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. 51
    Patrice says:

    We’re not doing a lot of. Gifts this year, just for the littles in the family! And those are going to be homemade and activities we can do with them. Trying to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas!

  2. 52
    Mary Gordon says:

    I’m looking forward to giving selections of my jams and chutneys.

  3. 53
    Earle G says:

    Certainly would like the opportunity to win the Wusthof knife set. Looks like another great giveaway for FIJ.

  4. 54
    Meg G says:

    Cinnamon Rolls! I make them for the neighbors and coworkers!

  5. 55
    Megan P. says:

    I knitted my mother a gorgeous wrap and I can’t wait for her to see it.

  6. 56
    Odie says:

    I have a brand new grand nephew, and I’m looking forward to giving him some snuggles!

  7. 57
    Liz says:

    I’ve been knitting a sock monkey (pattern from Knit Picks) for my mom – she collects antique sock monkeys, so a fully homemade one will be a cute addition. Friends will be getting preserves and baked goods from me 🙂

  8. 58
    Alison says:

    I am giving some Mulled Cranberry sauce, which everyone loves.
    Mostly, I am looking forward to seeing the faces of my grandchildren
    when they open their gifts.

  9. 59
    Jessica D. says:

    I preserved apple slices in cinnamon syrup and am looking forward to giving that away along with some homemade chocolate bark.

  10. 60
    Adrienne Bruno says:

    We are mostly only giving gifts to the kids in the family this year, and I think my favorite thing is that we bought one of those marble run toys (all the plastic tubes you put together in fun pathways to send marbles down) to my nephew. He’s going to love it, and I kinda can’t wait to play with it either!

  11. 61
    Jackie says:

    I’m excited to give all of the thoughtful gifts I’ve already picked out and the excess jam I made.

  12. 62
    Jenny K. says:

    Coconut macaroons, dipped in dark chocolate. They’re my tradition with a couple of friends, and while they started with sweetened condensed milk, they are now light on the sugar and held together just with egg whites.
    And some woolen goods – mostly knitted hats!

  13. 63
    PattyAD says:

    After a year off, we were able to do our large batch of applesauce again this year, so I’m looking forward to giving them out to everyone who was disappointed last year!

  14. 64
    Rosie says:

    Homemade maple pecan granola.

  15. 65
    Sandra says:

    It’ll be hard to figure out what to give my dad, as he’s just moved to a retirement community, and I’m not sure what he needs (or has room for!). Nothing home-canned, as I have to fly down, so maybe I’ll just offer to take him shopping for a few edible goodies.

  16. 66
    Juliana P says:

    The gift of health for my husband by registering him for the LOVE Half Marathon in Philly!

  17. 67
    LeAnn says:

    I’ll be gifting homemade licorice and marshmallows!

  18. 68
    Kathleen Stewart says:

    Small photo gifts like cups, magnets, for all my family with photos taken during 2016!

  19. 69
    Sarsie says:

    I’m excited to give my mom a shawl that I’m just finishing up knitting!

  20. 70
    Cece says:

    I am sewing microwave warmers this year. Those plus Jan are going to make such cozy gift sets!

  21. 71
    Michelle says:

    I’m giving a nephew (who is a mushroom hunter) a pint of locally made Candy Cap Mushroom flavored ice cream. I’m so excited to give it to him!

  22. 72
    Janet says:

    My niece discovered Shel Silverstein in our library, I’m so excited to give her a copy of Falling Up!

  23. 73
    Savannagal says:

    I knit a some pint sized ornaments in the shape of Christmas trees and stockings for my family members. So cute.

  24. 74
    Kristin says:

    I’m looking forward to giving my grandma some wrinkle cream and dark spot corrector. She’s 90 years old and recently had her cataracts repaired, meaning she can see all the detail on her face for the first time in many years, and she’s not happy about it! It will be fun to pamper her with nice cosmetics.

  25. 75
    Susan says:

    I’m giving away Lemon-Basil Jelly!

  26. 76
    Alex says:

    I’m giving my uncle a jar of everything I’ve canned this year as part of our Xmas gift exchange. I’m not sure how he feels about daikon radish pickles, but I guess we’ll find out!

  27. 77
    katklaw777 says:

    I am baking a lot of cookies this year and giving tins of them to my family and close friends.

