Why let your generous holiday spirit out only on Christmas? The word Thanksgiving has both thanks and giving in it. It’s about celebrating the bounty of the harvest. Why not give items from the garden? Your friend’s holiday table might benefit from a cornucopia of freshly picked produce. You may also consider making garden themed favors your own guests can take home. There’s no need to get complicated. Just use whatever you have an abundance of.
Give the gift of strung peppers.
Oh man, do you have hot peppers coming out of your ears. There’s more than you could use in a lifetime. Instead of popping them in the freezer for a later that never comes, why not use them as colorful Thanksgiving gifts? Your friends can decorate with them, then eat them later. Simply string a nice big bunch together, using needle and thread.Make a loop at the top and it’s ready for hanging.
Cook up a batch of jammin’ place holders.
Sometimes you make a little too much jam and jelly from those garden fresh berries. This year, if you get carried away, package the leftovers in mini jam jars. Top them with pretty Thanksgiving themed cloth. Use fabric pens to turn your tiny jams and jellies into place holders. What a fun gift to take away from the Thanksgiving table.
Garden herbs make versatile gifts.
You can use them to accent centerpieces. They also make the best drawer fresheners. Make herbal soap for Thanksgiving guests to use. Herbs have medicinal qualities too. Wrap herbs in cheesecloth to make homemade tea bags. The mint ones are especially welcome gifts for party goers who’ve gone overboard eating all that delicious food..
Get saucy with your Thanksgiving gifts.
Is there anything more delicious than fresh homemade spaghetti sauce from the garden? Simmer those fresh tomatoes with garlic, onions, peppers and spices until the flavor is just right. Serve it over a nice yellow spaghetti squash for a unique Thanksgiving side dish. Give guests a jar of sauce to take home. Or, get spicy by giving fresh homemade salsa for Thanksgiving.
Share your garden in a different way on Thanksgiving.
Why just give away your own garden produce? Why not give the gift of seeds for Thanksgiving? Save seeds from your best producers for friends and family. Package them up, along with directions for planting and growing. Add a recipe they can make from their own garden when harvest time comes around next year.
Portions of this article were previously published by this author on a now closed Yahoo property.