Holiday Gifting the Natural Way
This season wouldn’t it be nice to give a gift that is really special for the person you are shopping for, instead of something bought out of desperation for a better idea?
Well if this sounds all too familiar, then I may have some cool ideas for you. Let’s take our holiday gift giving back to nature. The winter months are the perfect time for planting fruit trees, roses, blackberries, bulbs and shade trees. What could be better than the gift that keeps on giving? Many of these ideas can be for little or no cost if you are creative enough.
There are many, many Earth Kind Roses that require low water and little maintenance and have very few disease issues, but are prolific bloomers. Find some fruit trees on the A&M website that are for our Central Texas “chill hours” (approx 650), that only require one tree for fruit production (some require two so do your homework). Giving a tree that needs a mate for fertilization may make your gift less thoughtful. Thorn-less Blackberries are another incredibly prolific plant that keeps on giving.The fruit from this plant will last for most of early Spring and every time the recipient enjoys the fruit, they will think of your thoughtfulness. Bulbs, especially Bearded Iris are super easy to care for and the spring is even more lovely with these little jewels in the garden. You may even have some in your own garden you could share as a gift which makes this gift free but thoughtful and personal.
Giving a shade tree can also be a fun gift for a new home owner, someone with a new addition to the family, or anyone needing shade in their yard. Shade trees give reprieve from the hot Texas sun, saves on energy when placed near the home and provide shelter for wildlife. Hiring a company to plant the tree you purchase can be a generous gift as well. There is no need to buy a tree larger than 10 gallons. The smaller the tree, the easier it is for the homeowner to care for. Besides, small trees grow faster in our hard Texas soil than big ones anyway. Providing your family and friends with a free service can also be a great gift. You could even contact a local business to give a landscape design, consultation, or maybe a few months of lawn service (organic of course).
Garden tools, gloves, plant seeds, a garden cart, or Texas landscape books are also excellent gifts. Organic pest management, bird watching, butterfly recognition and special do-it-yourself project books are also fun gifts. (as always, when giving plant books, be sure to choose” Texas” books specifically) Many great books can be found at a discount online and this can make shopping easier too. Bird baths, and birdhouses are always a great gift as they attract wildlife for the recipient to enjoy all year long.
Or… you can take your generosity to a whole new level and give a coupon of yourself. A coupon to help in the garden, to plant a tree that you give, or to help with weeding, mulching, establishing a veggie bed, or just for general yard maintenance is a very kind way to do something special for someone you love. This is a great way to give a great gift when you are on a tight budget too as many if us are these days.
Any gift that encourages folks to get back to nature is a good gift. In such a commercialized instant gratification world, we have gotten away from the value of a little garden therapy. Some gifts are worth waiting for 😉
Happy Gardening & Happy Holidays!!
Lisa’s landscape & Design
Saving the Planet one Yard at a Time