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Six Succulent Gifts I Wouldn’t Mind Receiving If I Were to Receive Them

November 29, 2012

I want this, and this, and …

It’s the love-it-or-hate-it giving season again … time to choose something worthy of presentation to another out of love, appreciation, friendship. But if you’re like me, the idea of going to the mall is akin to organ donation — while still living.  So, I do all my gift shopping online. And where better than the global crafts fair that is Etsy? With thousands of artists, crafters and artisans, it’s a sure bet one will find amazing goods — succulent goods — worth gifting. For this post, I was going to pretend I was shopping for six friends … but that was annoying because I couldn’t decide which six. So, I cut the friends out of the equation (sorry, guys) and decided I would look for gifts that would suit a finicky, design-obsessed, artsy-fartsy, hard-to-buy-for sort. … In other words, gifts that would suit me! It took intensive consideration (and endless scrolling; there were more than 6,000 items listed under succulents!), but I found six gifts I would love to receive this season. Each has a quality that makes them special, a sensibility that makes them appealing. And, they’re all still available … You know, just in case you’d like to give one of them to someone; maybe a blogger … someone who lives in a Rancho …

Courtesy: mwdesign2012

1. Waterstone Succulent’s sculpture in geometric container: Available in five colors (gold, silver, copper, nickel, white), these lovely little succulent sculptures were cast from the real thing. Each arrives in its own geometric pot and is 3″ to 4″ tall and 3 to 3 1/2″ in diameter. Shop owner, Michelle Weddle of Houston, TX, asks that buyers allow 7-10 business days for production of each made-to-order piece. At a mere $23 each, I’d like at least five … Wouldn’t an assortment make a great tabletop statement?  Click here for the seller’s Etsy shop.

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Courtesy: Lunas Crafts

2. Lunas Crafts’ realistic crocheted cacti and succulents: Offered singly or grouped into bowl gardens (my preference), these whimsical crocheted succulents are the antithesis of the real deal. Finally, a cactus you can hug! Available in different varieties and pot colors, I would contact shopowner, Kati, immediately … she’s in Hungary. Pricing will vary depending on number of cactus in order; a single potted cactus goes for $12. Click here for the seller’s Etsy shop. 

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Courtesy: Plantillo

3. Plantillo’s succulent pillow: Featuring a photo-print of an agave parryi, this piece has a dreamy fairytale charm. Backed with linen and hand-stitched by the shop owner, Sabine Herrmann, this pillow is one of a group of that includes realistic depictions of leaves and wood. Very affecting; a great way to bring the outdoors in. $70. Click here for the seller’s Etsy shop.

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Courtesy: Smartwood Gallery

4. Smartwood Gallery’s agave stalk iPhone dock: Charge your phone and lift your mood with this clever design. Made from a bamboo-like portion of a fallen Century Plant’s (agave americana) stalk, the dock mechanism is built in (as is its 6-ft long cord) and includes a spot for a votive candle. Aromatherapy, anyone? Order early for the holiday, this shop owner is in Athens, Greece; €35, or approximately $45. Click here for the seller’s Etsy shop. 

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Courtesy: My Favourite Colour

5. My Favourite Colour’s west coast succulents pillow cover: The perfect gift for people who say they can’t have anything nice with little kids around, this one arrives pre-scribbled. I love the mix of textbook illustrations and messy “coloring” … she’s got a similar one with birds of the region that’s great. Made of easy-to-care-for cotton, it fits a 20″ x 20″ pillow; $40.50. This seller is in Johannesberg, South Africa, so order early.  Click here for the seller’s Etsy shop.

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Courtesy: Dilly Pad

6. Dilly Pad’s clay wall sculpture: Capturing one of the best qualities of all those great vertical succulent gardens, the textural diversity of this piece is amazing. Available in matte (as shown) or satin and gloss finishes, the piece is 8″ x 12″ and weighs over 3 lbs.; the price is $300. Need a specific mix of succulents? The artist takes custom orders. Be sure to scroll through her other offerings, her work is beautiful!  Click here for the seller’s Etsy shop. 

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NOTES: Please read the entire listing for any item you might order from Etsy. International orders can take much longer than you expect. Shipping costs may also significantly raise the cost of an item. Always read posted shop policies. Contact a shop owner with questions or concerns before ordering. I’ve never had a problem with any Etsy transaction but I would hate for a reader to be disappointed because of something I recommended. Happy shopping! 

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21 Comments leave one →
  1. November 29, 2012 1:32 am

    Obsessed! I cannot get enough of succulents as art. Fabulous piece! Now if I can find time to make one for my own wall! *sigh

    • reubix1 permalink*
      November 29, 2012 1:34 am

      Hi, Angela, I can’t get enough of succulents either … thanks for allowing me to post your terrific artwork here … and for commenting!
      (Angela is the creator of the succulent wall hanging featured in the post)

  2. Catherine McMillan permalink
    November 29, 2012 3:29 am

    Just another beautiful display of succulents etc. Love it! Hope you are on the mend and improving rapidly….

    • reubix1 permalink*
      November 29, 2012 3:33 am

      Thanks, Catherine, I never get tired of succulents! … And, I’m getting along, better some days than other … Thanks for commenting

  3. November 29, 2012 4:17 am

    I’ve never shopped Etsy before… I’m going to have to check this out. You know this could be trouble:)

    • reubix1 permalink*
      November 29, 2012 4:21 am

      Hey, there, WF! Shop Etsy! It’s a really great way to support artists and super easy (especially if you have Paypal, which I love). Full disclosure: Paul bought the beautiful agave pillow for us tonight! See you soon, I hope.

  4. November 29, 2012 6:25 am

    No doubt you’ll be receiving multiples of all of these so I just wanted to let you know not to worry. I’ll be happy to take any and all that you can’t find room for.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      November 29, 2012 6:26 am

      It’s a deal, Loree! Stand by …

  5. November 29, 2012 8:07 am

    Love Dilly Pad, merci !!

  6. November 29, 2012 5:37 pm

    number 6 is my absolute favorite !!!!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      November 29, 2012 5:40 pm

      Hi, Gwen … Isn’t that piece gorgeous? Please check out her other items, it’s hard to believe they’re handmade!

  7. December 1, 2012 8:32 pm

    Thanks for doing the shopping!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      December 1, 2012 8:39 pm

      Nothing I like better, Denise!

  8. Jeanmarie permalink
    December 2, 2012 9:48 pm

    Hi Reuben, I also love number 6, Dilly Pad……I see white flowers on my walls in the near future. I’m glad you are on the mend and perhaps we can go to Long Beach Flea Market in the near future. Please give my regards to Paul and love pats to the doggies.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      December 3, 2012 12:04 am

      Hi, Jeanmarie! If you get something from Dilly Pad I’d love to come by and see it. They seem too beautiful to be real. I’ll give your best to all!

  9. December 6, 2012 5:54 am

    Hey Reuben, So I just blasted out my gift guide and then, belatedly, discovered yours. Darn it all, I like yours way better. So I stole one of your items. Tis the season, right? Check it out: http://wp.me/p2ojuZ-OB. Happy Holidaze!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      December 6, 2012 6:04 am

      Oh, please! I mean, please feel free … it’s my pleasure to share and to share the good work that Waterstone Succulents creates. OMG, that little trailer in your post … I want one!

  10. February 12, 2013 12:33 pm

    What a lovely collection of succulent goodies!
    Thank so much for including My Favourite Colour 🙂

    • reubix1 permalink*
      February 12, 2013 3:25 pm

      You’re welcome! Thanks for commenting …

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