Polytunnel gardeners are well placed to create an amazing range of home-made gifts this Christmas. Using the produce you grow, you can create a variety of delightful presents for your family and friends.
Why Make A Home-Made Gift This Christmas?
A home-made gift can be a way to show friends or family members that you really care. A gift that you have taken time over will mean so much more than something you have simply gone out to buy. What is more, giving home-made gifts is great for our planet – a great way to move towards a more eco-friendly and sustainable way of life.
To inspire you to make your Christmas gifts using items from your polytunnel this year, here are some home-made gifts polytunnel gardeners could give:
Edible Home-Made Gifts
One avenue that you could consider going down is that of edible gifts. Polytunnel gardeners are well placed to grow plenty of food, which could be used to make the following presents:
- Jams, chutneys or other preserves.
- Cakes, biscuits or other baked goods.
- Truffles or other home-made sweets.
- Home-made wines, cider or other drinks.
- Herbal teas or other herbal concoctions.
Decorative Home-Made Gifts
Polytunnel gardeners can also use items from their polytunnel and from elsewhere in their garden to make a wide range of decorative Christmas gifts, including:
- Natural Christmas tree decorations.
- Home-made Christmas wreaths.
- Hand-crafted artworks.
- A hand-sewn cushion or other soft furnishings made or dyed using polytunnel plants.
- Picture frames or photo frames made using natural materials from your polytunnel.
Practical Home-made Gifts
Practical home-made gifts using polytunnel plants and other natural materials can not only make friends and family happy, they can also help others to live in a more sustainable and eco-friendly way. Ideas of this kind include:
- Hand-made stationary with hand-made paper and personalisations.
- Hand-woven wicker baskets or hampers.
- Home-made soaps, bath bombs, lotions or other cleaning or beauty products using polytunnel grown herbs and flowers.
- Essential oils distilled from polytunnel herbs or flowers, or home-made perfumes.
- Wooden twig place mats or wood-slice coasters (using wood pruned from your polytunnel or elsewhere in your garden.)
- Fabric gifts using home-made fabric using natural fibres from your garden, or using dyes made from polytunnel plants.
The ideas above represent just a small fraction of the gifts that polytunnel gardeners can make using the things that they grow. Do you have more ideas for home-made gifts? Please share your own suggestions in the comments below.
Elizabeth Waddington is a writer and green living consultant living in Scotland. Permaculture and sustainability are at the heart of everything she does, from designing gardens and farms around the world, to inspiring and facilitating positive change for small companies and individuals.
She also works on her own property, where she grows fruit and vegetables, keeps chickens and is working on the eco-renovation of an old stone barn.