5 Totally Unbiased Reasons To Visit Your Local Plant Shop This Christmas

If you ask us, Christmas and horticulture go hand in hand. Whether it’s the traditional decorative wreaths adorning our doors, the aromatic herbs and spices infused in our festive feasts, or - of course - the iconic Christmas tree, there’s an undeniable connection between the holiday season and the world of plants.

Here at Plant Studio, we’re huge advocates for giving the gift of greenery. Not entirely surprising, given that our business revolves around finding homes for our photosynthesizing friends, but hear us out! Below, we’ll explain why your local plant shop - be it our wonderful botanic bazaar in Bedminster or elsewhere - should be right at the very top of your list when it comes to Christmas shopping. 

Indoor plants never disappoint

One of the worst aspects of Christmas shopping? Agonising over what to buy. Hitting that sweet spot between affordability and thoughtfulness is no mean feat, but somehow, the humble houseplant always hits the mark. From elegant indoor palms to otherworldly succulents, and mystery bulbs just waiting to burst into bloom - there’s a plant out there for everyone. 

Now, I know what you might be thinking – "But what if my recipient doesn't have a green thumb?" Well, believe it or not, many houseplants are surprisingly resilient and require minimal care. Heck, some even prefer to be neglected! Check out our hard to kill plants section for a selection of our fuss-free faves. 

Given that most people regard houseplants as ornaments (we prefer to think of them as housemates) you might be wondering whether they’ll complement your recipients’ space - especially if their home is completely devoid of greenery. While this kind of apprehension is understandable, we challenge you to find a home that wouldn’t benefit from the addition of a few potted pals.

Whether your giftee is a strict minimalist or their home’s stuffed to the brim with trinkets and knick-knacks, a little extra foliage will never go amiss. From the understated grace of a snake plant to the cascading beauty of a pothos, there's a plant for every taste and style. And thanks to their longevity, houseplants also make an ideal present for far-flung friends or relatives, serving as the perfect ongoing reminder of your distant affection. Mushy? Absolutely - but isn’t that what Christmas is all about? 


For the eco-conscious gift giver, houseplants are a natural go-to. Think of it this way - how many mismatched presents have you received, only to relegate them to a cupboard, or pass them onto another unwitting, unfortunate recipient? Plants, on the other hand, are nearly universally-loved, and when cared for responsibly, can be enjoyed for years to come. 

At Plant Studio, we’re dedicated to sustainable practices. All of our custom soil mixes are 100% peat-free. We’re also proud members of the Horticultural Trades Association, and as such, sustainability is woven into everything we do. From our eco-friendly plant pots to our organic plant fertiliser, we’re all about environmentally-conscious gardening. So, if you’re seeking planet-friendly presents this Christmas, pop in - we’re sure to have something you’ll love. 

Local charm and expertise

Unlike big-box retailers or online marketplaces, local plant shops such as ours are run by passionate plant lovers who possess an abundance of knowledge about the green wonders they sell. Yes, we’re keen to sell our goods - we’re a business, after all - but we’re also committed to the mantra that every plant must be perfectly matched to its new home. 

At one point or another, we’ve all experienced the disappointment (and guilt) of gleefully grabbing a beautiful new houseplant and introducing it to its new home, only to watch on helplessly as it wilts and dies. Harrowing, yes, but also entirely preventable. Whether you’re friends with a so-called ‘plant murderer’, or you’ve got a few Monstera-shaped skeletons hiding in your own closet, our green-fingered gurus can help. 

By purchasing your plants locally, you’ll deal with the kind of foliage fans who genuinely care about the plants they stock. At Plant Studio, we’re proud to say that our store is a treasure trove of plant-related wisdom. So, if you’re apprehensive about whether the gift you’ve been eyeing is suitable for your recipients’ space, just flag down one of our experts - we’re always happy to share our knowledge!

Supporting local businesses

Let’s face it - the high street has seen better days… But when you choose to shop at a local plant store like ours in Bristol, you're contributing to the livelihood of your community. Your purchase goes beyond acquiring a fancy plant; it helps sustain a small business, allowing it to thrive and continue offering unique, high-quality products and personalised services. 

We get it - nobody can deny the convenience of online shopping (friendly reminder: you can buy plants online through our website, too), but we think it’d be a crying shame if the glorious variety of independent traders and small businesses disappeared from our high streets!

By supporting your local plant store - or indeed, any local store - you’re playing your part in the battle to keep the high street alive. So, this Christmas, consider the impact of your choices. By shopping locally, you’re not only grabbing a great gift for someone special, you’re serving the community too - goodwill to all men and all that, right?

Plant pots, plant accessories - we’ve got it all!

Got a giftee whose home is already jam-packed with houseplants? Well, you’re in luck - our Bristol plant store stocks a huge range of gifts and accessories ideal for leaf lovers of all tastes!

Take a trip to Plant Studio (you can find our address details here) and you’ll be free to peruse all manner of horticultural curios. Some of our best-sellers include:

  • The Pianta LED Grow Light Bulb - ideal for houseplant lovers struggling with sunlight-deprived, shadowy interiors!
  • Our 100% Natural Pest Protector is brilliant at repelling all manner of harmful creepy-crawlies from house and garden-dwelling plants alike.
  • If your pals love to put their plants on a pedestal, let them do exactly that, with these lovely Wooden Plant Stands.
  • Grab one of our page-turning faves for your bookworm bestie - browse our selection of houseplant books.
  • Got a friend who loves to accessorise? For the fashionista in your gift list, these plant magnets are a must-have. 

And believe us - this is only scratching the surface. In-store, you’ll also discover a range of hand-picked cards, and a selection of products exclusive to our North St premises. Better yet, we even offer a bespoke plant repotting service, so if you’ve noticed a mopey monstera or sulky spider plant at a friend’s place, bring it on by, and we'll work our green-thumbed magic to give it a new lease on life!

There you go - 5 solid reasons to visit our Bristol plant shop this Christmas. But if you’d rather stay cosy and snug at home (we won’t judge you!), just remember, you can always order online! For more gift-giving inspo, browse our full range today.
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