From family and friends to coworkers and neighbors, everyone on your holiday shopping list will be delighted with a piece of living décor or an early taste of spring.
Air plants are wildly popular and easy to care for. Native to Florida, Central and South America, they take in water and nutrients through their leaves and do not need to be planted in soil. They also require very little sunlight and can thrive indoors. Better yet, the only maintenance they need is a weekly soak in water. This creates the perfect opportunity for living décor and terrariums, which are perfect gifts.
Making a terrarium with air plants could not be easier. Simply select a glass container, fill the bottom with rocks or pebbles and add your air plants! You can also add seashells, figurines and more to add a personal touch. Be sure to include instructions on watering the air plant when you give it as a gift. Terrariums are perfect for offices, dorm rooms and homes.
Of course, terrariums are not the only option for air plants. With a piece of driftwood and some waterproof glue, you can create a one of a kind piece of art that is sure to delight the recipient. Simply take a piece of driftwood and soak it in water for a week or two to remove any salt residue. After the wood has finished soaking and has dried, attach the air plants with waterproof glue. Allow the glue to dry and you're done! Air plants that are glued to a surface should be watered twice weekly by misting them with a spray bottle.
Another great gift for anyone who enjoys home décor is an air plant wreath. Air plants can be glued onto a pre-made wreath along with faux moss, twigs, berries or flower - the possibilities are endless! However, do keep in mind that the air plants will need to be misted with water regularly. Any materials that cannot get wet should either be avoided or made easily removable.
Are you looking to give the gift of spring this holiday season? If so, pre-chilled flower bulbs are the way to go. Simply plant the bulbs in a container of your choice and water them well. Teacups, mason jars and coffee mugs are great for single bulbs while decorative bowls and baskets work well for multiple bulbs. You can dress up the containers with ribbons and bows and add a special holiday message tailored to your loved one.
Finally, if you don't consider yourself crafty or simply don't have time to spare, you can always give your loved ones the gift of a houseplant. Poinsettia, Christmas Cactus and Cyclamen are popular holiday plants that make wonderful gifts. However, if your loved one has indoor pets, be sure to select houseplants that are pet-friendly.
Whether you decide to give your loved ones a piece of living art, a taste of spring or a decorative houseplant, they are sure to be overjoyed. With the option of tailoring each gift to your loved one's tastes, the possibilities are nearly endless!
Do-It-Yourself Mini Christmas Tree
Perhaps you are looking for a do-it-yourself way to spruce up your holiday décor. If you have any tomato cages in storage from the summer, you can create your own mini Christmas trees! Simply use your choice of burlap, mesh, sparkly garland or branch garland to wrap the tomato cage. Attach some lights and the material of your choice to the cage with floral wire, add some ornaments and a ribbon or star on top. You can make it fancy or rustic—it's up to you! If you want to keep things really simple, leave the tomato cage bare and simply add the lights. No matter how you choose to decorate yours, it is sure to add a touch of flair to your home.
From all of us here at Cottage Farms, we wish you and your family a happy holiday season and a wonderful new year!

Holiday Plants