4 ideas for hostess gifts and holiday gifts for gardeners

snowball hydrangea
‘Snowball’ hydrangea for Christmas. Photo courtesy Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses

by Connie Oswald Stofko

Thanksgiving is this Thursday, and from there we rush headlong into any number of holiday celebrations. Here are four ideas for thoughtful gifts to give gardeners and non-gardeners alike.

‘Snowball’ hydrangea

We’re starting off with the ‘Snowball’ hydrangea because it can serve as a festive accent in your home from Thanksgiving through all the winter holidays. This potted plant will last probably a couple months, according to Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville.

If you want to give it as a hostess gift, have it wrapped in gold foil for Thanksgiving, blue foil for Hanukkah, red foil for Christmas or in another color to suit any of the many holidays that you might be celebrating in the next several weeks.

The ‘Snowball’ hydrangea plants have multiple flowers. They are grown locally in Mischler’s greenhouses.

To care for the plant, keep it in bright sunlight and keep it well watered– it takes a lot of water.

Enjoy this plant inside. You can try to move it outside to your garden in the spring, but it’s not hardy for our area and probably won’t last through the next winter.

holiday succulent bowl by Mischler's
Succulent bowl. Photo courtesy Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses

Succulent bowl

While gardeners will love a succulent bowl, non-gardeners might even appreciate it more because it’s so easy to care for. Get tips on caring for succulents in this video with Mark Yadon, vice president at Mischler’s.

Succulents are trendy now, and Mischler’s will add decorations for holiday giving.

poinsettia 'Picasso' by Stofko
‘Picasso’ is one of 13 varieties of poinsettia offered by Mischler’s. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko


You can go traditional or avant-garde with poinsettias. Mischler’s carries 13 different varieties in three sizes.

You can find traditional red as well as shades of white, shades of pink and speckled varieties. Mischler’s carries a few new varieties each year. See current varieties here.

Poinsettias are great for decorating your home as well as giving as a gift.

Poinsettias are easy to care for. Get tips for poinsettias from Yadon here.

Gift certificate

There are lots of things gardeners would enjoy as a gift, but sometimes it’s hard to know exactly which things your favorite gardener would like.

Maybe they would like decorations for a fairy garden or mini-garden. Or a certain succulent. Or plants for their garden that won’t be available until spring.

The solution is a Mischler’s gift certificate. Your gardening friend can use it now for indoor plants and supplies, or use it for a fresh arrangement from the floral shop, or save it until spring. Just thinking about all the possibilities is fun!

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