It's the holiday season! Gift giving is never a one size fits all – and the same goes for the plant parents on your list. While so many are stepping into plant parenthood this year, what a wonderful time to cherish the person they are, while acknowledging their flora-filled lifestyle. With that, here are my favorite holiday gift ideas for the 5 types of plant parents in your life!
1. GIFTS FOR THE PEN-PAL
Plantable Seed Cards or Paper for Stationery, Crafts, Card-making & Printing
Undoubtedly, paper embedded with a mix of wildflower seeds is truly the gift that keeps on giving. This is the year to be more personal and send that stationary or snail mail - with a twist!
Available from shops like PaperSource or Etsy by searching ‘Plantable Seed Cards' or 'Seed Paper Cards’; or create your own note via Cute Root (featured above and based right in Minneapolis - can you believe?! You know I love to shop local.).
Set above from MarissaKayApothecary on etsy, with various stationary packs of 6 ranging from $18 - $20.00 .
Printer Safe Seed Paper featured above for around $11.00 for 10 sheets.
2. GIFTS FOR THE PROBLEM SOLVER
In a May article by AARP, Puzzle makers say sales are up 300 to 370 percent over what they were this time a year ago! So, let's hop on this trend with a few plant-centric puzzles & memory games for a little relaxation and mindfulness.
Jigsaw Puzzles and Memory Games are oh-so wonderful for a relaxing, and mindful activity. All featured problem-solving gifts were picked out at Minneapolis-based shops including Foxwell Shoppe, Browne & Greene, and Tonkadale but can be purchased online as well.
3. GIFTS FOR THE LEARNER
I did a live Airbnb online experience called Propagating Plants with Hilton Carter and it opened my eyes to how fun—and worthwhile online classes and workshops can be to help enthusiasts along plant parenting journey.
Summer Rayne Oakes aka Homestead Brooklyn offers a Houseplant Basics Course for $59.00 and a Houseplant Masterclass for $179.00.
Other giftable course options are available on a plethora of membership Platforms ranging from ‘Happy Houseplants’ on Skillshare and ‘Gardening with the Gangster Gardener’ on Masterclass, to ‘Super Easy Seed Starting’ on Udemy.
When in doubt, you can always schedule a Plant Care Consultation with yours truly!
A few favorites in my personal collection, include:
Wild at Home and Wild Interiors by Hilton Carter
The New Plant Parent by Darryl Cheng
Plant Parenting by Leslie F. Halleck
The Little Book of House Plants by Emma Sibley
& Recently picked up ‘Plant Therapy’ by Dr. Katie Cooper on how indoor greenery can improve your mental and emotional wellbeing.
4. GIFTS FOR THE EXPERIMENTER
Personal plant Cuttings & Propagation Stations to House Them
Plant cuttings are a fun (and affordable!) way to gift your favorite plants. For a decorative finish, propagation stations come in all shapes and sizes – ranging from beakers to bookends.
Note: The one featured is from HomeGoods, but you can also check out local garden or home décor stores, or get creative with your own (be it a glass soda bottle or wine glass!).
Tip: To give your plant cutting the best chance of gifted survival, I recommend making your cut below a node (that brown bump you see pictured!).
5. GIFTS FOR THE COLLECTOR
Plants and Pots
Plants and pots are a sweet route for plant parents old and new, with a few detours!
If you are not sure of the skill-level or home environment (lighting, etc.) of your plant parent, consider the following:
Take hints from what they already own – you can use that for recommendations at your local plant shop/nursery!
Go for an easy-care plant that can tolerate low light. My go-tos are (1) a philodendron cordatum or pothos variety, and (2) the zz.
A gift card to a local plant shop—another great way to support local!
Don’t have a local plant shop? Go online! Bloomscape, The Sill and The Spruce come highly reviewed.
Well there ya have it! And if you'd like to watch about this planty gift guide, I've got you covered with my latest Jason Show segment below, because we like to give around here. :)
Happiest of Holidays my Penthouse Residents!
<3 Your Concierge, Shayla