Top Tips for Giving Plants as Gifts

So you don’t know what to get your beloved (insert loved one here) for their (insert celebratory occasion here). And they happen to be one of those people who literally have it all – what a dilemma. So what do you get your dear dear (insert loved one here)?

Gift giving can be harder than it looks, especially when you’ve already exhausted Starbucks gift cards, Amazon prime gift cards, and just straight up cash. We may be slightly biased, but indoor plants are a fantastic gift for pretty much anyone. Ok maybe not infants and toddlers, but literally EVERYONE ELSE.

So how do you choose what kind of plant to get your friends, family, teachers, doctors, librarians, and bus drivers? Check out our quick tips below and then get buying!

Plant Giving Tips

Small Plants FTW

We don’t mean to discriminate against the big guys (we obviously love a giant fiddle leaf fig), but considering you may not know how much responsibility your gift recipient is wanting to take on, it’s best to give something small, like a baby monstera. Also it might suck having to hold a fiddle leaf fig for the length of a party, so for the sake of your arms and back, keep it little.

Cacti Over Succulents

People gift each other succulents A LOT. And that’s cool if the recipient of a succulent wants a plant that has confusing needs and might die even when its taken care of like a princess. So ya, succulents can be harder to care for than they look, so try gifting a funky cactus instead. You’ll come across as a much more hip gift giver, and the person receiving the cactus will get to enjoy their plant much longer. We personally think a nice pin cushion cactus is the way to go!

People Are Lazy: Make it Easy

Part of the fun of getting a plant as a gift is getting to take care of something and watching it grow. But if you give someone a plant that’s as hard to care for as a newborn child, it’s maybe a little less fun. Unless you’re gifting a plant to a certified plant whisperer, make it easy for your friends and family by gifting something like the oh-so-reliable snake plant.

Plants, but Make it Fashion

Ok this might be obvious, but if you’re gifting someone a plant, for God’s sake make it cute. This is not the time to go rogue and find freaky looking plants for your friends. Stick to plants that are obviously cute and adorable like lovely little air plants.

At the end of the day, if you’re going to give a plant as a gift, just remember to gift something little, cute (duh), and easy to take care of. Happy gift giving UPPers! is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to *Amazon and the Amazon logo are trademarks of, Inc., or its affiliates. Additionally, participates in various other affiliate programs, including VigLink, and eBay and we sometimes get a commission through purchases made through our links.