Plant Life Balance

Plant inspired gifts for every personality

Need a hand figuring out what to get your special ones this festive season?

We’ve finally made it – the end of the year is just around the corner. And you know what that means…it’s time to get on top of our Christmas shopping.

We know for some, figuring out the perfect present that balances “I love you” with “I get you” can be a bit of a head-scratcher. To help make it as much of a stress-free task as it can be, we’ve put together five plant-inspired gift ideas to suit all personalities – from the friend that’s been stuck in a home office all year to the one that’s obsessed with Masterchef. We’ve got you covered!

WHEN IN DOUBT, KEEP IT SIMPLE

For the ultimate stress-free holiday shopping blitz, you can’t beat heading directly to your local nursery or garden centre, and simply picking out a perfect plant for each person on your list.

To figure out which plant will suit their space the best, check out our curated plant lists per indoor or outdoor space here, or have a chat with the experts to see what they think when you head into the nursery.

FOR THE ONE THAT’S HAD A DIFFICULT YEAR

Give the gift of self-care. A selection of organic teas and a floral-filled eye pillow will help them decompress, unwind, and have a moment of calm and relaxation.

Plant to match: Lavender

Image credit: Erin Lovell Verinder, @erinlovellverinder

FOR THE ONE THAT’S MASTERED COOKING DURING COVID

Inspire their next kitchen adventure with a plant-based cook book. To really challenge them, look for a book that heroes interesting flavour profiles, indigenous ingredients, and a zero-waste, root-to-leaf approach to cooking.

Plant to match: Tasmanian Pepperberry; Nasturtium; Warrigal Greens

Image credit: Cath Muscat for ‘Use It All’ by Alex Elliott-Howery and Jaimee Edwards. Read our interview with the authors here.

FOR THE ONE THAT’S BEEN WORKING FROM HOME 

Keep the motivation and productivity vibes high with a handcrafted ceramic mug, so they can keep those teas rolling all day long. Browse our list of favourite Aussie ceramicists here, specialising in beautiful earthenwares with textural surfaces and neutral tones.

Plant to match: Heart-leaf philodendron; rubber fig

Image credit: Katia Carletti

FOR THE ONE THAT’S HOSTING CHRISTMAS LUNCH

With home gatherings looking more on the cards this year than big outdoor events, bring the party vibes and impress guests at Christmas lunch with a shake-it-yourself cocktail kit.

Plant to match: Lilly Pilly, Lemon Myrtle

Image credit: Trolley’d, @trolleyd

FOR THE EXTRA-SPECIAL ONE(S)

As far as it’s safe and permissible to do so (within COVID government guidelines), whisk your most loved one(s) away for a special, nature-immersed weekend in a place that they can switch off and renew their bodies and minds.

Plant To Match: Kangaroo Paw; Australian Paper Daisy

Image credit: Unyoked, @unyolked.co

Shopping for the festive season doesn’t need to be stressful – all you need is a bit of plant-spiration, and write yourself a list!

For a present that will keep giving long after the holidays are done and dusted, you can’t go past giving the gift of green – to find out which plants will suit your loved ones best, head to your local nursery or garden centre and have a chat with the experts.

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