I ran out of Chinese Five Spice which you can sometimes buy at grocery stores. I have everything but the anise. It's probably cheaper just to buy the mix than the components. But, I could find fancy jars and give out a homemade portion as gifts. I typically like to give a gift of spices as a wedding gift with a note that says, "May your marriage always have spice." Hmm. I'll have to price anise.
Tonight for our Asian Lettuce Wraps I used cloves, garlic, ginger, and white pepper for a frugal hack. It smells so good.