Looking for unique gift ideas that will show you really care? Here are 5 unique DIY garden gifts that your friends and loved ones are sure to appreciate—and use!
5 Gardening Gifts for Gardeners
Has it ever occurred to you that you can grow and press your own sunflower oil? Well, to be honest, it hadn’t occurred to me either until I saw this blog post about making your own cooking oil. Not only is nut oil a healthier alternative to corn and vegetable oil, it’s an economical gift that’s unique and sure to be remembered. Plus, if you’ve ever actually bought sunflower oil, you know how expensive it can be. This DIY garden gift makes this expensive foodie treat an affordable homemade gift with style.
Another high-end garden gift with a low-end price tag, making your own herbal-infused oil is a great way to give friends and family a delicious gift from your garden. Just be sure to save some of your best herbs (rosemary, oregano and basil work well), red peppers and garlic to create one or more homemade oil infusions. Pair this homemade gift with fresh-baked bread and a nice bottle of wine for a delicious gift that’s actually quite healthy!
If you’re looking for the right garden gift for the friend who always wants to plant a garden but never seems to get her act together to actually do it, a DIY planting calendar may be the way to go. Essentially a seed kit and planting schedule to give your friend a month-by-month tutorial of what to plant and when (plus the seeds she needs, of course!), a planting calendar is a thoughtful way to kickstart someone’s gardening experience. A really easy way to assemble a planting calendar is to use a coupon organizer: Just organize seeds and planting tips in individual pockets labeled by month and tie with a pretty ribbon. Ta da!
Sure, you can’t bottle sunshine, but with this DIY garden gift you can at least capture some of summer’s scents and share them with your friends and family. Make homemade potpourri from flower petals, herbs and citrus peels for thoughtful, aromatic gifts perfect for cozy-craving homebodies. Other ways to use homemade potpourri for cool DIY garden swag include drawer satchets and stuffed trivets. Not sure where to start? Here’s a great place.
If you know someone who is really committed to full-on sustainability, consider sharing your compost and compost worms as an ultra-eco-friendly gardening gift. Not many people know that you can actually keep a fully-functional (and completely clean and odor-free!) worm composting system indoors. Don’t believe me? Check out this video.
What gifts do you make from your garden? Have any tips to share?
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