If you grow your own herbs and vegetables it’s an awesome bonus to be able to use them in gifts to give to family and friends, isn’t it? Making and giving food items isn’t particularly unusual, but are they sure are wonderful, simple, and inexpensive gifts to give. And, as a recipient of some myself – to get as well!
Basket idea #1: Homemade Salad Dressing Basket
- Thyme/Apple Cider Vinegar
- Rosemary Vinegar
- head of garlic
- recipe cards for homemade vinaigrettes
- pretty ribbon & simple office supply tags for labeling
You can heat the vinegar over low heat with the herbs to infuse more of the flavor before bottling, but I have just poured vinegar over herbs before and after sitting for awhile have found them to have a strong herb-y flavor. Your choice.
Bottles can be found at thrift stores, the dollar store, or markets like Cost Plus or Pier One. Check your cupboards, too- I found these lost in the back of ours. Depending on what you pay for your baskets and bottles, this gift could cost anywhere from $3.50 to $6-7.00. Definitely a thrifty gift.
One caution I want to mention: It is not safe to put fresh herbs, garlic, etc. in oil and keep it at room temperature. I know you can find how-tos on the web that tell you it’s OK to do this, but it is not. Botulism can grow in these situations, so I find it best to just stick with flavored vinegars.
- Jar of canned Roasted Red Peppers in Wine
- Jar of canned Tomato Bruschetta Topping
- A recipe for a goat cheese appetizer (link takes you to a printable recipe)
- Small log of goat cheese (optional, really, since it needs refrigeration)
Pretty simple, huh? But this is something from the heart, that (hopefully) people will use and like. Not everything needs to be complicated and expensive. It’s harder to estimate that cost of this, but if everything but the vinegar and oil came from your garden, this basket could come in at under $2.00!
I’ve given baskets using my home-grown and canned items a number of times using different themes. Sometimes I just package a bunch of different jars together with recipes and no theme at all. Really the possibilities are endless here.
What do you like to make with garden items?