Christmas and New Year’s means a lot of parties! We love to gather with family and friends and gift unique gifts to everyone. One of the fun aspects of attending parties is giving unique hostess gifts! While it may feel like one more thing on your to-do list, it doesn’t have to bring you stress. We have you covered with our top 5 hostess gifts that will live on!

5. Norfolk Island Pine

The Norfolk Island Pine is native to Norfolk Island, which is located between New Zealand and Austrailia. While this plant can grow to be 200 feet in the wild, it will stay a more manageable 8 feet while inside your home. The Norfolk Island Pine is considered a houseplant in our region, as it cannot handle temperatures lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit. You may take it outside in the spring and summer, but it will need to be brought indoors for the fall and winter. When gifting this plant, be sure to educate the hostess about care instructions.

4. Needle Point Holly

The Needle Point Holly is an evergreen plant that is drought resistant and thrives in full sun. This plant is not a houseplant and should be planted in the ground or in a pot outdoors. It is known for its vibrant red berries that it produces during the winter. It is perfect for creating a hedge.

3. Amaryllis

The Amaryllis is a well known Christmas flower that grows from a bulb and produces a large flower, or three, on a stalk. This striking flower comes in various colors and can be later planted in a flower garden.

2. Poinsettia

The most traditional Christmas flower is the Poinsettia. Poinsettias as native to Mexico and have been used in Christmas decorations for centuries. The poinsettia is known to be mildly toxic if ingested, so be cautious of this if your hostess has pets. For a full video on caring for a poinsettia, click here! 

1. Christmas Cactus

The Christmas Cactus is the hostess gift that keeps on giving. While cactus is in its name, the Christmas Cactus is not a cactus or succulent at all! The flowers are unique and begin blooming in November. If the hostess of the party has animals, this may be the perfect hostess gift, as the Christmas Cactus is not toxic to people or animals.

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