Gifts for Foodies – Culinary Herb Garden Craft

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Many of the people on my gift giving list love to cook.  Finding gifts for foodies can be challenging.  They enjoy cooking and baking from fresh, natural ingredients.  The last thing I want to do is buy them something already prepared or something that is loaded with preservatives. Giving gifts of fresh ingredients can be a challenge though.  It’s not easy to give fresh fruits, vegetables or meats as a gift because they do not stay fresh very long. One alternative is to give the gift of a culinary herb garden.

Gifts for foodies

Gifts for Foodies

A culinary herb garden is one of the best gifts for foodies because it is fresh, can be used in a variety of ways, and with just a little bit of sun and water will last a long time. When I give the gift of herbs, I focus on herbs that grow easily inside. A few examples that I have used in the past are basil, chives, peppermint and parsley.   It is generally easiest to start with plants purchased from the garden center but you can start them from seed if you have the time.

To make this a bit more personalized, I took a basil plant that I purchased from the grocery store and re-potted it.  The little plastic pot that the basil plant came in was rather ugly and I wanted to brighten it up a bit with a personalized pot.

Culinary Herb Garden Craft


  • Clay pot with bottom to collect water
  • Acrylic paint and paint brush
  • Rainbow polymer clay
  • Letter polymer clay mold
  • Tacky glue
  • Basil plant (or other herb of choice)


Gifts for foodies


Gifts for foodies

  • Mold the polymer clay in the mold to make the letters of the herb you are planting.  Air dry or bake according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Gifts for foodies

  • Paint the rim of the clay pot with the acrylic paint and allow to dry completely. You can paint the entire pot if you want to.
  • Glue the polymer clay letters onto the rim of the clay pot and allow to adhere completely.

Gifts for foodies

  • Re-pot the herb into its new pot and water. Trim the plant to fit the pot, add more soil if necessary and remove any damaged leaves.
  • If the person you are gifting the plant to is not familiar with growing their own herbs, you can include a card with care instructions.

What type of herbs would you choose to put in your culinary herb garden craft?

This post on gifts for foodies has been inspired in party by a product provided for review. All opinions are mine and mine alone.

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