Is there a houseplant lover on your holiday gift list? Whether you’re shopping for a green thumb with a thriving collection of greenery or a first-time plant owner, we’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite presents to fit any budget, at prices ranging from $8.50 to $195.
Self-Watering Plant Above: Sealed inside an airtight glass jar, a Pikaplant coffee plant (also shown in the top photo of the post) creates its own ecosystem and never needs to be watered. “All of the water inside a jar’s ecosphere stays inside, and the plants continuously recycle the water they have. All you have to do is give your self-sustaining plants a nice place to live, and enjoy the view,” notes the manufacturer; €57.84.
We’ve rounded up more of our favorite self-watering planters in
10 Easy Pieces: Self-Watering Planters. Watering Pitcher Above: A Pumpkin Pitcher by French brand Manufacture de Digoin has a matte green glaze and is for £85 at SCP and also can be found at Nickey Kehoe (contact for restocking information).
For houseplants that don’t live in their own self-contained universe, a watering pitcher makes life easier (and can double as a vase when it’s not on irrigation duty. See more of our favorites in
10 Easy Pieces: Watering Pitchers.
Gardening Scissors Above: With heat-treated stainless steel blades, a pair of Small Gardening Scissors is the ideal tool for the job of clipping houseplants and removing yellowed leaves. A pair is $22 from Barebones. Modern Bonsai Above: Meet ‘Fred’ the Mugo Pine, a potted bonsai tree with a spiral trunk and a penchant for partial sun. Available in three sizes and two planter colors (gray and white), this modern bonsai tree costs from $120 to $195 depending o size at Dandy Farmer.
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Shopper’s Diary: Mini Bonsai Trees from Dandy Farmer. Mountable Grow Light Above: A birch wood Grow-Anywhere Herb Growbar from Modern Sprout can be mounted to the underside of a cabinet and is “outfitted with an LED light with a built-in timer, so parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme get all the light they need to thrive,” notes retailer Food52; $99. Plant-of-the-Month Subscription Above: From NY-based The Sill, a plant-of-the-month subscription can be customized to deliver Low Light Plants, Pet-Friendly Plants, or Plants for Beginners in 5-inch earthenware planters (available in five colors including mint as shown); $35 a month. Leaf Dusting Brush Above: From German specialty brush maker Redecker, a Leaf Dusting Brush with goat hair bristles will gently massage and reinvigorate the foliage on houseplants as it cleans. It is $58 from Terrain.
We are longtime admirers of the leaf dusting brush. See our previous coverage at
Coddle Your Houseplants with a Devoted Leaf Brush. Hanging Planter Above: A textured ceramic Almas Hanging Flowerpot has a leather string (and is suitable for outdoor use in summer months). It is $48 from Amara. Vintage Plant Books
For any plant lover on your holiday list, consider a one-of-a-kind gift of a vintage book. I adore my own library of quirky, out-of-print houseplant and gardening books which I consult for advice from time to time, my favorite being a circa-1940s hardcover copy of
The African Violet that arrived on my doorstep with a lovely surprise. I found tucked inside the pages a time capsule: notes and tips from a previous owner, typed on onion skin. Here are a few volumes I’d be tempted to add to my own collection:
Above: Published in 1963, a vintage hardcover copy of A Gardener’s Book of Plant Names is a “handbook of derivations, meanings, and uses includes over 4,000 botanical names, with a cross-index of common names, and a variety of enlightening information on plants in our history.” It is $8.50 from Seeker Mercantile via Etsy. Above: A collection of five vintage Plant & Garden Books bundled together by the seller because the colors of the covers complement each other includes volumes devoted to chrysanthemums, foliage plants, and orchids as houseplants. It is $36.34 from Book Styles via Etsy.
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Gift Guides, including this year’s roundup of 7 Beautiful Books Every Houseplant Lover Needs. For more ideas, see: