by Sandy Swegel
Are you the kind who is frantically looking around for inexpensive gifts to bring to a party you’re going to tomorrow night? Or perhaps you’re the kind of person who had your holiday shopping and decorating done by Thanksgiving evening and now you’re relaxing in your lovely cinnamon and pine scented home. I’ve always wanted to be the latter person but I still resemble the frantic running late person too often.
So here’s what I’m doing today to meet the needs of the person I am today.
Last-minute gifts for gardening friends who love to cook:
Herb-infused olive oils: 1 bottle of organic olive oil. Fresh Mediterranean herbs: lots of rosemary including the sticks, moderate amounts of thyme, lesser amounts of oregano. Cute decorative bottles. A handwritten label with a note that it needs to age another two months before use. Curly Ribbons in beautiful colors. http://mountainroseblog.com/herbal-culinary-infusions/
Last-minute gifts for friends who like to drink: Limoncello! Same bottles, ribbons and labels as above. Limoncello can be ready in only 20 ish days. So label accordingly or give it as gifts on Christmas Day. Ingredients: Vodka, on holiday sale at the liquor store, organic lemons fresh from warmer places in the grocery.
Last-minute gifts for friends who don’t cook or drink: Calendars with exquisite pictures. My favorite this year (2013) for gardeners/mystics is the Flower Spirits Calendar.
And Now the Gift for You and Me because We can plan ahead: Indoor pots full of young lettuce and spinach. In only three weeks you’re going to be making New Year’s Resolutions and eating healthy. Right now the thing to do is get your greens seeds and make some windowsill pots of young lettuces and spinaches and kales. On January 1st you’ll have pots full of organic baby spinach mixed greens that you have to pay a fortune for in the grocery.