Guest Author - Connie Krochmal
Itís easy enough to choose gifts for cacti and succulent lovers. There are items available to suit every budget.
All sorts of pots and containers make good gifts. You wonít go wrong with Featherock natural stone garden planters. For these containers, the company starts with real stones and cuts out a space to hold the potting soil and plant. There is a drainage hole in the bottom of each planter. These would be great containers for small cacti and succulents.
If youíre into crafts, you might want to paint or decorate a bunch of terra cotta pots as gifts.
If your budget allows, garden troughs and large concrete planters would be useful for cacti and succulent growers. These drain well, and provide the plants with good air circulation.
Living wreath forms are also another option. These are very useful for growing small succulents.
Naturally, cacti and succulent plants make great gifts as well. It helps if you know which specific kinds are of interest to the gardener. If you arenít sure, youíre always safe in buying a gift certificate from nurseries and garden centers that sell these plants. In addition to online sources, there are a number of reputable mail order companies offering cacti and succulents.
For gifts, you can also buy cacti and succulents plants from local stores. Before presenting them to the recipient, place them in a colorful cache pot or basket. For a finishing touch, add a holiday ribbon or bow.
Gardeners often appreciate t-shirts and sweatshirts decorated with their favorite plants. Iíve seen several versions of t-shirts with saguaros. These would make a nice gift that can be enjoyed year-round.
You can also purchase various cactus-decorated items for the home. For example, thereís a margarita glass with a cactus for the stem.
For outdoors, there are a number of garden ornaments that would be of interest to cacti and succulent growers. I saw one shaped like a prickly pear cactus. Made of steel, this comes in several different sizes.
There is even a stylized saguaro cactus lantern that would be suitable for indoors or outdoors. Made of sturdy metal, this has space and an opening for a candle. A low-watt string of lights could also be added.
Some gardeners like various kinds of wind art. This can range from wind socks to garden flags. Iíve seen a lovely garden flag featuring cacti. This one showed blooming prickly pears and saguaros with some Southwestern pottery.
In addition to wind art, there are also all sorts of garden plaques that can be hung on patios, decks, and gardens. Some of these depict cacti. The plaques are often made of weatherproof resin.
Nowadays, outdoor lights are used year-round rather than just being for Christmas. These are especially popular for parties. But, they also make nice holiday gifts. The Fun Lights Wild West series includes a set featuring prickly pears and saguaros. They would look lovely hung around the perimeter of a gazebo or garden shed.
Many gardeners are involved in feeding the birds. For cacti and succulent lovers, birdfeeders decorated with their favorite plants would be a good choice. I saw a very attractive one with decorative glass sides. This was double etched with cacti, agaves, and other Southwestern motifs. It would make a suitable holiday gift.
Now, there is also a complete line of cactus-inspired items for use indoors and outdoors. Among these is a cactus totem that stands in a terra cotta pot, and a cuckoo clock with large kinds of cacti. This series also includes a cactus-shaped birdhouse and a cactus-shaped toad house as well as a cactus fountain.
Cacti and succulent gardeners also appreciate practical garden-related gifts. In many parts of the country, mosquitoes and other biting insects are a problem. For that reason, the herbal-based Bug Buttons make great garden gifts. Gardeners can attach these to their hat or clothing. Once the button is removed from its package, the fragrant natural oils of citronella, lemongrass, and other herbs repel the insects for up to 175 hours.