Gifts for Plant Lovers
Whether they come by their green thumb naturally or have to work a little harder to keep their garden growing, there’s one thing all plant lovers share: joy at receiving gifts of greenery. This holiday season, turn to one (or a few) of these plant-related gifts for anyone on your list who considers the local nursery their happy place.
The Sill Plant Subscription Box
What’s better than one new houseplant? The gift of a new houseplant every month! That’s what your favorite plant lover will get when you buy them a monthly plant subscription from The Sill. The company offers several options, including plants for beginners, low-light plants, and pet-safe plants. Each month, the lucky recipient will receive a healthy live plant in an attractive earthenware planter. Available at The Sill; $42 and up.
DIY Macramé Plant Hanger Kit
Macramé is back, and it’s better than ever. This DIY Macramé Plant Hanger Kit includes everything you need to make a plant hanger brimming with vintage flair, but with a contemporary twist. The kit contains macramé cord, beads, detailed written instructions, and an instructional video. This thoughtful gift is sure to be a pleasant introduction to macramé, an easy, enjoyable, and relaxing hobby for crafters of all ages. Available on Amazon; $23.49.
Stacked Herb Garden
Fresh herbs add a huge helping of flavor to your favorite recipes, and with the Stacked Herb Garden, you can grow fresh herbs, such as basil, cilantro, or parsley, right in your kitchen. The upper section of the two-piece pot holds a small herb plant and soil, and the lower section holds water. A felt wick keeps your herbs watered automatically, making the herb garden nearly self-maintaining. Available at Burpee; $22.95.
Adjustable Grow Lights
Not enough natural light? No problem! The Ezorkas Adjustable Grow Light makes it easier to grow houseplants or start seeds, even in rooms without much light. The set includes four adjustable heads with 80 grow LEDs—52 red and 28 blue—that can be dimmed or brightened to suit specific plant needs, and a timer with 3-, 9-, and 12-hour settings. A metal clamp lets you position the grow light just where you want it, and the device runs on either USB or AC power. Available on Amazon; $32.99.
Plants need occasional “haircuts” too, and with the Barebones Walnut Plant Scissors, it’s easy to trim any indoor or outside greenery in need of a little shaping. The scissors have beautiful bamboo wood handle insets and heat-treated black steel blades. There are two sizes to choose from: small with 2-inch blades and large with 4-inch blades. Both have ambidextrous grips and a comfortable ergonomic design. Available on Amazon; $22 for small, $26 for large.
Birth Month Flower Grow Kit
Here’s an unusual gift that’s far more interesting than cut flowers: a grow-your-own kit for each month’s “birthday” flower. Each Birth Month Flower Grow Kit—there’s a different flower variety for every month—contains a 5 ½-inch-high by 4-inch-diameter clear glass growing container, soilless growing medium, a cork coaster that serves as a lid once the flowers are finished, a packet of flower seeds, instructions, and information on the symbolism of that month’s flower. Available at Uncommon Goods; $34.
Glass Self-Watering Globes
Even the most doting plant parent occasionally needs a little help with keeping pots watered. Maybe it’s vacation time, maybe the plant is in a hanging basket or a hard-to-reach spot, maybe life has just gotten a little hectic lately. To the rescue: these hand-blown Glass Self-Watering Globes, in your choice of a snail, swan, mushroom, or bird design. Simply fill the globe with water, push the pipe of the globe into the soil of a potted plant, and let the water slowly drip down into the soil, keeping it moist for a week or two, depending on the condition of the soil. Available on Amazon; $15.99 for two, $24.99 for four.
Wood Plant Stand
A stand gives a houseplant far greater impact by raising it off the ground and providing a visual counterpoint to the pot and greenery. If that plant stand is handcrafted from beechwood into a contemporary, simple design that works with any decorating scheme, so much the better. The Wood Plant Stand comes in four sizes—8, 10, 12, and 14 inch—so you can select the one that best matches the size of your pot. Choose from three finishes: natural, brown, and dark brown. Easily assembled with just one screw. Available on Amazon; $21.99 to $28.99, depending on size.
Glass Plant Mister
Other than succulents, most popular species of houseplants hail from tropical environments with humidity levels considerably higher than those found inside the average home. And while an ugly plastic spray bottle suffices to provide extra humidity, the task is far more enjoyable with a pretty glass mister topped with a durable, attractive plastic pump. The Glass Plant Mister comes in five designs—dark green, blue, purple, olive green, and transparent—and each holds approximately 1 ½ cups of water. Available on Amazon; $12.66.
Keep your books upright and add a touch of greenery to your bookshelves with the Stak Editor Planter Bookend. Handmade from white earthenware clay and glazed in the softest gray, the Planter Bookend holds any 4-inch plant pot. Thanks to a smart design that provides space for water to drain inside the planter, there’s no need for a separate saucer. The Planter Bookend measures 6 ¼ inches deep by 6 inches wide x 6 ½ inches high. Available on Etsy; $46.
Over-Window Plant Hanger
Take advantage of a sunny kitchen window to grow herbs or display a collection of succulents in a south-facing living room window with the Triflora Hanging Planter. The system consists of a 24-inch black metal rod that attaches to the wall or ceiling over any window, three black hanging ropes, and three white melamine pots that hold any standard 3-inch nursery pot. This is a lovely way to add greenery to a room without taking up any shelf or counter space. Available at Home Depot; $49.99.
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