At the MHG workshop the DIY lime and ginger body scrub recipe went down well as did the herbal bath bags, both of which make ideal homemade christmas gifts or pamper treats for yourself. This year I've also made some lavender and orange beeswax polish, which I'm putting in a herbal cleaning pack for a friend. She's allergic to some of the chemicals found in modern day cleaning products, the polish will go with some lavender vinegar, a copy of a book called "The Naturally Clean Home " by Karyn Siegel-Maier, some soda crystals, bicarbonate of soda, a bottle of white vinegar and some dried herbs and oils that are used in some of the recipes in the book.
I've made a lavender scented ink and paper writing set with a lovely fountain pen and blotting paper for my auntie who prefers to write to me snail mail rather than use email. She thinks letters are more personal and loves to write to people, she loves the scent of lavender to. She has such beautiful handwriting as well, I know this gift will go to good use. I've also scented some of my cards that I'll be sending this christmas with the scent of christmas spices and festive fruits.
Other friends and relatives will be getting a gift from an assortment of culinary herb foodie gifts I'm making which include, some of my own herb tea blends tailored to suit the person, a relaxing tea recipe for one friend who is always busy and needs to take time to smell the roses and the lavender I've given the teas pretty labels, added a herb mug and a little book of calm and packed them all in a basket. You can make themed gifts with a selection of spices a pestle and mortar and an indian recipe book for a curry lover, or Italian herbs for the pizza and pasta lover. I have a few other ideas, but I wondered what everyone else made to give as gifts using herbs? Maybe we can give each other ideas for next year in the process?