Paying it Forward with Potted Bulb Gift Ideas | plus a gift card giveaway

Paying it Forward with Potted Bulb Gift Ideas | plus a gift card giveaway

This post brought to you by iBulb. All opinions are 100% mine.

This time of year I get excited with anticipation as I begin to see colorful blooms appear in my favorite shops and garden centers. The sight of these potted bulbs scream one wonderful thing to me – spring is near. It awakens the little plant addict inside me and I have a really hard time leaving without bringing something home, each and every trip.
I love the cheerful addition potted plants can add to room and I not only like using them in my own home – but love giving them as gifts even more. With Easter and Mother’s Day right around the corner, I have partnered with iBulb to put together a few easy gifts ideas, using potted bulbs, to pay it forward  to some loved ones.

The gift of flowers is of course an easy one as potted bulbs can readily be found in flower shops, garden centers and even grocery stores. The secret to personalizing it and making it your own is all in the presentation.
This first idea is simple, easy and inexpensive –
a glass candle holder, pack of elastic hair bands and feather picks.
The elastic hairband is just twisted around the glass with the feather pick tucked underneath. I added a dab of hot glue to keep the feather in place since my little guy would be the one handing them out.
The bulbs inside are tulips – nestled in some glass vase fillers.
Tulip bulbs can be forced indoors and grown hydroponically, just like we do with paperwhites during the holidays. Many florist sell pre-made arrangements if you do not have the time to start the bulbs yourself. I picked up a bloomaker arrangement right from my local grocery store – then split it up myself to make several smaller gifts to give.
I added more single bulbs to some footed candle holders as well. Any pretty candle holder or unique vessel can make a great presentation and a bonus gift on top the bloom itself.
The glass vase fillers were simply placed in the bottom – then the bulb on top. Fill with water just until it reaches the bottom of the bulb and it’s ready to go.
Pre-purchased potted bulbs can also be re-potted, into your favorite pot or vessel, once you get them home. The vivid colors of this particular bunch, found at my local garden center, are pretty amazing.
As with all flowers, tulips seek the light and will grow in that direction. So if you want to keep your tulips growing straight, don’t forget to rotate them daily.
Potted tulips also like bright locations and to preserve the blooms as long as possible it is suggested to keep them in a cool area to slow their growth.
As with many store purchased potted bulbs – forcing the bulbs to bloom depletes great deal of energy and there is no guarantee the bulbs will re-bloom once replanted in the fall…but there is a chance they will.
I personally think it’s fun to try and have had much success in my region. It’s so exciting to see a peak of green in the spring. To give it a go,  just follow the simple steps below…
After the plants have finished blooming, clip the dead flower from the stem, leaving the foliage in tack. Once the foliage has completely dried out and turned brown, cut it back and store the bulbs in a cool dry place. If the bulbs are potted you can store them right in the pot. The bulbs can then be planted in your garden in the fall.
I just adore these little arrangements and while one big potted plant is nice – it’s much more fun to spread the love to as many as you can. The smaller candle holders were perfectly sized for my little guys hands since he was the lucky one to pay it forward to those who are around to help him on a daily basis. It’s pretty amazing how something so effortlessly put together can makes someones entire day.
iBulb is also giving one of you the chance to pay it forward with potted bulbs by offering one reader a $25 Visa gift card. To enter for a chance to win leave a comment below letting us know who you would give the potted bulbs to and why.
Spring is on its way – enjoy.
Entries will be open until midnight February 27th –
a winner will be randomly selected an notified  February 28th.

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  1. I would gift them to my friend. She is 71 and in beginning stages of dementia. A little spring would cheer her up!

  2. My Sis who is going through a divorce.

  3. I would send some to my dear friend who just moved after a divorce. She’s been having a tough time and some pretty flowers would help her feel a little better.

  4. Since you can see my front garden from the bus stop I’d give some to the mom who’s always complimenting my garden.

  5. I would give them to my neighbor. She is a sweet elderly lady all alone. I like finding things to brighten her day.

  6. Great teacher gift for first day of spring…. Or my dear sweet Aunt Diana…. Love that lady…..

  7. My Aunt (and namesake) who recently lost her husband.

  8. I would actually keep it for myself. I’m going through some ‘stuff’ right now and need some color and beauty in my life.

  9. I would give them to my sister. She lives far away and I don’t get to see her. 🙁 I want her to know that she is loved and missed. 🙂

  10. I would give this bulb to my good friend. She and her family will be moving in May because her husband got a job out of state. I will really miss her a lot and this would be a great gift from me to her.

  11. I love pay it forward gestures!!!! I would give them to my mom and my mother in law. Both are widows and both have lost a child yet still find the beauty in the small things in life. They would appreciate these so much! Thanks, Lesley [email protected]

  12. I would it give it to my mom. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity

  13. I would give it to my daughter-in-law, Susan. She is the kindest, sweetest “daughter” we could have and a wonderful wife to our son and mother to our four grandchildren. She is definitely a gift from God.

  14. I’d give it to my mother. She’s been worried about my dad’s health lately and could use a bit of sunshine to make her smile.

    shel704 at aol dot com

  15. I absolutely love this and will be on the hunt for bulbs locally. This may sound a bit selfish, but I would give this to myself. I lost my mother last week and severely need to be cheered.

  16. I would give tulip bulbs to my mother, who’s favorite flowers are tulips because she is Dutch. She can’t grow them in her garden because of the San Diego heat, so potting them in glasses like this is a great way for her to see them every day.

