Shop Responsibly: Give the Gift of Green
Make a big impression this holiday season by choosing gifts that have a minimal impact on our earth and maximum impact on the recipient.
Whether you’re shopping for the hard-to-please sister, the mother-in-law with a passion for gardening, the food maven, or just about anyone on your list, home and garden retailers have something for every budget and every skill level.
“These gifts are perfect for anyone from the beginner to expert gardener,” says Katie Dubow, creative director at Garden Media Group, a public relations firm specializing in gardening and outdoor living. “Loved ones can decorate their spaces, live a healthier life and even reconnect with nature.”
Here is a curated a list of sustainable, useful and thoughtful gifts:
|Sweet as Cherry Pie ($43)
The Nymph series of amaryllis produces huge, almost full double flowers whose rich texture and colors set new standards of beauty. The large red blooms of 'Cherry Nymph' have a shimmering, iridescent quality, and its thick, strong stems easily support them. With a bloom time of 6-8 weeks, order them now to give as a gorgeous blooming potted plant or allow your recipient to sow it and watch it grow. Visit Whiteflowerfarm.com/amaryllis to shop.
|Built to Last ($38-$149)
White Flower Farm knows a thing or two about tools. These heirloom quality tools are finely crafted in the Netherlands, built to last for years and not widely available at retail stores. They are hand-forged from top-grade steel, with either an ash or cherry wood handle. A beginner or experienced gardener would love to collect and invest in these tools. Visit www.Whiteflowerfarm.com to learn more.
|Joy to the World ($7.98)
Joy Globes are a unique combination of ornament and houseplant, a gift that keeps on giving! The clear glass globe holds an air plant, an easy-to-grow little plant that doesn't require soil – just humid air. Display on a bright desk, counter, or tabletop – or hang them in front of a window, from a holiday plant, such as a Norfolk Island pine, or anywhere else you'll enjoy their unique beauty. Available at Home Depot.
|Beautifully Delicious ($19.95 - $31.95)
Give the gift of health and wellness this season with blueberries, raspberries and blackberries from the Bushel and Berry™ Collection of ornamental edible shrubs. These homegrown, compact plants are simple to grow, produce delicious fruit and provide beautiful foliage. For more details and to find an online retailer, visit Bushelandberry.com.
Go Local ($5 -$500)
Are too many choices making the gift giving process overwhelming? Is that loveable gardener on the list too picky? Take the hassle out of shopping and buy a gift certificate to a local garden center. It’s an easy and thoughtful gift and also supports a local business.
Get Outdoors ($50-$150)
What better way to enjoy gardening than to spend time in one? Give the gift of forest bathing this year and purchase a day pass or membership to a local arboretum or public garden. Spending time in nature reduces stress and improves concentration.
Garden Media ignites buzz for clients, offers innovative PR campaigns and secures top media placements and partnerships. The boutique PR and marketing firm is known as the best in the home, garden, horticulture, outdoor living, and lawn and landscape industries. The annual Garden Trends Report is one of the most published garden studies in trade and consumer news.