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Green Christmas: Grow Your Own Gifts!

December 17th, 2019 | News | 0 Comments

A row of five glass jars of jams, preserves and pickles in a row, sealed with burlap and string

We all like the idea of a white Christmas, but this year we’re dreaming of a green Christmas! How about giving gifts that don’t cost the earth, that are kinder to the environment and that allow your creative flair to shine. Are you with us? Then read on or watch the video for our favourite Christmas gift ideas for you to grow, make and share with your friends and family.

1. Bake Some Treats

Bake some treats to share – if you can resist the temptation to polish them off yourself first! Use up stored fruits to make delicacies such as a scrumptiously moist apple cake, or perhaps some cherry and strawberry scones. Box them up and gift them to your hungry friends and relatives!

2. Jams and Chutneys

Everybody loves homemade preserves, especially when they’re made using produce you’ve grown in your garden – no air miles here! Try your hand at jam making, or turn vegetables and fruits into a rainbow of pickles and lightly spiced chutneys, all neatly presented in preserving jars complete with gingham or burlap covers.

3. Vinegars, Oils & CordialsA homemade glass bottle of sloe gin with a brown label tied around the neck with red string

Transform fresh or stored produce into beautiful gifts by making vinegars, cordials and flavoured oils, or how about some fruit wines or sloe gin? Decorate bottles to make your culinary creations look as good as they taste.

4. Pots to Please

Plant up pots of herbs for the cook in the family. Mediterranean herbs such as thyme, rosemary and sage work well together, and because they are evergreen there will always be something to pick. Use a classic terracotta pot or upcycle an old wine crate to give a rustic finish to your display. Buy new plants for this, or for a really green and frugal Christmas gift propagate your own months in advance by layering shoots or taking cuttings from existing plants.

5. Split Herbs

Make pots of living herbs go further and last longer by splitting them up into two or three. Replant clumps into a handsome trough of quality potting mix. Leave them on a windowsill to bush out over a couple of weeks, then give them to your nearest and dearest. For an extra burst of growth, use grow lights that you don’t need for the garden until spring.

6. Share House Plants

Split up house plants too. Plants such as aloe vera and bromeliads regularly produce offsets that can be carefully pulled away from the mother plant to pot up into pretty containers. Add a bow to make a handsome gift.

A wooden table with a tray of soil, a hand trowel, some bulbs in bags and a pot containing hyacinths growing from bulbs

7. Plant Some Bulbs

Plant bulbs into pots. Bulbs such as daffodils, tulips, and hyacinths form clumps that can be split up and shared, so the lucky recipient can enjoy a floral display long after the Christmas festivities are over.

8. Seed Sachets

For fellow gardeners, how about filling pretty envelopes with seeds saved from your garden? They make superb stocking fillers. Share heirloom varieties of prized crops such as beans and tomatoes. You’ll also be doing your bit to help preserve these horticultural treasures for future generations.

9. For Wildlife Lovers

Wildlife enthusiasts will appreciate new homes and hangouts for garden visitors like birds and bugs. Use offcuts of wood from other projects to make birdhouses, bird feeders and bug hotels. Help others help local wildlife!

10. Make Giftwrap

Finally, you’ll need something to wrap all those presents up in. Homemade gift wrap is fun to make and a great way to get the kids involved. Use vegetable stamps made from potatoes, celery and even okra. Use up old pots of paint to print onto sheets of plain brown paper.

There’s just a few ideas for you, but we’d love to hear your ideas too, so tell us how you’ll make giving a little greener this Christmas. Comment below or head over to our Facebook and Twitter page.