Sustainable Gift Ideas for the Botanist

November 29, 2022  •   2 min read


For the botanist in your life, help them get their gardening on with gifts that celebrate the plants they so love. We’re sharing sustainable gift ideas for the botanist, that have been curated and hand-selected for the highest quality and ethical & environmental manufacturing processes. The botanist in your life is sure to appreciate a gift that benefits others in a positive way, and one that is socially-responsible. Whether you choose to surprise them with a stunning new watering can, a beautiful hand-made vase for their delicate botanicals, or a donation to a growers collective, support sustainable gifting during the most indulgent time of year.  


1. The Floral Society, Edible Flower Seed Kit, $55 USD

For the flower-loving botanist who moonlights as gastronomy enthusiast, this edible flower seed kit from The Floral Society will be the perfect gift to connect them to nature in the garden and in the kitchen. These seeds are perfect to fill the garden with stunning colour, not to mention just the thing to garnish a cocktail, liven up a salad, or decorate a cake. Reconnecting ourselves to the things we consume is a deeply mindful process, and the botanist in your life will love seeding this gift bloom.

2. Haws, The Rowley Ripple Green Watering Can, £44.99

This exceptionally well-made watering can will be a game changer for the gardener in your life. This multi-purpose metal watering can is elegant, versatile and perfectly balanced. Its long-curved spout helps to pinpoint accuracy and therefore less water wastage. Haws was established in 1886 and is the world’s oldest manufacturer of watering cans. Delight the botanist in your life with this gift that will help their garden thrive.

3. The Drunken Botanist, $33.95 CAD

For the botanist who loves relaxing with a good cocktail, this book will be just the gift for them. The Drunken Botanist explores the greatest drinks of the world and how they came to be. Sake began with a grain of rice, scotch emerged from barley, rum from sugarcane, bourbon from corn. Amy Steward turns her lens towards the array of herbs, flowers, trees, fruits, and fungi that humans have transformed into alcohol, sharing more than fifty drink recipes that will inspire and excite the botanist in your life. Bottoms up!

4. The Abermoray Garden Collective, Donation, $25-$750 CAD

For the gardener who loves to give, instead of a material gift this year, donating to a garden collective in their name is one of the most giving and meaningful gifts you can give. The Abermoray Garden Collective gives back to families with young children in need by providing access to local nutrient-dense food grown using organic practices. With an importance placed on human health, regenerative farming, ecological diversity, and food security, the co-founders of this initiative want to give children a chance to thrive through food. You can give a donation in the name of your botanist friend, or sponsor an entire garden bed – either way, this is a gift that keeps on giving! (try to find local alternatives in your own city).

5. Jak Natural Designs, Wooden Vases, $100 USD +

Built out of a love for creating, sustainability and a need for purposeful products made with care, Jak Natural Designs is a quietly beautiful ode to the natural world around us, and how we can mindfully bring nature indoors. Made from reclaimed and salvaged wood, the botanist in your life will enjoy arranging their flowers and nature walk finds in these charming, minimalist vases. We just know that they wood love this gift!

6. Ferm, Liba Watering Can, €65

The botanist in your life will love this modern take on the classic plastic watering can. With the earth in mind, Ferm makes their Liba Watering Can entirely from recycled plastic, ensuring it stays lightweight and streamlined for easy garden use. Its unique design recalls clay pitchers from times past, elevating your botanist friend’s garden aesthetic. Functional with the capacity to hold up to five litres, this sustainable jug will sit well on their balcony or their living room.

7. Flamingo Estate, Weekly Bloom Bundle, $95 USD

For the flower lover in your life, a weekly delivery of farm-fresh blooms will be sure to put a smile on their face. The Weekly Bloom Bundle from Flamingo Estate is a rotating curation of seasonal flowers that are hand-harvested, sustainably-grown, and sourced as locally as possible (LA only). These can be added on to their Regenerative Farm Box or sent as a stand-alone delivery. Flamingo Estate’s boxes aim to support the best flower farmers and growers in California who prioritize soil health and regenerative farming practices.

8. Jak Natural Designs, Ember Bowl, $355 CAD

Built out of a love for creating, sustainability and a need for purposeful products made with care, Jak Natural Designs is a quietly beautiful ode to the natural world around us, and how we can mindfully bring nature indoors. Made from reclaimed and salvaged birch wood, the botanist in your life will love this bowl made using the burning method of Yakisugi. Their foraged finds – leaves, flowers, mushrooms – will stand out against the deep black of the bowl, creating an artistic forest display. We just know that they wood love this gift!

9. Ranavat, Restoring Hand Crème, $52 CAD

Treat the botanist in your life to a luxurious hand cream that will restore their overworked hands, while delivering the aroma of what they love most – florals. One sniff of Ranavat’s Restoring Hand Crème and they’ll be transported to the lakeside city of Pushkar, where white temples and red rose gardens dot the watery expanse. Pushkar is where most of the world’s roses come from, with these sacred petals originally gracing the royal gardens that were cultivated for rose-infused attars, jams and wines. The botanist in your life will love the nod to this ancient Indian city and the history of this beloved flower.

10. Floriography, Book, $12.99 CAD

For the flower loving botanist, Floriography is a full-colour guide to the historical uses and secret meanings behind an impressive array of flowers and herbs. This book explores the coded significance associated with various blooms, from flowers for a lover, to flowers for an enemy. The language of flowers was historically used as a means of secret communication, when proper etiquette discouraged open displays of emotions. Mysterious and playful, this book is rooted in folklore, history, and all things botanical.

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