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. This season I’ll be gifting homemade Meyer limoncello, vanilla extract, and pear chocolate jam. These have been the favorites for my friends and family over the years and all came from your site. Thanks for so much inspiration!

  2. What I am sharing this year that I generally shy away from with a vengeance is an individual sentiment and wish on the back of our family picture made into a Christmas card. This was a hard year and I want those close and important to know how special they are to us. It’s taking a long time and I have writers cramp. You’re it’s totally worth it!!!

  3. I always go homemade on gifts. Preserves, knitted items, and loaves from my great-great-grandmother’s fruitcake recipe.

  4. I’ve made a handful of knitted chemo caps for my favorite aunt – including a Santa hat! Unfortunately everyone else is getting purchased gifts or IOUs as I broke my arm. Thanks for the opportunity!

  5. #5? No way I’m winning this.

    I’m looking forward to giving my sister a “cloud” platform for her little wooden German angels.

    I’ll be making my Mom some heavy canvas tote bags for groceries.

    I’ll be embroidering some handkerchiefs for my Dad, who is old fashioned that way.

    I’ll be taking some Strawberry Rose Geranium jam to my old colleagues at work to say Hi and tell them what I’ve been doing in my retirement. (I also need to drop off some donations for a tax break.)

  6. I like to give my co-workers treat trays for the holidays, I have new co-workers this season, so it will be a surprise to them.

  7. I’m looking forward to giving friends some Shibori dyed indigo cloths for their kitchens! And I had a family tree made for my mom…can’t wait for that, either!

  8. I’m making up some “take care of yourself” packages for the ladies in my life with some homemade lip balms, eye pillows, and other treats (can’t spill it all in case they’re reading this post!). It’s something that I’ve tried to put together for years, but ran out of time in the past and ended up buying gifts, but this year, I think we could all use a little bit of extra TLC, so it’s happening :-).

  9. I’ll be gifting jams made over the summer… mango habañero, raspberry jalapeño and good old fashioned Hood strawberry jam from Oregon. Best. Strawberry. Ever!!

  10. I’m prepping for Christmas cookie making. Just finished a batch of Prune Plum Jam, which will be used in Thumbprint cookies. Such fun creating and giving!

  11. Didn’t get a lot of canning in this year, but managed some macintosh apple sauce for a few special friends and some apple cider/ginger jelly

  12. I’m looking forward to making different kinds of chocolate candy. I arrange them in a tin and give them to special friends. What would Christmas be without chocolate!

  13. I made a fair amount of jam this year so I will be tucking jars of it in many of my packages. Last year I did the same and later realized that I had given away most of my husbands favorite…the plum with star anise.
    So this year, I am wrapping a large supply and putting it under the tree for him!

  14. No food related, but my kids are getting a snap circuit set, a portable easel and a crystal growing set and they are going to be thrilled with all three…I love their curious, creative brains! And that we can give the three these three gifts and all will use them.

  15. Depending on the person, I will be making homemade gift items for my gift baskets of homemade spices, jams, jellies, hot sauce, party mix, canned jalapenos, etc.
    Thank you for this giveaway opportunity

  16. I’m looking forward to mailing homemade cookies and jams to relatives that live out of state and won’t make it home for the holidays!

  17. I am looking forward to giving my husband a nice pair of work shoes. His are really worn out and he really hasn’t had the extra money to replace them. I saved up to get them and I think he will be very surprised. He works hard and I would like him to be comfortable and look nice.

  18. I’ve moved 2x this year and only managed to make strawberry jam and strawberry lemon marmalade, but my recipients are happy regardless!

  19. For the past few Christmases my Mom and I have been making jam to give to family and friends. This past year I have been teaching her more and more about canning. This weekend after doing our annual round of holiday jams, she asked how I learned to feel comfortable canning by myself. I started with the Ball blue book, so I plan to pick one up to tuck in her stocking 🙂 🙂

  20. My season is starting off slowly…but I have to bring a dish to work on Friday for our annual Christmas Breakfast. I hope my bread pudding made with croissants in lieu of french bread will be over the top “licious”. This weekend I plan on using some cranberries that were on sale to make a relish to give to some of my neighbors.

