Gifts for home, hearth and holidays!

If you’re like most holiday shoppers, you’ve got a gift list as long as your arm. Some folks on your list are easy to buy for. But others—not so much.

How about gifts that can be used and appreciated right at home? A blooming amaryllis bulb makes a delightful holiday focal point, and it’s a great gift for practically everyone. An elegant and practical display jar for cut flowers is sure to be appreciated. And everyone enjoys freshly popped popcorn, right?  Check out these great gifts for home.

 

A blooming Amaryllis is holiday season treasure

There’s nothing like a blooming Amaryllis on a tabletop or fireplace mantel. It’s truly one of the joys of the winter season. Not only is an Amaryllis bulb very easy to grow, but it produces some of nature’s most flamboyant and longest-lasting flowers. The dramatic flowers may look delicate, but an Amaryllis a tough plant that anyone can grow. Just give the bulbs a little water and watch the magic happen. Blooms will emerge in a few weeks, and the flowers will last all winter long.

Coronation Amaryllis webA Coronation Amaryllis produces deep red flowers that are serious showstoppers. The deeply saturated red petals combined with the deep green foliage create an elegant homage to the holiday season—and beyond. The booms are showy, spectacular and long-lasting. Coronation Amaryllis flowers are six inches wide, with dark red petals that verge on maroon. The festive blooms stand 18 to 24 inches tall, and the flowers will hold their shape and color for weeks will virtually no maintenance. They are an ideal choice to brighten up your own home, and they are also a great gift for everyone on your holiday gift list.

The Coronation Amaryllis gift from Jackson & Perkins delivered in a two-toned metallic pot that complements any décor. This elegant container can easily be re-used after the holiday season has ended. The single Coronation Amaryllis in a two-toned metallic cache pot sells for $39.95, and the deluxe Coronation Amaryllis gift with three bulbs in a two-toned metallic pot sells for $79.95 at www.JacksonandPerkins.com or call 800-292-4769.

Snowy Waxed Amaryllis webAnother great choice is a Waxed Amaryllis bulb. These bulbs are coated in decorative wax, making them pretty from the bottom up, so there is no need for a container. Everything these flowers need to grow is inside the wax. You don’t even need to add water. Huge tropical blooms will emerge within weeks of arrival, and all you have to do is watch the show unfold. This is the perfect gift for your friend who loves flowers but can’t seem to keep plants alive. A Snowy Waxed Amaryllis Bulb in a decorative gift box sells for $39.95 from www.JacksonandPerkins.com. Amaryllis bulbs will begin shipping on October 30.

 

An elegant way to display cut flowers

Jar-Flower-Holder-webBringing fresh flowers in from the garden and displaying them in a prominent spot indoors is a lovely way to add color and aroma to a room. The country style and practical design of the Jar Flower Holder makes it easy to display fresh-cut flowers virtually anywhere. Because the design is so simple and timeless, it is sure to fit in with any home’s decor, which makes it a lovely gift for any flower lover.

The low jar, vintage wire mesh and matching top all create a stylish rustic accent while empty—but it looks even better when filled with fresh flowers. The lightweight wire frame with handles makes this little vase easy to move around the house, and it also helps protect the flower jar from being bumped into or knocked over. The lid of the flower jar has a dome of wire mesh that serves as a built-in flower frog, making it easy to arrange flowers and have them hold their position. The flower jar and metal holder measures 5 inches tall, 4½ inches deep and 8½ inches wide, so it’s the perfect size for a kitchen counter or even a windowsill. The Jar Flower Holder gift sells for $18.95 from www.WaysideGardens.com, (800) 845-1124.

 

American-made popcorn popper keeps a tasty tradition alive

popcorn-popperThis exact design goes back almost 200 years, and it’s been used by generations to make popcorn over a campfire, stovetop or roaring fireplace. When you give an American-Made Popcorn Popper as a gift, you’re giving a traditional gift that was used by early American pioneers. It’s made from durable stainless steel that won’t rust, and the wooden handle keeps cool for safe use. Total length of the handle and popper is just over 24 inches, and the popper is almost 7 ½ inches wide. The American-Made Popcorn Popper sells for $49.99 from www.lehmans.com, a site that specializes in simple products for sustainable living.