last minute Christmas gifts {herb salt}

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i love getting homemade gifts.  there’s something that goes beyond even the sweet Christmas spirit when you know someone’s put their own time and effort into making something just for you.

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in my mind, it doesn’t matter whether the idea’s original or “borrowed…” it’s the “homemade” part that counts.

sometimes, i want a simple gift that still shows i put in creativity and effort… and it would help if it’s fast to make.

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here’s a last-minute gift that takes just an hour  (well, really, about five minutes, plus wait time), and it’s a thoughtful hostess gift that can be shared with you when you give it, should your recipient feel generous.

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i mixed up herb salt, funneled it into a clear plastic ornament, and tied up with a pretty ribbon.  plunked it into a pretty basket with olive oil and fresh bread, and gave it to a favorite friend… mixed together, it’s a perfect dipping side for a hearty soup dinner, or an afternoon snack for a wintery day.

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want to make this yourself?

here is a great recipe to try for your herb salt from chef john at!

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