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Corporate Gifts

Corporate gift giving is an essential tool that can be used in the marketing communication mix. If carried out effectively opportunities can arise for the company in the form of strengthening the bonds with key customers and employees, creating a feeling of reciprocity and goodwill, forming new relationships, and promoting the business of the company. Read more

Bereavement Gifts

Bereavement gifts are always a difficult thing to send someone who has lost an important person in their lives. Majority of the time people send flowers, and as beautiful as they can be they don’t last long and then the receiver is left having to get rid of many bunches of flowers that have gone to waste. Here at Give Plants we like to know that our gifts last a lifetime and can forever be a reminder of someone that has been lost.  Read more

Housewarming Gifts

Moving into a new home is always such an exciting time. Whether you’re setting up in your own first home, moving into another bought home, or moving into a renting/flatting situation, there is always a sense of excitement in setting up things when you first move in. The joy of moving into a new house is often times shared with family and friends you are close with and they may want to express their warm wishes into your new house with a gift. Read more

Christmas Gifts

With the festive season fast approaching, it may be a good idea to get the Christmas shopping out of the way early to save the mad rush a few days before. Whether a corporate Christmas gift or individual Christmas gift, there are plenty of beautiful plants to choose from here at Give Plants. Good quality plants that will see the new year through and many more years ahead in the future, it is a lasting gift that will always remind the receiver of you.  Read more

Seedling Plant vs Tree

It may not seem like a huge difference when it comes to sending a seedling plant as a gift compared to sending a medium to large plant/tree but in reality there is quite a difference that you may or may not be aware of when it comes to choosing a living beautiful good quality gift to send someone. The size of a plant matters! The mortality rate of seedling plants is quite high, in the sense that they need extra love and care in its first stages of life to flourish. Compare this with a garden centre grade plant/tree of medium or large sized, some of the job has already been done and it is at a stage where it is much stronger to survive. Beneficial also to that of receiving a plant over a seedling plant is that it will become fully grown in a shorter amount of time and you can reap the rewards of some plants such as fruit bearing trees a lot quicker but still have the privilege of helping and watching it to grow.  Read more

Gardening - Is it therapeutic?

I’m sure many of us have felt a great sense of satisfaction after a good session in the garden pulling out all the overgrown weeds from a long cold winter to be left with a beautiful clean garden that you can actually see the soil and distinguish between plants and weeds that looked like plants . With this accomplishment and probably a bit of an aching body after, the reward of a beautifully looking garden may outweigh any sore back pain you may have gathered and you may in fact feel refreshed, renewed and content with your gardens outcome- simply to be admired and enjoyed.  Read more

Spring Ideas

With spring now here we can put away those winter blankets on days when we don’t want to go outside because it is too cold and instead head out into the fresh spring air. Our gardens will seem much more appealing in the warm and encourage us to maybe get involved in some gardening to get the outdoors looking ready to be enjoyed over the summer months.  Read more

Father’s Day

Having trouble deciding what to get dad this father’s day? Particularly since they are probably the most difficult to buy for at times as they never really want anything or are quite happy with the things they have seeing no need to buy anything else. However, we always want to show our appreciation and gratitude of how important our fathers are in our lives and we can do so with a beautiful plant from Give Plants.  Read more

Gift Vouchers

There's a few different views on the giving of gift vouchers – some prefer not to give them as they feel that not much thought has gone into the present whereas others believe that it gives the receiver the chance to pick something they like and lessens the chance of you picking something they won’t like or already have - even though gift giving should ultimately be about the thought that counts right? The nice feeling of knowing that someone thought about you and cares enough to send a gift in the first place? Either way gift vouchers are the perfect gift to get someone when you aren’t sure of what to get, for someone who has everything, or you just prefer to let them choose.   Read more

What to choose for a housewarming gift

Choosing the right gift for a housewarming is difficult at times. However, here at Give plants our indoor range of plants is becoming increasingly popular, with many stunning plants to choose from that would all look great in a new home. For example, new to the range the calathea is an exotic plant with striking dark olive leaves and purple backs. Its interesting fury brown stems and arching foliage with crinkled edges make it a stand out feature in any home. Also, the peace lily is a beautiful plant that would bring a fresh and clean calm to any house with its lovely white flowers. Read more

Get Well Plants

Have you ever been to visit a loved one in hospital and may have sometimes mistaken it for a florist shop as you are engulfed by bouquets of flowers? As beautiful as they are, reality is they don’t last very long at all and depending on how long your loved one is in hospital for it could turn what was once a bright cheerful room with living flowers into a dull room when the bouquet eventually perishes.  Read more

Plants to cook with

Plants have many wonderful uses in our everyday lives, and providing us with food is most definitely up there as one of the top uses. There’s nothing like growing your own fruit and/or vegetables and having them on hand when you need knowing that they are fresh and truly organic. Whether they are used to make a delicious lemon cake, or lime for your gin and tonic, the possibilities are endless.  Read more

Plants for apartments

It is at most times the presumption that plants are for the outside somewhere in the garden, however, this could not be further from the truth. Yes, many plants are for the outdoors and look stunning in the garden but there are also many that are for the indoors that are equally as stunning. Take apartments for instance, at times probably a tough space to decorate due to a more compact area than a house and also majority of the time there is no lawn space or gardens, but there are many indoor plants and even outdoor plants that are perfect for apartments that could turn your space into a humble abode. Read more

Winter Blues

Winter is a time of year where we feel less inclined to head outside and spend some time in the garden. We disregard the idea due to the fact that it is colder and we would much rather prefer being cosy warm inside with a hot drink. However, some best plant picks for the winter season can brighten up any garden and possibly make winter a little more bearable every time you look out at your beautiful garden which will hopefully give you some motivation to head outside.  Read more

The modern day florist

An interesting piece of research has surfaced over imported flowers to florists that aren’t so natural after all. A bouquet of flowers we all without hesitation assume are a natural and beautiful gift, however, it has come to the attention that they are not so natural and may in fact be having a negative effect on the environment and on those who work under the conditions in which they are grown.  Read more

Anniversary Gifts

Anniversaries are an occasion that mark a very special event for many different reasons. Yeah the most common anniversary celebrated will be for years of marriage, but another important anniversary that is often celebrated is the months or years since the passing of a loved one. Even though a sadder occasion than that of a wedding anniversary (some who have been married for too long I’m sure would disagree with that), on the other hand it can be a very happy one at the same time being able to think about all the good memories you had with that person. Read more

Arbor Day

Arbor Day you say? Now there are probably a few of you out there who are thinking what is Arbor Day? – Am I right?! Arbor meaning tree, is a day to encourage the planting and caring of trees. Held on 5 June every year it draws focus to the importance of trees in our society. Moderating our climate, improving our air quality, controlling floodwaters, and providing a home and food for our unique wildlife - all reasons why trees are so important and yet often times we take them for granted or don’t regularly think about it. Many countries around the world observe it as a holiday and celebrate it in many communities and in many different ways. Read more

Plant Care

Water, sunlight, and food - the 3 things that all plants need in order to survive. However, different types of plants need different amounts of each and then it will also be dependent on whether it is an indoor/outdoor potted plant or one in the garden. Knowing your plant is definitely the first place to start when planting, and these days a quick google search on the type of plant you have will provide you with all the information you need to ensure your plant reaches it beautiful full potential for years to come. Knowing the basics to all planting can also get you a long way, here are some basic tips about indoor and outdoor planting in general that may be helpful to know, but as I mentioned earlier on, each plant requires different amounts so if you really aren’t sure on the specifics then a google search will be the way to go.  Read more

Eco vs Sustainable

Eco-friendly vs sustainability, both two very important things in our cycle of life here on Earth, yet often times when they are faced off against one another which will come better off of the two? To begin with, if people can’t get a product that is both of these two things then the question must be proposed about which one will then be better? However, as both concepts are essential to the environment it’s not about which is better but having the knowledge to carry out these practices wherever possible. Read more

Plants with meaning

Plants are a beautiful living gift that are very much necessary for our life here on earth. I guess majority of us would focus on the beauty that some of these plants uphold and trying to nourish it properly so it can grow for years into the future, but we don’t often think about what the meaning behind some of these plants actually are when in fact there is a wealth of history associated with it.  Read more

What to buy people in New Zealand

Some hard questions are formed when we want to buy a gift for someone very special to us yet have no idea what to send when you are living in different countries, sometimes all across the other side of the world. No matter the distance we still want to show that we are thinking of them, especially on important occasions such a birthdays, mother’s day, father’s day, bereavements, anniversaries, and all other occasions deemed important. What also contributes to making this choice difficult is the delivery cost if the gift was to be sent from overseas, ensuring that it arrives in good condition, on time, and without getting lost.  Read more

Do plants make the best pets?

