As they say “Those gifts even more precious which the giver has made precious.” Gifts are a wonderful expression of how you care and when it is nurtured and created from your own garden- it’s just PERFECT. Herbs, dried flowers, leaves even seeds can make a thoughtful present. Here are the some out of the box gifts that your loved ones of all ages will be delighted to receive.
Bouquet of dried flowers: Dried flowers in a pretty vase can make a lovely gift for your elderly friends and family members. Some of the best dried flower options would be lavender, salvia, amaranth, ornamental oregano, tall ageratum and strawflower. These flowers have a tendency to dry quickly and have strong stems. Tie all the stems with rubber band. And keep them in a dry place. This will turn out to be an inspiring delight in a day or two.
Creative gifts from drying herbs – You can make some unique gift items such as herb teas, keepsake potpourri, herb infused oils, dry herbs and flower sachets, culinary herb mixes and so on. The process is almost the same as drying flowers. Collect all the stems together in a bunch, hang it upside down in a warm area. Also make sure you cover the entire bunch with a paper bag to keep the dust from ruining it.
Here’s some inspiration:
- Dried herbs and flower sachet: For making this creative gift, you do not have to be a crafty person. You just have to choose some scented flowers and dried herbs. Stuff all of them in beautiful decorative sachets which you can get from the market or cheap shop and just tie the knot and there you go.
- Keepsake potpourri: Collect a good quantity of dried herbs like lemon balm, sage, rosemary, mint, verbena, thyme, scented geraniums and bay. Gather some flowers to bring in a vibrant hue of colour such as rose petals, calendula or borage. Cinnamon sticks can also be added for that extra punch. Give a bottle of essential oil with the sachet so the receiver can refresh their potpourri.
- Tea blends: Anise hyssop, fennel, lavender, mint and lemon balm are some of the best of tea herbs. Include dried stevia for a touch of sweetness.
- Herb infused oil: A perfect way to use fresh herbs is to make herb oil. Use them to spice up your cooking and they make handy and easy gifts for avid cooks.
- Culinary herb blends: Mix up a variety of savoury herbs like sage, basil, rosemary and oregano. Mix the herb blend into 500g of cream cheese, package into a nice container that has been sterilised and give with an assortment of crackers.
- Make pickle with your produce: One of the best ideas to use your produce is to make pickles out of it. Cucumber, onions, carrots, zucchini, beets and green beans can all be made into scrumptious pickles.
- Herbed butter: You must be thinking it’ll be difficult and tiring process to make herbed butter but the good news is –it’s incredibly easy. First of all soften the butter until room temperature and easy to work with, then add some finely chopped herbs such as parsley, chives, thyme, basil or rosemary to the butter, mix it well then spread the mixture onto waxed paper and roll them tightly into logs and refrigerate overnight until firm.
- Flavoured vinegar: When you pour hot vinegar over a seasoning, it turns out to be a fantastic flavoured vinegar. It’s entirely up to you which herbs and edible flowers you want to use. These flavoured beauties are not just for salad dressings but they can also be used in spreads, appetizers and sauces.
- Herbed salt: Herbed salt is a unique gift you can give to someone who loves to cook. Take some herb leaves and high quality salt and spread the leaves on the salt. Store them in an air tight container. Take out the herb leaves once the salt has absorbed the flavour. Place the herbed salt in a decorated jar.
Take time to care, show your love, and touch someone’s heart by presenting something precious for a gift next time you get the opportunity!