As a gardener, I love to get holiday gifts that reflect my love of, well… gardens! In fact, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love to get a plant gift during the holiday season. Rather than be one of those people who just pick up a boring houseplant at the grocery store on the way to the party, (you know who you are!) this year put some thought into creating some heartfelt Christmas plant gift ideas. We have some great ideas for how to take some simple plant material and turn it into a thoughtful, one of a kind gift, that keeps on giving.

DIY Holiday Gift Plant Projects

DIY Christmas Plant Gift Ideas

Paperwhites in Mason Jars

Check out this paperwhite project from ‘Domaphile‘. These paperwhites in mason jars would make such cute hostess Christmas plant gifts! Here is our very own complete primer on how to grow paperwhites for the holidays.


You could use any bulbs in these jars, but ‘The Happier Homemaker’ shows you how to make plant gift mason jars with paperwhites. These are so cute, and we love the Christmas ornament detail!

DIY Christmas Plant Gift Ideas

Plant Gift Idea in Burlap

Our next project is a simple burlap paperwhite pot from ‘Maya Made‘… So easy, but the burlap pot wrap puts in that extra touch! The cool thing about homemade Christmas gift plants is that you give them even if they are not mature. The wrapping and presentation is everything!

DIY Holiday Gift Plant Projects

From ‘Precious Sister’, this plant gift idea is super easy, but super cute. You could potentially use any potted plant for this gift, but at Christmas time, think about herbs… There is something about scented plants that feels so right around the holidays. Maybe it reminds us of working in the kitchen for holiday feasts, or maybe it reminds us of the scent of the perfect tree. There is one tip they share in this post that will make or break this gift idea!

Another Christmas homemade plant gift idea, using that exact same technique. In this case, they used moss. You can buy moss and similar ground cover type plants at your local nursery in four inch pots. Then transplant it to a cute clay or ceramic container, and wrap it in burlap.


Here is an easy gift plant idea… pot up small transplants of aromatic herbs in recycled cans, then wrap with wide burlap ribbon in holiday style… From ‘Celebrate Magazine‘.

DIY Holiday Gift Plant Projects

Rosemary Plant Gift

The photo below was originally from HGTV, but their post on these darling rosemary topiaries is no longer up. No worries, we found a great tutorial on YouTube! Learn to make these amazing ball rosemary topiaries. A fast plant gift project, and who wouldn’t want to be elbows deep in rosemary for an afternoon? The gifts are just a bonus!

More DIY rosemary topiaries from ‘City Farmhouse‘. Rosemary is a perfect Christmas plant gift because it has everything! It’s evergreen, it has needles like Christmas trees, and it has amazing scent! Oh, and if you run a little short in the kitchen, just snip some off for the roast beef!


Succulent Christmas Gift Ideas

From ‘Lolly Jane‘, we love these chalk paint DIY succulent pots… You could do these homemade gift plant projects in white, and wrap with a blue or silver Christmas ribbon.


If you want a unique plant gift, learn how to make these succulent Christmas trees, just like this one from ‘Canvas and Canopies‘… Here is a step by step video from ‘Urban Dirt’ on making succulent trees.


This succulent Christmas gift idea would be perfect packaged with the latest best seller. (Tailored to your recipients taste, of course!) Make these DIY succulent bookends in an afternoon! We love this because books and plants just kinda go together, right? No rhyme or reason to it, they just…do. Step by step instructions for how to make the bookends. Don’t forget to leave a holiday greeting on the cork board! From ‘I Spy DIY’.

Paper Bag Christmas Plant Gifts

Another easy way to take a simple Christmas plant gift, and dress up the delivery… And you probably already have all the supplies! Make these paper bag Christmas plant gifts for everyone on your list! ‘The New Domestic’ has all the instructions on how to design, print and finish these perfect little gift bags. Plus, a tip on how to keep the plant from soaking the bag.

Paper And Stitch’ uses spray paint and markers to make these plant gifts that literally take 5 minutes. You could customize them to any saying you wish… holiday greeting, something funny, or even something heartfelt.

So give “green”! Want more info on how to force bulbs for holiday gifts? Check out our post on “How to Force Bulbs“and learn about how to force paper whites, amaryllis and even hyacinths! Looking for more gift ideas? Check out our post on Best Plant Subscription Boxes, or Unique Monthy Subscription Boxes on our sister site OhMeOhMy! More projects on our Pinterest board.

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  1. saundra September 24, 2020 at 11:44 am

    when should i put togther the jars with paper whites for christmas gifts?

    1. Kathy Bates January 24, 2021 at 4:42 pm

      Check out our post on forcing bulbs. We explain there. Cheers!

  2. Johnny January 23, 2019 at 7:33 am

    Exceptional post, these designs could be useful in the backyards for sure.

  3. Heather November 22, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    I love the rosemary in a can with the burlap wrap. So simple but elegant looking and super easy to make a whole bunch of. These would be great gifts for neighbors.

  4. kim June 24, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    I love these ideas. Ive been wanting to do this for yrs! I’m strapped for cash and have ongoing health issues Christmas is challenging for me I make all my gifts. Ive tried to propagate(?) make a cutting grow from my aloe vera plant FAIL..also other things from outside FAIL. PLEASE help!!! I can grow some things but when it comes to taking apart and repotting or to make things grow from a leaf or cutting I FAIL. Even when I read up and do what it says. HELP

    1. Kathy Woodard June 26, 2017 at 11:51 am

      Hi Kim! Can you give us an example of what plant you have tried to propagate, and what happened when it “Failed”?

  5. Sarah August 27, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    What a great list – I will have to do some of these this winter!


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