00 Days
00 Hours
00 Minutes
00 Seconds

The new ADVANCED HERBAL COURSE + CLINICAL HERBALIST PATH PACKAGE are here – SAVE $500 and GET $1,000 in pre-registration bonuses!

How To Make A Summer Garden Bath Tea | Herbal Academy | A summer garden bath tea is a great way to unwind. Here are our top five herbs to include plus tips for planting, growing, and harvesting these herbs too!
28 Oct 2021

13 Last Minute Gift Ideas to Make at Home

When you are short on time to source the perfect gift, skip the store entirely and turn to handmade! We have you covered with our last minute gift ideas to are perfect for adding a little extra herbal goodness to a present, pulling something quickly together for the person that might have slipped your mind (oops!), or bringing to a holiday party. This herbal holiday gift round up is just for you, with a little something special for everyone on your list!

Each last minute gift idea is quick and easy to make, and fairly inexpensive as many herbal products are. Enjoy and happy gifting!

Last Minute Gift Ideas

ingredients for herbal bath salts

1. DIY Herbal Bath Salts

Ready-made bath salts might be really expensive, but not half as effective as those prepared at home! These quality bath salts are really easy to make and only take a few minutes to whip up as you head out the door to your holiday parties: Evergreen Forest Bath Salts and DIY Lavender Bath Salts

jar of oil with fresh flowers around it

2. Heaven in a Bottle

There’s nothing like creating a beautiful, “Heaven in a Bottle” plant infused oil for pampering yourself! Use it by itself or as a base for other beautiful skin care products such as body scrubs, salves, and lip balms: Heaven in a Bottle

jar of calendula infused oil and dried calendula flowers spilling out of a jar

3. Herb Infused Oils

There are so many herbs to choose from when making an infused oil, and it all depends on the intended use. For beauty products, use calendula or lavender like the last minute gift idea above. For culinary oils, use rosemary, basil, sage, or thyme. More suggestions and a full tutorial shared in this post: Herb Infused Oils

mason jar of layered ingredients for cookies

4. Mason Jar Goodies

Pick one of your favorite snacks or drinks and package the ingredients nicely in a mason jar with a tag for instructions. For this gift idea, you may want to try out a healthy trail mix recipe, granola, a mixture of hot cacao (get inspired by Real Peppermint Hot Cacao), or cookies (get inspired by Cacao Dusted Peanut Butter Cookies or these Cookies-in-a-Jar variations)!

a small wooden bowl of herbs and salts

5. Easy Herbal Salts

To get some of that raw, natural energy from plants we can add them to our salts, peppers, sweeteners, condiments, seeds and grains. Bottle creatively and give as a gift: Herbal Salts

jars of honey with wooden honey dipper sticks

6. Delicious Herbal Honeys

A gift so easy to DIY, make a sage honey or a rose and vanilla honey as a wonderful gift for the holidays or any time of year. Honeys can be enjoyed in a number of ways – in tea, on toast, or straight from the spoon! Bottle, add a handmade tag with use instructions, and gift: Rose & Vanilla Honey and Sage Honey

close up of calendula sugar scrub

7. Calendula Sugar Scrub

You can use this herbal sugar scrub every time you shower, or you can alternate it with soap as often as you’d like: Calendula Sugar Scrub

jar of tinted lip balm

8. Naturally Tinted Lip Balm

This lovely red lip balm is a soothing treat for dry, chapped lips. It’s crafted with a base of soothing sweet almond oil and shea butter, plus some vitamin E oil for extra support. The two herbs used here add a good amount of antioxidant properties. Besides that, it provides a wonderful fragrance of cinnamon and will also increase the blood circulation in your lips, making them appear full and healthy: Tinted Lip Balm

dried soup seasoning mix in a jar

9. Nourishing Herbal Soup Seasoning Mix

This immunity soup seasoning blend is convenient addition for boosting your simple soups. You can prepare it in bulk and package into multiple jars as easy holiday gifts: Nourishing Herbal Soup Seasoning Mix

layering oranges and other herbs in a glass container

10. Stovetop Potpourri in a Jar

Don’t you just love the smell of the holidays? Fresh evergreen trees, cinnamon-covered desserts, and spiced cider all mingle together during this exciting and hope-filled time of year. Bottle up this goodness in a jar for a unique aromatic gift: 3 Stovetop Potpourri Recipes

steeping herbs in a jar with a jar of lavender next to it

11. Quick Herbal Vinegars

Making a herbal vinegar only take a few minutes to get together. Use fun bottles and handwritten notes including instructions for use: Herbal Vinegars

filling a tea bag with herbs

12. Homemade Tea Blends

Wrap up your own homemade tea blends with a handwritten label. For some ideas, try our Lady’s Mantle Tea, Soothing Nighttime Tea, Cinnamon for Health Tea, Red Clover Flower Tea, Hawthorn Tea for Winter Heart, or use a combination of Self-Care Herbs. For wintertime teas, you may be interested in trying one of these 10 teas for cold and flu season.

Online Herbalism Courses and certificate

13. Gift Certificates!

Perhaps one of the best last minute gift ideas, gift certificates can be ordered online and printed and wrapped up in just minutes! There’s no better gift than the gift of education! You can find virtual herbal course gift certificates for most of our online programs available on our Courses Webpage. Purchase the course for your special loved one, and print out a certificate download for a tangible gift or deliver the gift via email.

Shop Herbalism Course Gift Certificates here.

Don’t Forget The Packaging!

If you’re giving handmade gifts this year, the packaging you use can make your gift all the more special. A little bottle, a lovely label, some festive ribbon or twine, and a pretty box—your gift recipient will love unwrapping process almost as much as the gift itself!

We now offer tincture bottle sets, tin sets, spray bottle sets, and assorted apothecary labels in our Goods Shop.

Botanical Skin Care recipe books on a table with other books

More DIY Gift Guides

14 Last Minute Gift Ideas by Herbal Academy

Easy Herbal Gifts by Common Sense Homesteading

Natural Holiday Gift Guide by The Hippy Homemaker

10 Really Late Last Minute Homemade Christmas Ideas by Homestead Honey

112 Incredible DIY Gift Ideas by Natural Living Ideas

100 Handmade Holiday Gifts by Homestead Honey

Have Yourself a Homemade Christmas Round Up by Learning and Yearning

Practical Gifts for Frugal Friends by Letters from Sunnybrook

Handmade Christmas Ideas by Schneider Peeps

100+ Homemade Christmas Gifts by Montana Solar Creations

Romantic Gifts on a Budget by Little Blog on the Homestead

42 Delicious Edible Gift Ideas by Natural Living Ideas

11 Homemade Christmas Gift Set Ideas by Simple Life Mom

3 Gift Ideas for the Person who has Everything by Shalom Mama

13 Last Minute Gift Ideas to Make at Home | The Herbal Academy | These last minute gift ideas are thoughtful, homemade options using herbs. Each gift is inexpensive and easy to make. Happy gifting!