To me, there’s no nicer present than a plant. I love going to the market at this time of year and seeing what’s on offer amongst all the festive greenery. Narcissi, Christmas roses and hyacinths, just a couple of pounds for those little pots of joy. And it’s so easy to make them look good.
I put mine in small fabric bags. I made them by cutting rectangles of fabric and sewing up two sides. I have a tiny little sewing machine, which I am really bad at using. Every time I get it out, I have forgotten what to do. I was truly dreadful at needlework at school, I’m just too impatient, but sometimes needs must, and I can make small bags (and cushion covers!). Pop the plants into the fabric bags and tie with some brown string or baker’s twine. Add a printed label (see how to make those in my printed wreath post) – and that’s your gift sorted!
These old metal plant labels would make a fun addition to a gift for a keen gardener. I buy them at antiques fairs when I can. I looked out in the summer for them, and managed to find hyacinth and narcissus ones.
Alternatively, upcycle an old marmalade jar or jam pot into a container.
I painted last year’s offering, filled with hedgerow finds.
Really, the options are endless. I have used pudding basins, jelly moulds and old tins as temporary containers in the past. It’s just a really simple, thrifty gift that will keep on giving. All of the plants pictured (except possibly the cyclamen) can be planted out once the festive season is over and enjoyed for many years to come.