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The 15 Best Plants To Give as Gifts

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Plants just add the most special element to a space, am I right? Not only do they act as living air purifiers, but they are beautiful to look at and bring life into a room. If you’re looking for the best plants to give as gifts — look no further! This guide will walk you through the best plants to give as gifts! Including the best pet-friendly plants, the best low-maintenance plants, and the most beautiful plants to gift for the holidays.

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The 15 Best Plants To Give as Gifts

1. The 5 Best Pet-Friendly Plants

When you have friends who are both pet owners and plant-lovers, you’ll want to make sure you’re adding a pet-friendly plant to the family! Here are five fabulous plants that are safe for homes with four-legged members.

1. Zygo Catcus (medium)

The Zygo Cactus – also known as the Christmas Cactus – grows cascading vines. Red blooms are produced at the end of the vines – hence the name! It likes bright to indirect sunlight.

2. Bamboo Palm (extra-large)

The Bamboo Palm is a large plant, growing up to 58 inches tall! It’s a non-toxic air purifying plant that’s great for low light conditions like an office or bedroom.

3. Money Tree (large)

Another larger tree, the Money Tree grows up to 40 inches tall. It’s also great for low light conditions as well. The name of this particular plant comes from Feng Shui which believes it will bring positive energy and good luck to the owner.

4. Kimberly Queen Fern (medium)

This compact fern is perfect for a hanging basket! It loves warmer temperatures and regular misting. It’s low maintenance and great for homes with pets!

5. The Winter Solstice Collection (extra small)

This collection includes three laidback succulents: Filiferum, Liliputana, and Aristata. These three succulents are great for small living spaces and perhaps, forgetful, plant owners. They need to be watered very infrequently — basically a first time plant owners dream!

2. The 5 Best Low-Maintenance Plants

For your friends and family who love plants but not necessarily all the upkeep, these low-maintenance plants are my top choice picks!

1. The Jack Frost Collection (small)

These three hardy succulents require only a sunny window sill and occasional waterings to thrive! They are stunning wintertime gift, with light green and white speckled patterns that complement a winter landscape spectacularly.  This set of succulents is not pet-friendly!

2. Monstera (large)

For a friend with a big space to fill, the Monstera is the perfect gift! Also known as the Swiss cheese plant for the unique shape of its leaves, the Monstera thrives in indirect and even florescent lighting. It grows tall and continues to vine outward so room to grow is just what it needs!

3. Sansevieria, Snake Plant (large)

The Sansevieria or more commonly known as the snake plant, is one of the most simple and easiest plants to care for! As it is native to the dry West African deserts, it requires hardly any water. In fact, it thrives with once a month waterings in the winter months and is adaptable to lighting conditions!

4. Hedgehog Aloe (small)

Perfect for a desk or a countertop the aloe plant is a unique addition to any space! It’s not only beautiful but requires hardly watering once a month in winter and damp soil in summer. In late spring and early summer, this plant produces bright red blooms! Plus, it can be used like a regular aloe plant to soothe burns and skin irritation.

5. Red Prayer Plant (small)

With red veining through its green leaves, the red prayer plant adds a splash of color to any space! It needs only damp soil, a humid environment, and sunlight to thrive! I love the depth of the colors in the leaves of the red prayer plant — it’s a uniquely beautiful and low-maintenance gift!

3. The 5 Most Beautiful Plants to Gift for the Holidays

For the plant owner whose green beauties are a statement piece… here are the 5 most beautiful plants to gift for the holidays.

1. Philodendron Heartleaf (small)

The heart-shaped leaves of this plant give it its name as the Sweetheart Plant. It is fast-growing and perfect for vining down a bookcase. It is adaptable to low-light conditions and infrequent waterings! Just another reason this gorgeous plant makes the perfect gift.

Philodendron Heartleaf

2. Fiddle Leaf Fig (large)

The Fiddle Leaf Fig is an interior design staple. Its tall and sculpturally dramatic stature make it a statement piece in any location. It does require more care – for instance it thrives when facing an East window and needs to be misted to really shine. But as it continues to grow, your Fiddle Leaf Fig will absolutely be a statement piece in your home.

3. Aglaonema Spring Snow (large)

The Aglaonema Spring Snow is a low to the ground plant that has white and yellow shaded leaves. It’s also known as the Spring Snow Chinese Evergreen.  It’s a beautiful and low-maintenance gift that is perfect for an office, living room or where I keep mine, the dining room!

4. Bromeliad Pineapple (medium)

This plant will actually grow you an edible pineapple!  Each plant only produces one fruit in its lifetime. After fruiting, the plant will create offshoots AKA baby plants that will eventually grow into a new plant that will fruit! It’s a gift that keeps on giving. Plus, it’s a fun winter hobby for the recipient!

5.  Chinese Fan Palm (large)

The Chinese Fan Palm is a gorgeous plant which can grow up to 6-8 feet tall indoors! The large fronds are dramatic and resemble a folded paper fan. It’s a statement piece requiring little care. Mentally, it will transport you somewhere warm with just a glance! This plant does have sharp barbs on the end of its fronds so I would avoid gifting it to someone with pets or children.

Plants make amazing and wonderful gifts! These 15 plants are the best plants to give as gifts, for all of the different people in your life!

About the Author

Nicole Booz

Nicole Booz is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of GenTwenty, GenThirty, and The Capsule Collab. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and is the author of The Kidult Handbook (Simon & Schuster May 2018). She currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s probably hiking, eating brunch, or planning her next great adventure.