This holiday season try something new by giving the gift of a live plant. Because winter is associated with hibernating nature, the gift of a live plant will bring a smile, for it is a reminder that springtime’s greenery and rejuvenation will follow closely at winter’s heels. So, here are some ideas for showering your friends, relatives, and loved ones with a gift plant.
Succulent Wreath. Succulents are wonderful plants. They are drought-resistant, low maintenance, and retain their color. A succulent gift plant can be presented in so many ways — as a Christmas tree, a holiday ornament, or a potted plant accompanying the Advent Calendar. But perhaps one succulent gift plant that is always welcomed is the succulent wreath. It can grace walls as well as doors, making it a versatile, long-lasting present.
Rosemary Topiary. In recent decades, herb gardens have grown in popularity because they can be maintained indoors, and close to the kitchen. And with the wave of healthy eating zeitgeist that is sweeping the nation, it’s not unheard of to have herb gardens taking prominent place in one’s indoor dwelling space. Hence, for this Christmas, consider providing the gift plant of a rosemary topiary to that special someone you know who enjoys cooking with healthy, fresh ingredients. Both Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods (which means Amazon.com, since Amazon owns Whole Foods) are selling rosemary topiaries, so if you’re in the market for them, those are the prime places for your gift purchase.
Bamboo. Asians have always celebrated the bamboo as a lucky plant. Giving and receiving lucky bamboo plants in the holidays therefore makes perfect sense, because the lucky bamboo will spread the spirit of prosperity around. Be sure to include the gift plant of a lucky bamboo for your holiday gift-giving ideas.
Southwest Terrarium. A terrarium is a glass-fronted container that houses live plants. Southwest plants like cacti and succulents can be arranged wonderfully within terrariums. For those in your circle who love shabby chic, countryhouse, western cowboy, or even the ranch living motif, gift them a Southwest Terrarium.
Seeds. You’ve got folks in your list that have green thumbs, or are at least wanting to cultivate their green thumbs. Then prepare a basket of seeds with some gardening accessories — gardening gloves, a spade, and a watering can. You can provide numerous seed packets for fruits, vegetables, and flowers to ring in the upcoming spring growing season.
Bulbs. For the more seasoned gardener, bulbs are a delight to receive. They are similar to seeds, in that they promise the emergence of a flower. Think lilies, hyacinth, daffodils, narcissus, and amaryllis, to name just a few of the flowering bulbs available as gift plants.
Poinsettia. It is, after all, tradition to have poinsettia every Yuletide. The great thing about them is they can be found in a wide variety of colors — not just the conventional red and green. Some have pure ivory hues for those White Christmas hankerings, and others have pinks, yellows, and soft mint greens. Poinsettia are always a joy to have, for they can be placed on windowsills, mantels, countertops, shelves, and tables, making them a gift plant that’s always eyecatchingly welcome at Christmas time.