While you know this space is filled with lots of ideas for delicious holiday treats, I know that not all of you are cooks and bakers.  Which is why, from time to time, I like to include ideas for no-bake gifts that still have a personal touch.

This year I have a few people on my list that can’t accept gifts from my home kitchen – but I still want to give them something food related. So I’ve gathered a few great ideas that I think you’re going to love too!

First up? The World’s Smallest Garden!

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When the folks at Urban Leaf approached me about collaborating on a post, I leapt at the chance. This appealed to both the gardener AND the foodie in me, and I think it would make a perfect gift for so many people on your list.

The World’s Smallest Garden is eco-friendly and super-easy to use. The plants literally water themselves using a patented hydroponic technology, meaning no more dead plants! And it takes up the space of a bottle, so even the tiniest apartment can have its own garden!

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Rob and Nate started Urban Leaf with the belief in “the impact that our food choices have on both the health of the planet and our own bodies. Growing food in urban environments solves a huge number of food industry problems, including shorter supply chains, with less food miles, less waste, less packaging and higher nutritional density. That said, growing food in urban environments also brings with it a number of unique challenges…..a lack of time, space and know-how. We’re developing products that help overcome these obstacles – and make growing food at home fun, easy and accessible. As New Yorkers living in 600-square-foot apartments ourselves, we understand these challenges better than most.”

Everything you need to get started (except the bottle) comes in one neat box.

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The instructions are clear and easy to follow, and the web site is filled with more tips and videos, to ensure success.

I was delighted to receive basil seeds, as it was already late fall, and many months before I’d get to plant my favorite herb outside again.

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I have to admit, I was super excited, and can’t wait to “harvest” my basil this winter!

Urban Leaf also does good:

Biodegradable PLA plastic (derived from renewable resources like corn starch or sugar cane) is used to manufacture the non-organic parts of the products, which are entirely U.S. made, and assembled just north of New York City by an organization that provides employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

They also partner with Teens For Food Justice, an organization that provides urban farming education to food insecure children. Each kit sold helps a child grow roughly a pound of healthy, affordable produce for his or her community.

This would make a great hostess gift, or change-from-the-usual for a teacher or coach. Pair it with a bottle of wine (natch), some gourmet pasta or both! And I’ve got a 10% discount for you when you place your order. Simply enter the code GROWWITHSHERI at checkout!

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Find out more about Urban Leaf on their website, and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Need more “no-bake” gift ideas? Check out my lavender salt scrub, shower melts, sachets and syrup. Or my hot cocoa and popcorn ball kits (and all of my food gifts can be found on Pinterest)!

Note: I was not compensated for this post. Urban Leaf kindly sent me kit to review; all comments and opinions are – as always – completely my own.

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