Nothing works best and gives more pleasure than creating specialized gifts for friends and relatives on Christmas. The personal touch that you give adds to the value of the gift that money cannot add. If you are fond of gardening yourself and find that you end up with a large amount of vegetables or flowers each year, then making gifts out of the excess fruits and vegetables that your garden gives you may prove to be a great idea.
You could make jars of pickles and stew tomatoes and can them. You could also pickle green beans or olives and put them in a transparent bottle to look presentable. If you have fruits from your garden then making preserves and jams is a good idea. Not only can you make large quantities and pack them individually but can also ensure that your relatives enjoy them for a long time. Raspberry or strawberry jam or syrup is a great idea. You could also decide to dehydrate apples and make an apple pie in a jar. This can be done by adding sugar and cinnamon to it. Then all you need to do to make homemade apple pie is to dump a scoopful in a pie shell and bake it and you have yummy apple pie that you can serve to your guests or your children any time. To make the gift as perfect as possible, you can buy wooden crates and decorate them before you place the cans of goodies and make a picnic basket out of them. A few personalized words on the crate can make all the difference.
For those who have gardens of their own and get enough produce from them to appreciate these gifts, you could choose to go to a favorite store and pick up specialty gardening tools that they might find practical for their own use. One of the best items to buy is a gardening cart. Make sure to pick one that is made of molded plastic and ensure that it has wheels. Many of the gardening carts that come today are designed so that you can sit on them and wheel yourself along the bed of vegetables. This obviates the need for bending and creeping as you go about weeding, harvesting or sowing. Separate compartments where you can keep the gardening tools, and seeds and vegetables and weeds is an added bonus.
These gifts form a great option. Those who do not have a vegetable or fruit garden of their own appreciate the hard work that goes in growing and then preserving the vegetables. And people who have gardens will definitely appreciate a great and thoughtful gift like garden tools, gardening carts or seeds of rare species of flowers or fruits.
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