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The Plant & Holiday Gift Pairing Guide

As we head into this holiday season that I am debating will either take 300 years or 6 seconds, I wanted to help our readers prepare for the best gifts to get the expert plant parents and amateur green thumbs in your life! As one of Feminist Book Club’s resident plant lovers who has developed my green thumb after a few too many plant deaths, I am excited to share my recommendations for plant and gift pairings to spread the holiday joy to those around you, as well as, yourself.

1. A Monstera Deliciosa and a Feminist Book Club Subscription

Do you have a friend who is as the young people would call it, trendy? Well look no further, because I have the perfect pairing for you. Alongside a beautiful monstera deliciosa plant that is beloved for its holey instagramable leaves, you could pair a Feminist Book Club Subscription! Members vote on our book of the month each month and within each box comes curated goodies that were created by women and queer owned businesses. Also Feminist Book Club donates 5% from the sale of each box to an organization each month. So gift and give back!

2. An Aloe Plant and a sugar scrub from Sakari Botanicals

Interested in giving the gift of relaxation? An aloe plant known for its air purifying and medicinal properties paired with a sugar scrub from Native owned, Sakari Botanicals in Oregon would make a beautiful present! Your recipient could bask in the glory of using responsibly sourced and multi use bath products while also utilizing the plant you gave for fresh aloe to heal after a day in the sun or cold Midwest winters.

3. A Philodendron And a Unblushing butt pouch

So listen, philodendron plants are said to look like a “heart” but all I see are elongated booties. You don’t see it? Well pairing a roomy butt pouch from Unblushing with a philodendron plant is sure to make your cheekiest friend laugh.

4. Some String of pearls and jewelry from By Bay Jewelry

Blog contributor Claudia here has great difficulty keeping string of pearls plants alive, but do not let that get you down because this unique plant makes the most perfect and possibly educational gift. With this in mind, pair a beautiful pair of By Bay Jewelry earrings made by hand in Colorado that will never go out of style. Abbi Bay is known for making literary inspired creations that can add a touch of pizzaz to any outfit (and will not die from overwatering like string of pearls).

5. A Calathea and art from Lauren Strom

Calathea plants are known for their delicate painting like leaves of green and purple. Pair this gorgeous and slightly temperamental plant with a print form Lauren Strom who makes fun and motivational art for everyone. Make sure to share with your gift recipient that calathea plants prefer filtered and distilled water!

6. A ZZ Plant and a blanket from Homespun Trades

The ZZ plant has nothing to do with sleeping, besides its name and the fact that it has best air filtering properties and will survive even if you stay in bed all day and ignore it! Pair a ZZ plant gift with a homemade blanket from Minnesota owned, Homespuntrades! Cuddle up in bed or on the couch and relax with a warm blanket while you ignore this highly durable plant.

7. A Snake Plant and a candle from Sequoia Soaps (and bottle of wine for you)

Snake plants are also wisely known as the mother in laws tongue because their edges are razor sharp, just like that extended family member you are thinking of right now. A wonderful gift to pair with the durable and low maintenance snake plant is a candle from Native owned Sequoia Soaps because who does not enjoy some warm lighting added to their holiday environment? Well, bring a bottle of wine to share (or just for you) in case the gift does not go over well.




Claudia Neu has a passion for language immersion and intersectional children's literature. When she is not working with children or reading, you can find Claudia cuddling with her cat or trying to keep her houseplants alive. Check out her instagram @claudianeureads for more book recommendations and reviews. Favorite genres: queer literature, contemporary fiction, and young adult.

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