  21. I’m looking forward to giving my mom-in-law an immersion blender. She’s a wonderful, adventurous cook and I know (from experience) how an immersion blender is incredibly helpful.

  22. I’m looking forward to giving time….I have off from work the same time as my kids are off from school around the holidays. I’m looking forward to just getting together and being with them!

  23. We’ve gotten ladybug rainboots for our two year old niece, and I and very excited about them! (So cute!)
    I’m also planning on making spiced nuts, granolas, marmalade, and my first foray into caramel for food gifts.

  24. Gifting lots of jams, chutney, tomatoes, jellies, peppers & pickles. I get most of this done by October, make a spreadsheet of the yields and am able to chart out what selection goes to who. In late November, I wrap them and then there is nothing like a well packed Flat Rate USPS box going across the country!

  25. I’m super excited to give my hot cocoa mason jars and handmade slippers to family and friends. I’ve worked all year to get things ready and I’m so excited to see how they like them!

  26. I’m gifting little jars of pepper goodness this year – I made two kinds of pepper jelly and a really spicy tobasco pepper salsa and put them in quarter pint jars for gifting!

  27. I am giving my mom a haircut certificate, gloves, scarf and hat. She just moved to a apt at a senior living community and is really loving it. She can walk down the hall and have her hair done. Plus she is trying to walk the grounds daily weather permitting.

  28. A certain special someone will be getting the small kitchen appliance from the wish list. For other folks I will be giving jars of my preserves.

  29. I’m looking forward to the gift of time together. We live in different states so, I’ve rented a house and am bringing homemade/handmade gifts to give while we spend a few days enjoying the holiday season together 🙂

  30. We just had new neighbors move in down the street, so I’m looking forward to giving them some Christmas cookies I made with my daughters!

  31. 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!

  32. 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 🙂

  33. 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.

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

  35. 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!

  36. 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!

  37. 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!

  38. 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.

  39. 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!

  40. 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.

  41. 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!

  42. 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.

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

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

  46. 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.

  47. 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!

  48. 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.

  49. 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 ? 🙂

  50. 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!’

  51. 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!

  52. 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.

  53. 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).

    • Looking forward to giving bottles of my homemade vanilla this year! I started 4 months ago. I now just have to strain the pods into some adorable bottles I found ( that can be canned to seal as well), I found the correct caps for them to make it work…and I even have some non-alcoholic vanilla as an option for some friends with sensitive children. Can’t wait to make them up and give them out!

  54. I’m looking forward to giving my time. I’m heading home to spend Christmas with family for the first time in many many years and taking my 3 year old too!

  55. Made a double batch of Pepper Jelly yesterday! Looking forward to gifting it along with sliced baguette and goat cheese throughout the Holiday season.

  56. im looking forward to making and giving my great niece her very first christmas stocking .. she is just a bit over a year old and last she she got a baby quilt i made.

  57. I have canned many item from the garden this year in hopes to share with friends and family for Christmas . Two of the most requested items are the blueberry jam and green tomato relish hope everyone enjoys the gifts.

  58. I’m looking forward to giving the bulk of the things I canned this summer (pepper jelly, smoked tomato jam, pickled garlic) and giving my partner the Love in the Time of Cholera tote bag she wants but doesn’t know she’s getting. 🙂

  59. Always gift jams and preserves I’ve made. Excited this year because they’re all “naturally sweet!” Yes, i know it’s still sugar, but less of it. And they tastecso good a little goes a long way!

  60. I’ve made a selection of jams and pickles over the summer that I’ll be gifting to family and friends. Many of the recipes came from your books–so thank you!

  61. I’m still working on making my gift list, let alone buying for it, but I’m excited to gift a custom-made puzzle of our family farm to my mother – she loves puzzles! thanks for the giveaway chance!

  62. I made our nieces and nephews Superhero pillows. Our friends and family will all be getting jams, pickles and barbecue rub and sauce!

