Herbs are a long-lasting gift that not only gives the home some greenery, but lets the person using the herbs think of you every time she cuts the herbs to use in her cooking. Many herbs will come back the next year, if allowed to go to seed.
Find a large, square basket. Purchase herbs in 4 1/2-inch pots. You can also choose a round basket, then arrange filler between the pots and the sides of the basket. Filler could include flowers or baby's breath. Arrange the herbs in the basket. Tie off the basket with a ribbon. Popular herbs include red basil, sweet basil, parsley (curly or Italian), oregano, rosemary, dill, mint spearmint, peppermint, tarragon and lemon basil. You need enough herbs to fill the basket you purchase. Add an herb dictionary to the basket.
Purchase a decorative planter. Make sure the planter has drain holes. If not, drill several 1-inch wide drain holes in the bottom of the planter. Line the bottom with 1 1/4 inches of gravel, then fill it about halfway with topsoil. Choose several herbs from the same family. Remove the herbs from their pots and place them in the planter. Fill around the herbs with topsoil. Include instructions for watering every other day or as needed to keep the soil moist, and instructions for the amount of sunlight the herbs in the planter prefer.
Herb Gift Box Kit
Find a low, wide, decorative box or basket. Purchase several herbs such as oregano, basil or mint. Add a drying kit and an oil bottle set. Include instructions to grow the herbs, dry them according to the instructions with the herb drying kit. Include ideas for using fresh herbs, including, putting several leaves of fresh herbs into the oil bottles, then filling them with olive oil for flavored oil. Include an herb cookbook or herb dictionary in the kit. Wrap the kit with a bow and add foliage for decoration and filler (between herb pots and other items).