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A gift of herb tea is a welcome idea for a cold winters day. Package together a festive mug and/or teapot, tea strainer, honey dipper and a pouch of dried herbs from the garden. (Pot, mug, strainer, honey dipper: Kitchen Garden)

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A collection of conifers makes for a cheery display. The assorted shades of green and varying heights of the trees are complemented by the bright contrasting sap buckets. These trees were kept in their nursery containers and simply placed into the buckets to create this setting. (Trees: Art Knapp; Sap buckets: Kiddlewinks)

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Or pot up some paperwhites (shown at the end) as gifts that will bloom after the holiday rush.

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Choose containers with drainage holes and fill with a suitable potting mixture, plus stones or large pebbles to anchor the bulbs.

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Tuck in as many bulbs together as possible; theyll hold one another upright.

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Set the pots in a cool spot with bright light.

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The brighter the light, the less leggy the plants will be. (Pots, paperwhites, pan: Potting Shed)

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A portable potager garden is easy to make. Just plant assorted lettuces in a pretty terra-cotta pot and decorate with apples and berry sprigs.

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Fragrant herb sachets make great hostess or last-minute gifts. These colourful lavender-filled versions were assembled using scraps of fabric, dressed up with tinkling bells and dashes of greenery. (Basket: Potting Shed)

Simple homemade gifts and decorative delights from your garden can light up the season. Here we provide 'how to' tips on: choosing gift plants, creating last minute gifts and more. By Kathleen Freimond Photos by Terry Guscott Styling by Heather Cameron See also: Festive Flair: Homemade Holiday Gifts Gifts for Gardeners Slideshow: Ice it, light it or hang it