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Christmas in July?
With the temperatures reaching the triple digits in many parts of the country, the last thing you want to think about is Christmas and spending money.
The stress of the holidays can be overwhelming for families, so change the way you spend the Christmas Season by making your gifts now for a stress-free holiday later.
Put your: garden-fresh tomatoes, aromatic herbs and fresh seasonal produce to good use.
Amazing gift ideas from the garden that are perfect for gift-giving.
Christmas in July, Gifts from the Garden to Make Now- Extracts
Homemade extracts are so incredibly easy to make and very cost effective.
Some of them take a couple of months to cure, now is the perfect time to make them so they are ready in time for the holiday season.
To use an extract for gift-giving, use a pretty glass bottle with a tight-fitting lid, place in a basket with your favorite recipe using that extract and include a whisk or a cookie cutter.
Stevia Extract – Stevia Extract is a perfect gift for those on your list who avoid sugar sweeteners.
Christmas in July, Gifts from the Garden to Make Now- Jellies & Jams
Not a whole lot can be compared to the goodness of homemade jelly and a warm slice of bread out of the oven.
When I gift my jams and jellies for the holidays, I normally include a fresh loaf of bread- the two just go together.
Christmas in July, Gifts From the Garden to Make Now- Vinegar’s and Herbal Infusions
Infused Vinegar’s are visually pleasing and rarely need any dressing up. Place your vinegar in a nice glass bottle with a ribbon or bow and your gift is complete.
Christmas in July, Gifts From the Garden to Make Now- Wines and Liqueurs
What is a holiday without a nice toddy by the fireplace? Wines and Liqueurs are a homemade gift every adult on your list will love.
Christmas in July, Gifts From the Garden to Make Now- Sauces
You can take the ordinary and make it extraordinary with a beautiful presentation of your homemade canned goods. Grab an inexpensive wicker basket or sauce pan and place a jar of your homemade Spaghetti Sauce in it along with a box of pasta and a wooden spoon. Food baskets make the perfect gifts to give during the busy holiday season when people have little time to cook.
Christmas in July, Gifts From the Garden to Make Now- Herbal
Turn any dish into a gourmet when sprinkled with herbal salts and the whole family will enjoy helping with herbal jewelry and lip balms.
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