23 Gift Ideas for the Plant Lovers in Your Life

Plant parenthood is hard—these gift ideas can help.

September 15, 2023
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If you need to give a gift but you’re not sure of the recipient’s interests, a plant—or something plant-related—is often a safe bet. After all, who doesn’t love to bring a bit of greenery into their space?

Of course, not all plant gifts are created equal: What makes a great gift for a seasoned gardener might not translate to someone who only recently bought their first succulent. Apartment dwellers—people who keep their plants primarily indoors—have different needs than those who have enough space to cultivate outdoors. And let’s not forget those who might love the look of plants but haven’t quite been so successful keeping them alive—we have options for those folks, too.

If it just seems like everyone in your social circle has lately become a proud new plant parent, this is the only holiday gift guide you need this year. For the devoted houseplant hobbyist both new and expert alike, here are 23 thoughtful gifts—spanning every budget—to show that you care about their leafy green babies just as much as they do.

1. Self-Watering Wet Pot Planter

This is a great choice for those who love plants—but aren’t so great at remembering to water them. In addition to being deeply functional, these planters have a modern feel that will fit in almost any space.

2. Barebones Living Classic Leather Work Gloves

If your gift recipient is a true gardener, you can’t go wrong with these ultra-tough leather gloves that can withstand thorny rose bushes and dense soil. Plus, they come in two cheerful hues.

3. Barkmae Hanging Pothos Plant Sticker

These pothos stickers are fun little stocking stuffers, and would show off their plant parenthood anywhere they place it—their water bottle, laptop, phone, you name it. The seller has a monstera version, too, for fans of the tropical plant.

4. Modern Sprout Growframe

This sleek, elegant growframe allows plants to flourish without natural light—meaning it’s great for those who want a pop of greenery even in the middle of winter.

5. Oaxaca .01 Print By Andrew Shepherd

Cacti aren’t the most practical plants as they need tons of sunlight and can be unsafe for those with young kids or pets. This limited-edition print of Oaxacan scenery is the perfect compromise: sure to cure any plant woes and wanderlust, too.

6. Wild Creations by Hilton Carter

They’ll find nothing but swoon-worthy inspiration and how-to instructions for styling a plant-filled home in this book by Hilton Carter.

7. Budding Artistry Flower Arranging Class with Nsombi Woodson

If they’re looking to expand their plant skills, try gifting an online flower arranging class. They’ll learn how to turn greenery (plucked from their fave plants, of course) and fresh flowers into works of art they can display around their space.

8. Garden Jar Herb Kit

Never let your loved ones run out of fresh herbs again. These easy-to-grow herb jars are also self-watering, making them a great choice for novice gardeners.

9. Haws Copper Plant Mister

We’ve never met a plant enthusiast who wasn’t obsessed with their mister. This pretty copper pick has the perfect balance of style and utility, providing a gentle mist to your fave plant babies.

10. Plant the Box Scented Candles

This gift is sort of a two-in-one. First, there are the candles themselves, which come in a range of herbal and floral scents (like Wild Tomato Vine and Crushed Mint). Then, there’s the seed-infused packaging, which allows you to grow the plant that inspired the scent.

11. The New Plant Parent by Darryl Cheng

For the readers on your life, this guide is likened to Google for modern plant care in book form. Even the most seasoned plant parents will find lots to take away from its pages.

12. Rooted Monthly Plant Subscription

Known for its TLC deliveries, healthy houseplants, and reliable customer service, Rooted’s new subscription boxes are the perfect monthly pick-me-up. Choose a subscription based on the types of plants they love, customize the duration, and make it pet-friendly if needed.

13. Aimee Furnival Plant Hanging Animals

Delight is in the details. These teeny brass stem clingers—including lizards, orangutans, and sloths—make perfect stocking stuffers.

14. AllModern Sia Ceramic Table Vase

A minimalist yet decorative vase like this might be just the thing they’re looking for to zhuzh up their artistic plant shelfies.

15. Levoit 4L Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier

Adding extra humidity in the air during the cold, dry months of winter is good for their plants—but also good for humans, too.

16. Soltech Solutions Aspect LED Growlight

Winter’s long. Keep their plants happy and healthy with this minimal, sunshine-mimicking LED grow light, which comes with everything they need to hang it up as soon as they unwrap it.

17. Pistils Nursery Kokedama Kit

DIYers who love creating living works of art will appreciate this kokedama kit from the artists at Pistils Nursery. Fun to make, beautiful to display, and easy to care for, “kokedama” means “moss ball” in Japanese and is an old bonsai tradition of shaping a plant’s roots into a ball with moss and clay.

18. Areaware Stacked Porcelain Planters

These ceramic planters come in three sizes and two colors to complement any space. Besides the fun shape, the brilliance of their design is in the planter-and-saucer combo and built-in drainage.

19. Purple Carrot Meal Delivery Gift Card

Hook them up with easy-to-make dishes from Purple Carrot, a deliciously pro-plant meal kit subscription. Choose from a menu of meals to last a week or if you’re feeling generous, a month.

20. Daphne’s Botanicals Color Change Moisture Indicator

These biodegradable moisture indicators change colors from vibrant green when the plant's soil is wet to white when it’s time for some H2O, helpfully preventing over- or under-watering. Think of it as a mood ring for their plants.

21. Galison Houseplant Jungle 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

If they love board games and puzzles, this botanical-inspired 1,000-piece puzzle is a must. The real skill, though, is how many of these plants they can name without looking at the list.

22. Steele Canvas Basket Corp Canvas Utility Tote

For all the plants in their care, they’re going to need a place to keep their tools and supplies. This durable timeless tote will carry it all—yes, even a bag of potting soil.

23. The Sill Mini Preserved Living Wall

A green gift that requires zero-maintenance? This “living wall”—a handcrafted combination of real, preserved moss and ferns that’s ready to hang—is the kind of modern art that speaks their language.

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