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Holiday Gift Ideas for the Foodie: Saffron Salt and Dried Herbs

It’s easy to whip up foodie holiday gifts from your kitchen. Grind up sea salt with saffron to make some golden saffron salt or dry up fresh garden herbs for homemade spice packs.

Overhead shot of saffron salt in a mortar and pestle by FamilySpice.com

I do my best to plan ahead. But I suppose I live for the chaos and stress because I tend to get more creative and productive when I am under the gun. It’s hard to feel the Christmas spirit in July or during Halloween.

Next thing you know, Thanksgiving has come and gone, December is in full swing and you are scrambling for gift ideas for your friends and family. Personally, I love homemade gifts and I think my friends like receiving my homemade gifts!

Overhead shot of DIY Dried Herbs by FamilySpice.com

Of course, I love to hand out baked goodies, but not everyone wants to indulge 24/7 in the calories and fat. My hubs and I seriously enjoy sharing our booze creations, but again, not everybody drinks.

Luckily, living in Southern California, we are not buried in freezing temperatures or snow. My garden is still full of herbs like thyme, sage, rosemary and oregano. Have a bay tree? Perfect! Why not dry your herb harvest and share with your friends?

Closeup shot of DIY Dried Herbs by FamilySpice.com

I found these cute tins on Amazon, which were the perfect size for sharing and storing dried herbs. I also fell in love with these adorable spoons. Wrap it all in twine, stick a tag in it and you’re done. Share a favorite recipe you like to cook using the spices you are giving away.

More importantly, you still have time to make these gifts, as it takes about a week to dry the herbs out, especially during these ultra-dry winter months.

Gourmet salts are also very popular right now, but you can make your own flavors, too, and wrap them up as gifts. Buy some sea salt in bulk and mix with dried herbs, garlic powder, pepper and other favorite seasonings.

Persian saffron by FamilySpice.com

I used my mortar and pestle to grind up a healthy pinch of saffron (of course) and grounded it with sea salt to make some very special saffron salt. It is super aromatic and is a wonderful way to add something special to the holiday meal.

Don’t have any saffron? Check out my store and buy some premium grade Persian saffron with free shipping anywhere in the US.

So be creative this holiday and giveaway some foodie gifts you can find in your garden and pantry. You don’t have to break the bank when it comes to gift giving.

Yield: 1/4 cup

Saffron Salt

Saffron Salt

It's easy to whip up foodie holiday gifts from your kitchen. Grind up sea salt with saffron to make some golden saffron salt or dry up fresh garden herbs for homemade spice packs.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1/4 cup coarse sea salt
  • healthy pinch of saffron threads


  1. Add saffron and sea salt in a mortar and pestle and grind until smooth.
  2. Add 1-2 drops of water as needed to bring out the vibrant yellow saffron color.
  3. Allow salt to dry before transferring to a spice jar and seal closed.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1/4 tsp

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 0 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 589mg Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 0g Protein: 0g
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