Yeah it's only November... but before you know it, you'll be speed-scrolling through Amazon praying your last-minute gifts will ship in time! Plus, small businesses are the ones disproportionately hurt by last-minute shopping, since many rely on a quality and humane working conditions to get your items created and out the door 😊
And you wouldn't want to leave your plant-obsessed family, friends, or special someone without the perfect gift this year, right?
We totally get it! We're plant experts as well as expert gift givers here at Daphne's Botanicals, and we've put together our list of best gift ideas for plant parents.
Here we're featuring our favorite plant products with zero sponsorship kickback (no commission links here!). Read on to find the perfect houseplant gift! We've sorted all 15 gifts into 4 archetypes:
New Plant Parents
~Extra~ Plant People
Plant Owners w/ Pets
Plant Gifts for All
Read on to find the perfect plant gift!
Gifts for New Plant Parents
Looking for the perfect gift for someone new to plants? These items are fantastic starter tools and products that benefit all plant owners. Of course, you can always gift a plant pot, but we wanted to suggest some more creative gifts!
Dead AF is a highly effective "on the spot" treatment for mealies, thrips, spider mites, aphids, and scale, made by one of our small business retail partners in Duluth, MN! Their formula is designed to quickly and safely eliminate pests, ensuring that your plants remain healthy, vibrant, and pest-free. Their formula contains a carefully selected blend of ingredients, including olive oil, coconut oil, potassium hydroxide, cocoa butter, kukui nut oil, citric acid, vitamin E, mineral oil, rosemary oil, and distilled water. The Plant Bar Co. offers a comprehensive range of plant care products, plants, and plant apparel + accessories.
Their 3-in-1 Plant Wipes are saturated in a blend of essential oils, kelp extract, and castile soap. Keep your houseplants clean, pest free, and leave behind a foliar feed with each use. Best of all, you can give your plant babies a bath without lugging them across the house or compromising earth-friendly values.
These are our go-to plant snippers! They come with a 10-year guarantee and also have bright pink subdued green versions. The robust alloy handles covered in a comfortable cushion grip suit small to medium hands.
You can grab them at the link above, and we also stock the bright colors in our Portland, OR store.
Gifts for The ~Extra~ Plant Person
For the plant person who has everything! These over-the-top but useful houseplant gifts are sure to charm.
AC and heating systems can dry out the soil and air for plants, making it harder for them to thrive, so give them an extra boost with a mist humidifier. Portland weather is great for plants, but we still use humidifiers around our shop to keep our plants feeling their best.
We love this design by Pure Enrichment because it’s small, and the clear sides make it easy to tell when it needs a refill. It also comes with a 5-year warranty!
Close your eyes, breathe in deep, and experience the citrusy, sweet and bright scents of the Botanical candle from All Burn Wax.
This fruit-infused scent transforms any room into a summery grove, a harmonious and delightful bouquet to enjoy all year round. Our small business retail partner in Portland tops this candle with seasonal flower petals, baby’s breath, river rocks, quartz crystals and crushed black pepper. And, with many original and limited edition scents to explore, you’ll be sure to find the perfect aroma for your plant-y space.
Bring a bit of mushroom whimsy into your large indoor and outdoor plants.
Each hand-sculpted piece is carefully cut and handcrafted The patina will gradually age to a gorgeous natural copper-brown with hints of reds and green over the years.
Truely a conversation starter!
For the Pet + Plant Owner
Cats, dogs, and plants are a joyous combination, we know... But sometimes our furry (or scaly or feathery) friends try to take a bite out of a houseplant! Check our list of pet-friendly gifts for plant owners.
Did you know that peppermint and citrus oils are a natural deterrent that’s safe and effective?
Simply dab a few drops of these essential oils onto your plant pot, let them air dry for a few minutes, and refresh as needed. Now, your new plant won’t become your pet’s next boredom buffet.
Fortunately, my cats don’t nibble on any of my plants, but several of my friends with more inquisitive pets swear by this trick.
We love essential oils from PlantTherapy! Along with offering quality products that are free from fillers, phthalates, and synthetic fragrances, their website also shares helpful resources on essential oil uses and safety.
Why choose between pets and plants... when you can have both!
This monstera leaf pet ID tag is perfect for dogs and larger cats, and it comes with free engraving of up to four lines that you can add right on their website. It's made of Brass, Gold Plating, and Hard Enamel.
We love drive and determination… but not directed towards eating our favorite plants!
For especially nimble kittles, we recommend wall-mounted shelves. Make sure these are far enough away from other launching points (couches, dressers, or window sills), and your favorite plants will be safe out of harm’s way.
We recommend giving easy plants as gifts but checking in first with your local plant shop team since some plants can be a lot or work or not be compatible with a space. Good news is that the adorable and easy-to-care for Marimo Moss Balls are an easy gift! Marimo’s are an excellent choice for beginning houseplant enthusiasts and long-time plant parents alike.
Since Marimo need very little attention, they are the perfect plants for kids who want their very own houseplant and are a lovely heirloom plant that can be passed down from generation to generation.
Best of all? Sacred Elements has established a relationship with a trusted supplier over the past five years who sources Marimo ethically and responsibly, and they are proudly one of the very few trusted distributors of zebra mussel free, healthy, happy, thriving Marimo in the U.S. Sacred Elements also offers Marimo classes on the history, care, and keeping of Marimos for curious souls to learn more, and is a fantastic resource for all things plant.
Oh no! There’s no more room on the windowsill for your newest botanical bébé, but it needs sunlight to grow big and strong like its siblings! That’s where this space-saving, adjustable grow light comes in.
At 4” in diameter, the LED light can be extended from 8” up to 28” and has five different brightness settings to comfortably illuminate a range of plants and flowers.
Simply insert the stake into your planter’s soil (it works for almost any size pot) and secure it with the clamp. Set your light to shut off after 8, 12, or 16 hours with the auto timer.
There’s always space for another cute plant sticker on your water bottle, laptop, or plant journal!
San José Made has so many creative plant stickers, cards, pins, and more by small businesses.
Usually we don’t like plastic… but these are made with recycled plastics!
The finished product is combined with materials like natural stone and wood to completely change the nature of plastic into a composite material.
These 11” planter pots come in 3 different colorways and 2 finishes. Each comes with a drainage hole and plug.
A perfect neutral tone and shape to place in corners and entryways of your home.
Wrapping it up
Get it? Like wrapping up gifts for plant lovers :)
We again nudge you as small business owners to plan ahead and purchase what you and your loved one will appreciate for years to come! Even the consulting firm McKinsey predicts that the U.S. 2023 holiday shopping season "started early and will end late," so don't be that person paying for rush Amazon shipping on Dec 23rd (I say this from tragic experience) and having limited options. On the plus side, McKinsey reports that about half of US consumers have already started their holiday shopping, good news for small businesses.