Make spice kits, specialty salts, sugars and dry rubs for your favorite foodie's cooking needs. For an especially nice holiday touch, make a big mulling spice kit for apple cider like the one pictured above following this recipe. Add a card explaining how to make the cider.
Specialty salts and sugars are easy to make. A good herbs de Provence salt for French cooking can be made with a couple cups of sea salt and a few tablespoons of the herb mix blended in. Follow this recipe to make a jar for a friend.
An easy and lovely vanilla sugar can be made by placing a whole vanilla bean, cut in half and seeds scraped out, in a jar with two cups of sugar. Mix the seeds in well with the sugar and close the jar. The vanilla flavor will build over a couple of weeks.
There are many dry rub recipes out there, but follow this guide to build your own signature rub. Even if you don't eat meat, these salt, sugar and spice blends would be great on grilled tofu, portobello mushrooms or eggplant.