Best Gifts Ideas
If you have been invited to a house warming party, you are often at a loss what gift to bring along that will suite the new owner’s personal style and taste. With the capacity to turn even the sparsest new living space into a welcoming home, houseplants make the perfect housewarming gifts.
Unless you’re buying for someone you know has green fingers, it’s a good idea to keep things simple. The best plants to give as gifts look good yet easy to care for. For the workaholic’s penthouse to the busy family home, these indoor plants and flowers will spread a little happiness and are a handy guide to helping you choose the perfect housewarming plant to suit different tastes.
The busy person’s penthouse
Orchids are the perfect gift for that busy friend as not only look exotic with their impressive and often detailed flowers but are incredibly easy to care for. These breath-taking beauties need very little water and tend to stay healthiest with just three ice cubes per week. Orchards bloom for a long time, from four to ten weeks. These house plants don’t have loose pollen grains, and this makes them a safe gift for allergy sufferers.
For the Bachelor Pad
The Bonsai Tree is a truly unique gift. These real-life miniature trees are easy to care for, while giving the recipient a work of living art that they can craft into the perfect in-house companion. According to Japanese tradition, these trees symbolise luck, peace, harmony and happiness and will bring a sense of calmness to any home.
The happy chef’s kitchen
Potted herbs. For those foodie friends or busy moms, windowsill herb gardens make the perfect house warming gift. Herbs look beautiful, they smell fragrant and can be used fresh in all sorts of recipes. Look for mint, thyme, basil or oregano that are more frequently used for cooking but still need little maintenance besides water and some light or sun. Make sure your herbs are presented in charming farmhouse, retro-chic or cooling modern trays and pots to suit the recipient’s windowsill or centrepiece.
Gifts for the feng-shui fundi
Peace Lilly. This graceful looking plant boasts an abundance of lush, glossy foliage with beautiful flowers that isn’t too demanding when it comes to hands -on care. The peace lily symbolises spiritual, mental and physical prosperity and is said to improve the flow of energy in the home by purifying the air, making it the perfect house-warming gift to energise any home.
For the student pad
Cacti and succulents. These popular plants will brighten up any student’s den and are low maintenance as they need very little water. They come in all shapes and sizes and are beautifully textured and available in a stunning array of pastel hues from mint green to mauve. Succulents and cacti are also compact, making them ideal as house warming gifts for smaller homes and apartments.
Best for first-time home owners
Amaryllis. This is a clear favourite when it comes to house warming plant gifts. Known to flourish indoors during winter this plant will flower and grow through even the coldest months. Amaryllis is also easy to grow and only requires a little watering from time to time and produces beautiful bell-shaped flowers to brighten up any new home.
Something for the busy house-hold
Lavender. Known for its relaxing and calming scent, lavender plants are stunning to look at and will invigorate your friend’s home with their beautiful fragrance. Growing lavender indoors allows you to enjoy all the benefits of this aromatic plant throughout the day. Lavender can be used as a culinary herb, as crafting material, and offers medicinal properties.
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