The Dutch have a word “gezellig” that loosely translates to a warm, cozy feeling, or time spent with family and friends. And while there’s no true English translation, you can adopt the wonderful Dutch tradition of giving plants as gifts and help create gezelligheid from afar this holiday season. Here are our reasons why we think houseplants are the perfect gift.
1. They last longer than a month
Traditional holiday plants like Poinsettias last about 3-4 weeks. They’re grown to be temporary decorations and are therefore not very healthy or long-living. A houseplant like the Red Prayer, Norfolk Pine, or the Peperomia Ginny all have festive colors and will bring you cheer for years to come—not just during the holidays.
2. They’re beautiful and beneficial
Houseplants are not only beautiful additions, but improve air quality. This is especially important during the winter, as we all tend to spend more time indoors and plants remove everyday chemicals found in furniture, carpet, and other common household items.
3. Everyone loves a plant
Christmas will look a little different this year. Though you may not be going to Christmas parties, holiday dinners, and New Year’s Day brunch in person, consider virtual versions of those traditions and surprise the host or hostess by sending a plant gift.
4. Perfect for long-distance friends and family
What better way to show your love with your friends and family that live across the country than with a plant! Every time they care for it, they’ll be reminded of you!
5. It won’t get thrown away!
How many gifts that you’ve received end up in the back of your closet, the bottom of a drawer, or in the garbage. Your plant gift is guaranteed to be enjoyed and not forgotten.