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As far as we’re concerned, plants are a no-brainer gift. We’ve picked some of our favorite ideas that aren’t too complicated for newbies but unique enough for plant sophisticates and all are apartment dweller friendly.
AVOCADO VASE BY ILEX STUDIO
A bestseller at the MoMA Design store, this vase is the perfect marriage of beautiful form and function! And is a great gardening gift for your favorite minimalist who might not like the potential mess from potting soil and pruning.
Designers Ed Spurr and Amy Hall Browne of ILEX Studio drew their inspiration from Spurr’s stint at Matthew Marks Gallery in New York. Spurr organized the flower arrangements for a dinner held for artist Ellsworth Kelly after the opening reception of Kelly’s exhibition of beautiful and simple plant drawings. The artworks opened the eyes of the designers to observe the form of leaves and to contemplate nature in a new way. The Avocado Vase allows you to enjoy this process simply: just fill it with water and place a pit (not included) in the small chamber at the top, and watch it grow, day by day.
THE FARMER’S ORGANIC INDOOR HOME GARDEN KIT
We love Spade to Fork, this small, family-run business from rural Oregon. What started as a love for teaching their kids to grown their own food, has blossomed into a wonderful DIY kitchen grow kit for those always necessary herbs.
What sets them apart is every kit not only comes with 100% certified organic seeds (large leaf basil, Broad Leaf Sage and Thyme for starters) but the soil and pots are also 100% organic. No plastic, chemicals or pesticides in sight. So give a gift good for the people and the planet with this decorative kit of heirloom seeds.
CITRUS TREES BY THE MAGNOLIA COMPANY
Is someone longing for a bit of summer indoors? These trees come all bundled up in jute and ribbon—aka, ripe and ready for gift-giving—with handy instructions to help the lucky recipient get growing.
Each one’s living room–friendly, to so you can have a happy sprout even if you don’t enjoy balmy weather year-round.
Meyer Lemon or Persian Lime options
TERRACOTTA GROW KITS BY MODERN SPROUT
The cutting edge of houseplant cultivation. This terracotta kit has a glazed interior and is outfitted with a passive hydroponic system known as “wicking,” which brings water and nutrients up to the plant’s roots. So whether you forget to water, overwater, or both, this planter’s got you covered. Comes equipped with everything they’ll need to start growing, just add water and set in a sunny window.
Perfect for budding plant parents – a must have for city dwellers looking to grow their indoor desert oasis. Choose from healing aloe, desert rose bonsai, prickly pear cactus, evergreen spruce or coastal palm.
SELF-WATERING WET POT
Your plant pals can’t text you to say they need a drink. Nor can they yell, “Hey, human! That’s too much water, I’m gonna drown!” You just have to know. But no worries: if it’s planted in this stylishly modern, self-watering pot, all is taken care of. Fill the handblown glass reservoir with a mature plant, and the roots will absorb just the amount of water they need through the Belgium designed terracotta planter inside it.
Now that the seeds are planted, try your hand at botany with the propagation station. Take up to three cuttings from another plant, place them in the propagation glass, and let nature take its course. After roots have formed, be sure to plant the cuttings in a pot to keep or gift.
MODERN SPROUT GARDEN JARS
This self-watering herb kit features colored, vintage-inspired mason jar outfitted with a passive hydroponic system known as “wicking,” which brings water and nutrients up to the plant’s roots. So you can banish the fear of over or under watering – you got this! This year-round indoor planter comes equipped with everything you’ll need to start growing, just add water and set in a sunny window. Give all the herbs for a multi-colored countertop.
Includes Non-GMO Seeds
3 MONTH PLANT SUBSCRIPTION BY HORTI
This is a perfect gift for plant lovers and newbies alike!
Every month, Horti will send a thoughtfully curated plant kit. All kits will include a plant, along with key information to sustain it. Most kits will include their signature 6″ hand-painted pot & saucer.
You will be charged once for 3 months and we will ship out a kit every month. Rest assured, gift subscriptions don’t auto-renew!
There are a zillion plant subscription services out there but we are partial to Horti because like us, they are Brooklyn based!
They say: Our focus is primarily on urban dwellers, as we live in one of the densest places in the world, New York City. There is an overload of information about plants and plant care to be found on the Internet and in horticulture books, but it is not specifically targeted to people like us who live in small spaces. It’s often hard to get the right recommendations, and it’s easy to become overwhelmed by all the advice out there. Horti solves these problems by selectively giving you manageable tips to turn your brown thumb into a green one!