Everyone and their second-cousin is putting together Best Of lists and holiday gift guides and we didn’t want to miss out on the fun.
But know this: we’re not interested in simply peddling goods for the sake of well, you know, selling stuff.
We don’t have a purchasing department. We personally handpick everything we carry because it’s something we’d love in our own stockings and homes. And we’re here to curate a group of things you can’t find at the big boxes. Because they’re great for shovels and screwdrivers and shiplap (we love alliteration!), but not so much when you want to be original.
And we’re nothing if not original.
So, no more stalling. Introducing our 2018 Really-Good Holiday Gift Guide.
FOR THE OFFICE (PARTY)
The Christmas star
Our version of the bold and beautiful Christmas classic, in two sizes and colors (red and white). Handpicked to be full, fresh and rich in color. So you won’t walk up to the boss’ Christmas party with a wimpy grocery store special that’s seen better days.
BECAUSE IT SMELLS AS GOOD AS IT LOOKS
When life gives you lemon cypress
Lemon Cypress shows up in fancy cooking catalogues and trendy kitchen blogs because it’s completely photogenic. What you don’t see in the photos is the way it smells when you touch it—yummm.
PERFECT STOCKING STUFfER
Air Plant Ornament
Tiny slices of suspended magic
When whimsical and practical join forces, this is what you get. The coolest part? It’s ready to be hung from a Christmas tree or chimney with care, then after the holidays, it’s perfect just about anywhere. And air plants just need to be misted, so there’s that.
FOR THE NEWBIE
Air Plant Trio with Holder
For your friend with the black thumb
She doesn’t need to know we were discussing that her talents lie elsewhere. She just needs to see this natural stone base, the hand-coiled steel spirals and nymph-like air plants. No dirt, no watering and just an occasional mist. Mmmmhhhhmmmm.
PERFECT HOSTESS GIFT
One of our personal favorites because this tiny fern looks like it’s covered in a fresh layer of snow. Sweet, right? Affordable but adorable hostess gift.
The stocking stuffer of choice
Online gift cards are easy, fast and extra personal because they let her choose for herself. Or him. He can choose for himself, too. Either way, no returns and pure anticipation.
FOR THE DREAMER
You’ve seen these all over Pinterest and Instagram and we have heart eyes for them, too
Pilea peperomioides is a pretty and semi hard-to-find indoor plant. Lucky for us, its tiny offshoots can be cut away and propagated to share. The Seuss-like stems are perky and quirky and everything wonderful. Like your best friend. Or you.
FOR THE DESIGNER
Fiddle Leaf Fig
This little figgy came home
Adulting can be hard, but having a fiddle leaf fig is a rite of passage we can get behind. The fiddle is unmistakably handsome, a decorator’s dream and a way to add natural height to a room. This is a milestone gift you won’t regret and they won’t forget.
FOR YOUR AUNT (BAD JOKE)
Everyone knows your aunt can move that rubber tree plant
We joke, but there are some seriously cool things about the Rubber Plant. This guy is a tough yet easy going houseplant and a rockstar when it comes to cleaning the air. We love his gorgeous glossy leaves, too. And so will your aunt. Or mom. Or anyone, really.
INSTEAD OF CUT FLOWERS
Succulent Box Planter
Modern farmhouse meets succulent supermodel
Too perfect to wrap. We love the juxtaposition between the weathered ceramic and the succulent supermodel that looks good without trying. Forget cut flowers and skip straight to this long-lasting succulent for her desk, dorm or bright kitchen island.
Happy Holidays from all of us at Altum’s!