Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Best Home & Garden Gifts

Choose a home and garden gift your recipient will love.

If you are looking for the ideal gift for a special occasion, buying something that you are unsure the recipient will want is the last thing you want to do. While there are several types of gift cards and certificates available for really choosy gift recipients, few things beat a nice gift from the heart. When shopping, focus on the recipients overall style and interests. Does this Spark an idea?


If you are buying for a housewarming or a gift related to someone moving into a new home, a plant is a good choice. Plants are versatile and, depending on the season or where they live, you can choose either an indoor or outdoor plant. Favorite interior plants that are hardy include the Christmas cactus, potted palms and the dracaena. The Christmas cactus is a type of succulent plant that can be grown from a small stem of a larger plant. This green plant transforms once winter begins (typically around the holidays) into a plant with bright pink flowers. It is fairly easy to maintain throughout the year but must go into a semi-dormant state in the late summer months before it will bloom in the winter. This plant makes a good choice for the home office or family room. Potted palms make good focal points for empty corners in the home. Dracaena is also a hardy house plant that likes minimal light and is a nice option on overhead cabinets or plant stands.


You may think that a candle is an old standby when selecting gifts, but, in fact, candles are mainstream in home decor. Candles do more than just provide a scent for the home or office; they can also accent the room's decor. You can start off by choosing the recipient's favorite scent, or pick one of your own. Thousands of scents are available that are reminiscent of baked goods, flowers, outdoor scents and spices. Many homemade candles personalize scents, which are different than commercialized candle scents. Choose from traditional wax scents or soy-based candles, which tend to give off less smoke. Candle types include taper, container, jar, pillar and votive. You can also purchase candle replicas that offer a battery-operated tea light that flickers like a real candle inside a frosted votive.

Garden Decor

Garden decor offers a good way to make your recipient's outdoor living area feel more welcoming. Choose wooden or resin welcome signs or stones that can be used near the entryway. Bird feeders and bird houses are also favored as a functional decor piece. Garden stakes offer design flair to a flower or vegetable garden. Many garden stakes are solar powered to make them both decorative and functional.

Home Decor

Several styles of home decor can be used in a variety of home designs. French-themed items, such as the Eiffel Tower and French bistro signs, are welcome in the kitchen and living areas of the home. Wrought iron accessories are ideal for candle holders, wall sconces and decorative hardware used around the home.

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