4 Seasoning Mix Recipes

When I was growing up, I made gifts for people. I did the traditional painted rocks and coupon books, nothing too fancy, but the thought and energy were there. I can’t quite get away with those same gifts now that I’m older, but it doesn’t mean that homemade isn’t still a go-to in my book. These homemade spice mixes are easy DIY gifts to make and have that special touch without being over-the-top or expensive.

They’re also one of my go to ideas for sustainable gifting!

DIY Holiday Gift- Homemade Spice Mixes

These would be great gifts for coworkers and new friends, as well as thank yous to hosts. Make the same seasoning mix for everyone or pick an assortment of creations!

Find these perfectly sized spice jars and premade tags.

DIY Holiday Gift- Homemade Spice Mixes - Caribbean Jerk Seasoning Recipe

Homemade Spice Mixes for DIY Gifts

Whether you want to make these seasoning for your home spice cabinet or to whip them up as a single or bulk gifts, these seasoning mixes are a good call.

You can also try drying fresh herbs to gift to friends as well.

Caribbean Jerk Seasoning Recipe

This Caribbean Jerk seasoning recipe is a favorite of my husband and myself. We usually use it on grilled chicken and fish. It’s a winner every single time. The ingredients are simple and straightforward, making it a great gift and a delicious spice mix to have in your cupboard year round!


My husband and I could almost live on homemade Mexican food. With so my practice, I finally got my homemade fajita seasoning mix down pat. I usually just eyeball each of the seasonings, but until you get the hang of it, just try this easy recipe. It’s great to make in bulk too, so you can just have a small jar of the mix!

DIY Holiday Gift- Homemade Spice Mixes - Lemon Pepper Seasoning Recipe

Lemon Pepper Seasoning Recipe

With only three ingredients, this lemon pepper seasoning recipe is certainly simple. Delicious on tuna sandwiches and sprinkled on fish or chicken for taco night, this is a great seasoning. Drying the lemon peel yourself is quite a bit of work, so I’d recommend buying the dried lemon peel – available on Amazon!

DIY Holiday Gift- Homemade Spice Mixes - Cajun Seasoning Recipe

Cajun Seasoning Recipe

If you like kick in your food, then this Cajun seasoning recipe is perfect for you! That bit of cayenne pepper goes a long way in this mix. Delicious on all meats and even roasted or grilled vegetables.

Serve your spicy main dish with the perfect rice and you’ll have happy campers around your dinner table!

everything bagel seasoning focaccia rolls

Homemade Everything Bagel Seasoning

Get the recipe for Homemade Everything Bagel Seasoning and really wow your friends and family with deliciousness! I’m slightly addicted to this seasoning mix.

I love it on cream cheese or butter on a bagel, on toast, on avocado toast, on cucumber slices, on hummus, basically on EVERYTHING! I baked it onto focaccia rolls one time and loved every bit of it!

Homemade Gift Ideas

If you love giving (and receiving)  homemade gifts, you’ll love these.

Infused olive oils are always a hit (especially with a loaf of bread ). DIY Salad Dressings are also a fun idea as are dried herbs.

For those of you who love baking (I do!), try these old fashioned sugared nuts (the recipe makes a big batch) and chocolate dipped figs!

DIY Homemade Seasoning Gifts
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Homemade seasoning mixes are a great way to get the most flavor, save money, and use up the spices you have on hand. Enjoy recipes for Caribbean Jerk, Ragin' Cajun, Lemon Pepper, Everything Bagel, and Lemon Pepper Seasoning. Great DIY Gift Idea.
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Seasoning, Seasonings
Cuisine: American
Keyword: basics, plant based, seasonings
Servings: 6
Calories: 66kcal
Author: Luci Petlack



  • 4 lemons, zested (or ¼ cup pre-dried lemon zest)
  • 3 tabelspoons peppercorns
  • tablespoons sea salt


  • 3 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons sea salt
  • teaspoons garlic powder
  • 3 teaspoons onion powder
  • teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 3 teaspoons oregano
  • teaspoons thyme


  • ¼ cup onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons thyme
  • 2 teaspoons allspice
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper per spice preference


  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • 2 teaspoons dried garlic flakes
  • 2 teaspoons dried onion flakes
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt or sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon caraway seeds (rye seeds)



  • If using fresh lemon zest, thoroughly zest lemons and spread out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Put oven on the lowest setting and leave until completely dried. Mine took 35 minutes at 170 degrees. When completely dried, remove from oven.
  • In a food processor, place peppercorns and grind down to coarse texture.
  • Add sea salt and grind mixture again.
  • Add lemon zest and pulse to combine and get to finer consistency.
  • Good on poultry and fish (especially tuna).


  • Combine all ingredients in jar or food processor.
  • Good on poultry, fish, and vegetables.


  • Mix all ingredients together and store.
  • Use on poultry, fish, and vegetables. Good mixed with honey and brushed onto items for cooking.


  • Meanwhile combine everything spice blend in small bowl.
  • Store in airtight container.


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Calories: 66kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Sodium: 7955mg | Potassium: 259mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2163IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 115mg | Iron: 3mg

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  1. 5 stars
    This is a great collection of seasoning blends, and I love the idea to use them as gifts. I’m particularly excited to try the everything bagel seasoning!

  2. 5 stars
    I have never thought about gifting spices but this is such a great idea! Will definitely be giving this out this year; such a unique gift, indeed!

  3. 5 stars
    These spices are such a great idea! I love giving (and getting!) homemade Christmas gifts and I’ve bookmarked this page so I can make these this year!

    1. Hi there! The Caribbean Jerk recipe above makes about 10 tablespoons of spice mix (equivalent to about 5 ounces). Typically small spice jars are 4 ounces, so you get a little more than one full jar. You can multiply the recipe to make as much as you need – and I’ve gifted these not full to the tip-top, so you don’t have to nail the multiplication exactly!

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