Ya'll - it was so easy! Jar ... vanilla beans (I found the best price on ebay) ... vodka. That was it. The only hangup was that I had to start it months before I was ready to gift it. But it literally sat in a quart-sized Mason jar on my shelf, untouched (except for the occasional shake) for months! That, my friends, is an ideal project from a DIY perspective.
I ordered these little 2-ounce Boston round amber bottles from Amazon. The vanilla beans came from ebay (I started with 1/4 pound of beans to one bottle of vodka).
These make fun and easy little stocking stuffers, hostess gifts, and neighbor gifts as well!