(BPT) - If you struggle finding just the right wedding present for friends and family who are getting married, you're not alone. You want a gift that is personal, unique and, above all else, something they will actually use. Many newlyweds need to build their kitchen supplies, plus with the foodie trend still going strong, you can't go wrong with food- and cooking-themed gifts.
Instead of gifting a blender or new pots and pans, think outside the gift box and create a basket of premium spices. A good set of spices makes an immediate difference in any kitchen - high quality cinnamon, paprika or even salt and pepper, for example, bring an impressive new level of flavor to any meal. It's also fun for newlyweds to explore spices together. They can create new combinations for both old and new dishes to learn which flavors they, as a new couple, deem to be their favorites.
When selecting spices for gifting, look for natural and organic spices. You want your gift to communicate your best wishes for the happy couple's health while giving them a true taste of why high standards matter. Here are some top spices the experts at Frontier Natural Products recommend:
Step 1: Start with staples
To properly build a spice rack, you must have a good selection of commonly used staples. Great staple spices include basil, bay leaves, cayenne, chives, cinnamon, cumin, garlic powder, marjoram, oregano, paprika, parsley, pepper, rosemary, sage, tarragon, thyme, turmeric and, of course, salt and black pepper.
Step 2: Add spice blends
Ready-to-use spice blends are quick and convenient ways to add flavor to foods, and they're perfect for cooks learning their way in the kitchen. Popular spice blends include all-purpose seasoning, chili powder, curry powder, Italian seasoning, Mexican seasoning and pumpkin pie spice.
Step 3: Include adventurous spices
Add a surprise element to your spice gift basket with a few adventurous options. This is a good way to personalize your gift as well. For example, add a spice that is reminiscent of their honeymoon location, such as Frontier's new Seafood Seasonings, hand-harvested French salt Fleur de Sel, or Grains of Paradise Seed, a tiny seed that tastes like a combination of a mild black pepper, ginger, cardamom and coriander.
Step 4: Don't forget trendy spices
Help the happy couple go to the head of culinary class by including top trending spices in your wedding gift. Smoked spices are all the rage right now, so be sure to include some delicious smoked sea salt. Another trendy spice is Vietnamese Cinnamon, prized by gourmet chefs, many whom believe it to be the best cinnamon in the world.
Step 5: Finish with extracts and flavorings
To round out your wedding gift, consider including some premium extracts and flavorings to really help prepare the newlyweds' kitchen. One great example is non-GMO Vanilla Extract from Frontier. Its rich, universally popular taste will enhance treats from cookies to custards. Plus, non-GMO means it isn't made with genetically modified vanilla beans, a positive for many people.
When it comes to wedding gifts, make sure yours stands out from the bunch. A customized collection of spices is sure to be used time and time again by the happy couple, and they'll think of your thoughtful gift every time they cook.