  63. I’m looking forward to giving my 4- and 6-year old little cousins matching kitchen aprons with their names embroidered on them, and their very own wooden kitchen spoons as well. Also got their mom a matching apron! They love making things together in the kitchen, and I love to encourage any sort of cooking/baking 🙂

  64. The best batch of jam I made this year was peach pie jam. I’ll enjoy giving it to my jam loving family. I also made and canned peach syrup. That is going to a select few but it is wonderful. I am also making raggedy quilts for my two college age children.

  65. I made some regular mustard and some maple chipotle mustard to give to friends and family. And I got my wife tickets to a concert she would love to see but wouldn’t ordinarily get to attend.

  66. One of our friends gave us a beautiful handmade wooden spatula, and another friend saw it and fell in love with it. Excited to give her one when she gets back in town!

  67. I am looking forward to giving the gifts I purchased from small businesses (online & in person)! I’ve got some local honey, pottery, beard oil, goat’s milk soap, a gorgeous wooden cheese plank, waxed canvas dopp bags (that I still need to make), and even the Gift of Apertivo! I decided not to make too many handmade gifts this year because time has been short, so buying handmade and/or local is the next best thing (and some might say even better)!

  68. My formerly always barefoot daughter has suddenly and completely embraced outrageous knee high socks. I’ve got socks with hula hooping bears, flying owls, rampaging pink elephants, lounging red pandas, Moon faces, hamsters and enough mushrooms to carpet a forest floor. I’ve never been so excited to give socks to someone as I am this Christmas.

  69. Oh dear, I’m looking forward so much to paying off my daughter’s school loan (and she doesn’t know!) because she’s worked so hard & gone without so much for several years in order to pay her loans. I’m super proud of her & glad I have a little extra to provide over Christmas this year!

  70. I’ve got some Slivovitz hanging or in jars that will finish infusing right around Christmas. I’m looking forward to giving a few bottles away to friends who have been waiting since September.

  71. Every year my siblings and I make a calendar for each of our parents filled with the artwork we’ve done throughout the year. Mama loves to see the wide range of subjects and, believe it or not, after ten years Papa is still surprised when he unwraps his!

  72. I’m most looking forward to gifting a wrap that I’ve been knitting my mom, and lemon curd I’ve been canning because yellow is such a happy color that brightens everything!

  73. I’m looking forward to giving my family each a jar of homemade concord grape butter. They’re mostly city folk, so I’m sure they’ve never tried it before

  74. I will be giving away lots of types of homemade caramels! I finished wrapping a ton of gingerbread caramels this evening.

  75. I’m looking forward to gifting the fruit preserves I made this summer, especially a black raspberry jam I made with berries I picked myself at a local berry farm 🙂

  76. I’m looking forward to gifting Zing bow and arrow sets to our sons. They will have so much fun using them in our new yard!

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

  78. Felted soap -practical, pretty with a pinch of luxury. Each soap is made with the recipient in mind based on color preferences, scent, and moisturizers.

  79. I’m giving myself permission to take time for myself, and hopefully get back into the kitchen (which I’ve been too busy working to return to in months).

  80. 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!!

  81. 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!!!

  82. 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!

  83. 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. 🙂

  84. 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.

  85. 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.

  86. 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.

  87. 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)!

  88. 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.

  89. 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.

  90. 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.

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

  92. 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!)

  93. 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.

  94. 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.

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

  96. 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.

  97. 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.

  98. 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. ?

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

  100. 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!

  101. 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… 🙂

  102. 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!

  103. 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.

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

  105. 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!

  106. 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!

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

  108. 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!!

  109. 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?

  110. 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!

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

  112. 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.

  113. 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.

  114. 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.

  115. 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.

  116. 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 🙂

  117. 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.

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

  119. 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!

  120. 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!

  121. 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!

  122. 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.

  123. 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!

  124. 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!

  125. 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!

  126. 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!)

  127. 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.

  128. 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.

  129. 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.

  130. 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).

  131. 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.

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