The day of all things love is just around the corner. Have you thought of what you will get your significant other to show them your love and affection? Most people usually get the standard dozen red roses that will look great for a week but will then begin to die soon after.
Show your partner that your love endures forever with these gift ideas that will outlast a few days on the counter:
1. ROSE BUSHES
Forget that bouquet and give your love a plant that will continue to produce roses for years to come! The floral industry knows that the demand for roses around Valentine’s Day is high, so the price of a dozen roses can be astronomical. Purchasing a plant that can be added to a garden is a wise investment since you can cut roses from it year after year. Prices for a rose bush can be anywhere from $20-$100 based on maturity, but it will be money well spent given the longevity of the plant.
Gifting a rose bush is also a great way to enhance the look of your garden, and your partner will be reminded of your love every time they look at it. Be sure to be willing to dig the hole and plant the rose bush as well in order to complete this lovely gift idea.
2. FORGIVING POTTED PLANTS
If your partner doesn't have a green thumb, there are still potted plants that will make a great gift. Plants like cacti, succulents, and aloe vera are great choices for those who forget or are too busy to regularly water their plants. You can even find succulents, such as the desert savior, that have romantic hints of red in them. Nevertheless, all of these choices can store water well and actually prefer to be watered much less than a typical potted plant.
They are also small enough to be placed anywhere, like the edge of a bathroom counter, a windowsill, or side table, and will add texture and life to any space. If you are looking to give a larger gift, then consider putting all three of these plants in a larger container for the ultimate arrangement that doesn’t need much attention.
3. OFFICE DWELLERS
Does your partner work at a desk all day with little to no sunlight or direct window access? Think about giving them a potted plant that prefers less light like bamboo, spider, or jade plants. Bamboo will grow quite fast and add height and dimension to any drab office area. Spider plants are white and green in color and add interest to any space, while waxy jade plants look like a bonsai tree and need little attention. For the ultimate office dweller that is gone on long trips, consider getting them a potted ficus tree that actually responds better to dark areas and dry soil.
There are so many more options for Valentine’s Day gifts than just the standard cut flower arrangements. Consider purchasing a potted plant to show your love that will continue to grow and mature throughout many years. Choosing a plant that fits the needs and personality of your partner is easy given the wide variety of plants available. There is no need to purchase cut flowers that will eventually be thrown away when there are many other great plant gift choices that will show that your love endures beyond a single Valentine’s Day!
Katie Kuchta is a gardening guru, outdoor living expert, and self-proclaimed foodie. She can often be found cooking in the kitchen or on the hunt for the best tacos. Follow her on Instagram @atxtacoqueen.
There's no need to wait for spring to start tidying up your home! If you're still stuck inside from the cold, you can get organized for the warmer months with some of our favorite storage options of the season.
1. ACRYLIC TRUNKS
If you have beautiful items that you want to store but they're too cute to hide away, then an acrylic trunk is your perfect solution! Their transparent sides mean that your colorful throws, bath towels, or unique treasures can stand out from within.
2. SWEDISH STORAGE BENCHES
We love that these types of pieces can store a TON of things, and they also feature a sleek, Scandinavian design that will fit beautifully at the end of a bed or under a window. (Plus, they double as extra seating!)
3. SHELVES WITH ANTIQUE APPEAL
Bring a refreshing, natural touch to your home with shelving that has traditional charm. They will provide ample space and accent your home with classic beauty and simple, functional design.
4. SEAGRASS BASKETS
These are the simple, organic pieces you need to tone down and de-clutter your home. Depending on the size you need, seagrass baskets can hold anything from extra towels and throws to bathroom and kitchen supplies. (Try tucking three underneath an open coffee table to hide your living room electronics!)
5. RATTAN MAGAZINE HOLDERS
Magazine holders are an easy solution and quick fix to organizing. Besides simply stacking magazines, you can file letters and cards that you don't want to lose! Plus, durable rattan lasts for years and provides an organic texture to your home.
6. VINTAGE TRUNKS
Not only are they super convenient for storing linens, blankets, or extra small decor, but vintage trunks also inspire visions of travel and adventure, standing out in any room with their totally one-of-a-kind look.
There are so many easy ways to add holiday spice and winter magic to your home! Our flagship store at Inwood Village in Dallas, Texas has set up the coziest Christmas displays, and they have plenty of tricks for last-minute decorating to make your home just as festive without the time commitment. Here are some of our favorites:
1. Accents of evergreens
There’s something whimsical about flocked evergreens. They instantly make a room feel like a magical winter wonderland. Trim a window or doorway with these timeless holiday decorations.
2. Bursts of red
A little red here and there can really brighten up your home! Tie bows around bare or basic items to give them a little life. Place red winter berries in a vase to add a pop of color and some texture to a space. This bright color brings out the festive side of holiday decorating!
3. Flocked holiday flowers
Nothing quite points to a holiday-decorating pro like a perfectly crafted centerpiece. Flocked flowers and red winter berries with evergreen sprigs are a must for any Christmas-y vase.
4. Furry festive friends
We love our furry friends! Whether you use your own pet or a festive prop, they are easy to decorate and bring a lively, natural touch to your holiday home!
5. Wisps of crystal
Shiny snowflakes are a classic when it comes to holiday decorating. They usually reflect the light on a Christmas tree, but these striking ornaments can easily hang around your home for that extra wintry feel.
6. Don’t be afraid of pink
A rose color adds a sweet dynamic to Christmas decorating. Whether making a big statement with a large piece or adding touches of it alongside the reds and greens, pink makes a softer impression in your home.
7. Utilize white this winter
Not only is it sleek and sophisticated, but white furniture is the perfect backdrop for making your holiday reds and greens really pop! Baubles, ornaments, and green sprigs are more vibrant than ever against a white background.