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. 151
    Sam says:

    My sister wants to start canning (I got my Mom into it a few years ago) so I bought her a pressure canner. She lives in a small place and I got her the pressure canner because she can use it to do boiling water bath canning to start but then she only needs the one pot if she wants to move on to pressure canning in the future. Very excited to see what she makes first!!

  2. 152
    Pam says:

    I am going to be giving everyone my prickly pear pickles this year, a sweet cinnamon pickle made with prickly pear juice, perfect on the holiday table in place of cranberries!!!

  3. 153
    Lisa Percy says:

    Just made some cute room sprays today for teacher gifts.

  4. 154
    Sarah says:

    I am so excited to give away the variety of jams and jellies that I made this summer! Peach, apple cider jelly, cranberry, and blueberry earl grey!

  5. 155
    Amy says:

    My boyfriend is a wine aficionado and told me some months ago that he wants a wine aroma kit. He explained that they’re quite expensive but aren’t too big an undertaking to make yourself and he wasn’t sure why he hasn’t gotten around to doing so. I’m sure he’s mostly forgotten telling me about it. 🙂

  6. 156
    Olivia says:

    I’m knitting and sewing clothes and accessories for my little sister’s huge doll family. We even decorated a doll-sized Christmas tree to put the presents under.

  7. 157
    Steph says:

    I got my husband an antique beer stein. Can’t wait for him to open it:)

  8. 158
    John Foley says:

    Looking forward to giving homemade gifts. A wooden crane for my 5 year old grandson and an end table for my youngest sons first apartment.

  9. 159
    Heather says:

    Looking forward to giving away the chocolate cherry jam I tried out this year

  10. 160
    Lynn Buckman says:

    Hi! I’m giving Herbes de Provence in nice little herb glass jars. Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. 161
    Kathy Botsford says:

    Every year my greatest treat of the season is seeing what wonders my friend has captured in a mason jar. This was a hard year for her (family losses) so I found out at a get together that she as not been able to put up one jar of goodness. Everyone was crest fallen. Evidently i am not the only one looking forward. It has inspired me to take up her mantle. Cookie Swap next weekend will have to make up for it.

  12. 162
    Raina Rose says:

    I am very much looking forward to seeing my family this holiday season!! I love my family so much!

  13. 163
    Leigh says:

    Besides giving away many containers of bourbon peach jam, I am also gifting my mom a thermopen (because I love mine so much and I know she’ll use it all the time)!

  14. 164
    Lydia Ruddy says:

    I always look forward to giving away Christmas cookies. My best friend and I will absolutely destroy my kitchen churning out our holiday favorites! I might kick out a candy of some sort this year too.

  15. 165
    Mary H says:

    My favorite jam this year (beside the concord grape that is already gone) is Peach Pie and I can’t wait to share it with my jam loving friends. I am also making raggedy quilts for my 2 college aged kids. I’m so glad to be making our Christmas simple once again.

  16. 166
    Kate M Meloney says:

    Took my first sewing class. People are getting flannel pillow cases this year!

  17. 167
    Kelly M. says:

    I will be giving tamales with homemade canned tomato sauce

  18. 168
    Robin Chesser says:

    I’m looking forward to giving my homemade caramel sauce to a lot more people this year, I love giving homemade things, they have more meaning.

  19. 169
    Lisa J says:

    I’m giving peach jam made from seconds I bought in Fredericksburg tx this summer, and blueberry jam made with my homegrown blueberries!

  20. 170
    Nancy Walters says:

    I’m giving lots of custom engraved pencils. Useful and fun! And lots of jam, of course. With little ceramic spoons tied on to the jars. (I could really use some new knives — they look great! Thanks for the giveaway!)

  21. 171
    Erin says:

    I am looking forward to sending a package to my brother in Japan that will include mulled apple cider jelly!

  22. 172
    Elizabeth HW says:

    I’m looking forward to my third year of making and gifting apple cider caramels. And pleased that I found local art prints for several folks on my gift list.

  23. 173
    Robin S says:

    Concord grape jam, blackberry jelly, pear butter if I get to it (the pear sauce is in the freezer, just need to cook it way, way down) and some reusable fabric gift bags. Maybe the chai masala from Table Matters for a couple of people.

  24. 174
    Jude says:

    I am giving my granddaughter pasta attachments for her kitchen aid. She loves grandma’s homemade whole wheat pasta.

  25. 175
    Emily says:

    My partner is getting a calender stuffed with experience coupons and tickets — sporting events, concerts, activity vouchers — one for every month of 2017!

