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5 D.I.Y Gifts to Make From Your Herb Garden

Do you have a herb garden, or thinking about starting one? One frugal reason to start growing herbs is to save money on gifts for loved ones. Yes, herbs aren’t just for eating. I have 5 D.I.Y ‘herby’ gift ideas to show you how you can make your herb garden stretch further.

Fresh Herb Wax Melts

Wax melts are popular at the moment. I have a wax burner in my own house. However, wax melts can be pricey. Making a number of wax melts using paraffin wax beads and fragranced herbs works out much cheaper. You can gift some and keep some. Bonus!

  1. Cut your chosen herb up into small, fine pieces. Rosemary works well for this .
  2. Melt the paraffin wax beads in a double boiler if you have one. If not, use a heat resistant bowl on top of a pan of hot water.
  3. Once melted, remove from the heat and stir in the herbs.
  4. Pour the wax into cupcake cases and leave to cool.
  5. Once cool, turn out of the cases and gift wrap in pretty bags. You can leave in the cases if preferred.

Herb Infused Cooking Oil

Herb infused oils make wonderful gifts because not only are they tasty, they are visually pleasing. I love to have herb oil jars on display in my kitchen before I make use of them.

  1. Choose the herbs you want to work with. Rosemary, thyme, and oregano are some good choices.
  2. Either buy glass bottles in bulk online, or make use of cleaned jars and bottles. The lids must be air tight.
  3. Buy enough olive oil to fill your bottles/ jars.
  4. Place the sprigs of your chosen herbs in the bottles and fill the jar with olive oil.
  5. Leave to infuse in a warm, dark place for about 4-6 weeks.

Herb Infused Vodka

  1. Chose your herbs, wash them well, and then put a few springs into old jars or bottles. (Lavender vodka makes a great gift. Rosemary works well too.)
  2. Chose a vodka to fill the jars.
  3. Store in a cool, dark place and shake a couple times a week.
  4. Taste the vodka every other day until it reaches your preferred taste, then remove the herbs with a strainer.
  5. Gift your vodka or store it for later use.

Herb Bath Salts

  1. Select herbs that you like the scent of. Lavender is great for this type of gift.
  2. Use 3/4’s of a cup of Epsom salt and 1/4 of a cup of sea salt.
  3. Pour your salt into your chosen containers and mix in about 2 tablespoons of your herbs.
  4. And you’re done. It really is that simple.
  5. Write a label for your jar to explain how to use the salts and gift to a loved one.

Herb Closet and Drawer Fresheners

  1. Select some fragrant dry herbs, or alternately dry your own.
  2. Add your herbs to a package of some kind. An envelope will work, but I prefer to use little, voile bags available from Amazon (£1 for 50 bags).These bags must have a drawstring top to avoid spills.
  3. Add a little label explaining where to put the fresheners and gift them to friends and family.


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