For the holidays, our family opted to exchange homemade gifts. The children were more excited about giving their homemade gifts to others than they had ever been to receive a store-purchased gift themselves, watching with wide eyes and eager-to-help hands while their precious masterpieces were unwrapped. Our hard work was deeply appreciated, and we were proud of ourselves for putting time and energy into thoughtful creations. It was a far more rewarding experience than it would have been to walk through the aisles of a shopping center, aimlessly searching for the "perfect" (and probably unnecessary) gift to buy because gift giving is what we do.
This year, I made rustic tags for my mother's vegetable garden. Chard. Lettuce. Peas. Beans. Okra. Strawberries, and so forth. I decided to use some leftover roofing scraps, copper pipe and beads to make some for our own herb garden.
These garden tags are a quick, simple, and inexpensive gift for the avid (or not) gardener on any occasion.