Gift Guide 2016: Things for the Canner Who Has Everything


This week, I’m running a handful of short gift guides featuring some things you might like to give or get this holiday season. I’m kicking off the series with a couple things that you could give to your favorite canner who already has every other canning tool and gadget imaginable.

You might look at this guide and think it’s really short. And it is. You see, I’ve recommended a lot of gear over the years and you just don’t need me to suggest the same things over again (I’ve linked to those prior gift guides below, if you do need more ideas). But these are two things that a canner who has everything he or she needs might just enjoy having.

  1. Wusthof Epicure 2-Piece Prep Set – This lovely knife set is a gorgeous and useful upgrade for anyone who spends lots of time in the kitchen. I’ve had these knives in my tool kit since the spring and I reach for them all the time. The wooden handles are comfortable to hold and just get more gorgeous over time.
  2. GIR Ladle – I’ve used a lot of ladles in my life and this is the best one I’ve encountered. The bowl is made of flexible silicone. That means that you can scrap every last drop of jam out of the pot. It also holds a full cup, which is just enough to fill a half pint jar.

For more gift giving inspiration, check out some of my gift guides for years past. You’ll find favorite tools, good gear for cooking and canning, and my favorite mason jar drink lids.

And finally, because it’s Monday and the folks at Wusthof are kind and generous, I have one of the knife sets you see above to give away. Let’s do it the old fashioned way this week.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and tell me share something you’re looking forward to giving this holiday season.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm eastern time on Saturday, December 10, 2016. Winners will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog on Sunday, December 11, 2016.
  3. Giveaway open to United States residents only.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog at the bottom of this post.

Disclosure: Wusthof provided the knife set you see pictured above, and is providing the giveaway unit, both at no cost to me. GIR also provided the ladle as a review unit. However, my opinion remains entirely my own. I both am sent and buy a lot of kitchen gear every year, and these are stand-outs! 

The winner of this giveaway is #165/Mary H. Congratulations Mary! 

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251 Responses to Gift Guide 2016: Things for the Canner Who Has Everything

  1. 201
    Mike says:

    Looking forward to giving away some hand made items. Probably some wood projects, though haven’t decided yet.

  2. 202
    Tiffany Haynes says:

    Looking forward to gifting cooking and painting classes to my parents.

  3. 203
    Laura says:

    I’m excited to share holiday traditions with my son who is now old enough to understand them!

  4. 204
    KathyD says:

    I just said to my husband, “I’ve given jams and canned things for gifts to the neighbors for a few years now – I need to do something different this year.” And he replied, “Yes, probably – and then next year they’ll ask for jam again.” So many gifts are sweets – I’m going to look for something savory. Maybe some spiced nuts? Or homemade cheddar crackers? Or roasted peppers in olive oil?

  5. 205
    Heather says:

    Every year I give an enormous amount of jam and make Ina Garten’s chipotle rosemary nuts to give as well, I think I look more forward to giving these homemade items than anything store bought!

  6. 206
    nick martinelli says:

    I’m looking forward to making and giving some of your Christmas Jam for Christmas. And maybe some homemade bread to put it on.

  7. 207
    Greta-Marie says:

    I am looking forward to spending a few quiet days with my family, enjoying good food, and spending time outside.

  8. 208
    Courtney says:

    Those knives are gorgeous! I’m looking forward to giving Palisade peach butter this season, straight from CO.

  9. 209
    Tammy B. says:

    At this time of year, I usually take stock of what is left of summer jams/jellies and give most of it away.

  10. 210
    Jerry L. says:

    I am looking forward to giving away a family meal with those less fortunate. Consisting of all the treasures we made through the seasons. Highlighting the seasons peak fruits and vegetables. It is so heart warming to see those faces brighten when being handed something made from the heart.

  11. 211
    Marella says:

    I love this season! I am looking forward to giving jars of apricot jams and bags of pecans to our neighbors. All harvested from our back yard! And of course the Christmas sugar cookies that my husband and I decorate together each year.

  12. 212
    nancy says:

    Christmas means cookies

  13. 213
    Leisa says:

    I love to give away my canning creations as Christmas and hostess gifts for the people I love to enjoy!
    Would love a set of knives for my kitchen collection.

  14. 214
    Kelly D says:

    I look forward to giving stuffed animals to my daughter that she wanted.

  15. 215
    Marisa says:

    I’m excited to give family members their annual homemade cookbook page additions. A few years ago, I gave them each a binder with a couple of starter pages. Now each year, I make cherished family recipes, my husband photographs them, and we add family pictures to the pages. It’s gone over well, and I’ve really enjoyed taking the tasty trip down memory lane. Thanks for the opportunity for this knife set. It’s beautiful.

  16. 216
    carissa says:

    I am very excited to give the gift of fermenting with some pickle pipes and pebbles this year!

