Herb Mug: The gift that keeps on growing

We are always excited when Hallmark Designer Laura L. stops by Think.Make.Share to show us one of her creative and thoughtful ideas, like when she made these wooden bead necklaces or let us in on simple tips and tricks to elevate a party. Today, she’s showing us a great way to thank any gracious host or hostess: with an herb in a mug. Read on and come prepared with the perfect gift for your next party!

Herb Mug | thinkmakeshareblog.com

When I get invited to a friend’s house for dinner I can’t help but bring a little something for the host, and that’s how this idea became a reality. I was thinking about what to bring and, after stopping in at a few of my favorite shops, it all came together: I decided to put an herb in a mug, complete with handy scissors for easy use!

This idea is great for friends who love to cook, or for those who may not have room for a vegetable garden (the mug can easily sit on a shelf in the kitchen).

Herb Mug | thinkmakeshareblog.com

The supplies you’ll need are fairly simple:

  • A mug or vessel for the herb
  • An herb plant of your choice (oregano shown here)
  • A Hallmark gift tag
  • A small pair of scissors
  • Ribbon (1/2 yard long)

Herb Mug | thinkmakeshareblog.com

First you’ll plant your herb inside the mug (I love how this one was unruly and the vines spilled over the top of the mug).

Herb Mug | thinkmakeshareblog.com

Once the herb is secure, write a note on the tag, perhaps with instructions on whether the herb prefers the sun or shade and how often to water it (remember that the mug won’t drain, so the herbs don’t need much water to thrive – you’ll just want to keep the dirt damp).

Herb Mug | thinkmakeshareblog.com

Next, tie one end of the ribbon to the handle of the mug, thread your tag onto the ribbon, then tie the scissors to the other end of the ribbon.

Herb Mug | thinkmakeshareblog.com

Lastly, you can make a marker for the herb if you want. Use whatever you have laying around… a paper flag on the end of a toothpick, a garden marker if you have an extra one lying around, or even a popsicle stick.

Herb Mug | thinkmakeshareblog.com

You’re ready for the party! Walk up to the doorstep with confidence and get ready for a squeal of delight from your hostess!

What’s your go-to host or hostess gift? We would love to hear from you. Tag us on Instagram @thinkmakeshare!

Photographer: Lindsay Tippett





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  1. 8.3.16 | Reply
    Janine wrote:

    This is a perfect hostess gift – come to my house for dinner please! You are so creative!!!

  2. 8.3.16 | Reply
    Andrea wrote:

    Laura comes up with the best gift ideas! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  3. 10.31.16 | Reply
    Josie wrote:

    Very clever, very simple and a very thoughtful gift.
    Thank you.
    I will use this idea for many different ideas.

  4. 10.31.16 | Reply
    linda albelo wrote:

    Great idea, I have the mug soil ribbon card stock scissors now I need to do is purchase the plant! Great way to get rid of some cups!

  5. 10.31.16 | Reply
    Louise wrote:

    Love it! I’m always looking for an interesting and new idea for a hostess/host gift. This is terrific. Thank you.

  6. 10.31.16 | Reply
    Patricia Finder wrote:

    Love this idea! Inexpensive gifts for coworkers and fellow cooks.

  7. 10.31.16 | Reply
    JOYCE wrote:

    LOVE IT. I would like to buy it.

  8. 10.31.16 | Reply
    Betty J Bell wrote:

    This is a very good ideal.Do you have anymore great small gift ideals????

  9. 10.31.16 | Reply

    The herb plant is a wonderful idea for a hostess gift! Love that you shared this!!

  10. 10.31.16 | Reply
    Karen Voorhees wrote:

    Great idea ?. Thank you for sharing.

  11. 11.1.16 | Reply
    Elaine Flowers wrote:

    Clever, unique and thoughtful! So easy that I think even I may be able to do this! Thank you!

  12. 11.2.16 | Reply
    Donna Izzo wrote:

    A few marbles or broken pieces of an old clay pot in the bottom of the cup will work for better drainage.

  13. 11.20.16 | Reply
    Lee wrote:

    I love this idea, especially that it’s something
    they will be able to use.