Good Question: Making Gifts from Fresh Herbs
I have a question that is Christmas-gift related. I would like to use the rosemary and sage plants I have in my backyard to make some Christmas gifts. I’ve come up with rosemary infused olive oil, rosemary rubbing salt and sage infused oil but am wondering if there’s something else I’m missing.
I also have a lot of lemon balm and a small amount of lavender buds I harvested from my garden as well. Any thoughts?
I’m going to scavenge for some containers at thrift stores but maybe you have some insight into that area as well.
This is a lovely idea for holiday gifts! We love that you are using herbs from your own plants. We agree on the salt and oil ideas; we have used rosemary salt on chicken and it is heavenly.
Here are a couple more ideas.
• Herb wreaths – We ordered a couple fresh rosemary and lemon thyme herb wreaths from Stokes Farm in New Jersey, and these made great gifts. Their fragrance lights up a kitchen. (Click image to see a larger version.)
Depending on how much you have on hand you could also make wreaths; build them on wreath forms available from craft stores and finish with a pretty ribbon. If you don’t have enough for big wreaths, make tiny 4″ wreaths instead with a ribbon for hanging. These wreaths can be laid flat to dry and enjoyed for a long time afterwards. And of course your recipients can cook with the herbs too!
• Dried-herb sachets – We love these scented sachets from Inleaf Designs, and if you’re fairly crafty you could easily make similar sachets. Just sew simple square pillows and fill with dried sage, rosemary, or lemon balm and lavender buds.
• Herb vinegars – Along with oils and salts, herbed vinegars can be a great addition to salads and meats. Here are some instructions on making herbed vinegars.
• Bottles – For bottling ideas, check out this post: Un-Gift Guide 2007: Bottles for Food Gifts.
Does anyone have other ideas for Angel and her herb gift-giving?