Perhaps a strange question to ask? But if you stop to think about it for a second, like me, you may believe it’s not such a silly question after all .For instance, there are those out there that aren’t animal people and spend most their life having had no pets. Although this may be the case, the desire to look after something and watch it grow still may hold true, yet having children may not be desired or possibly the children have grown up already and you may be looking for something to fill the void but with not as much effort and money that goes into looking after children. So with all this in mind I have chosen to propose this question whether or not plants make the best pets? Read more

Why plants are a better gift than flowers

Flowers are a beautiful gift, yet they can only go so far. With only a 1-2 weeks lifetime before this gift is thrown out along with the memory of who bought it for you. A plant on the other hand, lasts a lifetime and can serve a happy reminder of the person who bought it for you each time the plant is looked at. Read more

The act of giving - Give a plant today

“It’s the thought that counts,” a response that should automatically come to mind when having received a gift from someone regardless of what it is. The fact that someone has taken the time to think about you is most definitely a sign showing how important you are to them and also they are to you. We all know that the act of giving makes us feel happy and gives us the satisfaction that we have done something good in order to make someone else happy. As humans we thrive of knowing that we have made someone’s day so why not send a beautiful plant from our wide range of plants at Give Plants. Read more

The benefits of planting a beautiful olive tree

Olive Trees – Inevitably many of us would be thinking about the fruit, its leaves and oil that it has to offer, yet the Olive Tree is far more than what it produces. Known as a plant of peace offering, wisdom, and also a symbol of vitality where the winners of ancient Olympic Games were given an olive branch, it is the ideal gift for not only those who love to cook, but for all occasions where you wonder “what shall I get for someone who has everything?” Read more

the growing gift - what to get as a birth gift

The birth of a new born child is always such an exciting and precious time. A moment that brings such joy to the lives of many family and friends. However, with precious moments such as this brings endless questions about what to buy as a birth gift in order to show our excitement and congratulations. Baby clothes and necessities, although are always good to have are most likely to have been bought already, something a little more sentimental such as a plant could be just the ideal gift. A very fitting gift idea in the sense that as the baby grows so too will the tree, imagine in a few years’ time or even when adulthood is reached and you can look at the tree and think of how much it has grown just as the life of the baby has grown too. It will be a constant reminder of such a precious time and even milestones reached throughout life. Read more

The online world - a plant gift that is easy and stress free

Making purchases online has sky rocketed over the past few years, leaving retailers under the pressure of losing business whist trying to compete with this. We have become so reliant on technology that it is a crucial part of our everyday functioning - to no surprise then that online purchasing has become ever so popular. Not to mention having to avoid crowds of people at the stores and also making it easy and stress-free with the product often arriving within days of the purchase.  Read more

Bereavement Gift that lasts a lifetime

At such a difficult time it is hard to find the words let alone express a way to show comfort, concern, and thoughts that we are thinking of someone at the loss of a loved one. Most of the time we can only do our best by showing our condolences by sending a sympathy gift or flowers to only somewhat help in the healing process. Read more

Corporate Gift Giving - be rememebered

Corporate gift giving has become a huge part of many companies and their culture. If carried out effectively opportunities can arise for the company in the form of strengthening the bonds with key customers and employees, creating a feeling of reciprocity and goodwill, forming new relationships, and promoting the business of the company. With this in mind, along with the increased awareness by companies that developing and sustaining long-term relationships with customers is important, it is crucial then that the right gift is delivered with careful thought.  Read more

Indoor plants - help the healing process

Have you ever stopped to think why plants are commonly used in places like hospital wards and rooms? Numerous studies such as the one carried out by Texas A&M University have established that stress slows the healing process but with the presence of plants they help to alleviate some of the stress that may be exhibited by some patients. As hospitals and other clinical settings prioritise relieving as much stress as possible upon patients then it makes sense to have plants in their surroundings. The aesthetically- pleasing, and soothing effects of plants help to lower the stress which is essential for a fast recovery. Hospital courtyards where staff can also go during their breaks commonly consist of plant greenery as often times their jobs can be stressful and it offers a place of calm and helps to lower stress levels. Read more

Mother's Day

Mother’s Day, a day that should really be celebrated every single day because without them we all wouldn’t be here today. So what could we possibly give to our mothers this Mother’s Day to truly show how much they are appreciated and the importance they place in our lives? Read more

Tree gifts - the gift of life and the importance they hold

Trees - a very important source of life here on earth and as much as we take them for granted they are essential – being the oxygen and food source they provide. With all the destroying of natural tree environments in order to make way for commercial buildings, subdivisions, motorways etc., we don’t often give second thought to the tree that previously stood tall before. Yet without them we could really do some damage to our planet. Read more

When life gives you lemons - citrus plants and their benefits

Lemons or limes? Which would you prefer?  Well as the saying goes ‘when life gives you lemons…’ in our view – then be thankful and chuck them with a bit of tequila, or perhaps a little more on the conservative side - a homemade lemonade wouldn’t go a miss? Maybe a lime to add to a nice cool glass of lemon lime and bitters? The ideas are endless and here at Give Plants we offer a quality centre grade lemon or lime tree to be delivered all across New Zealand and arriving in perfect condition, not having to step a foot out of the house to pay a visit to the local supermarket for a bag of lemons or limes. Read more

Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day – some would say a rather commercialised day that retailers can profit off hugely by increasing the price in their products, a day that some of us would rather not think about, or on the other hand a sometimes very important day for others. And for those of us who consider this day one of very high importance have you ever stopped to wonder where past valentines gifts have ended up or what could possibly top the gifts received from previous years?  Read more

ADD PLANTS - AND HIGHER PRODUCTIVITY - TO YOUR OFFICE

A recent study has found that bosses looking to quickly increase productivity should ditch those brainstorming meetings and instead invest in office plants. Let’s fall off our chairs in surprise! This study, led by Cardiff University’s School of Psychology found that adding plants to an otherwise spartan desk boosted a worker’s productivity by 15 per cent, and challenges the ‘lean philosophy’ which holds that stark, uncluttered spaces are best for concentration – hello? Who came up with that brilliant concept? Well, the friendly and innovative team at Give Plants will gladly claim it for themselves! Read more

Housewarming gift - the ideal gift

Moving into a new home - as stressful as it can get sometimes, it can be a very exciting experience, especially when others are eager to see the new house which leads you to having host a housewarming party. As friends and family of someone who has moved into a new house it can become a struggle trying to decide on the perfect housewarming gift. We often times want a gift that is useful, lasts, something that someone else isn’t likely to buy, or something they haven’t already got.  Read more

Plant Trends

With new habits and commitments forming in this day and age around natural foods, products, and home decorations it seems that the use of plants in this sense is becoming increasingly popular. Many cafes are taking up this trend by displaying herb planter boxes or pot plants, interesting plant displays or quirky hanging pot plants, some even going to the efforts of having types of plants, lemons, and herbs in their water jugs. You will often find that these sorts of cafes are small yet always busy with people appreciating the simplicity. Read more

Are Flowers Still Relevant?

In today’s society where we are surrounded by a world of technology and expensive gifts, has the act of giving such simple things in life that often times turn out to be some of the most beautiful and thoughtful things received such as flowers become a thing of the past?  Read more

GIFT MILEAGE lasting gifts

Have you ever thought about that ‘well thought out’ gift you last gave to someone and whether they just ‘binned’ it, hid it, or ‘god forgive us’ re-gifted it? (Yes, there are people out there, people, who actually do ‘re gift’ gifts.) Enough already.  Read more

HELP! FRIEND’S BIRTHDAY COMING UP – WHAT TO GIFT?

Have you ever been completely stumped as to what to give a friend or family member for their birthday? We all know the pleasure of receiving a great gift, particularly if it has been well thought out and is totally ‘just what you wanted’. But, what about the ‘pleasure of giving?’ We know that there is such a thing, but it isn’t always that easy to achieve. Birthdays are special to the person having one, so I think it’s important to put as much thought into a birthday gift as possible. Luckily, right here in little old NZ we have a totally awesome ‘gift giving’ idea with Give Plants.  Read more

Mother's Day

Mother’s Day.  We recently ran a poll on Facebook asking what mothers would most like for Mother’s Day. Guess what? Mothers would love a day spent away from their children! We really didn’t need a poll to tell us that. No surprises there then. That is something the husband could do for her – look after the kids for the day while mum has a well-earned rest, maybe catching up with friends for lunch or a coffee. Read more

Beware of plants bearing fruits

Beware of plants bearing fruits. Shouldn’t that be ‘beware of Greeks bearing gifts?’ Don’t know why Greeks are so dangerous but why beware of a plant bearing fruit? Because when someone sends you something this beautiful and delicious, you could become addicted – which is dangerous! Think big fat green ovoid feijoas, golden aromatic lemons, and shiny green and black and beautiful olives. You could send or receive any of these on any occasion when you visit us at Give Plants.  Read more

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Losing Loved Ones

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When someone close to us loses a loved one, the first thing most of us want to do is show we care, give comfort to those left behind and express respect, offer a token of tribute for the deceased.

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We immediately try to be on hand to help and offer support, cook meals, send cards, flowers & plants.  These kindnesses aid in the grieving process of both the giver and receiver.

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Flowers have forever been integral to funerals, being a beautiful visual expression of emotion & respect.

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Often the grieving is inundated with beautiful bouquets of flowers.   The life of a flower is fleeting, symbolic in a way of our lives too.  These bouquets slowly wither and die over the course of 2-3 weeks coinciding poorly with most people having processed their grief somewhat and are slowly getting life back on track. 

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With the death of the flowers the feelings of grief & loss can return a new.

