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The perfect gift for anyone (literally, anyone) on your list

Plants are the solution to everything.

The perfect gift for anyone (literally, anyone) on your list
[Photo: courtesy of The Sill]

Giving others presents makes people happy (according to science). Having plants around also makes people happy (also according to science). So it’s safe to say that giving someone a plant during the holiday season leads to perfect happiness, whether it’s a coworker, a close friend, or a relative—even the teenagers in your family. Plants are having a trendy “moment,” but they’re timelessly beneficial and won’t ever go out of style.

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Our cultural obsession makes it easier than ever to find deals on plants and have them delivered directly to someone’s door with fail-proof care instructions. Direct-to-consumer startup the Sill, known for its gift-ready potted plants, has reported 400% year-over-year revenue growth, and it made 50,000 deliveries across the U.S. in 2018. Needless to say, the brand knows a thing or two about helping folks find their green thumb—and offers the perfect plant for everyone on your list. Here are some of our favorites, whether you’re shopping for a plant profesh or a serial plant killer.

[Photo: courtesy of The Sill]
Low-light, low-maintenance magic
For people who don’t have lots of natural sunlight in their home or office, low-light plants are a great pick. (Don’t worry: They’ll still thrive.) The Snake Plant Laurentii ($33) is a succulent that looks way more lush than your average cactus but only needs to be watered once every two or three weeks. The Staghorn Fern ($36) only needs water every two weeks and can live a green and happy life with medium or bright indirect light. For a nearly effortless experience, there’s the Marimo Moss kit ($25)—which is basically a cute little moss ball that thrives in a fishbowl, doesn’t need to be watered, and almost never has to see the light of day.

[Photo: courtesy of The Sill]
Bright light, big impact
Nothing says “I’ve made it,” for a plant parent, like owning a Fiddle Leaf Fig ($54). These trees can be challenging to care for but make any room brighter and more beautiful for those willing to put in the work. The Bird of Paradise ($145) makes for a perfect statement plant with its bright crane-like flowers and tropical looks. Want to start with something smaller? The Money Tree plant ($39) measures only five inches, has a lovely braided trunk, and can grow taller if graduated to larger pots.

[Photo: courtesy of The Sill]
The gift that keeps on giving: subscriptions
Can’t choose one plant? The Sill also has a handy—and generous—subscription service, which makes a great gift. Each month, subscribers receive one potted plant (they get to choose the color of the pot). There is a subscription for low-light plants ($120 for 3 months), one for those new to caring for plants, called Plants for Beginners ($120 for 3 months), and a pet-friendly monthly subscription, which sends only nontoxic greenery to recipients who may have four-legged friends around ($120 for 3 months).

And if you have an especially plant-averse person on your list but you still want to gift them the joy of foliage, the Sill has a collection of faux and preserved plants that look so real they could fool a botanist. See? There really is something for everyone.

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