Homemade Gifts from Your Garden to Start Making Now (updated for 2021)




I love giving gifts to loved ones and friends from my garden. Don't you?


Because giving something from your garden to another gardening friend is truly a gift from the heart, don't you think? 


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I've shared iris roots, comfrey plants, walking onion bulbs and so many more plants with friends, but not at the holidays. They're good gifts for summer birthdays, but not in December.


Let's face it, our gardens aren't producing much in November and December, unless you live in the Southern Hemisphere. And some fortunate few are even able to garden year-round in their region. But here in my neck of the woods, not so much.


So if you'd love to get started now on gifts from your garden, here are more than a dozen fun ideas for you.


Sharing seeds with gardening friends


The easiest and most obvious all-season gift from your garden is seeds. 


Just gather some seeds from your favorite flowers or vegetable plants, put them in a cute printable seed packet, and give an assortment to a gardening friend. 


Set them in a cute pot and add a pair of garden gloves (these are the ones I use and I love them!) and you're set.


But what if you need a gift for a special friend or family member who isn't a gardener?


Culinary herbs


If you grow an herb garden or even just a few herbs in pots, dehydrate the herbs for a culinary herb basket. Here's how to dry and store homegrown herbs.


Fill empty spice jars or little Mason jars and print labels such as these. If you have trouble getting those old spice labels off the jars, sometimes nail polish remover works.


Basil grows so abundantly in my garden that I usually have more than I can use in a year, so I always have jars of dried basil to gift to others. 


Rosemary, thyme and oregano are others I grow in my herb garden.


Several little jars of dried herbs in a small basket with a kitchen towel would be a lovely gift for someone who loves to cook.


Catnip mice


Catnip mice are simple to sew from scraps of fabric or felt. You don't even need a sewing machine.


Stuff with some fiberfill and a bit of dried catnip from your garden for the cat-lovers in your life.


Onion, garlic and cayenne


Make your own onion powder with this post from A Chick and Her Garden. Image used with permission.


Onion powder is easy to make from scratch; these directions are from A Chick and Her Garden. 


You can use the same general directions to make garlic powder.


Read about how to make cayenne pepper powder for your friends' spice cabinet too.


Lavender wands


Learn how to make lavender wands with this post from Proverbial Homemaker. Image used with permission.


If you're fortunate enough to have an abundance of lavender in your garden, make lavender wands with these directions from Proverbial Homemaker.


Jams and jellies and bread



Jams and jellies from your kitchen are always welcome gifts, especially when paired with a loaf of homemade bread or a bread mix with a new bread pan. (That link will take you to the pans that I have and love.)


Amazon even has a cast iron bread pan if your recipient loves cast iron.


My favorite recipes for jams and jellies are Spiced Caramel Pear Jam, Triple Berry Jam and Harvest Apple Jelly. I've included the recipes in this post on how to make fruit juice for jelly.


Lilac syrup


A jar of lilac syrup would be a lovely gift for someone special.


For an extra special gift, a jar of lilac syrup would be lovely. You can find the directions at SoulyRested. Just imagine a bowl of vanilla ice cream topped with lilac syrup...


Rose petal jelly


Save rose petals to make rose petal jelly, rose water, rose petal tea and rose petal beads.


I always thought that roses were finicky and hard to grow, but I've learned that they are pretty easy and I love having a vase of roses on my desk all summer long. 


You can use any variety of rose petals for this sweet treat, as long as they are organic. In other words, don't use roses from the florist shop. 


Wild roses, garden roses, knock-out roses - whatever variety of rose that you grow is perfect. The color of your jelly will vary with the type and color of the rose petals. 


Gather rose petals and craft some small jars of rose petal jelly, rose water, rose petal tea or even rose petal beads for a necklace for your best friend (or yourself).


Dandelion salve to soothe tired, achy joints



If you have a lawn full of dandelions, you can make dandelion salve. This salve soothes tired, achy hands (and knees too), and moisturizes at the same time.


Potpourri and sachets with herbs and flowers


Sachets made with herbs and flowers from your garden are another lovely little gift. Your recipient can tuck them into drawers to give clothes and linens a fresh scent, or add them to the hangers with their favorite clothes.


You'll find the easy directions to make sachets at the Rockin W Homestead.


Simmering potpourri is easy to make for just pennies!


Apple cores and peels, dried berries, flower buds and other fragrant things are easily made into a batch of simmering potpourri to give your friends and family the gift of fragrance from your garden.


Do you have other ideas for garden-based gifts? Tell us about them in the comments.



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jars of rose petal jelly, lilac syrup and dandelion salve




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16 comments

  1. I need to do the simmering potpourri!

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    1. It's incredibly easy - yes, you do need to make some. :-)

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  2. Not too early to think about Christmas and you have some great ideas here. The jam looks so good. Lilac syrup is one I have never heard of.
    betsy

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    1. The lilac syrup is intriguing, isn't it, Betsy?

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  3. You have some great ideas here! I need to make some jellies. I hadn't thought of saving apple trimmings for potpourri. I may have to try that, too.

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    1. Don't you just love the thought of using scraps to make something beautiful, Michelle?

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  4. Hi Kathi,
    I love you DIY gift ideas especially herb wreath - what a beautiful gift and I can only imagine the lovely aroma it would have. Congratulations on being featured on Homestead Blog Hop. Pinned & twitted. Have a healthy, happy & blessed day!

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    1. Isn't that herb wreath beautiful? Thank you for stopping by, Marla!

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  5. What a wonderful collection of gift ideas, Kathi! (And what a treat to see my Lilac Syrup directions listed in this great line-up!)

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    1. Thank you, Michelle. Your Lilac Syrup looks so gorgeous... wish I had some lilacs so I could make some this spring.

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  6. Thanks so much for linking up your post with us at Encouraging Hearts & Home. It’s always fun to get new ideas! I hope we will see you again next time. :)

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  7. I make a ton of food gifts for holidays. Found you on simple homestead link party

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    1. I love giving and getting food gifts for the holidays, Candy, they're practical and there's no clutter. :-)

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  8. Great ideas, Kathi! Congrats on your feature on the Simple Homestead Hop!

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  9. These are such wonderful ideas! And you're right, we need to start on this now :-)

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