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In an American study entitled ‘The Role of Flowers and Plants in the Bereavement Process’, participants spoke of the importance of living plants with 53% agreeing with the statement \"I prefer giving live plants, bulbs, or seeds as a memorial for the deceased rather than a cut flower arrangement.\"

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Whilst flowers die, a living plant will flourish and continue for years along with the memory of lost loved ones.

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Participants of the study also mentioned that most support, flowers & plants were received within the same week as the death & funeral.  They agreed that receiving a gift or card a few weeks or months later to say they are being thought of would have greatly helped.

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Anniversary of death, birthday and wedding anniversary are also tough times for the survivors.  Sending a living flower on these occasions is a wonderful reminder that you care & they haven’t been forgotten.

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Imagine sending a tree of remembrance, when the tree is grown they can sit beneath its protective boughs – symbolic of those passed on.

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Or a flowering shrub that fills a spot in the garden with cheery colour & life just like the life it pays tribute to.

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Giving a living plant won’t heal a broken heart but it offers comfort in showing you care.

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Corporate gift giving is an essential tool that can be used in the marketing communication mix. If carried out effectively opportunities can arise for the company in the form of strengthening the bonds with key customers and employees, creating a feeling of reciprocity and goodwill, forming new relationships, and promoting the business of the company.

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At Give Plants we have a range of beautiful plants that suit our corporate clients perfectly and we love to hear all the positive feedback that they get from their customers. We tailor to the different needs of our Corporate clients with regards to the plants used for their customers and the ordering and delivery processes. Most popular plants among our corporates are the lime tree, metrosiderous tree, and a variety from our indoor range. They are extremely welcomed by our corporate’s customers due to the fact that they are not only a stunning surprise in a box, but are different, living and long lasting.

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It also brings up for good conversation and promotion of your company when a family member/friend/co-worker asks where they got their beautiful plant from and little do they know that they are in fact promoting your company by spreading the good word to potential customers in the future or even for past and present customers continuing to go back for future business. 

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Bereavement gifts are always a difficult thing to send someone who has lost an important person in their lives. Majority of the time people send flowers, and as beautiful as they can be they don’t last long and then the receiver is left having to get rid of many bunches of flowers that have gone to waste. Here at Give Plants we like to know that our gifts last a lifetime and can forever be a reminder of someone that has been lost.

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We offer a beautiful, unique range of bereavement plant gifts that can be delivered throughout New Zealand. The key reason Give Plants was established was due to a passing of a close friend and realising that there were no real online solutions to give plants as gifts in New Zealand. Give the bereavement gift of our beautiful Peace Lily, or one of our stunning trees such as a Kowhai or Camelia that can grow and be cherished for many years. 

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Plants last a lifetime and it can be rather comforting to look at it years down the track and be reminded of the treasured memories of that someone you lost and also of the good memory of the person who gave it to you knowing that you had their support through such a difficult time. 

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Moving into a new home is always such an exciting time. Whether you’re setting up in your own first home, moving into another bought home, or moving into a renting/flatting situation, there is always a sense of excitement in setting up things when you first move in. The joy of moving into a new house is often times shared with family and friends you are close with and they may want to express their warm wishes into your new house with a gift.

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Housewarming gifts can sometimes be a little tricky though in the sense that as the person buying, you don’t want to buy something they may already have and something that can be useful without adding to the amount of things they may have for their house if they have too many things already.

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However, a housewarming plant may be the perfect solution for a housewarming gift. At Give Plants we offer a range of wonderful plants for housewarming. Whether it be a plant from our outdoor range like a citrus tree, from our indoor range such as a peace lily, or even new to the range – a basil plant. Popular plants include any of our citrus trees as they can be utilised years down the track when their fruits are still being picked off the tree. Or perhaps a plant for inside that may just add the finishing touch when everything is moved in, for example, our peace lily can freshen up any home. Definitely a thoughtful gift that will be appreciated and can remind the receiver of you years later.

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With the festive season fast approaching, it may be a good idea to get the Christmas shopping out of the way early to save the mad rush a few days before. Whether a corporate Christmas gift or individual Christmas gift, there are plenty of beautiful plants to choose from here at Give Plants. Good quality plants that will see the new year through and many more years ahead in the future, it is a lasting gift that will always remind the receiver of you.

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Perhaps to keep the gift in the spirit of Christmas, one of our Metrosideros plants which is a relative to the New Zealand Pohutukawa (more commonly known as the kiwi Christmas tree) may be an ideal gift for someone. Its beautiful red flowers will look stunning in the garden.

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Alternatively, a tree from our citrus range such as a lemon or lime tree, also makes for a good plant Christmas gift and it also fits well with the season of Christmas/summer due to the colourful fruit it will bear.

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Futhermore, there is the choice of a stunning plant from our indoor range, which is delivered with a beautiful white or red ELHO pot and is also on par with the Christmas colours.

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Needless to say, the choice is endless at Give Plants this Christmas, a memorable gift that lasts for many more years to come. 

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It may not seem like a huge difference when it comes to sending a seedling plant as a gift compared to sending a medium to large plant/tree but in reality there is quite a difference that you may or may not be aware of when it comes to choosing a living beautiful good quality gift to send someone. The size of a plant matters! The mortality rate of seedling plants is quite high, in the sense that they need extra love and care in its first stages of life to flourish. Compare this with a garden centre grade plant/tree of medium or large sized, some of the job has already been done and it is at a stage where it is much stronger to survive. Beneficial also to that of receiving a plant over a seedling plant is that it will become fully grown in a shorter amount of time and you can reap the rewards of some plants such as fruit bearing trees a lot quicker but still have the privilege of helping and watching it to grow.

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The mortality rate of seedling plants compared to that of a garden centre grade plant is much higher due to the fact that they are more susceptible to factors such as competition with other vegetation in the garden, insect or disease infestation, and extreme climates which are likely to affect medium sized garden centre grade plants at a much smaller extent.

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So when you next think about purchasing a plant gift in the future it may be a good idea to think about the benefits of sending a medium to large sized plant rather than a seedling plant.

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I’m sure many of us have felt a great sense of satisfaction after a good session in the garden pulling out all the overgrown weeds from a long cold winter to be left with a beautiful clean garden that you can actually see the soil and distinguish between plants and weeds that looked like plants . With this accomplishment and probably a bit of an aching body after, the reward of a beautifully looking garden may outweigh any sore back pain you may have gathered and you may in fact feel refreshed, renewed and content with your gardens outcome- simply to be admired and enjoyed.

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With this comes numerous years of studies on gardening and the therapeutic benefits associated with it. Much research still continues to try and discover how gardening actually affects the mind and brain but what is known is that it reduces stress (there’s a decrease in cortisol levels) and can calm the nerves.

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The peacefulness and escape from others that gardening brings about may also play a huge part in the idea that gardening is therapeutic. Having a task at hand and putting all the focus into getting it done with the outcome of a beautiful garden at the end may surely give you a feeling of satisfaction.

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With many beautiful plants available from Give Plants for purchase you can to experience some of the therapeutic benefits associated with gardening, like that of reducing stress, calming of the nerves, and any other feeling you may experience when you do any kind of gardening.

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With spring now here we can put away those winter blankets on days when we don’t want to go outside because it is too cold and instead head out into the fresh spring air. Our gardens will seem much more appealing in the warm and encourage us to maybe get involved in some gardening to get the outdoors looking ready to be enjoyed over the summer months.

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Perfect plants for the spring time that are looking stunning and will thrive include our Olive trees, Metrosideros “crimson glory” which are best suited for warmer climates and considering it is a relative to New Zealand’s Christmas tree 'the Pohutukawa' it will blossom late spring getting ready for the summer months.

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Perhaps a spring clean is in order and you want to add some colour back into the inside of your house? well you can do so by choosing from our range of indoor plants. A beautiful red Anthurium is perfect if you are looking for some colour, or if you are looking for a fresh look (also perfect for after that spring clean) then the Peace Lily would be ideal. Alternatively, our Calathea makes a beautiful bold statement in any house if that’s the look you are after instead. 

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Nevertheless, you can be sure to find something this spring at Give Plants that allows you to look forward to the summer months outdoors and enjoy your beautiful garden.

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Having trouble deciding what to get dad this father’s day? Particularly since they are probably the most difficult to buy for at times as they never really want anything or are quite happy with the things they have seeing no need to buy anything else. However, we always want to show our appreciation and gratitude of how important our fathers are in our lives and we can do so with a beautiful plant from Give Plants.

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One of our fruit bearing trees may make the ideal father’s day gift as it is something practical and will continue to give for years to come which are 2 things that many father’s like the idea of - practicality and usefulness. Most importantly though each time dad looks at or uses the fruit off the tree he can be reminded of you and how much he is appreciated by you.

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With a selection of other beautiful plants here at Give Plants you will not be short of ideas this father’s day. Delivery of our plants is throughout all of New Zealand making it as stress free as possible for you and ensuring that you will have a truly meaningful gift arrive right on dad's door step just in time for father’s day.

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There's a few different views on the giving of gift vouchers – some prefer not to give them as they feel that not much thought has gone into the present whereas others believe that it gives the receiver the chance to pick something they like and lessens the chance of you picking something they won’t like or already have - even though gift giving should ultimately be about the thought that counts right? The nice feeling of knowing that someone thought about you and cares enough to send a gift in the first place? Either way gift vouchers are the perfect gift to get someone when you aren’t sure of what to get, for someone who has everything, or you just prefer to let them choose. 

