5 Plant Gifts to Brighten the Holiday Season

In the bleak midwinter, living plants remind us that spring will soon return. Here are 5 plant gifts your friends and family will love.

The season for gift-giving has arrived! As you start making your list and checking it twice, consider these plant gifts. They’re not restricted to those with green thumbs – many of these options require nothing more than a little sun, water, and love.

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Sempervivum succulents in hanging candle holders from World Market

Succulents in Creative Containers. Succulents are the ultimate easy-care plants, and their general small size and slow-growth habit make them perfect for gifting in a variety of ways. Try potting them in teacups, candle holders, decorative boxes, glass balls, or anything that grabs your imagination.

My Garden Box Subscription. This subscription box service offers several ways to give plant gifts. The Monthly Plant plan sends a new plant, soil, and unique container to your recipient for the number of months you specify (1,3, 6, or 12). The My Garden Box is similar, but also includes tools and accessories each month. Click here to learn more.

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My Garden Box subscriptions, Dawn Redwoods Bonsai Garden (Uncommon Goods), Monthly Bulb Gardens (Plow & Hearth)

Redwood Bonsai Forest. Anyone can give a potted plant, but how about a whole (mini) forest? This kit from Uncommon Goods provides everything needed to grow a container Dawn redwoods, a relative of California redwoods. These trees boast foliage that changes color in the fall. Instructions are provided to help shape the trees as they grow. Buy this kit here.

Flower Bulb Gift Gardens.Find out more here. Flowering bulbs make great plant gifts, because they are easy to care for and vary so widely. Plow & Hearth offers monthly bulb gift gardens that change with the seasons. Give your loved ones 3, 6, or 12 months of bulb gardens delivered ready to bloom right to their door.

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Amaryllis Bulbs. If you’d rather give bulbs that can be planted anywhere, check out amaryllis. These show-stopping blooms are available in a wide array of colors, and growing them is as easy as sticking them in a pot and adding water. You’ll find these bulbs for sale in red, white, and pink in many stores during this time of year, often in kits with pots and soil. For more unusual amaryllis bulbs, search the web for options that have to be seen to be believed.

Jill Staake
Jill lives in Tampa, Florida, and writes about gardening, butterflies, outdoor projects and birding. When she's not gardening, you'll find her reading, traveling and happily digging her toes into the sand on the beach.