Lifesaver gift ideas for teenagers
INNOVATIVE IDEAS FOR PLANTS YOU CAN’T KILL
Look, we all work hard and have lives to live and families to feed and… okay I’m perhaps just not someone who can keep plants alive. But the good thing about these incredible finds is that you don’t have to. You can enjoy all the lovely, soul-enriching joys of greenery without a watering can in sight. So if you happen to know someone who’s the horticultural equivalent of the Krays, these make a rather thoughtful gift.
Knitted cacti, by Emily Siân Hart: Knitted to perfection in a little home studio in Glasgow, these will soften the heart of any cactus lover.
‘Don’t be a prick’ sign, by Lotta’s House: Top tip: If you need an original gift to make someone smile, Charlotte Toyer at Lotta’s House is your go-to. And it’s not just what she makes, but what you can do with it. I’ve added this little sign to a cactus for added lols. Check her out.
Paper plants, by Brazen Botany: Brazen Botany became a labour of love in Lockdown for designer Caroline. She used her set designing and ad agency experience to create colourful and playful works of art — inspired by plants but carefully made from paper. And the best bit? They don’t require any watering and will last a lifetime.
Ceramic wall plants, by Chive: Chive specialise in sharing exquisite design inspired by nature and these ceramic beauties are firm favourites of mine. If someone’s into unique homeware or is passionate about gardening, these will be a joy to open.
Plant award for surviving, by Another Studio: Yippee, they’re still alive! The perfect gift for the plant parent in your life. Another Studio is a true kitchen table business and founder Aimee knows her greenery inside out.
Leaf cushion, by Donna Wilson: Curious, colourful and packed full of imagination, designer Donna’s pieces (as seen in our Colour Friday film), are carefully crafted and inspired by nature. No wonder she won Elle Decoration’s Designer of the Year.
Edible cacti, by Caketivate: It’s astonishing to think that every part of these, even the pots, are edible. Not only edible, but delicious in fact. These are the kind of gifts that almost anyone will be genuinely impressed by.
PRICK book, by PRICK LDN: Literally everything you need to know about cacti and succulents, written AND photographed beautifully, by founder Gynelle Leon. Definitely a top one on my Christmas list.
Handmade ceramic buds, by JG Ceramic Gifts: Quite incredible really, it makes you wonder why we’ve never had these before. Each earthenware clay flower of your choosing is carefully glazed and fired twice at around 1,000 degrees celsius. The result? A perfectly formed bloom that’s as good as the real thing and will last forever.
Letterbox dried flowers, by Flower Tonic: When founder Lucy felt like she was losing touch with nature in her office job she set up on her own to work more mindfully with flowers and has never looked back. She realised they are ‘a dose of medicine to soothe the soul’ and I couldn’t agree more. These dried ones fit through the letterbox and will stand the test of time, too.
Mini dried flower posy, by Flower Tonic: It’s not just regular dried stems that founder Lucy sells but these beautiful dried posies, too. Brilliantly modelled here by my niece Olive, they make lovely gifts for friends, neighbours, the postwoman you love… I mean, who wouldn’t want to receive them?! These colours and shapes are just gorgeous.