Need to pull together a last-minute gift for a friend during the holidays? Don’t stress, instead assemble a few simple materials and tools and enjoy time for creative expression.
The houseplant charms, above, are easy to put together with polymer clay, copper wire and acrylic paint. Take inspiration from the holidays or give the gift of spring with garden sayings. Learn how to make houseplant charms.
Here are our best ideas for homemade Christmas gifts with a certain garden flair that can be created in the week before Christmas.
Pick up materials and tools in-store, or, if in a hurry, order online and choose delivery in-store or free shipping to your home.
More DIY Gifts:
1. Gardener’s Gold Hand Cream
Restore moisture and massage away minor pains with this homemade hand cream made from shea butter and almond oil. It’s scented with calming lavender essential oil, but feel free to use your favorite. Learn how to make homemade hand cream.
2. Rosemary honey
Pick stems of rosemary from your garden or kitchen countertop plant and steep in honey for a tasty treat perfect for stirring into tea, serving with biscuits or embellishing a cheese tray. Get the recipe for rosemary honey.
3. Lavender sugar scrub
Sugar scrub is a gentle exfoliant and the Vitamin E in the coconut oil repairs and rejuvenates the skin. To make, just stir together sugar and coconut oil and add lavender buds and drops of lavender essential oil. The buds can be dried from lavender plants from your summer herb garden or purchased. Get the how-to for our lavender sugar scrub.
4. Lavender salt and rosemary salt
Not only is it popular in beauty products, but lavender is a favorite in cooking, too. Try lavender salt sprinkled on chocolate, or in savory dishes with chicken, beef or lamb. Lavender and lemon is considered a classic pairing.
Get started cooking with lavender with this simple salt. Simply grind a pinch of dried lavender buds with about one-fourth cup of coarse kosher salt in a spice grinder or food processor, or even use a mortar and pestle. Stir together and store in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Read more about lavender salt. Having trouble finding lavender buds? Substitute fresh or dried rosemary instead.
5. DIY seed balls
Need to use up seeds from the last season? Make seed bombs to give as gifts and give the promise of a colorful spring and summer. Made from colorful paper pulp, this is a fun project to do with kids. Seed balls make a great gift or party favor. It takes just 20 minutes to make plus drying time. Learn how to make seed balls.
Sometimes the most elegant gift is the easiest one to pull together. Select your favorite orchid from The Home Depot Garden Center and present in a glass terrarium, embellished with colorful Christmas ornaments. This display makes a lovely centerpiece for the holiday table.
7. DIY houseplant in a can
For very little cost and less than 30 minutes, you can upcycle tin dog food cans and other food cans. Simply remove labels, drill drainage holes in the bottom and spray paint a bright and cheerful color. Decorate your cans with burlap tape and jute twine. Fill with potting soil and plant a succulent, cactus or other houseplant, such as cyclamen or a mini poinsettia.
Need an even quicker gift? Try this alternative: Garden-in-a-Can. Just attach a bow and deliver.