For a thoughtful gift that lasts, start with just the right vessel, add the perfect plant, and voilà

Miranda Jones, Julie Chai, and Heather Arndt Anderson  – November 12, 2010 | Updated September 27, 2019

A potted plant makes a thoughtful holiday or birthday gift, and besides a bottle of wine, there’s really no more welcome housewarming gift than a plant. Some people might be nervous to give a living plant as a gift, but don’t be — sure, it might eventually die, but so do bouquets, and we don’t have any qualms about giving people flowers, right? Giving someone a plant also gives them the gift of clean air. Whether it’s for a baby shower or a mitzvah, here are some of our favorite ways to give gift plants.