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Here at Give Plants we believe that all of our plants would make wonderful gifts so the choice of any I’m sure wouldn’t go a miss. However, we offer gift vouchers of $25, $50, and $100 for those who prefer the option of letting the receiver choose instead. This way depending on the season, whether or not the receiver has that particular plant already, or whether an indoor or outdoor plant may be preferred, a plant can be chosen after having a think about which plant would suit best, with the gift voucher valid for 6 months. Overall an ideal gift that you definitely can’t go wrong with.

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Choosing the right gift for a housewarming is difficult at times. However, here at Give plants our indoor range of plants is becoming increasingly popular, with many stunning plants to choose from that would all look great in a new home. For example, new to the range the calathea is an exotic plant with striking dark olive leaves and purple backs. Its interesting fury brown stems and arching foliage with crinkled edges make it a stand out feature in any home. Also, the peace lily is a beautiful plant that would bring a fresh and clean calm to any house with its lovely white flowers.

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We also have many outdoor plants that would fit in well and add colour and beauty to any garden. The citrus range is usually popular as it will continue to give years further down the track when limes and lemons can be picked off the tree. Truly is a gift that will be appreciated for years and will always be seen to remind the receiver of who bought it for them. Perhaps a plant that blooms beautiful bright flowers, like a stunning shrub such as our metrosiderous with its beautiful green leaves and vibrant red flowers that bloom in the spring, or a lovely tree such as our jasmine with its sweet fragrant white flowers or one of stunning camellias. Either way with many great plant options to choose from it’s the perfect housewarming gift that will last a lifetime in a new home that will grow along with the many memories created in future years to come in that house.

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Have you ever been to visit a loved one in hospital and may have sometimes mistaken it for a florist shop as you are engulfed by bouquets of flowers? As beautiful as they are, reality is they don’t last very long at all and depending on how long your loved one is in hospital for it could turn what was once a bright cheerful room with living flowers into a dull room when the bouquet eventually perishes.

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A beautiful get well plant on the other hand not only makes the room more cheerful, is longer lasting, but can also be taken home after and kept as a reminder of the person who bought it. It will continue to help with the healing process at home as they are aesthetically-pleasing and can alleviate some stress that sometimes slows the healing process.

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For instance a Peace Lily is the perfect plant to give someone as a get well gift, not only stunning but is also known to filter harmful chemicals for cleaner air which may aid in helping to get better. A beautiful Red Anthurium in a stunning red or white ELHO pot is also very popular and aesthetically pleasing on the eye. 

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Receiving a plant as a get well gift lasts a lot longer than the illness does, I hope!  Also, it can be kept as a reminder of the person who was wishing you well when you weren’t so well yourself.

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Plants have many wonderful uses in our everyday lives, and providing us with food is most definitely up there as one of the top uses. There’s nothing like growing your own fruit and/or vegetables and having them on hand when you need knowing that they are fresh and truly organic. Whether they are used to make a delicious lemon cake, or lime for your gin and tonic, the possibilities are endless.

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At Give Plants we have a few beautiful plants that would make the perfect gift for someone who loves to cook or even for someone who has everything, and also something that would make the ideal housewarming present. Our lemon and lime trees are always very popular, however, we also have feijoa, olive, and bay trees that would also add the perfect touch to many wonderful recipes.

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Many Kiwis love their feijoas, so a feijoa tree would be a much appreciated gift I am sure. Feijoas fresh off the tree or even in a crumble would be a delicacy much appreciated by many. Perhaps an olive tree? Where the olives can be picked off the tree and used in many wonderful dishes in the kitchen. One plant that you may not be aware of however is our Bay Tree, it's beautiful dark green leaves can be grown in the kitchen and is ideal for a hearty winter casserole, which in the case of our New Zealand winter so far would be the best dinner to go home to after a long cold day.

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It is at most times the presumption that plants are for the outside somewhere in the garden, however, this could not be further from the truth. Yes, many plants are for the outdoors and look stunning in the garden but there are also many that are for the indoors that are equally as stunning. Take apartments for instance, at times probably a tough space to decorate due to a more compact area than a house and also majority of the time there is no lawn space or gardens, but there are many indoor plants and even outdoor plants that are perfect for apartments that could turn your space into a humble abode.

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A small deck space or balcony off an apartment can be the ideal place to grow one of our citrus trees. Our lime and lemon trees grow very well in a pot plant just as they would in any garden. Finding a statement pot plant with one of our citrus’ in it and putting it on your balcony could add the perfect touch to your apartment and you would also reap the benefits of future limes and/or lemons.

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Alternatively, plants from our indoor range such as our peace lily, anthurium, calathea, or philodendron would look stunning as a centre piece on a table, in a bedroom, or even on the kitchen bench. Apartment living shouldn’t be a reason for you to miss out on some beautiful plants especially for those who love to garden but don’t have the opportunity to because they are limited by no lawn space or a smaller living area. 

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Winter is a time of year where we feel less inclined to head outside and spend some time in the garden. We disregard the idea due to the fact that it is colder and we would much rather prefer being cosy warm inside with a hot drink. However, some best plant picks for the winter season can brighten up any garden and possibly make winter a little more bearable every time you look out at your beautiful garden which will hopefully give you some motivation to head outside.

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Camellias look stunning in any garden all year round. However, later in winter is when the larger flowers bloom that can be used for vases inside the house, instantly bringing colour and hopefully cheerfulness on days that make you not so happy because it is too cold.

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Dragons Gold also known as the Kowhai tree comes into bloom in the winter as it is very hardy providing lots of yellow clusters of flowers and bringing plenty of colour into your garden hopefully putting a smile on your face despite the cold.

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At Give Plants we are all for making someone’s day a whole lot brighter especially throughout these cold winter months because let’s face it sometimes all you feel like doing is curling up into a ball on the couch with a blanket. Send one of our camellias, dragons’ gold, or more from our beautiful range of plants as a gift today to ensure they don’t have to endure a cold winter without the cheerfulness that is provided by these stunning plants.

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An interesting piece of research has surfaced over imported flowers to florists that aren’t so natural after all. A bouquet of flowers we all without hesitation assume are a natural and beautiful gift, however, it has come to the attention that they are not so natural and may in fact be having a negative effect on the environment and on those who work under the conditions in which they are grown.

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For flowers that are grown so far away from their destination of a florist shop, keeping them fresh and lasting becomes a difficult task. It is without due then that in order to make the flowers last, in some places the flowers are saturated in chemicals some in which have been banned in the States and Europe as they have shown to have prenatal exposure on workers who are pregnant and neurological impairment and hypertension when the baby is born. Following on, to preserve the blooms once they have been cut they are kept in a huge refrigerator which consumes a lot of energy.

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So if we really take into consideration all the other factors that would need to take place to make these beautiful bunch of flowers reach their destination we would start to think about the cellophane used in packaging which is damaging to the environment when thrown out and also the carbon print it leaves when transported thousands of kilometres. For a gift that so many of us would assume as natural it gives you something to think about next time you choose to purchase a bunch of flowers, which let’s be honest doesn’t last very long at all and may be having a negative impact on our environment.

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It is not to say that all florists are like this and I’m sure that many do produce natural flowers or import locally and don’t undergo any of these processes, however, an open mind must be kept and perhaps a plant from Give Plants may be best suited, where we are proud to be 100% natural, sustainable and eco-friendly with living plant gifts that last a lifetime.

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A study carried out by NASA about houseplants and their ability to reduce indoor air pollutants have found some rather interesting results that may help you choose differently next time you purchase your next plant.

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As we spend majority of our time indoors, whether at home or work, unknown we are exposed to harmful toxins and pollutants in the air from our everyday products. Chemicals such as trichloroethylene found in things such as printing inks, paints, lacquers; formaldehyde found in paper bags, waxed papers, facial tissues, paper towels, table napkins, synthetic fabrics; benzene found in plastics, dyes, detergents, synthetic fibres, glue paint, furniture wax, tobacco smoke; xylene found in printing, rubber, leather and paint industries, vehicle exhausts; and ammonia found in window cleaners, floor waxes, smelling salts and fertilizers can all have adverse health effects, depending on the amount, duration, and way of exposure of the chemical.

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Symptoms of short term exposure to these chemicals can include minor symptoms such as (but not limited to) irritation to the eyes, mouth, nose throat, dizziness, drowsiness through to more severe symptoms such as (but not limited to) heart problems, liver and kidney damage, unconsciousness, and coma.

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However, among the list of 18 plants that are the most effective air filters of these harmful chemicals are the Peace Lily, Anthurium, and Dracaena that we provide here at Give Plants. What could be a better eco-friendly and sustainable gift than one of these plants knowing that they are not only stunning but can provide a filter for cleaner air and better health?

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Anniversaries are an occasion that mark a very special event for many different reasons. Yeah the most common anniversary celebrated will be for years of marriage, but another important anniversary that is often celebrated is the months or years since the passing of a loved one. Even though a sadder occasion than that of a wedding anniversary (some who have been married for too long I’m sure would disagree with that), on the other hand it can be a very happy one at the same time being able to think about all the good memories you had with that person.

