Create Holiday Gifts Now That Keep On Giving All Year Long

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Gardening expert Melinda Myers shares some do-it yourself projects for making family memories and holiday gifts that provide enjoyment throughout the year

Easy Care Waxed amaryllis bulbs will provide large blooms for several weeks and require no watering, making them great holiday gifts to consider.

Terrariums have made a comeback and make wonderful do-it-yourself projects and gifts for beginning and experienced gardeners.

Make this holiday season one filled with creating memories and holiday gifts that keep giving throughout the year.

“Terrariums have made a comeback and make wonderful do-it-yourself projects and gifts for beginning and experienced gardeners,” says Melinda Myers, host of The Great Courses "How to Grow Anything" DVD series. “They enable gardeners to continue to grow no matter the weather outdoors and can be updated and used as decorations throughout the year with some simple updating for holidays and other special occasions.” Myers recommends adding ceramic items like a Christmas tree ornament, ceramic bunny or other adornment or two that represent the season. For those who don’t know where to start, simply create a terrarium from an old glass jar or vase or purchase a terrarium to create the perfect stage for a tabletop garden. Terrarium kits that come with the plants, container and everything else that’s needed are also available.

For the artist, young or old, and avid birder, consider a green birdhouse. These biodegradable birdhouses are made from 100% recycled paper and are designed to last through one nesting season. Everyone will have fun decorating it with stickers, markers or paint and then put it outside for the birds to enjoy. Once the season is over, there’s no need for cleaning. It can simply be added to the compost pile.

Not feeling artistic? No worries. Give a decorative treat for the birds. Those with live Christmas trees can extend their enjoyment by decorating the tree with colorful birdseed ornaments once it is moved outdoors. Consider making homemade ornaments from suet, peanut butter and birdseed or purchase ready-made ones.

And no green thumb is needed for this DIY holiday beauty. Easy care waxed amaryllis bulbs are self contained and easy to grow. The bulb is sealed in gold or silver wax, making it both decorative and low maintenance. There’s no watering or container needed. Just set it in a bright location and wait for the floral display to appear. The big blooms will provide enjoyment for several weeks.

Staying on a diet as the holidays approach is easier with a sugar-free advent calendar. A homemade calendar can easily be created from felt and fabric glue or consider starting a family tradition by purchasing a handcrafted advent calendar like the wooden bird cottage advent calendar ( that celebrates nature and the holiday. Each day leading to Christmas remove a bird from its cubby in the cottage. Peg it to the birdhouse and watch the flock grow. Everyone will know Christmas is coming each year when the calendar appears. It’s sure to provide years of memories and could soon become a family heirloom.

Make this the year for creating memorable gifts, trying something new or packaging DIY projects that are sure to provide seasons of fun and beauty.

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