The tropical bulbs in the Hippeastrum genus are more commonly known as “amaryllis,” and they’re a popular holiday houseplant choice.
They’re generally sold as kits (a bulb, a pot, and some potting soil) this time of year, making them perfect for wrapping. The bulbs in the box are dormant, after being watered they will produce an exotic bloom that rivals anything you’ve seen before.
Online florists and merchants sell some impressive varieties that are already potted and growing to make things easier for the first time grower. (3-in-1 Medley Amaryllis, $49)