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Gifts for Every Budget


with Stephanie Bullen
Chief Flavor Advisor
November 30, 2015
Tags: gift gift guide gift ideas gift packs gift sets gifts stocking stuffers

This year, I’ve pulled out some of my favorite gifts in different budget levels to help guide you to the perfect gift for everyone on your list.

We’ve often heard Savory Spice described as “a cook’s paradise” or a “chef’s playground,” stocked nearly floor to ceiling and wall to wall with virtually every herb, spice, and seasoning you can imagine. So when it comes to the perfect gift for your favorite home cook or seasoned chef, it can be a little overwhelming to choose from all the possible spice gifts around the shop. This year, I’ve pulled out some of my favorite gifts in different budget levels to help guide you to the perfect gift for everyone on your list.

Stocking Stuffers ($15 and under)

Hot Chocolates

Our decadent hot chocolate features two servings packaged in festive Savory red and green boxes and it comes in four flavors. Classic Hot Chocolate is that childhood favorite and allows you to get creative by adding your own flavoring or extracts (try a tiny dash of peppermint extract!) to suit each cup to your tastes. Canela Hot Chocolate has warm cinnamon and sweet vanilla flavors infused into the classic cocoa. Take warming up to the next level with Chile Hot Chocolate—we use three different chile varieties for layers of flavor! Last, but certainly not least, is our unique Chai Hot Chocolate. The cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and other spices found in traditional chai tea make this variety a seasonally spiced favorite.

3 Jar Gift Packs

We have not one, not two, but ten different packs under $15! For something sweet try Baked & Infused or Chocoholic. For the traveler consider Cool Runners, Tres Amigos, or The Heat is On. Sports fanatics will relish the perfect-for-tailgating options in Snack Attack, Pizza Lovers, and Wing It! Anyone and everyone will be able to find a use for the spices in EKG (salt-free) and Seasonings for the Soul.

Button Salt & Pepper Mill Set

Savory Spice founder Mike Johnston was very excited about this set because it’s perfect for camping or travel. The set contains both a pepper and salt grinder, versus the salt shaker that you often see, so you no longer have to worry about spilling your salt (or over which shoulder to toss the salt if you do).

Mesh Ball Tea Infuser + Chai Spices

Speaking of the perfect cup, consider this combination for the tea lover in your life. Pair our mesh ball tea infuser with a bottle of our Chai Spices and throw in our Chai Tea recipe. Many of our stores also carry local tea selections, so stop by to peruse their offerings.

Pearl St. Plank Rub + Cedar Grilling Planks

Even in the dead of winter, someone is thinking about firing up the grill. The combination of Pearl St. Plank Rub, a sweet barbeque rub with just a kiss of spiciness, and Cedar Grilling Planks are almost everything you need to get started on a great meal. (The salmon, however, is not included.)

Perfect Presents ($50 and under)

Spice Club "Spice Tester"

Our new spice of the month club offers recipients brand new recipes featuring both handcrafted seasonings and fresh spices shipped to your doorstep every month. “Spice Tester” is the starter 6 month membership that also includes periodic bonus seasonings and recipes. It’s the gift that keeps on giving well after the holiday season is over!

Spice to Plate with 10 (1 oz.) Blends

Savory’s first cookbook, Spice to Plate, features 30 recipes using 10 of our signature seasonings. This package includes a cookbook plus a 1 oz. sample of each seasoning featured in the book. It’s a great way to sample several flavors and multiple recipes from the cookbook.

Kilner Honey Pot + Fresh Ground Cinnamon

For those who like it sweet. This beautifully crafted honey pot, imported from the United Kingdom, features a secure clip top to keep your honey fresh. Pair it with our new super-fresh ground Supreme Saigon Cinnamon for a sweet treat to mix into your baking creations, coffee, or afternoon tea. Many of our stores carry locally produced honey, so stop in to find a perfect pairing.

Grill Smoker Box + Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

Yes, another grilling product made our list. Select the grill smoker box that’s right for you—or the lucky recipient—with a box designed for a gas grill (a ‘v’ shape) or for a charcoal grill (a rectangle shape). Choose either the traditional Jamaican Jerk Seasoning or Extra Hot Jamaican Jerk, with even more habanero kick! Gift these together and you’re sure to be invited over for a Jerk Chicken dinner.

Spice Gift Packs

On sale for the holiday season, many of our beloved gift packs are available for $50 or less. Ranging from Global Kitchen (which includes a range of flavors from Greek to Vietnamese) to Heat Seekers (with our spiciest seasonings) and Root-to-Greens (ideal for vegetarians) to Pit Boss (with large jars of four specialty BBQ seasonings), there really is something for everyone.

Generous Gifting ($100 and over)

Ultimate Rack Pack

New this year, this stunning crate is a custom-made display of artistry. It comes with a carefully curated selection of herbs and spices. Customer favorites like Mt. Elbert All-Purpose Seasoning and Peruvian Chile Lime are complimented with pantry essentials like Pyramid Peak Lemon Pepper and Italian Herbs. This set is sure to keep ‘em cooking all year long.

Spice Club "Spice Lover"

New this year, our Spice Club is the perfect gift for the Savory lover or home cook who has everything. For 12-months, the “Spice Lover” membership will deliver a new, never-before-published monthly recipe, plus a handcrafted seasoning and herb or spice featured in that recipe. Recipients will also receive surprise bonus products and recipes throughout the year. This “Spice Lover” option also includes our Spice to Plate cookbook plus 1 oz. bags of each of the 10 seasonings featured in the book.

Salt Brick Cooking Package

Wow your favorite griller with the Himalayan Salt Brick, Salt Plate Holder, and Salt Block Cooking book. This trio of gifts is everything you need to achieve perfect results with Himalayan salt brick cooking. Its perfect for the griller, the entertainer, or that accomplished cook who likes to try new things.

Pitmaster Package

Combine the Ultimate Book of BBQ, Le Creuset BBQ Pot, and Jumbo BBQ gift pack for the BBQ fanatic in your life. Pitmaster Christopher Prieto promises and delivers in his Ultimate Book of BBQ: The Complete Year-Round Guide to Grilling & Smoking. From ribs to grilled vegetables, sides to sauces, it’s all in this book. The Le Creuset BBQ Pot is perfect for storing a homemade, one-of-a-kind, secret sauce. The Jumbo BBQ gift pack contains a variety of tried and true favorites for all kinds of barbecue creations.

Better Baker Package

Consider this the complete package when it comes to baking: TriScale, Better Baking gift pack, Choco.Nut.Cheese Grater, and Apron. The TriScale is perfect for the baker who prefers precise measurements, while the Better Baking gift pack will freshen up all the essentials—including cinnamon, cocoa, and vanilla. The Choco.Nut.Cheese Grater is versatile and can create perfect chocolate spirals or fresh nutmeg shavings. A Savory Spice apron adds a nice personal touch. It’s the same apron our spice merchants use and has three pockets—for stashing recipes, towels, or your phone.

For more great gift ideas, browse our online Gift Guide or read through my Give the Gift of Savory feature article last year with ideas for the grill master, beverage connoisseur, culinary acute, entertainer, or Savory Spice fanatic.

 


Comments on this Article


James Tomaro (guest), on December 29, 2015

I am looking for a spice called savory; can you help?

sbullen (registered user) on December 29, 2015

Hi James. Yes, we carry Summer Savory. I've included the link here. Hope this helps! http://www.savoryspiceshop.com/spices/savorysm.html

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