Retirement Gifts to Celebrate the Greener Years Ahead

By: Lively Root
January 20, 2023
Retirement Gifts to Celebrate the Greener Years Ahead
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After years of hard work, they're officially off the clock. Let the retirement celebrations begin!

They've reached a new milestone worth celebrating. Now, what kind of gift do you take to someone's retirement party? Finding the right retirement gift is not always a walk in the park.

Retirement gift ideas typically include golf clubs, wine glasses, coffee mugs, or even a gold watch to signify the employee's time in the company. But not every gift has to be engraved or quite fancy. Instead, gift them a plant from Lively Root's loving nursery to celebrate your loved one's accomplishments and signify all the greener days ahead.

Retirement is a freeing new chapter in life that leaves many retirees looking for new hobbies to spend their newfound free time. There's no denying the fact that retirement is a significant life transition for many. With the help of plants, retirees can grow their green thumb. Gardening and taking care of plants is a fun and rewarding pastime for anyone who likes to spend time outside and doesn't mind getting their hands dirty. Plants offer a variety of therapeutic benefits, whether placed indoors or outdoors.

Here are the many reasons why a plant as a retirement gift is a fantastic idea for the retiree in your life!

1. It keeps you fit and active

Never thought of gardening as exercise? Think again. Gardening is an enjoyable form of exercise and gets you into a routine. It can increase strength and mobility in the hands.

2. Good for the environment

Indoor and outdoor plants act as highly effective air purifiers. They help reduce pollutants such as carbon dioxide in the home while releasing clean oxygen and refreshing fragrances. In the garden, these plants can help provide a habitat for beneficial insects, birds, and small reptiles and can even help protect the endangered bees! This has us thinking that plants are the most eco-friendly retirement gift to ever exist!

3. Maintains mental health

Plants have the ability to soothe and reduce stress levels. A study published in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology found that indoor gardening can make you feel more comfortable, soothed, and relaxed. It's a way to channel stress into nurturing.

4. Mood enhancing

People and plants are connected. When taking care of plants, your brain releases a chemical called serotonin, which is responsible for an improved mood. Sometimes all you need is a peek at nature to lift your spirits!

5. Improves social interactions

It's a way for retirees to connect with family, friends, neighbors, and other plant lovers in the community. While taking care of this retirement gift plant, you can share ideas and interests while learning new techniques with others!

6. Connects you with nature

Some people think retirement will lead to laziness, resulting in sitting on the couch all day (which isn't wrong), but getting outdoors is beneficial for mental and physical health. Spending enough time outdoors with the proper sun protection can give you a healthy amount of Vitamin D to stay healthy!

7. Improve your diet

You eat what you grow. Growing fresh vegetables and herbs in your garden creates a new opportunity for eating healthier. When you grow your own veggies, you will enjoy them more because of the effort it took to develop!

8. Relaxation

The relaxing and slow-paced nature of taking care of plants is a mindful activity. Even a retiree may still have many responsibilities on their plate and with a gardening retirement gift, they can find a moment to step away and connect with nature.

9. Constantly learning

Plants are always something to learn from. Keeping a journal about plants' growth or writing down quick notes will keep our minds growing. They teach us both simple and valuable lessons about life. Gardening often means unexpected problem-solving.

10. Self-expression

Plants are a form of personal expression. Whether in the home or garden, your plants can act as art to express your feelings and thoughts. A garden is an ever-changing canvas for anyone's creativity.

Some people have green thumbs, and others might not. Whether your retired recipient is an experienced horticulturist or looking to grow into one, we have curated a list of easy-to-care-for retirement gift plants that will let their happiness bloom.

Culinary Herb Seed Kit

Start the retiree on the right leaf with a culinary herb seed kit!
This seed collection of culinary herbs will help your retiree skip the grocery trips and enhance their favorite dishes! This kit includes the most popular culinary herbs from chives, cilantro, dill, micro basil, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sweet basil, and thyme. These herbs can be grown in the comfort of their kitchen or garden. Sprouting will only take 5-10 days after planting! The retiree will be reminded of your helpful retirement gift every time they enjoy delicious enhanced dishes from these herbs.

Pygym Date Palm

Send your friend or colleague off with a smile, wishing them a life filled with palm trees, 75-degree weather, and a lifetime of bottomless pina-coladas. Well, at least we can help with one of those things. Turn the retiree's yard into a tropical getaway with this exotic Pygmy Date Palm. The beautiful fronds of palms evoke vibes of being in a tropical paradise with little cost compared to vacation prices. What a vacay vibe!

Futura Superba Snake Plant


Afraid of snakes? Don't worry; snakes are not included in this plant. Suppose you're looking for a retirement gift for someone who still needs plant experience. In that case, the snake plant is definitely the one you want to send. The snake plant is an excellent common houseplant that can live without much attention for the laid-back retiree. These plants can survive in bright or low light and only need water once their soil is completely dry. The survival rates of this guy are pretty high.

Bird of Paradise

Bring paradise straight to the living room with this beauty. Its unique and exotic appearance creates a bold statement in any room it's brought in. The vividly bright flower symbolizes success, excellence, and excitement, making an inspiring retirement gift idea for any retiree. It can be a symbol in their home to help them reminisce on all the success they had throughout their many careers. The Bird of Paradise will be a reminder that there are still so many adventures ahead.

Coffee Plant

Did someone say coffee? Keep the coffee coming with this plant. For all coffee lovers out there, anyone can start growing their own beans from the comfort of their home. However, even with all the love, this coffee plant will need a lot of time before yielding fruit to make the retirees' favorite beverage. But you can still help the retiree enjoy their longest coffee break with this fantastic retirement gift. They will be thanking you a latte!

French Thyme

Retirement will be the thyme of their life with this retirement gift. Earthy and intensely aromatic, the tiny green leaves of French Thyme are a classic for any herb-loving cook. This plant forms a pretty, low-growing shrub perfect for any herb garden. Thyme adds depth to any dish, including soup, stew, or tea. This sturdy little guy can grow even with a little neglect and poor soil. Gift the gift of thyme with this timeless plant.

Miniature Rose Subscription

The miniature rose subscription is the gift that keeps on giving. Bring the beauty of the garden inside with these radiant roses that come in various shades of color. Potential variations include pinks, reds, whites, oranges, and yellows! A rose bush is a perfect retirement gift for any flower lover. Not only will it bloom for years to come, but it will also help act as a reminder of all the happy and memorable times they had at work.

Quarterly Easy Care Plant Subscription

If flowers aren't really their thing. This quarterly easy-care plant subscription should do the trick! This set of plants is perfect for people looking to learn to grow a green thumb or two. This plant collection is the best way for anyone wanting to start growing their own plant family. The retiree will receive a new plant with care instructions every three months. We promise that each delivery will make a unique and special retirement gift!

Cutie Little Baby Succulents: 16 Pack

Meet the most fun and easy-going plants you'll ever encounter, succulents. These little guys have grown in popularity over the years for many good reasons. Their low-maintenance, sturdy little structure comes in all shapes and sizes. Our 16-pack hand-picked assortment of succulents will get any garden off to the right start! They are a fool-proof retirement gift that can fit anywhere! They grow well in sunny backyards, on a desk, or even on a coffee table. Who isn't a SUCC-ker for these little plant babies?