Eleven Madison Park, regarded as one of the world’s best restaurants, debuted an all-plant menu (that didn’t delight every diner) in June. And fashion houses from New York to Paris have made commitments to use more plant-based materials in their collections.
The current craze began to take root even before the pandemic, though, with millennials, in part inspired by a cottage industry of “plantfluencers,” spiking purchases of plants in the years leading up to 2020. Like the youngest social media users, some plantfluencers have migrated to TikTok, suggesting that an appreciation for plants may be one of the few things the app’s many Gen-Z users have in common with their elder cohort.
All this to say: A plant-related gift would seem a relatively foolproof option this holiday season. Whether actually plant based or just based on plants, the selection here includes things to satisfy tastes both garden variety and eccentric, from goods made of plant-based materials, to gear for gardening and growing, to fashion for those who would rather wear their plants on their handbag (or feet).
A follow-up to The New York Timesbest seller “Super Natural Cooking,” Ms. Swanson’s 2021 cookbook features recipes that Nikita Richardson, a senior staff editor for NYT Food, describes as “bare bones vegetarian cooking with flavor.”
The sampler includes Taika’s canned black coffee, oat milk latte and macadamia latte, which contain mushrooms and other adaptogens extracted from plants, making them more plant-based than coffee derived from beans alone. Each can has 100 milligrams of caffeine and is gluten-free and naturally sweetened.
Perhaps you’ve read that most glitters are made with microplastics that can take 1,000 years to biodegrade? This cosmetic glitter is not most. It’s made of BioGlitter Pure, a substance derived from wood harvested to standards set by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, which allows it to safely biodegrade in freshwater, according to even more standards set by TÜV Austria, one of two independent certification agencies authorized by the European Bioplastics association.
Ms. Kusama’s takeover of the New York Botanical Garden, in the Bronx, was a highlight of its programming this past year. The pattern on this pouch recalls the dots on the artist’s “Dancing Pumpkin” featured in the exhibition.
One way to extend tomato season? By burning Loewe’s candle, which lasts for 80 hours and smells, according to the brand, like “the fresh, verdant aroma of the vines just before they burst into fruit.” Medium ($189) and small ($94) sizes are also available.
Smelling dirty is gross. But smelling of dirt is evocative. The black-thumbed can use Demeter’s fragrance, first released in 1996, as a way to suggest they’re more capable gardeners. The green-thumbed can use it to transport them to their favorite growing patch.
This sleek countertop composter from Pela, known for its purportedly biodegradable phone cases, turns scraps into soil with the push of a button. Available for pre-order, it will ship domestically by February 2022.
Constructed to withstand the elements but chic enough for urban gardeners, Snow Peak’s bucket can be used to forage for mushrooms in a forest or transport vegetables from rooftop garden to apartment kitchen.
For those who like to decorate with their plants
Your everyday terra-cotta planter with a Bauhaus-inspired twist. The graphic lines can be painted in white, black or blue and are done by hand.