There is nothing easier than planting shallots. Seriously: if you are all thumbs with tiny seeds, then you can reap immense personal satisfaction out of planting shallots. The only problem I foresee is that it takes no time at all so that satisfaction may not last too long.
These are third-generation grocery-store shallots (really!). They started spouting, so that told me it was time to plant them. As you can see, they naturally divide for you; the bulbs usually do come in pairs. Just pull them apart and stick them halfway into the ground. They’ll sprout, then divide. You can harvest them, like all onions, when their tops die back/brown out. If you plant them this spring, that should happen by August: just keep your eyes on them.
I planted them between my greenhouse garlic. Aren’t they pretty? Some are up to their 8th leaf (of 10, where 10 means the scape (flower blossom) happens) so I am excited.