Ever give a plant to a friend only to find out it didn’t even make it through the month? Ever say to yourself, "I’m never doing that again?" Yeah, same. To be fair to all parties involved, though, the fault in this case lies neither with the intention of the gift nor the receiver—just perhaps the choice of plant.
Houseplants are, in fact, a great gift idea. They can help brighten up a room, purify the air in your home, and vastly improve your emotional well-being by improving focus, lowering anxiety, and increasing productivity. They can also, however, be tricky to give to someone. There's so much to consider—light in their home, gaps in their schedule for plant care, and personal taste.