Looking for a DIY gift idea for a friend or family member? Why not take a look in your own backyard! These frugal DIY food gift ideas from your garden are easy to make, and super thoughtful too.
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DIY Food Gift Ideas
Making food gifts from your herb garden harvest is simple and easy. Add your own artistic impulses to these offerings, and have fun as you create and give homemade food gifts of the bounty from your garden.
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1. Rosemary as a DIY Food Gift Idea
Gather a bunch of rosemary with a pretty bow, and it is ready to be tucked into a food gift basket of fresh Mediterranean herbs.
Purchase a raffia wreath and florist’s wire, make a wreath of rosemary clippings, and finish with a big red bow.
Tie on a pretty label that might say: “Enjoy fresh rosemary in soups, stews, or your favorite lamb dish. As the rosemary dries, continue the enjoyment but use a little less. Rinse the sprigs with cool water just before use, if you wish.”
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2. Red Chili Peppers
Red (hot) chili peppers are lovely in wreaths, either on their own or combined with green herbs.
It’s hard to believe that there’s nobody out there who wouldn’t appreciate a red hot chili pepper wreath.
They would make a pretty DIY garden gift for any time of the year, but especially fall or winter.
3. Infused Vinegar
Lavender vinegar is delicious lightly drizzled on a salad or anyplace where basil is used. A few drops included in the final rinse of your hair or in a warm bath, along with bath oil, are delightfully delicious.
You will need champagne vinegar, culinary lavender leaves, lavender blossoms, and a very pretty bottle. Combine ingredients and steep for one month (don’t use heat).
Strain through cheesecloth, and discard flowers and leaves. Place fresh leaves and flowers in a clean bottle and fill with strained vinegar mixture.
Make sage-cranberry vinegar using the same method. Place fresh cranberries on a sage stem skewer and add a few fresh sage leaves in your finished vinegar. This is delicious sprinkled on a slice of roasted pork or included in a sauce.
4. DIY Seasoning Mixes
Bouquet Garni is lovely little gift to include in a basket of homemade food gifts for a friend who is enamored by things French.
To make these little herb bags, cut several 4-inch squares of cheesecloth.
1/2 tsp. thyme
1/2 tsp. each basil and marjoram
1 bay leaf, crumbled
Tie squares into bags with string. Store in an air-tight container. This little mixture gives delicious extra flavor to soups and stews.
5. Lavender Scones
If you grow lavender, you have to try this lavender scones recipe. These herb scones are simple to make, and make a beautiful diy herb garden gift.
I made these scones as a homemade food gift for Mother’s Day for my MIL. They would make a thoughtful gift from the garden for a friend or mom or sister. I have also made these lavender scones for Easter brunch. Aaand just for us, cuz I love ‘em!
These are a few DIY food gift ideas to get you started thinking about sharing food gifts from your herb garden.
I’d love to hear what DIY herb garden gifts or other gifts from the garden you have made before. Share in the comments!
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