  17. 217
    Sarah says:

    I’m looking forward to returning home to the east coast from Portland and giving my family green tomato chutney and honey tomato jam that will knock their socks off 🙂

  18. 218
    Sara says:

    I look forward to using the recipes in your new book to make rhubarb jam and chutney out of the stash I froze last summer!

  19. 219
    Crystal says:

    I made some vanilla extract that smells wonderful. I’m going to portion it out in small bottles and gift it with some shortbread or something else that highlights its lovely flavor.

  20. 220
    Mer says:

    Everybody’s getting cherry pie filling this year!

  21. 221
    Thorn says:

    Summer preserving was a bust this year, so it’s all lemon curd and rosemary shortbread. 🙂

  22. 222
    Annette Hill says:

    I will be canning pickled mustard seed, which my family LOVES! Can’t wait to gift them with the fruits of my labor!

  23. 223
    Abbie says:

    Love giving canned goods to co-workers. However. Looking the most forward to family photos being given out!

  24. 224
    Salli Jones says:

    I love giving my jam, and my family always asks for pickles!

  25. 225
    Ina says:

    This year’s warm autumn meant my bean plants kept on producing when I thought they’d be done, so it’s dilly beans for holiday gift-giving!

  26. 226
    Becky says:

    I’m so excited about giving some hand knit things to someone who has always wanted them. It will be a surprise and I can’t wait!

  27. 227
    E Marsolais says:

    Around of golf for my better half.

  28. 228
    Ellen says:

    I bought a silly key chain for my boyfriend that’s a reference to the first vacation we took together. Cheesy for sure, but I’m excited!

  29. 229
    Lauren says:

    I can’t wait to give my niece and nephew a felt christmas tree and set of ornaments! Perhaps just as much, I can’t wait to be done making it. Way more work than I anticipated, but seeing them use it year after year will make it all worth it.

  30. 230
    Katherine says:

    Hot sauce!

  31. 231

    I’m looking forward to giving jars of the Vanilla Bourbon-Soaked Cocktail Cherries I made this summer!

  32. 232
    Heather Sebastian says:

    I’m looking forward to giving a photo book I made to my mother-in-law 🙂

  33. 233
    Misty says:

    This year my gifts are flavored salts. Sea salt and pink Himalayan salt flavored with herbs, spices and fruits and gifted with a grinder. I might throw in some dessert sugars, too!

  34. 234
    Elisabeth says:

    My bestie and I exchange ornaments instead of traditional Christmas gifts. I found an adorable one on etsy to commemorate her cross-country move this year. I hope she loves it!

  35. 235
    Jenell says:

    I’ll be giving jams made this summer, and some home-made bath soaks!

  36. 236
    Joanna says:

    Looking forward to giving my peppermint bark and various baked goods. They are well received every year.

  37. 237
    Ann says:

    I’m giving a hand knit scarf to a person who will be totally surprised that I took the time to make something for him!

  38. 238
    Anita E says:

    I’m not giving away my precious spiced plum jam or your recipe spicy tomato jam (me, being selfish, or just hoarding the good stuff!), so its chocolate walnut biscotti or homemade salted caramels for gifts this year!

  39. 239
    Andie D says:

    My 11 year old just fell in love with sushi, so I got her a rolling kit, nori and a huge jar of pickled ginger (her fave!)

  40. 240
    Traci says:

    Looking forward to gifting my canned goods, like your peach salsa recipe & tomato jam sweetened with honey. I hope everyone loves it all as much as I do.

  41. 241
    Susie Rayburn says:

    A faux-fur stole to a super-fancy 22 year old sister-in-law; she’s going to LOOOVE it. :)Susie

  42. 242
    MaryEl says:

    Panetone for Xmas morning breakfast – I’m excited as I think family and friends will be as well!

  43. 243
    Joy says:

    I knit a hat for my husband. He gets a new one every few years and the yarn this year was particularly pretty. Also looking forward to giving homemade peppermint bark b/c plenty will be consumed during the making.

  44. 244
    Beth says:

    Fun reading these comments! I’m planning to give jam to friends at my old job, and the things on my family members’ respective wish lists. Books, movies, garden stuff, clothes, etc.

  45. 245
    Mary W says:

    Lavender pear jam. For those who don’t like lavender (??!!) or jam (!?) it’ll be a chutney.

  46. 246
    Vicki B says:

    Apricot jam flavored with Zorro Juice! (Actually an almond liqueur from Mexico with pictures of men on the label that look like they are from the Zorro tv series).

  47. 247
    Sandy says:

    Some new home baked goodies (with the traditional standbys) that I want to try this year.

  48. 248
    Martha K says:

    I am giving homemade peanut brittle to all my neighbors. I enjoy making it and love that they look forward to getting it each year.

  49. 249
    Sinead says:

    I will be giving raw honey from our beehives in cute jars!

  50. 250
    Kerry Blondheim says:

    Cutting boards I upgraded with my wood burner.