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Last-Minute Gifts for Foodies

It's still not too late to find the perfect gift, especially if you have hardcore foodies in your life!

"Early Show" contributor Katie Lee brought some of her favorite gifts for food lovers to the set Thursday.

The best part is, everything she suggests is easy to find in stores or prepare at home, and can be tailored for specific tastes and interests.

Not only that -- nothing costs more than 50 bucks!

Each has only a few ingredients, should you decide to make your own.

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"Early Show" recipes galore!

For the Vintage Drink Foodie: Homemade Cranberry Vodka, Cocktail Napkins & Cocktail Books

Making your own flavored vodka is an inexpensive and fun gift to give, and surprisingly simple to make. All you need is a little sugar, some whole cranberries, a little water and a few cups of vodka and, before you know it, you have a personalized gift that anyone would be happy to get. To make it more special, pair it with a vintage cocktail book and some monogrammed napkins and your set.

Monogrammed Napkins: $3/ea (on sale from $8 each), Anthropologie Stores

Vintage Cocktail Book: $34, Barnes & Noble Stores

For the Healthy Foodie Homemade Olive Oils and Salad Set

If you thought the vodka was easy to make, homemade olive oils are even easier. All you need to do is place a rosemary sprig or some cloves of garlic in the olive oil, and you're done! Not only that -- it gets better as time goes on. Any olive oil will do, so you don't need to go out and spend a lot of money; most people even have some olive oil at home. To complete the gift, Katie pairs the oils with a nice salad bowl and tongs set.

Salad Bowl: $50, Crate & Barrel
Salad Tongs: $18, Anthropologie Stores

For the Movies & Games Foodie: "Julie & Julia", Foodie Fight Trivia Game & Homemade Snack Mix

If your favorite foodie is a movie buff, then the perfect gift this season is the hit movie "Julie & Julia," which recently came out on DVD. But don't stop there: M: making your own snack mix is a great present that your recipient can enjoy while watching the movie. And the fun doesn't stop when it's over! Foodie Fight is a Trivial Pursuit like game with more than 1,000 delicious questions.

"Julie & Julia" DVD: $20, Best Buy Stores
Foodie Fight Trivia Game: $19, Sur La Table Stores

For the Gizmo & Gadget Foodie: Basket of Kitchen Tools

Know someone who loves to cook, but never has the right tools? A gift basket full of different unique kitchen gadgets is the perfect last-minute gift. Head to Macy's, where you'll find the kitchen department loaded with inexpensive tools any foodie will love. The great thing is most items are under $20, so you can mix-and-match all of your friends' or family's favorites. For the broadcast, Katie put together some of her favorite gadgets, from a potato cutter to a garlic press. This gift is 100 percent customizable.

Kitchen Gadgets: $5 - 20, Macy's Stores

For the Baking Foodie: Baking Supplies, Cookbooks and Apron

Everyone loves a good cupcake, but if you love to bake, chances are your pans are pretty beaten up and your cookbooks have long been charred and spoiled. The perfect gift any baker is sure to love would be high-quality cupcake pans, a sturdy apron, and some fun, contemporary baking books. Again, this gift is totally customizable; pick out your favorite apron pattern and choose from a whole variety of baking books. Now, every time your friend or family member ties on the apron or opens the cookbook, they'll think of you!

Cupcake Pans: $10 each, Sur La Table Stores
Apron: $34, Anthropologie Stores
Baby Cakes Cookbook: $15, Barnes & Noble Stores

To see Katie's recipes, go to Page 2.


Cranberry Vodka

1/3 cup water
1/3 cup sugar
1 cup cranberries
1-inch piece orange peel
3 cups vodka

In a small saucepan, bring water and sugar to a boil. Lower heat and stir until sugar dissolves. Stir in cranberries. Let cook about 2 to 3 minutes, until berries begin to pop. Let cool slightly. In a large pitcher, stir cranberry mixture with vodka. Strain. Place cranberries and orange peel into bottle. Use a funnel to pour vodka into bottle and seal tightly.

Rosemary Vinegar

Rosemary sprigs
White wine vinegar

Place a rosemary sprig and a few peppercorns in a small bottle. Use a funnel to fill with vinegar and seal tightly.

Garlic Oil

5 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
2 cups olive oil

Combine garlic and oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Simmer 10 minutes and reduce heat to low. Let cook 20 minutes. Strain. Use a funnel to fill small bottles with oil and seal tightly.

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