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I always have a hard time finding gifts for my three brothers-in-law. It’s made more difficult by the fact that there seem to be few easy DIY guy gift projects that fit them and their personalities. But this year I think I nailed it. All three of them are grill-masters. So when I found a barbecue rub recipe as a DIY guy gift, I knew I could change it up and make it work for me.

The project I found had the rub in a glass jar. Instead, I made a variety of rubs/seasonings and put them in zippered snack bags, then packaged the lot of them together in brown kraft paper. The result was a Christmas gifting success. My brothers-in-law were happy with the gift, and along the way, I also designed my first svg cut file! (I got a Cricut maker for Christmas… in November lol.)

Materials Needed for a Seasoning DIY Guy Gift

For the Seasoning

Seasoning Recipes – as few or many as you would like. I used these as my staring points: the Mexican variation of Easy Homemade BBQ Rub from Rachel Cooks; BBQ Rub Recipe from Dinner At The Zoo; seasoning only from Jerk Shrimp Kabobs from Dinner At The Zoo; Big Batch Barbecue Rub from Real Simple; and my own Pot Roast Rub (recipe found below). Please note that I did vary the ingredients some based on my own tastes.

Seasonings – the specifics will be based on the recipes you choose.

Zippered Snack Bags.

Full Sheet Shipping Labels.


My Printable File (sign up for Free Membership below to get the PDF) or create your own.

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For the Wrapping

Kraft Paper.

Jute Twine.

For the Gift Tag

Cutting Machine. I personally have the Cricut Maker, but there are a lot of other options out there.

Cardstock or Printed Paper – choose colors that suit your fancy.

My SVG File (sign up for Free Membership above to access the file).

Glue Stick.

Adhesive Foam Squares.

You can also use a purchased tag or just write directly on the kraft paper.

How to Make a Seasoning DIY Guy Gift

I started by batching up different rub or seasoning recipes. Because I was making several gifts, I either doubled or tripled each recipe depending on how big the original was. After mixed, I evenly divided the recipe into my desired number of zippered snack bags.

DIY guy gift seasoning in a snack bag

Then I created labels to print on sticker paper. After printing, I cut the labels and affixed to each snack bag. I used five different recipes to give them options.

After they were labeled, I stacked the five packets and cut brown Kraft paper in a square. I cut it approximately 2″ longer than the wide portion of the snack bag.

Place the packets diagonally on the square, then fold the two short sides in. Next, fold the bottom up, and finish with folding the top down to create an envelope-looking package.

After wrapping in kraft paper, wrap jute around the package however you feel comfortable. I did the traditional start on the front, bring to the back, twist, bring back to the front on the other sides, slide under the first layer, and tie.

If using my svg file, cut your gift tags on your cutting machine. I sized them so the largest (back) piece should fit perfectly on a 12″ x 12″ sheet of cardstock or paper if you choose to cut 24 copies.

Assemble the gift tags as shown in the picture. I used foam squares to attach the snowflakes to add a little dimension.

Tie the completed (or purchased) gift tags on the package, and enjoy the reactions when you present this DIY guy gift!

Finished seasoning packet DIY guy gift

Special Bonus – Kick-Ass Pot Roast Recipe

Dallas and I use this for our elk roasts, but I can imagine it would be tasty for any type of hearty roast. My recipe is described using an Instant Pot. Please adjust accordingly if you are using a traditional slow cooker or the oven.

Dry Rub

1 1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

1 1/2 tsp rosemary

1 1/2 tsp thyme

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp paprika

3/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Roast Ingredients

2-3 lb roast

1 c minced onions

5 cloves crushed fresh garlic

2 tsp of minced garlic from a jar

4-6 red potatoes

2 c baby carrots

2 stalks of celery, cut into bite-sized chunks

1/4 onion, sliced

2 c beef broth


Dry rub your roast with the mixture above. Save the extra for the vegetables.

Using the ‘Saute’ function of your Instant Pot, sear all sides of your roast with EVOO.

Take out your roast, add more EVOO, and saute the minced onion and two types of garlic until soft and fragrant.

Add your beef broth and roast back to the pot. Using the meat setting, cook for 40-50 minutes. While cooking, prepare your vegetables and toss with the extra dry rub mixture.

After the meat cook time, quick release the pressure. Add in your vegetables and use the meat setting to cook for an additional 15-20 minutes. Let your Instant Pot natural release for 10 minutes, then quick release the rest. Enjoy!

Happy Crafting!!