The $3 Trader Joe’s Item I Buy for Everyone I Know

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The perfect go-to gift — one that’s sure to please just about anyone and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg — is pretty hard to find. But there’s one thing at Trader Joe’s that I buy for everyone I know, and I’ll keep doing it until I die.

I’m talking about succulents, those delightful diminutive plants that everyone’s crazy about these days. They’re cute and they are easy to care for. Here are just a few reasons they are one of my favorite things to give others.

These little cuties are a major bang for the buck. The mini ones are $2.99 at my local store, and the slightly larger ones are under $10. For that price, they make great, inexpensive, and cheerful presents for coworkers, hosts, and anyone else who deserves a little something special.

As gifts (and plants) go, they are pretty small and aren’t a major space or time commitment. The giftee can stick their new green friend on a windowsill, or on their desk at work. It’s not like you’re giving them a full-grown ficus, or a puppy.

I can also grab them while I’m doing my regular grocery store shopping and errands. I’m one of those people who cringes when I have to make an extra stop to get one item, so I really truly appreciate being able to easily knock this task off my to-do list without a lot of extra effort.

Right around this time of year, Trader Joe’s gets into the spirit of the season and sells small succulents in skull-shaped planters, a Day of the Dead-inspired version for $4 to $5. A quick call to my local Trader Joe’s confirmed they should be arriving in a couple of weeks.

Of course, while you’re there, you can always try some proplifting for your own houseplant collection at home.

This post originally ran on Apartment Therapy. See it there: The $3 Trader Joe’s Item I Buy for Everyone I Know

What else do you buy at Trader Joe’s when you need a quick gift?