By Karen Espig

It might seem like buying for a plant-lover is a thorny business, but it turns out there is a forest of great products out there waiting to be picked.

You do not have to resort to just buying them yet another potted plant or a generic gift card. Here are some seeds of inspiration for you!

Tools Of The Trade

These superb quality garden scissors from West Elm will be a treat for those with a green thumb. They have large handles that are user-friendly for left or right-handed gardeners.

If you think your planthusiast could use some new tools, this basic set in a sturdy carrier will surely be a winner. On a more budget-friendly scale, take a look at this whimsical tote on Etsy. It’s available in several sizes, and the shop also has other plant-themed products if you really want to spoil them!

For the outdoor gardeners on your gift list, this stool with storage from Terrain is a great option. It is foldable and has handy storage pockets making it easy to grab tools while working. The sturdy seating makes it comfortable to putter among the plants for longer periods.


If you want to buy something plant related that will last without watering and pruning, why not get some original artwork with a landscape or floral motif? Peruse your area’s local galleries or look on eBay and Etsy. Antique or thrift stores often have offerings, but they might need a few touch-ups on the frame, allowing you to personalise the gift somewhat.

Also, check out the vintage-style art prints available from Charting Nature. Choose the size, mat style, and whether it is framed or unframed, and notecards are also available from this seller.

Artwork is not often the first idea that comes to mind when gift-giving, but it truly gives twice—to the gift recipient and the original creator. This applies to any hand-crafted items and is worth considering as you hunt for gifts.

For The Home

Consider this adorable and personalised Plant Lady mug from Syd&Co. You get to select the look of the lady on the cup and add up to 12 characters for a name. Etsy has many beautiful handmade gifts, such as these resin coasters, created using petals, leaves and gold flakes.

Urban Outfitters has lovely throw pillows with a mushroom and floral motif–with your choice of a mint or pink background. They also have this retro floral throw blanket to brighten up any space and bring the garden indoors.


Since I believe you can never have too many books, here are a few for the plant enthusiast in your world. 

My first recommendation is Wild at Home: How to style and care for beautiful plants and because they cannot possibly know everything, The Houseplant Handbook: Basic Growing Techniques and a Directory of 300 Everyday Houseplants. These will surely be a welcome addition to their library. 

If your plant-lover is also into photography, consider this well-reviewed book on creating awe-inspiring images: Creative Flower and Plant Photography: tips and tricks for taking stunning photos.

Sustainable Gifts

Put the green in gardening with some sustainable gifts. To be truly sustainable, consider the materials’ eco-friendly nature and whether the artisan was compensated fairly. The item should be practical, of good quality, and long-lasting. Lastly, the business should apply sustainable practices across its entire product line.

Check out these fun, 75% organic cotton, machine-washable plant-themed socks from Fair Trade Winds. Each pair of socks purchased funds the planting of 10 trees with the help of Trees for the Future.

Obakki is a company that supports sustainable, handmade items sourced from artisans worldwide. Your plant lover will appreciate their sisal baskets and some very unique vases and planters.

If you are looking for jewellery, check out these gorgeous earrings by Laura Elizabeth. They are expertly crafted from real flower petals and recycled gold, brass and silver. Products are shipped in recycled padded mailers and packaged in organic, biodegradable cotton bags.

No Time Left? No Problem

If time or delivery options are an issue, consider giving an eco-friendly donation on your recipient’s behalf. You could support the Rainforest Alliance, The Sierra Club Foundation, Depave, or Conservation International, just to name a few. 

If you have access to a printer, check out these printable seed packs from Jenni Haikonen (she also has original artwork and prints available).

So, after digging around just a bit, I unearthed quite a few intriguing gift ideas for your green-thumbed friends. If you still need more inspiration, check out print-on-demand sites like Society6, Redbubble, or Art Of Where. You will find many customisable products from independent creators, so you can support small sellers rather than big box stores. You may also create your own original design…now that’s a great gift!

Happy shopping!