½ cup vodka in. Store in a cupboard for at least two months. 4. Vanilla bean-infused sugar: Split the vanilla bean pods down the middle. Pour 1 ½ cups sugar in the bottle with the vanilla beans and shake. 5. Vanilla simple syrup: combine sugar and water in a saucepan and boil while stirring until sugar is dissolved. Add split vanilla beans and let sit 10-20 minutes. Pour over a strainer into the Litehouse bottles. Store in a cool, dry place for 3 months for flavors to set in.

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