  26. 176
    Rhonda Cooper says:

    My son who is an avid cook was given a Lodge dutch oven last year that somehow a giant chip broke out of the bottom inside. He was super bummed since Dutch ovens are not inexpensive kitchen gear and not likely to replaced right away. Luckily, I found brand new Le Crueset Dutch oven on Craigslist for way cheap. So I am looking forward to giving him that for Christmas.

  27. 177
    Ades says:

    Soft brittle and a ceramic coffee dripper.

  28. 178
    KWu says:

    I made *so* much applesauce this season that I’m hoping I can pare down that stash a bit in the holiday gifts 😀

  29. 179
    Sasha Kaplan says:

    Made 94 more jars of fig jam packed with French orange brandy.. And I still have thirty !preounds of frozen figs. Taking a break before doing more.

  30. 180
    Beckie Harrison says:

    Favorite things to give away this year is Pear Cardamom jam and Cranberry butter. One has a rich earthy taste like nothing I have had before and the other is bright and cheery for the season. I also love giving the Cantaloupe Vanilla jam I made this summer – a reminder of summer and the benefit of starting Christmas presents in Auigust. ?

  31. 181
    Becky says:

    I’m making everyone aprons this year – they are so quick and easy to sew up and infinitely useful.

  32. 182
    Jessica says:

    I’m making baskets full of home canned goods, small kitchen tools, and candy to give away. …been prepping all year for the holidays!

  33. 183
    Sarah says:

    I’m looking forward to giving my husband a hand knit scarf made with my drop spindle spun yarn.

  34. 184
    Lauren says:

    I’m looking forward to giving the kiddos a their big gift- a trip to a local theme park- because it’s an experience and not a thing! We’ve been trying so hard to decrease the number of things in our house!

  35. 185
    Casey DelliCarpini says:

    I’m looking forward to giving my stepdad the Tile so that he doesn’t lose his car keys or his phone. This is particularly exciting because he loses those things regularly, but also because I am notoriously bad at giving good gifts and I think I finally hit the mark with this one!! On a culinary front, I’m looking forward to making your cranberry shrub as gifts for my husband’s co-workers this year, along with the requisite cookie tray.

    And those knives!!! Yes, please! I’m just saying, December 11 is my birthday, just saying… 🙂

  36. 186
    Shawn says:

    Prickly pear jelly, my annual tradition!

  37. 187
    anna says:

    I’m looking forward to making cookies!!

  38. 188
    Diane says:

    I’m giving my mom a pillow with the words to a song she used to sing to me on it. I hope it makes her smile as much as it does me!

  39. 189
    Anne says:

    After a visit with his brother and sister-and-law, my spouse raved about their touch-free trash can. I mean he really raved about it, for days. So on Black Friday, I got him one of his own, along with a year’s supply of trash bags for it. Not the most romantic gift, but I know he’ll be delighted with it, and I can’t wait to see his face when he unwraps that big package.

  40. 190
    Suzy says:

    My favorite thing to give away is a basket of my homemade goodies. Jams, pickles and sourdough bread are always a treat to receive.

  41. 191
    sharon says:

    I am looking forward to giving homemade sweets and cakes to my neighbors and friends.

  42. 192
    Holly H says:

    I’m making my niece and nephews quilts for Christmas, can’t wait to see what they think!

  43. 193
    Sarah says:

    I love giving things……we made pickles, jams, and jellies to give this season. It is such a blessing to put a jar or two of yummy goodness in a little gift bag with a card to say “thank you” or “Merry Christmas” this time of year!

  44. 194
    Kat says:

    I’m excited to give my sister the earrings that match the necklace I gave her for her birthday!

  45. 195
    beth says:

    i’m looking forward to giving away baked goods – always appreciated. 🙂

  46. 196
    Michelle White says:

    Making Christmas cookies

  47. 197
    Elizabeth says:

    Looking forward to giving walkie talkies to my nephews.

  48. 198
    Angela Saver says:

    I am looking forward to giving a dutch oven, & baking dishes as well as clothes and games for the kiddos for Christmas! Thanks for an AWESOME GIVEAWAY!

  49. 199
    Teresa says:

    I’m looking forward to watching people dig into my annual batch of melt-in-your-mouth Linzer Hearts, slathered with homemade raspberry jam!

  50. 200
    Yafa says:

    I am giving people I supervise and also some friends small wooden boards made by another friend.

    We are also giving the gift of love with weekly supportive cards to a friend undergoing chemotherapy for a rare form of cancer. Yesterday we found out that the chemo is working, so she and all her friends are joyous and smiling today!!