Gifts for the people who already have everything

When it comes to the holiday season some people have been shopping for gifts since last December. Others may have started shopping in September, and some will be heading out the night before Christmas. No matter your shopping style it can be hard to find the perfect gift for someone who already has everything. Here are three things that you can get for the person who already has everything at the Arboretum!

#3 Products from local and U.S. Artisans

We love to partner with local artists and have a handmade gift for everyone in your budget. One of our most asked about gift shop items is our Window Frame Family Tree wall art. This piece is made by Captivating Crafts in Marion, Iowa and makes a great gift for a new family or loved one celebrating an anniversary. We also have handmade cards, soap, lip chap, framed photos, magnets, and candles! These are a great way to show love for the community and its artists.


#2 Memorial items

Many people think that memorials are meant for when a loved one passes away, however, memorials can be purchased for anything that you think is important to celebrate. One memorial we offer is a memorial brick which can be engraved and is placed in the walkway in front of our Education Center. We’ve had memorials purchased for all kinds of special occasions! The second most popular memorial is our tree and plant memorials. These memorials have a small area for a phrase and contain the genus, species, and variety of the plant or tree. These are a great option if someone you know loves a certain plant or tree. You can also purchase a table, bench, or chair which is placed around the Arboretum and has a plaque with a short phrase engraved.

#1 A Membership

Memberships are a great way to provide a loved one with a chance to be in nature and enjoy time with family or friends. Memberships last for the whole year and provide discounts to classes and events at the Arboretum. Not only does a membership provide free admission to the Cedar Valley Arboretum and Botanic Gardens but can also provide free or reduced admission to over 300 arboretums and botanic gardens in the US thanks to a partnership with the American Horticultural Society. If you have a family that loves to travel and explore this is a perfect gift for them!

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As you finish your gift buying make sure to take time to relax and enjoy the holiday season, and if you’re someone who can’t wait for winter to be over, remember that spring is only three months away!