By Heather Brooks

 

 

I’ve been on a plants kick lately. Not just eating plants, but growing them. Decorating with them. Sharing them. They’re cheerful. They remind you of how connected we are to the sun and the earth. Botanicals can be ostentatious or plain. One thing’s for sure, plants never go out of style. You don’t have to give an actual plant to feel all earthy and cheerful, though. You can give something that makes you think of plants!

Plantable Wood Sticks by Eco Lovely Store

 

One of the things I learned about ten years ago as I started a downsizing journey is that I prefer “combustible” gifts, as I like to call them. I’m aware that technically that word is related to burning and fire, but what I mean is it is something that I can burn up (use) and then it’s gone. That way I don’t have a knick-knack to dust, an item to store or find room to display. I now also take this approach to gift-giving as much as possible. 

What kinds of gifts are on my combustible list? 

  • Soap
  • Chocolates
  • Cookies
  • Hard Candy & Lollipops
  • Alcohol
  • Non-alcoholic spirits
  • Candles
  • Petite Fours 

These are all things that can be found easily and can run the range of low cost to extravagant and will make your guests feel special.

Here are some ideas to help you with finding “combustible” plant-themed favors that suit any level favor budget. Remember, this event is a party for your guests and you want the gift to show your appreciation for coming to your special day. So while commemorative wine glasses and magnets with your engagement photo on them is nice, drop something they can really enjoy onto the table too.

These beautiful vegan mandarin oat Crumble chocolate bars by Chocolate Inspirations have big chunks of mandarin and oat over dark chocolate giving them a decadent look. You can follow them on Instagram @chocolateinspirations.

These gorgeous vegan soap favors by EnchantedLilMoments on Etsy would make your guests feel pampered and show off the botanical elements making them look absolutely luxurious.

If you want to more economical on the soap favors you could order a bulk vegan soap and tie it with raffia or wrap them in paper with plant stickers.  GrandmasFarmUS offers a lovely and affordable collection of soaps in a mix of scents.

 

 

If you’re having a more DIY wedding, these flower cookies at Baked The Blog are a great way to make your guests feel appreciated and send them home with something lovely. If you don’t have time to make them, you might be able to enlist an aunt, uncle, cousin, or friend to bake them ahead and freeze them (see here for a guide to freezing cookies)

 

These vegan botanical lollipops by Bohemain Reves could bring out the kid in everybody! And the kids will probably like them too. 

 

If you’re thinking of candles, of course we’re back on where you can find all manner of lovely little things. TheHobbyistBox sells these adorable soy wax candles with a variety of plant options that will go with your wedding. 

 

Need a special gift for your groomsmen or bridesmaids?

How about this non-alcoholic spirits set by Seedlip? They’re super eco-conscious and just look how beautiful this is. Currently they don’t appear to have minis in their catalog, but once they do, they’d make a fantastic gift. 

 

Check out this gin botanicals infusion kit by FygoDreamer on Etsy! 

 

These little cocktail gummies by Smith and Sinclair make a fun treat even better!
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A number of favor-worthy items can be found by plant-based Instagrammer @ambermariehalleylord – from cruelty-free makeup to snacks and clothes. If you like some version or other of these types of favors call your local bakery, your local soap maker, your local liquor store and ask them what they have and what they can customize. I got some of my wedding favors from Mystic Waters Soaps and the owner was very accommodating. She was able to make a special favor size of her soap and pre-wrapped them in a paper color I wanted and then I just added ribbon later. Support local when you can!
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Heather Brooks lives near Washington, D.C.. She is the Wedding Specialist at D.C. Vegan Catering, a full-service catering company serving the DMV area, and is part of the management team. Heather is also an author of fiction, founder of the Women Authors of Maryland writers’ group and salons, and founder of The Write Women Book Fest.

Her journey towards veganism began with her daughter Amber, who decided she wanted to be a vegetarian at a young age. Heather is a big believer in empowering her daughters, so she worked at figuring out how to incorporate this new diet into their average American lifestyle. Read Heather’s articles

 

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