Welcome to Curbed's first gift guide, wherein our editors sort through a retail landscape rife with tech, toys, textiles, trinkets, and tchotchkes. This year we're shopping for some rather specific recipients—though we think you'll find the gift selection broadly appealing. Shop on!
Just as some people love their pets an almost unreasonable amount ($4,500 dog houses, anyone?), there are those who find green leafy things to be more delightful companions than humans. While your sister hasn't quite crossed the threshold into crazy plant lady land, she does have a knack for nurturing all things blossomingand her apartment seems to be slowly turning into a greenhouse. From copper planters and high-end watering cans to DIY planting kits and unusual seeds, here are some gift ideas to take sis's gardening skills to the next level.
Vegetable Seeds • DIY Terrarium Kit • Copper Planter • Garden Tool Set • Stainless Steel Watering Can • Succulent Collection • Geonoggin • Self-Watering Planter • Heirloom Harvest: Modern Daguerreotypes of Historic Garden Treasures
Box of Culinary Seeds
$27 at Labour and Wait
Start your sister's vegetable garden off with heritage varieties more interesting than the standard cherry tomato. This pack includes drunken woman lettuce, Jersey tree cabbage, Crystal Apple cucumber, Cosse Violet bean, asparagus pea, yellow pear tomato, and black Spanish carrot. Yes, those are all real things.
The Lucky Gardener DIY Kit
$85 at Twig Terrariums
Even a brown thumb would be able to make this terrarium thrive, thanks to hardy seeds, a specially designed container, and a time-tested soil mix.
Spun Copper Planter
$174 at Yield Designs
Every plant deserves a beautiful pot.
Garden Tool Set
$44 at Kiosk
A small Swedish factory has been producing this tool set for nearly four decades, so they must be pretty great.
Stelton Classic Watering Can
by Peter Holmblad
$229 at Scandinavian House
A good watering can is a gardener's best friend, and this one is pretty enough to double as a display piece.
$40 at The Sill
Succulent gardens are easy, beautiful, and ever-changing. The Sill's collection of six is the perfect starter kit.
by Carl Toro
$20 at Geonoggin.com
Sometimes plants need friends, and sometimes those friends are weird little gnomey things that bring a smile to your face.
by Joey Roth
$50 at Joey Roth
Even the best gardeners can be unintentionally neglectful, but Joey Roth's minimalist terra cotta self-watering planter will keep herbs alive even if someone forgets to water them for awhile.
Heirloom Harvest: Modern Daguerreotypes of Historic Garden Treasures
by author Amy Goldman and photographer Jerry Spagnoli
$50 at Amazon
For some Bette Midler-approved plant-tastic inspiration.
· Holiday Gift Guide [Curbed]