Better than a Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia Pet


For the DIYers on your list
Sprouts on a terra cotta doggie just won’t cut it.

Not these days when people are out there canning home-grown tomatoes and curing their own hams.

A good do-it-yourself project taps into creativity, fosters a sense of engagement with the process, and leads to a real accomplishment.
You’re going to have to do a lot better than a Chia Pet; like with one of these do-it-yourself gift sets:

All they will need is milk: every kit from Urban Cheesecraft comes with the equipment, tools, and ingredients to make cheese—mozzarella, ricotta, paneer, queso blanco, or fresh chèvre. The small kit makes 10 batches of cheese for about 2 dollars each, plus the cost of the milk; larger kits are even more economical.

Leener’s hot sauce kits come with a variety of fresh pepper mashes and dried peppers, spices, and bottling supplies that give them plenty of options for customized concoctions.

Culinary grow-your-own kits used to mean four little seed packets and four little herb pots. The range today includes such culinary esoterica as edamame, beer hops, peanuts, mushrooms, and miniature, indoor blood orange trees.
You can give the gift of pickle- or sauerkraut-making, home fish-smoking, or for the right person on your gift list, a wedding cake-maker.
Destination Dinners ships an exotic dinner party in a box: add your own fresh ingredients and the Haifa kit makes falafel for six with recipes, ingredients, condiments, cooking and serving utensils, and a CD of Israeli music; Boston Beach makes Jamaican jerk chicken for ten with a steel drum soundtrack. D’Artagnan’s cassoulet for 12 comes with duck leg confit, garlic sausage, French tarbais beans, even demi-glace and duck fat. All that’s missing is a couple of bottles of Syrah.

Better than a thank you note.
Give the right gift, and you just might end up with a jar of pickles or a dinner party invitation.

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One Response to Better than a Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia Pet

  1. Monet says:

    This is such a great gift list! I know that my gardening husband would be thrilled with some of those seeds. And homemade cheese? Sounds heavenly! Thank you so much for sharing with me today. I hope you have a lovely weekend.

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