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It is then with regards to an anniversary gift that celebrating the anniversary of a marriage would be simple having to follow the guide of how ever many years of marriage means a different gift, for example: 1 year is paper, 10 years is tin, 20 years is China, and so on. But with the world the way it is today, traditions are not so well up kept as people have become more laid back and open to new ideas. With this in mind, why not give your loved one a plant to celebrate your anniversary to show them how much they mean to you every time they look at the plant, a constant reminder of the love you share that will be continue for years along with the growth of the plant.

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An anniversary gift to remember a loved one that has passed on, without a doubt a plant would be the most perfect and fitting gift. Each time the plant is looked at by the person they will be able to think of you giving it to them at such a special time and most importantly remember all the fond memories they have of their loved one. 

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Arbor Day you say? Now there are probably a few of you out there who are thinking what is Arbor Day? – Am I right?! Arbor meaning tree, is a day to encourage the planting and caring of trees. Held on 5 June every year it draws focus to the importance of trees in our society. Moderating our climate, improving our air quality, controlling floodwaters, and providing a home and food for our unique wildlife - all reasons why trees are so important and yet often times we take them for granted or don’t regularly think about it. Many countries around the world observe it as a holiday and celebrate it in many communities and in many different ways.

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The first Arbor Day was celebrated in Nebraska in 1872, here in New Zealand, Grey town was the first place to celebrate in 1890. Today many places throughout New Zealand celebrate it by organising community plantings in parks and supporting schools in their tree planting activities such as the Christchurch City Council does.

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Showing appreciation for Arbor Day is not confined to planting trees, but can also be shown by simply reading a book about trees or doing anything that is tree related to show your engagement and get you thinking about the importance they have. Also, it is not to say that we should only plant trees around or on Arbor Day, but continue to do so all year round.

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If you would like to play your part and show appreciation for Arbor Day this year there are plenty of activities across the country for you to join in on voluntarily. Or perhaps if you wanted to celebrate it by planting your own tree then Give Plants is the ideal place for you to purchase a beautiful tree and contribute to society in a positively beautiful way.

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Water, sunlight, and food - the 3 things that all plants need in order to survive. However, different types of plants need different amounts of each and then it will also be dependent on whether it is an indoor/outdoor potted plant or one in the garden. Knowing your plant is definitely the first place to start when planting, and these days a quick google search on the type of plant you have will provide you with all the information you need to ensure your plant reaches it beautiful full potential for years to come. Knowing the basics to all planting can also get you a long way, here are some basic tips about indoor and outdoor planting in general that may be helpful to know, but as I mentioned earlier on, each plant requires different amounts so if you really aren’t sure on the specifics then a google search will be the way to go.

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Let’s begin with indoor plants - choose plants that will suit the light available in your house; water consistently rather than just when you remember to, as longer periods of drought can put a lot of stress on the plant, also have a good drainage system in the pot that isn’t going spill out onto wherever you have it placed in the house; regular fertilizing for indoor plants maintains healthy growth; be mindful of placing the plants near heaters, air conditioning, frosty windows, and curtains; and ensure that pests don’t harm the plant as they will then infect other plants you have inside.

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Outdoor plant care is similar to indoor plant care in a sense, such as finding the right location as some prefer more shaded areas and others prefer lots of sun, but if in doubt put in an area with equal amounts; water regularly but don’t drown them; keep weeds at bay; kill off pests; prune when necessary (removing dead leaves and flowers); and finally if required plant food will always help. Most of all enjoy, and look forward to knowing you will have a beautiful plant that will last for years on end.

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Eco-friendly vs sustainability, both two very important things in our cycle of life here on Earth, yet often times when they are faced off against one another which will come better off of the two? To begin with, if people can’t get a product that is both of these two things then the question must be proposed about which one will then be better? However, as both concepts are essential to the environment it’s not about which is better but having the knowledge to carry out these practices wherever possible.

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Eco-friendly is a concept that implements green practices and builds a healthier relationship between humans and their habitat. Products that are eco-friendly do not have harmful toxins that may threaten the environment. Sustainability involves taking what we need from the natural environment now without jeopardising the potential for people to live off it and taking what they need in the future. For example, it’s an activity or product that can continue forever.

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To maybe distinguish between the two a little further and try to in fact see which of the two is better can possibly be determined when a product is eco-friendly yet may not be sustainable due to packaging or delivery transport emissions in which it exhibits. Therefore, not making it sustainable as its carbon emissions during delivery is damaging for the environment in further years to come. So with this in mind sustainability may be a little more important after all.

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At Give Plants we ensure our plants and packaging are an eco-friendly and sustainable gift. We love knowing that our product contributes to the environment in a positive way.

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Plants are a beautiful living gift that are very much necessary for our life here on earth. I guess majority of us would focus on the beauty that some of these plants uphold and trying to nourish it properly so it can grow for years into the future, but we don’t often think about what the meaning behind some of these plants actually are when in fact there is a wealth of history associated with it.

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For example, the olive tree which is most commonly known for the fruit it bares is actually a symbol of peace. In Ancient Rome times the couriers of peace during war were always sent with an olive branch in their hand.

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A few of our plants here at Give Plants like the Myrtle, would you believe is the symbol of love and the emblem of marriage in Hebrew. So if you are looking for an anniversary gift to give your partner then the Myrtle would be your best bet. Other plants that are a symbol of love include the: Jasmine, Camellia (especially white Camellias) that symbol love for a child or parent which is perfect for times such as Mother’s Day, or the birth of a new child.

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With an endless amount of plants comes a lot more symbolic meaning behind plenty of other plants too. So next time you receive a plant as a gift, not only be reminded of the person that gave it to you but also think about the meaning of the plant and it may become even more special than you already think it is. 

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Some hard questions are formed when we want to buy a gift for someone very special to us yet have no idea what to send when you are living in different countries, sometimes all across the other side of the world. No matter the distance we still want to show that we are thinking of them, especially on important occasions such a birthdays, mother’s day, father’s day, bereavements, anniversaries, and all other occasions deemed important. What also contributes to making this choice difficult is the delivery cost if the gift was to be sent from overseas, ensuring that it arrives in good condition, on time, and without getting lost.

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That is why at Give Plants we specialise in sending good quality plants all throughout New Zealand and arriving in perfect condition. No matter where you are in the world all you have to do is visit our website, choose from our beautiful range of plants, and send one to your loved ones in New Zealand. We pride ourselves in what we do at Give Plants right down to our boxes that are made from 68% recyclable paper and the rest from sustained trees, they are designed to protect the plant during delivery by locking the plant in place resulting in a plant arriving at the doorstep in perfect condition.

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Interesting enough 65% of our online orders were made from the UK showing how important it is that we have our service available to those living outside New Zealand to send the perfect gift and help to take the stress out of wondering what to send to their loved ones here in New Zealand.

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Perhaps a strange question to ask? But if you stop to think about it for a second, like me, you may believe it’s not such a silly question after all .For instance, there are those out there that aren’t animal people and spend most their life having had no pets. Although this may be the case, the desire to look after something and watch it grow still may hold true, yet having children may not be desired or possibly the children have grown up already and you may be looking for something to fill the void but with not as much effort and money that goes into looking after children. So with all this in mind I have chosen to propose this question whether or not plants make the best pets?

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Looking after a plant in order to allow it to reach its beautiful full potential requires a great deal of care- not as much as a real pet would though. It does need to be fed, sometimes kept out of the sun, and kept groomed when it has over grown or the dead flowers or leaves have fallen off, however, I’m sure it would have to beat having to clean up the mess or cages of some pets. Benefits would also have to be that you do not have to walk them as you would some pets, you won’t hear a noise out of them and you can watch them bloom into the beautiful plant it’s supposed to be for years to come. It becomes something that you can be proud of and can give you the satisfaction that you have contributed to the environment in a positive way.

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Flowers are a beautiful gift, yet they can only go so far. With only a 1-2 weeks lifetime before this gift is thrown out along with the memory of who bought it for you. A plant on the other hand, lasts a lifetime and can serve a happy reminder of the person who bought it for you each time the plant is looked at.

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A competition on our Give Plants Facebook page asking why plants are a better gift than flowers showed that majority of the people mostly agreed with this concept of plants being a lasting, living gift that keeps on giving. Giving back to the environment and the fact that the person giving the gift would’ve taken the time to pick the right plant for the recipient making them feel even more special was also mentioned among many of the comments. The feedback was very overwhelming and reiterated some of the reasons why Give Plants was started.

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At Give Plants, with so many beautiful plants to choose from that are sure to last a lifetime, the decision to gift a plant rather than flowers should be simple. A plant that will continue to grow stunning flowers for years on end rather than a bunch of flowers that will die after one or two weeks is much more preferable. For example, send a plant like one of our beautiful camellia’s today and allow the recipient to watch it blossom for years to come and remind them of how much you care about them. It's a gift that lasts a lifetime and is perfect for all occasions.

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“It’s the thought that counts,” a response that should automatically come to mind when having received a gift from someone regardless of what it is. The fact that someone has taken the time to think about you is most definitely a sign showing how important you are to them and also they are to you. We all know that the act of giving makes us feel happy and gives us the satisfaction that we have done something good in order to make someone else happy. As humans we thrive of knowing that we have made someone’s day so why not send a beautiful plant from our wide range of plants at Give Plants.

