Give the gift of life this Christmas – plant life, that is! If you’ve been racking your brain for unique gifts, check out the tutorials for these 12 plant gift ideas. Whether you choose succulents, herbs, bulbs, or air plants, the recipient will be able to enjoy your gift for months – or even years. They make wonderful teacher gifts and hostess gifts, too.


Succulents are trending! Since they require so little water, they’re easy to care for and won’t become a burden for the gift recipient. Gardening 4 Kids shows you how to make mini succulent gardens using recycled tin cans. They’re so easy, even kids can do it.

Apartment Therapy has instructions for planting succulents inside a jar for an instant terrarium. Personally, I’d love receiving one of these, wouldn’t you?

Isn’t this succulent topiary from Fine Gardening incredible? Any newlywed couple would love one of these succulent Christmas trees – especially if they live in a small apartment!


Here’s an adorable 15-minute DIY from BlogLovin’. These Rosemary Trees would also make a cute little Christmas tree. Half the fun of making this project is decorating the terra cotta pot.

This super cute DIY hostess gift from Precious Sister is covered with hessian. Hessian? I had to look it up, too. We North Americans call it burlap. Whatever you call it, it makes for a pretty wrapper. Those precious sisters even provide free downloadable tags you can write the name of the herbs on.

Cyndy from The Creativity Exchange shows you how to put together an herb-filled basket for the gardening enthusiast on your gift list. My favorite additions to this basket are the DIY chalkboard garden picks and gold-leafed garden rocks.


I love forcing bulbs in the winter. It’s as if I’m having my way with Mother Nature. For a few bucks, you can whip up a dozen of these paperwhite gifts from Domophile. Since narcissus don’t require soil, there’s no mess either!

Crocuses don’t require soil either. That’s why they can be grown in special jars like this strawberry planter. Metro shows you how to force crocuses, hyacinths, and even amaryllis.

Happy Simple Living has a gift idea that is, well, happy and simple. This amaryllis bulb in the glass vase with glass marbles is interesting to look at even before it blooms.

Air Plants

Succulents and cacti are easy to care for. Air plants are even easier! Michelle from Feminine Modern has a nice DIY for making air plant ornaments. Since air plants don’t require any soil at all, you can’t go wrong!

Ruffled Blog has an easy tutorial for these sweet air plant terrariums. Start with magnetic metal tins with clear lids. They’re easy to find and even easier to fill.

Nothing says Christmas like a wreath. This beautiful grapevine wreath from Chandra of Oh Lovely Day is decorated with great big air plants. It would look great any time of year.

So, give the gift of plant life this Christmas. Your loved ones will think of you fondly every time they see their beautiful plants, especially in the dead of winter after Christmas has come and gone. Plants are the gifts that keep on giving – for months or even years. Of course, if you’re pressed for time and you have to get together a hostess gift on short notice, you can always rely on the trusty poinsettia. If you’re looking for a beautiful tablecloth for underneath all your Christmas plants, you can rely on Bright Setting’s Poinsettia tablecloths and napkins, too. They make the perfect holiday table linen in traditional Christmas colors of red, white, green, and gold.