Dare I say the word Christmas? As soon as the children go back to school, shops start putting the Christmas bits out. Now, I absolutely love Christmas and I love giving gifts and spending time with the family. As a lover of unique items, I actually tend to give hand made gifts, as well as some shop, bought items. Christmas for me is expensive and time-consuming. I spend ages choosing the right gift, I also make candles and soaps for friends and then there’s wrapping the presents which can take some time. I like to wrap my presents to a festive film as it gets me in the festive mood with a mulled wine.
I have quite a few friends with young children. The cost of Christmas when buying for my close friends and their children can be pretty costly. I bought them a toy each but wanted something more personal from me. I was not sure what to make last year for them, so I came up with an idea for a gift and guess what? it cost nothing at all! All that was involved was a bit of care each week. I decided to give the kids a homegrown vegetable plant to look after. I thought this would teach them to care and nurture for something and they could watch it grow. Also, they could eat what they had grown which would encourage them to try peppers.
This was such a good idea! During this year I have received photos from my friends showing their children caring for their pepper plants and being told they love it.
Items I used:-
- I used a Heinz baked bean tin (washed thoroughly) those tins I found came up the best and really shiny.
- Fertiliser soil which I had in a bag outside.
- Seeds from the inside of the pepper which I had used for cooking.
- Twine and tags which I had in my arts and crafts draw
Honestly, how simple is this? You just put the seeds into the soil! I then watered them in and placed them on my window sill. It didn’t take long for them to sprout. I planted the seeds around mid-September. All I had to do was water the plants on a regular basis. By Christmas, they were a really good height and present worthy.
This does not just have to be for kids but for anyone, in fact, I also gave a pepper gift to another friend who likes to grow their own herbs for cooking.
Picture of the plants for Christmas.
Picture of Oscar replanting his pepper plant which he has cared for.
Picture of Joseph holding his yellow pepper that he has just picked.
Joseph is so happy with his pepper plant and Oscar loves taking care of his. A lot of emphasis is put on cost with gifts and it can miss having values. I am glad that each my homegrown plants were so greatly looked after and brought smiles to their faces throughout the year.
Do you make or grow gifts for Christmas?
P.S Check out these wonderful planters for the garden.