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A birthday gift, anniversary gift, housewarming gift, bereavement gift, or even just a random gift to let them know you are thinking about them will without a doubt make their day. Here at Give Plants we have plenty on offer, perhaps our stunning Peace Lillie from our indoor range that is delivered throughout New Zealand in an ELHO pot plant would be the perfect gift just because you felt like sending something special to someone special.

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To know that somewhere out in the big busy world that we live in there is someone else thinking of you and wants to make your day, should in itself be enough to make you smile. So send a plant from Give Plants today and let them know you are thinking of them.

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Olive Trees – Inevitably many of us would be thinking about the fruit, its leaves and oil that it has to offer, yet the Olive Tree is far more than what it produces. Known as a plant of peace offering, wisdom, and also a symbol of vitality where the winners of ancient Olympic Games were given an olive branch, it is the ideal gift for not only those who love to cook, but for all occasions where you wonder “what shall I get for someone who has everything?”

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Give Plants offer a beautiful olive tree that can be delivered throughout New Zealand and with the many benefits associated with its fruit, leaves and oil which consist of a lower blood pressure, heart disease prevention, and protection against many age related chronic conditions it would be the best investment for a long lasting life, and I’m not just referring to the plant either.

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The many uses olives and olive oil have in the kitchen are endless and how great would it be if the olives were straight off the tree, not having to step a foot out of the house to the supermarket and always on hand when you need. A very useful gift that will be much appreciated for years to come I’m sure!

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Given the event not so long ago over the protesting held in West Auckland against the cutting down of a native kauri tree, has planting natives become more of a hindrance than an act of trying to keep our cultural identity alive?

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At Give Plants we see the beauty in all our plants and trees so do not believe that planting any type of tree would be a hindrance, plants are a source of life here on Earth and for how many that are being destroyed in the world to make room for housing and buildings etc., there is not enough being planted to replace what is being taken.

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It is to no surprise then that there are strict rules in place for cutting down any native tree. It ensures that we will continue to have plants and trees for generations to come. On the other hand the owner of the property in which the protested Kauri tree stands tall on most probably would’ve found it to be a hindrance and would be losing out on profit. This may put people off wanting to plant natives as they may see it as causing problems further down the track.

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However, that is not to say that we should stop planting natives at all, because it still identifies who we are as a country. Perhaps plant a smaller native plant instead? At Give Plants we offer a few beautiful natives that are less likely to cause an uproar further down the track. Gift one of our beautiful ferns that is delivered in an ELHO hanging pot, can be placed both inside and out and not bound to an area where it has to stay put. Alternatively, one of our Kowhai wouldn’t go a miss either.

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The birth of a new born child is always such an exciting and precious time. A moment that brings such joy to the lives of many family and friends. However, with precious moments such as this brings endless questions about what to buy as a birth gift in order to show our excitement and congratulations. Baby clothes and necessities, although are always good to have are most likely to have been bought already, something a little more sentimental such as a plant could be just the ideal gift. A very fitting gift idea in the sense that as the baby grows so too will the tree, imagine in a few years’ time or even when adulthood is reached and you can look at the tree and think of how much it has grown just as the life of the baby has grown too. It will be a constant reminder of such a precious time and even milestones reached throughout life.

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Here at Give Plants we offer a range of trees perfect for such a sentimental moment. Imagine one of our stunning Crepe Myrtle’s and its beautiful pink flowers a few years down the track with a swing hanging off for the child that it was gifted for to swing off. Picture perfect moments that are always taken for granted in today’s society I say. Perhaps one of our Kowhai that grow into a beautiful tree with its bright yellow flowers - a testimate to the beautiful child that was brought into this life. Most definitely a living gift that will last a long beautiful life just as we wish upon the new born child.

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Making purchases online has sky rocketed over the past few years, leaving retailers under the pressure of losing business whist trying to compete with this. We have become so reliant on technology that it is a crucial part of our everyday functioning - to no surprise then that online purchasing has become ever so popular. Not to mention having to avoid crowds of people at the stores and also making it easy and stress-free with the product often arriving within days of the purchase.

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With all this in mind Give Plants was started due to the lack of available online purchase and delivery of good quality plants. We take pride in knowing that we are sending a beautiful plant that arrives on the doorstep within a day or so and is in perfect centre grade condition. Today, where almost anything can be purchased online, following trend we like to make the process of ordering and delivery as simple and stress-free as possible. Especially in times of bereavement where we are often taken unware or when we have left buying a gift to the last minute where the last thing you want to be doing is going down to the stores to find a gift in a hurry.

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Think no further as Give Plants will have you covered, visit our website, choose from our stunning range of plants for all occasions and for different settings (inside or outside), place your order and it will be delivered within the next day or 2. Taking the stress off you with the outcome of a good quality plant.

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At such a difficult time it is hard to find the words let alone express a way to show comfort, concern, and thoughts that we are thinking of someone at the loss of a loved one. Most of the time we can only do our best by showing our condolences by sending a sympathy gift or flowers to only somewhat help in the healing process.

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Give Plants offer a beautiful, unique range of bereavement plant gifts that can be delivered throughout New Zealand. The key reason Give Plants was established was due to a passing of a close friend and realising that there were no real online solutions to give plants as gifts in New Zealand. Plants as bereavements gifts offer a memory that lasts a lifetime, in comparison to a bouquet of flowers which last for about two weeks and then the comfort and memory that was associated with the flowers becomes lost and reality starts to sink in again.

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Plants last a lifetime and it can be rather comforting to look at it years down the track and be reminded of the treasured memories of that someone you lost and also of the good memory of the person who gave it to you knowing that you had their support through such a difficult time.

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Corporate gift giving has become a huge part of many companies and their culture. If carried out effectively opportunities can arise for the company in the form of strengthening the bonds with key customers and employees, creating a feeling of reciprocity and goodwill, forming new relationships, and promoting the business of the company. With this in mind, along with the increased awareness by companies that developing and sustaining long-term relationships with customers is important, it is crucial then that the right gift is delivered with careful thought.

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As a customer I would sure be delighted with receiving a gift of a plant from the company I had previously purchased from. The follow up after purchase would make me feel like they cared and it would most definitely keep them top of mind every time the plant was seen, allowing me to go back for further business in the future without any hesitation.

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Here at Give Plants we offer a range of beautiful plants that suit all types of companies and customers – from our indoor range right through to our outdoor including flowering and fruit bearing trees, and can be delivered anywhere throughout out New Zealand making the experience of purchasing last even longer when it arrives on your door step.

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The act of corporate gift giving ensures a positive lasting impression upon the customer and shows them that you haven’t forgotten them and in return that they won’t forget you - A gift that will allow you to be remembered long after your competitor is forgotten.

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Have you ever stopped to think why plants are commonly used in places like hospital wards and rooms? Numerous studies such as the one carried out by Texas A&M University have established that stress slows the healing process but with the presence of plants they help to alleviate some of the stress that may be exhibited by some patients. As hospitals and other clinical settings prioritise relieving as much stress as possible upon patients then it makes sense to have plants in their surroundings. The aesthetically- pleasing, and soothing effects of plants help to lower the stress which is essential for a fast recovery. Hospital courtyards where staff can also go during their breaks commonly consist of plant greenery as often times their jobs can be stressful and it offers a place of calm and helps to lower stress levels.

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Sending flowers – sure although aesthetically pleasing, they will only last about a week and in majority of cases the healing process for patients is longer than a week, therefore flowers do not have a lasting effect in terms of helping to heal for a longer period of time and may slow the process.

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So next time someone close to you is in need of a fast recovery or to help them with the healing process then think about sending a plant from Give Plants. We offer a range of aesthetically-pleasing plants that can be delivered all across New Zealand and even straight to the hospital room if need be. A beautiful anthurium wouldn’t go a miss and will brighten up any room.

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Mother’s Day, a day that should really be celebrated every single day because without them we all wouldn’t be here today. So what could we possibly give to our mothers this Mother’s Day to truly show how much they are appreciated and the importance they place in our lives?

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A beautiful living plant from Give Plants could be just the answer you are looking for. A thoughtful gift that lasts a lifetime, and will for years on end remind your mum of the life that she gave birth to and how much she is appreciated. It is also the perfect gift for those who live far away from their mother and to show that she is always being thought about no matter the distance. Give Plants stress free and easy delivery of our plants ensures that it will reach mum just in time for mother’s day- and in beautiful condition as well.

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Mum will definitely appreciate a living gift of a plant and it is fitting in the sense that she can watch it grow just as she would’ve done with you. A mothers natural nurturing instinct will make sure the plant will be cared for and the fact that it was also a gift from her child will also help and forever remind her of you each time the plant is seen, reminding her of the joy you may bring to her life – making her mother’s day and every day from then on a memorable one.

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Trees - a very important source of life here on earth and as much as we take them for granted they are essential – being the oxygen and food source they provide. With all the destroying of natural tree environments in order to make way for commercial buildings, subdivisions, motorways etc., we don’t often give second thought to the tree that previously stood tall before. Yet without them we could really do some damage to our planet.

