If you are an early Christmas shopper then this gift guide may be a little late. However if you want to do some last-minute shopping then I hope this gives you an idea of what to get that plant enthusiast you know.
This one is a no-brainer. Try to get plants he/she does not already have. This may mean being nosy and perusing their plant collection thoroughly. Assuming they have a huge collection, this may not be possible. In that case, simply asking them about their plant wish list would be a start. Or you can just take a chance and find a rare or eye-catching plant that would be a great conversation starter. How about a mounted staghorn (1st photo) or an airplant such as this huge Xerographica pictured above (last photo).
Plant enthusiasts love books about plants. These books above though are not your average A-Z plant book. The book Greenterior is a compilation of photographs of homes, with a focus on the owners’ plants. There is also a segment where these people also talk about the greenery in the homes. The House Gardener and the book Rooted in Design introduce you to new ways of indoor gardening and give you ideas of how to display houseplants in your home. I own copies of these two books, and would definitely recommend them. From what I gather about The Strange Plants II, it’s a collector’s item that every plant enthusiast who also adore plant art must have. This book showcases the work of 30 artists, and explores the artists’ thoughts on plants and how they portray them in their work. I just ordered a copy 🙂
I find myself very attracted to art work that portray greenery and I am sure other plant enthusiasts feel the same way. So why don’t you give the gift of plant art this Christmas. In clockwise Direction: a) The artwork of Monstera leaves is by artist Jenny Kiker of Living Pattern. This 16 x 20 art work is an original hand painting on pure cotton paper. Her depiction of foliage makes you fall in love with greenery. She also paints cacti and succulents and you can find more of her plant inspired artwork on her instagram page. b) This oil painting titled ‘Miriam’s Cactus’ by Kate Jarman comes ready to hang, framed in Tasmanian oak. Her artwork is bright and full of colour. c) Contemporary embroidery work by Sara K Benning featuring potted plants. I am amazed by how much detail is in her work making the plants almost come alive. I have seen a few embroidery work depicting plant life but her work truly stands out d) Finally, original painting by Sarah Elinger featuring foliage plants, cacti and succulents on shelves. This mixed media painting (of watercolor, pen, marker & gel ink) is made on archival & acid-free paper meaning your painting will last for years and years to come. You can find more artwork on her online shop, VerySarie.
Tools of the Trade
No gardener can efficiently care for their plants without certain essentials, so why not do it in style? In clockwise direction: a) A Rose Haws watering can found on amazon.com. b) The x3 watering can by Paul Loebach. This watering can is so named apparently because a single metal tube was bent three times to create the spout and handle. Ha! c) A stainless steel gardening trowel with a beautifully crafted white handle from Vine and Co. Finally, a good pair of stainless steel garden scissors with bamboo detailing for all your trimming needs.
Finally, we can’t talk about indoor plants without planters. This, all indoor plant lovers will appreciate. In clockwise direction a) The Thigmotrope Satellite from Flora Grubb gardens. The perfect airplant wall holder. Not sure if your loved one would want holes in their walls? Don’t worry, Flora Grubb gardens offer other airplant holders that needs no drilling. Visit their website to find out more. b) This Bittergurka white planter is from Ikea. It comes as a single unit but you can buy several to hook on each other. It is rather big and can hold several plant specimens c) How about a vertical planter from Woolly Pocket to adorn their walls. These planters are made from 100% recycled plastic water bottles so would make a great gift for the environmentally conscious. d) Finally, if you want to go big, then the Babylon Light, a plantable light fixture is it! This definitely will turn the heads of their guests.
So there you have it, my picks for Christmas gifts. Hope you enjoyed it. And even if you can’t get any of the above in time for Christmas, they still make great gifts for birthdays and other special occasions 🙂
Hi, I’m Barbara and I’m a little obsessed with house plants. I share my house plant adventures in the hopes of inspiring you to continue to enjoy the greens in your home. And if you have no plants (yet!) I hope this blog inspires you to add some green to your home. So go on! Try it! I think you might quite like it. And who knows? You may end up being … obsessed too.