December is finally upon us and it’s once again acceptable to start talking about Christmas! With Christmas, comes the many festivities, dinner parties and events to attend. Now, if you’re anything like me, I never like to turn up empty handed. I always try to have a small something up my sleeve (not literally) to present to the hostess. Usually, I’ll buy a bottle of something or a bunch of flowers en route. This year however, I’ve decided to be a little more hands on and thoughtful!
I’ve been working with Always Kalanchoe this year to introduce you to my blog’s namesake plant and help you bring the gorgeous little succulent into your homes. They’re indoor succulents which means they are relatively low maintenance, only requiring a water every other week. They are so low maintenance and come in a variety of colours, making them the perfect host gifts for the festive season!
For my little DIY Kalanchoe Host Gift, you will need:
As many Kalanchoes as you’ll need for gifts (one per host) – I used small red Kalanchoes which you can usually find in your nearest Waitrose or Sainsbury’s supermarket
A roll of cellophane
White Tissue Paper
As many Candy Cane’s as you’ll need for gifts (one per host)
I made sure I watered my Kalanchoes as soon as I got them home. Leaving them on a plate over night also helps them soak up as much water as they need.
Ensuring that the bottom of the plant pot wasn’t wet, I wrapped it in white tissue paper. A gold fabric ribbon held it in place.
Next, The plant and tissue paper were placed in the middle of the cellophane roll. I lifted up all the sides, before cutting it to size to ensure it enveloped the entire plant like a present.
With the majority of the cellophane gathered towards the ‘back’ of the plant, for maximum window to the front, I lifted all the corners up to the top. When I was happy with the gathering, I secured the top with a larger gold ribbon and slipped a Candy Cane into the neck of the bow for an extra festive detail.
Super simple. Super affordable. But with a lot more thought gone into it, than my usual ‘bottle of something’ gift. Providing it’s watered every other week or so, it should also last your host throughout the festive season. It should also provide the perfect little decoration for the mantle, or even a centre piece for the table!
If you have plants left over, they make the perfect decorations to have around the house to keep it feeling festive!
Let me know if you are going to give my DIY Festive Kalanchoe Host Gift a go. I’d love to see your efforts!