With many of us having more time at home these days, it might be the perfect time for DIY garden gifts for the holidays. This is a fun activity for us if we get started now and don’t have the need to rush. Consider your expertise and who would be most likely to appreciate the finished gift.
There are lots of homemade garden gifts to try your hand at. Use these as a basis for developing our own ideas.
Handmade Gifts Using Homegrown Herbs
Many suggestions here include offering one of your favorite recipes along with the herbs you’ve grown that are used in the dish. This is particularly good for recipes that include basil, as we always seem to have more than we need.
Lavender and rosemary are included in a number of food recipes and other items like homemade bath bombs, fragrant lavender wands, and tea bags for the bath. Combine these and other herbs from your garden with a few simple ingredients to make these and many other gifts.
Use herbs to infuse vinegar, sugar, butter, and oils. Include instructions for their use if you think it’s needed. Sugars can be included with a box of tea bags or butters with homemade bread. It can be an interesting challenge to pair the two.
Get creative with packaging your homemade items and it can be a significant addition to the gift. Various sizes of Mason jars can be decorated for the holiday season and hold any number of homemade gifts. They’re also reusable in many cases.
Printable labels abound online to help with your packaging. You can find a printable herb packet or other styles online. Use it with a regular envelope, if needed. These are also perfect for seasoning packets you might put together to go with a recipe.
Creative labeling allows you to gift seeds more easily from your garden too. These make great stocking stuffers for the new gardener and help get them ready for spring planting. You may go a step further and plant seeds for them, gifting starts of cool season growers like cilantro and leaf lettuces.
Plant a Kitchen Colander
An attractive container for growing herbs and starting veggie seeds, colanders are available in a range of colors, sizes, and materials. You may also plant in a basket or a slatted box.
Take advantage of this extra time to create simple and easy homemade gifts from the garden. Use your imagination and creativity to build on the ideas presented. Save money and let your ingenuity soar as you make these unique gifts for friends and family.