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So why not send a plant as a gift or purchase one for yourself and do your part in the world by trying to make it a cleaner greener environment. At Give Plants choose from a variety of trees that are not only of quality grade but are natural, eco-friendly and sustainable. Native trees, such as our beautiful Kowhai trees not only look stunning in your backyard when the flowers have bloomed, but also shows that you have done a small part in the community by keeping trees alive and a part of our planet, especially one native to our country to give a sense of belonging to a place like New Zealand and keeping our culture going for generations to come.

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A tree from Give Plants can give the recipient the feeling that they are contributing to the world in a positive way, so send a plant today with Give Plants and make the Earth a greener and cleaner place for generations to come.

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Lemons or limes? Which would you prefer?  Well as the saying goes ‘when life gives you lemons…’ in our view – then be thankful and chuck them with a bit of tequila, or perhaps a little more on the conservative side - a homemade lemonade wouldn’t go a miss? Maybe a lime to add to a nice cool glass of lemon lime and bitters? The ideas are endless and here at Give Plants we offer a quality centre grade lemon or lime tree to be delivered all across New Zealand and arriving in perfect condition, not having to step a foot out of the house to pay a visit to the local supermarket for a bag of lemons or limes.

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These citrus plants offer more than just their sweet smelling scent and vitamin C enriched fruit, but most importantly a number of powerful medicinal purposes. Fighting the flu, antiseptic properties, weight loss, cleaning the blood and skin, aiding digestion and blood circulation, and helping to improve a huge number of illnesses are all key reasons we can do with lemons on a daily basis, and the same can be said for limes as they share similar properties to those of lemons.

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How about a lemon cheesecake or a strawberry and lime tart. Doubling as the perfect sole ingredient in thousands of cooking and baking recipes. Needless to say that there are plenty of uses for citrus plants to last for years to come and also years of experiencing the benefits associated with their fruit which can help improve your overall health. So take those lemons and lets cheers to a healthy life.

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Valentine’s Day – some would say a rather commercialised day that retailers can profit off hugely by increasing the price in their products, a day that some of us would rather not think about, or on the other hand a sometimes very important day for others. And for those of us who consider this day one of very high importance have you ever stopped to wonder where past valentines gifts have ended up or what could possibly top the gifts received from previous years?

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Give Plants has the answer for you, with our beautiful range of plants that can be delivered just in time for Valentine’s Day. A gift that lasts for years on end and is a permanent reminder of the love you share for that person. If you think about the generic gift of a rose and chocolates, they do not last and you are most likely left having to pay for the exact same gift the year after. With the cost of these gifts doubling in price a week or two leading up to Valentine’s Day it could become a bit tough on the wallet.

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There’s nothing quite fitting than saying you hope the love you have for a person lasts a lifetime by sending a quality plant that also lasts a lifetime. A well thought about gift that will truly be appreciated and a reminder of the love you share for years to come which is how love should be celebrated rather than just on one day of the year.

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A recent study has found that bosses looking to quickly increase productivity should ditch those brainstorming meetings and instead invest in office plants. Let’s fall off our chairs in surprise! This study, led by Cardiff University’s School of Psychology found that adding plants to an otherwise spartan desk boosted a worker’s productivity by 15 per cent, and challenges the ‘lean philosophy’ which holds that stark, uncluttered spaces are best for concentration – hello? Who came up with that brilliant concept? Well, the friendly and innovative team at Give Plants will gladly claim it for themselves!

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I know which atmosphere would boost my productivity and ‘spartan’ ain’t it. Give me any day a beautiful flowering plant or delicious cool green fulsomeness beside me on my desk, and my productivity will tear off the radar, and this is where the beautiful living plants from Give Plants come in. How about a gorgeous living citrus plant? Think fresh lemon or a lime tree, known for their refreshing and cleansing properties. A living gift of citrus comes with the added bonus of the fabulous scent of citrus flowers – who wouldn’t work harder when surrounded by the scent of lemons and limes?

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Our everyday environment has changed dramatically over the last few hundred years but our genetic make-up has not and the addition of just a few plants to interiors just makes us feel good - quite apart from their aesthetic appeal. Over the last few years there has been a wealth of scientific research into the benefits of interior plants, some of which you may find surprising. The process by which plants grow, known as photosynthesis, has been well known for many years. One result of this process is that plants absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and release oxygen which naturally refreshes the air we breathe and that just sounds like a fabulous idea for our office desk right off!

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Previous studies have shown that the presence of plants can lower physiological stress, increase attention span and improve well-being. It directly challenges the widely accepted business philosophy that a lean office with clean desks is more productive. Please have a look at the beautiful plants on the website where Give Plants have designed their own corrugated cardboard boxes made from 68% recycled paper, and the rest is from sustainable trees grown in New Zealand. The boxes are fully recyclable and are designed to protect the plant during delivery by locking it in place. Each plant is placed inside a plastic bag that is secured to prevent soil loss and to retain the moisture that the plant needs.

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Once your boss sees how happy you are in your workplace it will be easy to convince him invest in his business by investing in plants from Give Plants.

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Moving into a new home - as stressful as it can get sometimes, it can be a very exciting experience, especially when others are eager to see the new house which leads you to having host a housewarming party. As friends and family of someone who has moved into a new house it can become a struggle trying to decide on the perfect housewarming gift. We often times want a gift that is useful, lasts, something that someone else isn’t likely to buy, or something they haven’t already got.

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Give Plants offer a range of indoor and outdoor plants that are ideal for a housewarming gift. Especially for a newly built house which in that case could easily contribute to the landscaping of the house. Perhaps a beautiful lemon or lime tree? Imagine years ahead being able to pick lemons or limes off a tree that was given to you as housewarming gift and remind you of the exciting time that it was. A gift that lasts and keeps on giving for years to come.

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Or how about one of our stunning anthurium plants, sure enough to brighten up any part of a home and could also add the perfect finishing touch to a room once everything has been unpacked and put in its spot. Needless to say that a house warming plant gift will be much appreciated and a gift that you can continue to watch grow as too your journey in the new home grows – A well thought of, beautiful living gift.

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With new habits and commitments forming in this day and age around natural foods, products, and home decorations it seems that the use of plants in this sense is becoming increasingly popular. Many cafes are taking up this trend by displaying herb planter boxes or pot plants, interesting plant displays or quirky hanging pot plants, some even going to the efforts of having types of plants, lemons, and herbs in their water jugs. You will often find that these sorts of cafes are small yet always busy with people appreciating the simplicity.

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It is then no wonder that many people have tried to carry on the craze these types of cafes have set by trying to recreate the trend themselves at home. Plant projects such as herb planter boxes or pot plants, vertical gardens, and decorating with hanging pot plants whether inside or outside have become increasingly popular and can add true value to your home.

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Give Plants offer a variety of beautiful, quality plants that can be used inside or outside for new projects around the house - whether you are looking to plant a lemon tree to benefit from future use of the lemons like adding them to a jug of water or in a raw recipe which is also a new trend that has become popular, or whether you are looking for a plant to put in a hanging pot plant around the house. There are endless ideas that a plant from Give Plants can be used for to keep up with these newfound trends and can make all the difference around the house and possibly add more value to it.

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In today’s society where we are surrounded by a world of technology and expensive gifts, has the act of giving such simple things in life that often times turn out to be some of the most beautiful and thoughtful things received such as flowers become a thing of the past?

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In my opinion the relevance of flowers and plants still holds strong. The smile expressed upon ones face when having received flowers or plants such as unexpectedly receiving them at the office shows the true appreciation of having received them. In such a fast paced and changing world flowers and plants can brighten up any day and sometimes make us stop to think and appreciate the simple things in life.

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It is also without a doubt that women these days still love to receive flowers of any sorts from anybody, mostly from ones other half I must say - but nonetheless are always appreciated. A simple but easy act to certainly make her day or days each time they are looked at. Often times receiving flowers or plants can also allow one to get back in touch with nature by getting them out in the garden to plant what was received, enabling one to again appreciate the simple things in life which is so important in our world today.

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At Give Plants a beautiful selection of plants are available to be delivered, so if you are looking to brighten someone’s day and guarantee a smile upon their face if for even a minute or two in a world where we often times forget to appreciate the simple things in life then get one sent today.

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Have you ever thought about that ‘well thought out’ gift you last gave to someone and whether they just ‘binned’ it, hid it, or ‘god forgive us’ re-gifted it? (Yes, there are people out there, people, who actually do ‘re gift’ gifts.) Enough already.

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Now; how to get real mileage out of your ‘well thought out’, relatively expensive gifts. At Give Plants we believe we have the answer. Let’s start with flowers. Flowers are universally seen as the ideal gift – no umbrage can be taken – no one can be affronted by flowers – no feelings can be hurt by flowers. However, think on. Flowers WILL LAST, ON THE AVERAGE, ONLY 7-10 DAYS! Mileage, mileage – how about a nice gift basket (please excuse that dull word ‘nice’ but that is exactly what a gift basket is – nice) Some packets of expensive biscuits, jars of chutneys and jams that lie in the back of the pantry for months until you throw them out, a bar of expensive chocolate that you scoff (and then wish you hadn’t), and, and, and? Okay, no mileage in gift baskets then.

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How about a bottle of wine? Perfect! Maybe. A bottle of wine is good for up to two years, “(if you are good and the wine is better).” Most of us are NOT GOOD and that bottle will go on the first Friday night after it has been received. ”Hey, thanks, mate, I think I remember it was a great drop”.

