Crafty Gift Ideas

Published on December 16th, 2010 | by Maria


5 Handmade Gifts for Cooks


Need handmade gifts for cooks on your holiday list? Create these five crafty kitchen ingredients to give any cook this holiday season.

We all know at least one person who loves to get in the kitchen and whip up delicious treats and meals. Instead of buying them a one-use gadget to take up more space in their kitchen, make some of these ingredients they can use in their next recipe. Here are five handmade ingredients that a cook would love to use.

vanilla extract

1. Vanilla Extract

Andrea Meyers gives us an easy how-to on making vanilla extract. Since the process takes about 8 weeks, give your recipient a little note about how to finish the process.


2. Flavored Salts

Over on Steamy Kitchen, there are great recipes to create different flavored salts. The combinations of flavors for salts are endless, have fun coming up with combos your recipient will love.

olive oil

3. Infused Olive Oil

Olive oil is a staple in any cook’s kitchen, so give them a special one to use by infusing olive oil with different spice combinations. Infused oils can make any meal, even a simple salad, more special.


4. Coffee Liqueur

Yogurt Land gives us a simple recipe for making coffee liqueur. This liqueur would be great for after dinner adult beverages or used in homemade tiramisu.

rosemary and garlic

5. Rosemary and Garlic Herb Rub

Kalyn’s Kitchen has a great recipe for a rosemary and garlic herb rub that can be used in countless recipes. Other combinations like dried sage, parsley, and oregano would also be fantastic.

Once you’re done, relax with one of these homemade tea blends! Do you have any recipes or gift ideas for the cooks in your life? I would love to hear some of your ideas and see some links. Feel free to leave a comment or two.

[Cooking image by spoOnman, Vanilla extract image by kern.justin, , Salt image by ladybugbkt, Olive oil image by madmaxx , Coffee image by dongga BS, Rosemary and garlic image by monicamüller]

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About the Author

Hey there! I'm Maria Raffaelle and I currently live in Chicago, IL. I have a passion for all things eco-friendly in makeup, skincare, haircare, and fashion. The crafter in me loves to put a DIY twist on beauty too! One of my goals is to help women realize that they are all beautiful; no matter their size, shape, or skin. Let's celebrate the beauty in each of us, together!

One Response to 5 Handmade Gifts for Cooks

  1. Thanks for the mention of my Rosemary-Garlic herb rub!

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