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4 Make-at-Home Gifts for a ‘Greener’ Holiday

MakeatHomeGiftsIn case you have a little last-minute holiday shopping to do (and couldn’t find just the right gift in our annual best holiday gift and stocking stuffers guides), here are four fun make-at-home gifts that are affordable, easy to put together, support healthy living and are good for the environment. Suggested by Jackie Keller, founding director of NutriFit, make one or all of these green gifts to avoid standing in long lines, making multiple visits to the mall and going over your holiday shopping budget!

Green Your Holiday With These Make-at-Home Gifts

1. Flavored vinegar. Buy any kind of generic red or white wine vinegar at your local market and add a flavor boost! Pick your favorite fresh spices or herbs (even better when they’re from your very own herb garden), then add to the vinegar for a savory aroma and taste! Gift one large bottle with your favorite flavor or create a variety bundle using three or four small glass bottles each featuring a different flavor. Talk about a quick and easy make-at-home gift!

2. Dish garden. Gardens can be hard to create, and most people don’t have the ground space to plant their own vegetables or herbs. Giving a dish garden as a gift is a simple and easy way for friends and family to grow their own fresh greens indoors! (Once it has been created, maintaining a dish garden is very easy.) Put together a variety of small pots to plant seeds or small plants that will flourish in no time time to flourish. Include simple how-to instructions to complete the gift. Great dish-garden ideas include a combination of peppers, baby tomatoes and chard, or try a garden geared to a popular type of food like a bruschetta or Italian garden that could include basil, oregano and garlic. Hey, maybe they’ll even invite you over later in the year to enjoy the fruits of the dish garden!

3. Dry gift basket. Create a gift basket with a variety of dehydrated foods. Fill your basket with vibrant colors by packing each type of dried food into clear cellophane bags. Try visiting your local farmer’s market to pick your fruits and veggies (you can either buy them dehydrated or do it yourself). Locally grown foods are better for the environment because they are not processed with chemicals, and they tend to be less expensive. A mix that’s really well rounded? Dehydrated zucchini slices, with any type of fruit and sundried tomatoes. Yum!

4. Edible flowers. Instead of buying a bouquet of flowers, give flower petals that are edible and nutritious. Edible flower confetti not only looks pretty, but it also offers a great deal of health benefits. Edible flowers can be used as garnishes or as a flavoring for teas, juices and desserts. Since not all flowers are edible, be careful to pick the right kind, like gladiolas, dandelions and mums. So festive!

Have you ever given a make-at-home gift? A go-green gift? Will you try one of these? Tell us! —Jenn

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