Homemade/DIY Gift Ideas: 18 Seasoning Blends and Extracts

18 Homemade DIY Gifts Seasoning Blends and Extracts | BoulderLocavore.com

A few weeks ago I was listening to NPR (National Public Radio) and they stated the National Retail Federation who previously expected a bright holiday retail season as of early October, had adjusted their optimistic outlook to expect sales to be depressed this year.  Citing a number of reasons including the government shut-down, the belief is consumers will be hanging on more tightly to their pocketbooks this year.

When I had more ‘free’ time, I loved making gifts for the holidays.  More so these days I think homemade gifts are appreciated for the time gifters spend creating them as much as the gift itself.  Last year we found a fantastic Mason jar layered soup mix that we whipped up for all my kids teachers (including every middle school teacher and office staff) and coaches feeling it would be something they genuinely would use.  Several of the recipients looped back to the kids to say how delicious it had been and how much they appreciated such a unique gift.

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Being a DIY’er at heart, I’m also practical and want to give gifts people really will use and enjoy.  This year I have pulled together a series of edible gift ideas that would be fun to make up, won’t break the bank and with some ingenuity could be a perfect present.  A first in the series is Spices, Seasonings and Extracts.  Until I was a food blogger I had no idea I could be making my own Vanilla Extract rather than be spending $7 at the store.  Taco Seasoning that we blaze through can be blended in my kitchen.  The possibilities are endless.  Grouped together in cute containers or meshed with themed gift items and the perfect gift is quickly and thoughtfully created!

Homemade DIY Seasoning Blends and Extracts | BoulderLocavore.com

Nonya Curry Powder for Chicken or Beef

Mexican/ Taco Spice {Barefeet In The Kitchen}

Pumpkin Pie Spice {Rachel Cooks}

Greek Seasoning Blend (the Daring Gourmet}

Ranch Seasoning Mix {Gimme Some Oven}

Chinese Five Spice {Foodie with a Family}

14 Spice Dry Rub Mix {The Yummy Life}

Italian Seasoning {Bellalimento}

Chili and Taco Seasoning {Bake Your Day}

Lemon Pepper Seasoning {Simply Scratch}

Fajita Seasoning {the Slender Kitchen}

Beef Stew Seasoning Mix – All Natural {Rachel Cooks}

Pizza Seasoning {Home in the Finger Lakes}

Vanilla Extract {Tidy Mom}

Mint Extract {Healthy Green Kitchen}  

Lemon Extract {Common Sense Homesteading}

Almond Extract {Common Sense Homesteading}

Chile Pepper Salt {In Fine Balance} 

Sources for containersSur La Table, World Market, Target, Williams Sonoma, Hobby Lobby or Michaels Crafts.

Fun Gift Pairing Ideas:

Pizza Seasoning paired with some tomato sauce, a pizza pan, pizza cutter and a hot pad.

Almond Extract paired with a great Biscotti recipe, baking pan and a cute pot holder or cooling rack.

Pumpkin Pie spice with a can of organic pumpkin puree, pie pan and pie cutter.

 These would be fun and affordable gifts for anyone who enjoys cooking, teachers, friends, neighbors, coaches and more!

Photography disclosure: One photograph used in this post is from iStock.


    • says

      Rachel your blog is a treasure trove of DIY spice blends! It was so fun to explore them to find some both for this list but future personal reference. I love homemade gifts too!

    • says

      You are so welcome Cassie! I love that is can be used either for Chili or Tacos, and taco seasoning is something I am constantly replacing so look forward to making it for my own kitchen too!

    • says

      You are welcome Trish. I’ll admit I’ve done almost no holiday shopping and the ideas still feel out of reach. This list will help me too come up with some fun ideas for those on our gift list; so thank YOU!

  1. Briana Borten says

    This is such a wonderful and thoughtful gift! And you can get creative with the containers, too. Great gift idea 🙂

  2. says

    Toni, this is such a fabulous round-up of homemade gift ideas! And thank you so much for including my Greek Seasoning! I often make little gift packets of a variety of seasoning blends (as well as soup, chili and dip mixes) to give to my friends and family. They really make such cute gifts. I’ve been meaning forever to make some flavor extracts and this was just the reminder I needed.


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