Bottles of wine, candles, candy make great hostess gifts, but if you’re heading to the home of a cook for a holiday party, a rosemary Christmas tree is a perfectly fitting gift and one that has many less calories that vino and chocolates and is just as fragrant as a scented candle.
My friend Clara brought me one when she and Cliff came for Thanksgiving last week, and it fills my kitchen with a lovely fragrance. Not only that, but when I’m ready to make some savory red potatoes, Mixed Nuts Saute or Rosemary Orange Chicken, fresh rosemary is right at my finger tips.
This is an inexpensive, picture-perfect and lovely-smelling gift idea that you can find at your local grocery or favorite nursery. You can decorate it with miniature ornaments, wrap a pretty bow around the pot, or transfer to a permanent and festive ceramic pot. Christmas cactuses and poinsettias look beautiful, but the rosemary tree is a triple threat–looks, smells, and tastes great.