  28. 78
    Jessica M says:

    Im giving some pickled jalapeños! Your recipe, of course.

  29. 79
    Carolyn S says:

    I’m looking forward to giving an assortment of my canned goodies to all our neighbors.

  30. 80
    Sarah C. says:

    I’m looking forward to giving out Pear Vanilla Jam as favors at my Latkes & Lagers party. 🙂

  31. 81

    My husband and I worked hard to find 24 new books or each of our two kiddos. They are little so we don’t want to buy a ton of toys. We are letting them unwrap one a night until Christmas. We read them together and so far, it is the best thing we have done.

  32. 82
    Margo says:

    I’m excited to make some candy to give as gifts!

  33. 83
    Katie says:

    I can’t wait to give my family some of the garlic I pickled this summer and a bunch of hot chocolate mixes.

  34. 84
    Carly says:

    This year I am most excited to give gifts that I buy locally. Haven’t started sorting out what I’ll be picking up, but I know that this year I want to make sure I buy as much as I can in my town.

  35. 85
    TimL says:

    Last summer I made jam with flavor grenade (that is what the farm stand calls them) pluots. I think it will be a nice taste of summer in the cold winter.

  36. 86
    Priscilla says:

    To give locally made food goodies and honey mustard I made.

  37. 87
    Kana says:

    Since the summer I’ve been working on canning an assortment of goods: ketchup, mustards, BBQ & apple sauces, along with jams/jellies!

  38. 88
    Lori says:

    Looking forward to my (future) son in laws annual Feast of the Seven Fishes. It is a tradition of his Italian family and this is the third year we will be hosting it at our house. There are canned things involved, but my biggest contribution is the gravlax.

  39. 89
    Christie says:

    I’all be gifting my black berry peach jam! (Based on you blackberry apricot recipe – thanks!)

  40. 90
    Maddie K H says:

    I’m giving all of my family members and in-laws framed pictures of my one year old son. They’ve been asking for them forever I’m glad to get it done!

  41. 91
    Susan says:

    I am looking forward to giving my homemade guava vanilla bean jelly, fig jam, lemon curd, BBQ Sauce, ketchup and home grown popcorn as gifts! I hope to make it a completely home grown Christmas. The gifts that someone made are always the most appreciated.

  42. 92
    keapdx says:

    I did all my ‘Christmas Shopping’ this summer making jam and pickles. But I’m also glad to be giving a therma-pen thermometer. Wonder who might get that ? 🙂

  43. 93
    Jenny Young says:

    What I am most excited to give is not for the kitchen.

    I had an old full-length mirror, that belonged to my grandmother, framed for my daughter-in-law. It is just beautiful!. It’s trimmed in oiled live oak with a live edge…the bark edge is against the glass & the cut edge the outside of the frame. It will hang horizontal & along the bottom are five black iron hooks, the tops of the hooks curl into a flat circle.

    I told my son that if he thought she wouldn’t like it I’d keep it & get her something else. His reply, ‘Let it go mom. You are not going to get to keep that!’

  44. 94
    Aislinn says:

    I’m giving date dinner baskets to most of my relatives. Homemade sauce, fancy pasta, bottle of wine and a nice chocolate bar. Easy and delicious!

  45. 95
    Heather says:

    I love watching my littles open gifts, the magic is still there. Giving gifts to them is what I look forward to.

  46. 96
    Cheryl says:

    This canner doesn’t have a lot of gadgets and makes do without things, so the knifes alone would be fantastic additions!

    I started canning in September, so many of my gifts will be from my inventory. This year I have done more salsa and BBQ sauces, than jams. May start that in Jan when the meyer lemons hit the shelves.

  47. 97
    Ruby says:

    I love a good knife! I’m looking forward to giving some home made vanilla.

  48. 98
    Louise says:

    I’m giving a few items I sewed myself. Very proud.

  49. 99
    Kim says:

    I’m looking forward to making my friend a basket of homemade goodies, which will include jam, salsa and sauerkraut (which are from your recipes).

  50. 100

    I am doing a lot of canning and baking to get ready for Christmas. I spend the morning with my daughter and her family and then spend the afternoon with my adopted sister and Mom.