  17. My mother-in-law. She’s always there when I need her and she LOVES flowers.

  18. I would give one to my son and daughter’s second grade teacher who is now battling cancer for the second time and lost her husband to it five years ago. She is the most soft spoken and spiritual woman I have ever known.

  19. I would keep them for me to enjoy…..I haven’t received flowers since my husband passed several years ago….I could use some cheering p!!

  20. I would give it to my neighbor whose front yard could use a bit of color.

  21. What a beautiful way to show a little spring to someone….just to lift their spirit for whatever they are going thur…. I have two family members that have just gone thru some major surgery….(rods in my 15 yr old niece back and open heart surgery for my brother)…so this would really be super sweet to do for them…thank you so much for sharing and possibly wining…

  22. I am blessed with awesome women in my life..Mom, Grandma, Sisters, Aunts, Cousins, and friends…I have so many I could make smile!

  23. I am blessed with awesome women in my life..Mom, Grandma, Sisters, Aunts, Cousins, and friends…I have so many I could make smile!

  24. I would give it to my Dad. Tulips were my mom’s fave flowers and she passed away 7 months ago. To have some tulips in the house would be something my Dad would love.

  25. I love giving little gifts to my neighbors over the course of the year. It’s fun to watch their expressions because they never know what I’m bringing them or setting outside their door to surprise them. I’m adding this to my list of things to give them.

  26. I would give them to the coworkers who share my windowless room to brighten these long winter days.

  27. I’d keep 1 for myself and give a few to my family members. My uncle has cancer and I think a potted bulb would brighten their day!

    dailydealsjc1 (at) gmail (dot) com

  28. I would give them to the people I love in by life who are sick or hurting in some way I believe these would brighten there day Thank you

  29. I would give it to my friend who has welcomed me to a new state, new town and new home. She made me feel right at home from day one. She loves plants and flowers and this would be the perfect “Thank you!”
    Thank you for the chance to brighten her day. And, thank you for the idea and instructions.

  30. I’d give them to my neighbor because she has watched our house when we’ve been away on vacation. Thanks!

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  31. I would give them to my mom.

  32. I’d like to give them to my artist and gardener friend, who is an amazingly talented woman who is always an inspiration to me.

  33. Good morning Stephine Lynn. Traditionally I give potted paperwhite bulbs to my (4)daughters, daughter in law and granddaughters at Christmas – I think tulips at Easter would be a wonderful new tradition. Thank you for all your GREAT ideas. [email protected]

  34. I would give the bulbs to my mother. She loves gardening and having plants inside her home. Thanks for the new ideas! jilljonesatfrontiernetdotnet.

  35. Several people – my daughter, who is having her 1st baby this weekend, my pastor, several ladies at my church who need a little cheering up. Thanks for your wonderful posts; I look forward to them!

  36. My mom loves flowers, especially spring flowers, so I’d give them to her for a nice surprise! Thanks for the great giveaway – makes me want spring to hurry up and get here 🙂

  37. I love bulbs in vases; but would give them to my neighbor who has just has a breast removed. She needs some cheering up and to know that Spring is coming and the world around her is going to continue – with her!

  38. Hubby is a hospice chaplain and I always love to bring flowers, jam or something special to help cheer a patient’s day! {Potted bulbs would be a fun thing to share!

  39. I’d give mine to my friend and co-worker, Laura. She is such a giving person and I’d like to reciprocate to her! – karen

  40. I’d give them to our neighbor. She just had hip replacement surgery, I’m sure these would be the perfect pick me up!
    Thank you Stephanie! You are fabulous!

  41. Hi,
    No relatives any more but I do know some people who have been very good to me. They are who I would gift the bulbs to.
    All the best,

  42. I would give these to my 95 year old grandmother who lives in a nursing home. She used to have a tiny garden that brought her so much joy! These would brighten her room and day. Love it and can’t wait to do it!

  43. I would give them to the mothers in our church for Mother’s Day. I love the first idea with the feather picks.

  44. I started a Random Acts of Kindness thing at my school where I leave things around with notes on them. I saw it on Pinterest and decided to try it. So far so good. I added a PS please pay if forward on the note to see if anything develops. So, I’d leave them in the staff room and see who takes them-they’ll be hard to miss!

  45. I would give them to my elderly neighbor whom I help out as she is alone and loves plants and flowers of all kinds!

  46. I would give this to my friend and neighbor Anna who is 94 years old. She is such a dear and still goes out walking every day.

  47. I would give this to my niece. She loves plants and flowers and she is very special to me

  48. My mom, who fell and broke her pelvis Christmas Day and is still not up and about, and my sister who is going through some particularly hard times. And I would even

  49. I would give it to my husband who has a great green thumb! He lives plants and gardening and would very much appreciate this… Plus his birthday is coming up in march!

  50. I would probably give them to my daughter’s kindergarten teacher. SHe deserves a pretty addition to her day!

  51. I would give them to my UMW church friends. I’ve had a lot of health issues recently and they gifted me with a beautiful lap quilt. What a wonderful way to Pay Forward this would be.

  52. This is a really pretty idea. The containers are perfect, and as much as I’d like to keep one, I’d actually give it to my neighbor. She made us a pound cake, and I’d love to return the favor.

  53. I would give some to my friend Janet who is just starting another type of chemo…they would make her smile!

  54. Some ladies at my church would love these!

  55. I would give them to my mom- she loves flowers and gardening!

    [email protected]

  56. I’d probably give it to my boss, I am always looking for little things to show her how much I appreciate her choosing me to be her assistant.


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