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Spice Blends to Make for a Homemade Food Gift

If you don’t want to give sweets to your family or friends, think about one of these Spice Blends to Make for a Homemade food Gift! This post has links for 8 different spice blends I’ve made and shared on Kalyn’s Kitchen, and all of these have been a hit with my family and friends.

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Through the years I’ve had a few favorite spice and herb blends that I like to mix up in large batches and give as Christmas gifts. When I manage to plan ahead, I order small glass jars to put the spice mix in, but I’ve also given them in mini zip-top bags with the recipe stapled on. Whatever works at this busy time of year, right?

If you’re looking for easy ideas for Spice Blends to Make for a Homemade Food Gift, here are a few ideas for homemade gifts from Kalyn’s Kitchen!


Spice Blends to Give for a Homemade Christmas Gift found on KalynsKitchen.com

I love this Rosemary and Garlic Herb Rub that’s delicious on pork, chicken, or salmon.

Spice Blends to Give for a Homemade Christmas Gift found on KalynsKitchen.com

If you have steak-lovers on your Christmas list, this Sugar-Free Montreal Steak Seasoning can make a very popular gift.

Spice Blends for a Homemade Christmas Gift found on KalynsKitchen.com

One of my favorite spice blends is a Moroccan Spice Mix I discovered in Fine Cooking Magazine.  Through the years I’ve loved this mix on Crispy Roasted Chickpeas, Roasted Carrots, and Roasted Butternut Squash.

Spice Blends to Give for a Homemade Christmas Gift found on KalynsKitchen.com

One of the first herb blends I made and shared on the blog was this Rosemary Salt, my own version of a rosemary salt blend I purchased at the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market in San Francisco.

Spice Blends to Give for a Homemade Christmas Gift found on KalynsKitchen.com

When I want spicy Mexican flavors, I always use Kalyn’s Taco Seasoning.

Spice Blends to Give for a Homemade Christmas Gift found on KalynsKitchen.com

It’s not that photogenic, but Kalyn’s Herb Blend is another one I’ve given for gifts.

Chicken Seasoning Rub homemade spice blend in bowl

Years ago I came up with this Chicken Seasoning Rub, and it was definitely a hit, although I confess that now that it’s more readily available than it was when I first made this I would happily buy  Szeged Chicken Rub (affiliate link) for seasoning chicken! (And no one who cooks chicken would mind getting that as a gift either!) 

Spice Blends to Give for a Homemade Christmas Gift found on KalynsKitchen.com

Finally, I’m guessing the most popular spice mix I’ve ever given as a gift would be the Spicy Sweet Potato Fries Spice Mix.  This spice mix can also be used to make Spicy Crockpot Sweet Potatoes.

What’s Your Favorite Homemade Christmas Food Gift?  Let us know in the comments about your favorite homemade food gift to give or receive at Christmas time.

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    13 Comments on “Spice Blends to Make for a Homemade Food Gift”

  1. Hi, there I am a huge fan of your recipes and enjoy them regularly.

  2. Great gift idea for the holidays – I think my brother-in-law would appreciate a selection of spice blends for Christmas since he's a great cook and often short on time.

  3. CJ I love it when people ask for refills too!

  4. Great suggestions and herb blend recipes Kalyn. I've made it a new tradition to share home made food gifts with friends and family. To me, it means so much more and when they use them, they say they think of you.

    Sometimes I even get a request for a refill. That just tickles me silly.

    The Moroccan spice and spicy sweet potato seasoning are going to be next years highlights.

  5. Sorry I am not doing well at keeping up on comments. Much Christmas preparations happening around here, but glad people like these ideas.

    Dawn, love the sound of roasted garlic mustard, yum!

  6. What a great idea! I didn't want to bake sweets so I was trying to figure something else out. I ended up doing a roasted garlic mustard that came out simply delicious but I didn't even think of a spice mix! Next year! I bet you would love the mustard mix.

  7. Totally LOVE this idea!

  8. I must try the Sweet Potato Spice Mix. Forget giving it away! (Jut kidding).

  9. I love the idea of giving spices as gifts, I love homemade gifts!

  10. Kalyn- I have been giving the sweet potato seasoning mix as a gift and it is awesome.

    Merry Christmas!

  11. I love these gift ideas – unusual and so useful

  12. This is a gift that would totally make me happy if I received it. tHERE ARE SO MANY USES FOR THIS AND IT SURE WON'T JUST SIT IN THE PANTRY UNUSED.

    Nisrine

  13. I love to give spice blends also. When I mix them, I feel a bit like a mad scientist!