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spice mixes {gifts in jars}

Today I have a few quick gift ideas that require barely any work at all.  Maybe that sounds bad.  Maybe these are too easy.  Homemade gifts usually involve a little bit of work.  Right?

Typically yes, but not with these!  You can still make quite an impressive gift with what you’ll find below, and if you’re short on time these will be perfect.

spice mixes {gifts in jars} | edible perspective

First, we have garlic herb salt, which can be used on:

  • baked potatoes
  • toast
  • garlic bread
  • roasted veggies
  • roasted chickpeas
  • tofu/tempeh

Next, a personal favorite, cinnamon sugar.  I remember having a little spice jar shaker of this growing up, and I’m pretty sure it went on every piece of toast I ever ate.  You may want to use this on:

  • toast
  • sweet potatoes
  • oatmeal
  • cinnamon rolls
  • quick breads
  • in pancake or waffle mix

spice mixes {gifts in jars} | edible perspective

Next up?

Chai Spice + Pumpkin Spice

Try using them with:

  • nut butter
  • quick breads
  • hot chai spiced or pumpkin spiced milk
  • smoothies
  • mixed in oatmeal
  • muffins
  • pancakes or waffles
  • cookies
  • cakes

This list goes on…

spice mixes {gifts in jars} | edible perspective

You could mix up this set of spice mixes in 4 different jars and maybe include a set of measuring spoons.  Besides jars and bowls, I also have an obsession with fun measuring spoons.

You can check Anthropologie and World Market for really unique options.


Or, deliver with a freshly baked loaf of rosemary everything quick bread, banana bread, or even a fresh loaf from a bakery.

Garlic Herb Salt [fills 1, 4oz jar]

  • 1/4 cup fine grain sea salt
  • 4 teaspoons parsley
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic granules
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  1. Mix together and store in a sealed jar.  Sprinkle this on food as you would use salt.

Cinnamon Sugar [fills 1, 4oz jar]

  • 1/2 cup sucanat [or other crystallized sugar]
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  1. Mix together and store in a sealed jar.  Use as you would sugar.

Chai Spice [from chai spice almond butter]

  • 2t cinnamon
  • 2t ginger
  • 1t cardamom
  • 1t cloves
  • 1/4t nutmeg
  • 1/4t all spice
  1. Mix together and store in a sealed jar.  Triple or quadruple this recipe to fit in a 4oz jar.  Use as you would unsweetened spice mixes in things like baked goods, oatmeal, etc.

Pumpkin Spice [from pumpkin spice pancakes]

  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon all spice
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  1. Mix together and store in a sealed jar. Triple or quadruple this recipe to fit in a 4oz jar. Use as you would unsweetened spice mixes in things like baked goods, oatmeal, etc.

spice mixes {gifts in jars} | edible perspective

For a homemade gift these are about as easy as it gets.  I know you all will think of a creative way to gift these spice mixes. 


If you want to share a gift in a jar that you’re making this year, please feel free to do so! Either tweet or instagram the photo to @edibleASH with the hashtag: #giftsinjars  Or, email the photo and your name to at: edibleperspective AT gmail DOT com – The post will be going up this Friday.

Reader Comments (7)

What a nice, simple gift idea! I love the convenience of having your favorite spice combination all ready to go whenever you need them. The garlic and herb salt sounds especially wonderful!
I love how simple and yummy these sound - perfect gifts!
December 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather @ Heather's Dish
These all sound like spice mixes I would looove to have on hand. I mean, my friends. My friends that I'm totally making this for would love to have it on hand :)
December 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @ Blonde Ambition
This is such a great idea, never mind about gifting them, I think I need to have these on hand in my own kitchen!
December 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn
This is so clever!!! I
December 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLiz @ I Heart Vegetables
I love all of your ideas. My mom is so tough to shop for, and it seems like whatever I get her, she ends up taking back! I'm thinking of putting together the garlic salt with a jar of marinara sauce and some pasta for a spaghetti basket. :-)
December 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren
I love making my own spice blends! I love your idea of making a gift jar basket with measuring spoons, super cute!
December 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHerbivore Triathlete

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