Where to shop local this holiday season in Mass.

“In South Boston, an artist turned plant specialist says Micro Plant Studio carries gifts for everyone – including those who think they don’t have a green thumb. Owner of Micro Plant Studio, Julio Cesar Roman, says tending to plants can nurture and heal a person.

“ ‘When I saw this little tiny thing, being able to grow, it gives me a sense of optimism,’ ” said Roman.

The studio offers a wide array of plants, unique 3D-printed vases, and home decor. The shop also specializes in flower arranging and design displays for corporate and gala events. All of this is fulfilling work, says Roman. He believes plants are one way to “gift up” your spirits.”