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Just as I was inspired by my summer garden when planning my Thanksgiving menu, I look to my autumn harvest with garden gifts for the holidays in mind. First up, these beautiful hand printed gift bags packed with homemade dried red pepper flakes. My co-worker Kelly had a bumper crop of cayenne peppers this summer, and she’s turned her surplus into these spicy treasures.

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DIY Garden Gift: Dried Hot Peppers

Didn’t plant peppers this year? Perhaps you found yourself up to your elbows in mint. I keep mint growing in a container, lest it take over my entire yard, and even with these constraints I ended up with a mountain of mint leaves. I have my eye on this homemade peppermint extract to give as gifts; wouldn’t it make a great addition to hot chocolate?

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DIY Garden Gift: Peppermint Extract

Another great use of garden herbs is making your own infused oils. My rosemary plant is still thriving, thanks in part to our mild winter so far, so I am thinking about making savory rosemary-infused oil to give alongside a loaf of crusty bread.

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DIY Garden Gift: Herb Infused Oils

Those are some of my gardeny present plans (don’t tell my family!) for this holiday season. Are you using your green thumb when it comes to gift-giving this winter? Do tell.

5 Responses

  1. Linda says:

    The herb-infused oil looks so nice.

  2. JoEllen says:

    The gift bags with the peppers are the cutest things.

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  4. garden bags says:

    if you could create gift bags for this using garden bags or looks like garden bags then this would really surprise the receiver.

  5. Garden Bags says:

    These are excellent garden bags! Nice and neat collection.

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