\nA living gift from Give Plants can last a lifetime and, pardon the clichéd reminder, but it really is the ‘gift that keeps on giving’. Imagine receiving a Red Baby! This stunning plant gift is a relative of the New Zealand Christmas tree, the Pohutukawa, with beautiful vibrant red flowers and shiny green leaves – a constant reminder of good times and good friends. Only Give Plants can tick every box.", "urlWithHost": "http://www.giveplants.co.nz/my-blog/gift-mileage-lasting-gifts", "commentsCount": 0, "trackbacksCount": 0 }, { "id": 512879, "type": "BlogsPosts", "date": "2014-10-14T16:08:57.177", "author": "Give Plants", "authorPictureUrl": "/CatalystImages/UserProfileDefault.jpg", "trackbackUrl": "http://www.giveplants.co.nz/BlogRetrieve.aspx?BlogID=419&PostID=512879&A=Trackback", "url": "/my-blog/sympathy_and_bereavement_gifts", "title": "Sympathy and bereavement gifts that help", "postFeaturedImage": null, "metaTitle": "Sympathy and bereavement gifts that help those grieving", "metaDescription": "Gifts that provide a lasting memory for those that are grieving. Sympathy and bereavemnet gifts that last and provide support for those left behind.", "body": "

This is such a hard one, and, unfortunately (no, not unfortunately, because flowers are lovely), we tend to phone the florist and send a beautiful bunch of flowers to assuage our grief for our loved one, and this is the norm – flowers. 

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The best way to tell you about our company, Give Plants is to explain why we established it in the first place. What happened was a close family friend passed away and his wife received many beautiful bouquets of flowers, as per the norm. All good, but really?  What a waste! All those beautiful flowers would be dead in two weeks or less and the demise of the flowers would mean that she would, once again, be confronted with the loss of her husband. Flowers, although beautiful, are so short lived which means there will be no enduring memory, and speaking of memories, my enduring memory is of my friend’s wife’s house being totally swamped with flowers, without enough vases available in which to put them, which meant they died even more quickly.

\nThe best word in the Give Plants lexicon is ‘living’, and that is what we supply –‘living’ plants. We all know what it is like to be confronted (for that is the only word to use here) with the death of a loved one, and all the inherent difficulties that go with those difficult days and really, the last thing we need is masses of flowers to deal with when they quite quickly die. Imagine the pleasure in receiving a beautifully presented living plant, maybe a Chinese Star Jasmine, with its sweet, fragrant, starry white flowers or a fragrant lemon or lime tree, which, will quite simply, always remind us of our departed loved one. A living sympathy or bereavement gift that will keep giving for years to come. \r\n", "urlWithHost": "http://www.giveplants.co.nz/my-blog/sympathy_and_bereavement_gifts", "commentsCount": 0, "trackbacksCount": 0 }, { "id": 512369, "type": "BlogsPosts", "date": "2014-10-03T16:04:29.513", "author": "Give Plants", "authorPictureUrl": "/CatalystImages/UserProfileDefault.jpg", "trackbackUrl": "http://www.giveplants.co.nz/BlogRetrieve.aspx?BlogID=419&PostID=512369&A=Trackback", "url": "/my-blog/Friends-Birthday-Gift", "title": "HELP! FRIEND’S BIRTHDAY COMING UP – WHAT TO GIFT?", "postFeaturedImage": null, "metaTitle": "Friend's Birthday Comming up - What to Gift?", "metaDescription": "Great birthday gift ideas delivered in New Zealand, a living gift.", "body": "

Have you ever been completely stumped as to what to give a friend or family member for their birthday? We all know the pleasure of receiving a great gift, particularly if it has been well thought out and is totally ‘just what you wanted’. But, what about the ‘pleasure of giving?’ We know that there is such a thing, but it isn’t always that easy to achieve. Birthdays are special to the person having one, so I think it’s important to put as much thought into a birthday gift as possible. Luckily, right here in little old NZ we have a totally awesome ‘gift giving’ idea with Give Plants.

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Give Plants really is the answer to the question of what to give to your best friend, loved family member or anyone at all who is having a birthday. Like me, you probably have someone in your life who ‘has everything’, so thinking up a birthday present for them is a nightmare. Sure, a beautiful bouquet of flowers will usually do the trick, (for a woman anyway!), but they can really only be enjoyed for a short time. Imagine a beautifully presented living plant gift, delivered to their door and which could be a talking point for years to come, (talking about you). Nice one, all boxes ticked.

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How about a gorgeous living citrus plant; think fresh lemon or lime tree, known for their refreshing and cleansing properties. A living gift of citrus comes with the added bonus of the fabulous scent of citrus flowers when your mate opens the delivery box – yum! Boxes totally ticked.

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Mother’s Day.  We recently ran a poll on Facebook asking what mothers would most like for Mother’s Day. Guess what? Mothers would love a day spent away from their children! We really didn’t need a poll to tell us that. No surprises there then. That is something the husband could do for her – look after the kids for the day while mum has a well-earned rest, maybe catching up with friends for lunch or a coffee.

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However, what about the rest of us who have a mother living somewhere else, maybe a long way away? We kids have grown up but we never forget our mums and we want to let her know we love her and that we are thinking of her on Mother’s Day. Forget flowers, they die. How about sending a ‘living gift’? Give Plants is the new florist, and they make it just so easy for you to send a beautiful flowering plant or fruit tree. Here then is your simple and amazing solution to your Mother’s Day gift question. By sending her a beautiful living plant she will have something to always remember you by.

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Give Plants have a lovely pink camellia called ‘Sugar and Spice’ which comes in a large size box with drawstring tote bag and includes a card personalised with your message.  Go to the special Mother’s Day page now to make sure that you don’t miss out and view their fabulous range of Mother’s Day living gifts.

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Beware of plants bearing fruits. Shouldn’t that be ‘beware of Greeks bearing gifts?’ Don’t know why Greeks are so dangerous but why beware of a plant bearing fruit? Because when someone sends you something this beautiful and delicious, you could become addicted – which is dangerous! Think big fat green ovoid feijoas, golden aromatic lemons, and shiny green and black and beautiful olives. You could send or receive any of these on any occasion when you visit us at Give Plants.

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Some friends of ours recently had a baby girl and instead of the usual bunch of flowers they received a Port Wine magnolia tree. This hardy evergreen shrub is now planted on their back lawn and is named after their daughter, a permanent reminder, not only of the cool people who gifted it to her but also of their daughter growing more beautiful every day.

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What a fabulous concept! A gift of a living plant – truly the gift that keeps on giving. The very old-fashioned concept of sending a bunch of flowers is just that – very old-fashioned.

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Who wants a gift that is going to die in a couple of days when you can be the recipient of a beautiful plant or tree, one even bearing fruit! This is the gift you will have forever, a gift that will survive, not die.

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And think of the environmental benefits! An evergreen tree with glossy leaves, laden with sunny lemons, sitting in a pot on the deck as opposed to flowers wilting in the vase. No contest in our book. Plants and trees are the new, eco-friendly way to go. So, next time you are wracking your brain for a practical, beauteous environmentally friendly gift, think Give Plants and pass the addiction on!

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\nThe feedback has been amazing from the end customers and in some cases has resulted directly in further business within the week. This happened for a Bank that used our Money Trees as a gift to thank their high net worth investment clients. Client feedback started as soon as the plants started arriving. The bank received e-mails, hand written cards, phone calls and in several cases further funds were invested.
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\nChoosing the plant gift is important and for the bank obviously the Money Tree was a perfect fit. They chose plants because they are a lasting gift and the association that the plant will grow like your investments. Alternatively we have Real Estate firms using Lemon Trees so their clients can be able to celebrate the purchase of the house in years to come.
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Sometimes referred to as the national flower of New Zealand, Kowhai is the Maori word for 'yellow', which refers to its bright yellow flowers that are so popular with many nectar-loving native birds such as Tui and Kereru (wood pigeon). Medicinal use of Kowhai has long been known to Maori. Of the three species of New Zealand Kowhai , ‘Dragon’s Gold’ is the smaller growing variety which was discovered on Stephens Island in the Cook Strait.  

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This plant comes in our medium-sized box and includes a gift card personalised with your message. The freight is $7.50 for delivery anywhere in New Zealand.

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Type Native
Flowers Yes
Scented No
Fruits No
Grows to 1.5 m x 3 m
Pot friendly No
Frost tolerance Hardy
Aspect Full sun
Dispatch range (above pot)
20 - 30 cm 
Box size 200 x 500 x 200
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Feel like a Gin and Tonic? This lemon is perfect for growing in a tub on the patio or deck so there will always be lemons close to hand. The Meyer is New Zealand's most popular and easiest to grow lemon. It's a must-have for every garden and provides good crops of juicy yellow fruit. The Meyer has dark green leaves and fragrant flowers and grows to a mid-sized plant.

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This plant comes in our medium-sized box and includes a gift card personalised with your message. The freight is $7.50 for delivery anywhere in New Zealand.

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Flowers No
Scented No
Fruits Yes
Grows to 2 m x 1.5 m
Pot friendly Yes
Frost tolerance Tolerant
Aspect Full or part shade
Dispatch range (above pot)
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Box size 200 x 500 x 200
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