Top 5 Gift Picks at B&V

December has always been a special month for me. I love the holiday season for its festive foods and activities, snowy days, and opportunities to see family and friends, but a real highlight is hand-picking and gifting thoughtful presents to my loved ones. It also happens to be my birthday month, which just adds to all of the fun!


No matter what you’re celebrating this season, Bark & Vine is a one-stop shop for gifts, even for the people in your life who might not have a green thumb. In addition to our extensive plant inventory, we’ve spent the last few months curating a unique assortment of plant accessories, décor, apparel, and more. When you’re out searching for those last minute holiday presents, stop by and peruse some of my favorite items in the store:


  1. Plant of the Month: Lipstick Plant (Aeschynanthus radicans)

This lush houseplant features striking deep red blooms that really pop against dark green foliage. A great choice for beginner plant parents, lipstick plants thrive in bright, indirect light and half-dry soil. Larger plants can live in a hanging basket to showcase their beautiful draping vines. They are also pet safe which makes them a perfect gift to give. The lipstick plant has become a favorite of mine, and I always get excited to see them flower in the shop!


  1. Books & Bookmarks

We think plants make the best gifts, but books are a close second! Next time you stop in, be sure to grab a seat on our famous yellow, velvet couch to peruse our coffee table book selection. Learn the basics of plant care with “How to Houseplant” by Heather Rodino, or get guidance on how to turn your space into a tropical plant paradise with “Welcome to the Jungle” by Enid Offolter. From bonsai how-to guides to a glossary of flowers and their meanings, we have something for everyone. And don’t forget to peek at our new enamel bookmarks from Pineapple Sundays Design Studio— they make the perfect accompaniment when gifting any book.


  1. All That Gold Jewelry

Ever wonder what that glimmer is when you walk in the shop? Yes, that one, towards the back?

Oh—that’s just our new collections of earrings by Natalie Claire and rings by Maive. Made of gold-plated surgical steel, these gorgeous accessories add a little glam to every day. Located on the jewelry shelf adjacent to the register, you’ll find them next to plant-inspired studs from Plant Dosage that enable you to wear your favorite plant as an accessory. My best hack? Pick your favorite piece and then get two so you and your person can match!


  1. Let's Get Lit!

I just love lighting a cozy candle on a rainy day, and my newest obsession is our outdoors-inspired selection from Outbound Candles made right here in Ashford, CT. My favorite from the collection—Under the Stars—showcases hints of campfire smoke and sweet marshmallow, while other more woodsy scents evoke oakmoss, fir needle, and bay leaf. Swing by and sniff ‘em all, and try out our other olfactory options from P.F. Candle Co., Anecdote Candles, Lit Candle Supply, and more!


  1. Socks, Scarves, and Everything Nice!

Need to add a pop of color to your wardrobe while staying warm this winter? We have you covered from head to toe–literally!

With plenty of colors and patterns to choose from, our collection of socks and scarves are like art you can wear. Made of a wonderfully soft (and never itchy) brushed fleece material, our Adorro scarves come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. Beautiful, functional, and warm, you can dress them up for a Christmas party or down to go sledding. Gift this scarf to your friends and family, and they’ll feel wrapped in warmth and love on even the coldest winter days.


The gift goodies don’t stop here! Stop by 11-7 from Tuesday to Saturday and 12-6 on Sundays to shop pots, plant care items, incense and tarot decks, mugs and tea towels for your kitchen, stocking stuffer games, and more. Last but not least, don’t forget to browse our greeting card section to find the perfect accompaniment to your thoughtfully selected presents this season!


- Melissa