Another holiday shopping season is upon us, bringing the age-old dilemma of deciding what to buy that special someone who loves gardening.
What Do you Get the Gardener Who Has Everything?
The easiest thing that comes to mind is a nice gift card to the local garden center. Every gardener will be buying seeds and fertilizer for the spring crop, so a gift card might come in handy. Some tools need replacing, too, and maybe a few other necessities and gadgets.
It might behoove you to check out the tool shed to see if a hoe, rake, or spade is in disrepair. This is the perfect time to give a new garden tool to replace the one with the handle held together by tape or nails or broken off so short that only your 3-year-old grandson could use it.
There are all types of weeding gadgets on the market, too. And various three-piece hand tool sets normally include a trowel, garden fork, and cultivator. And what about personal protection gear, such as a new pair of gloves or a pair of coveralls? What about a wide-brimmed hat or one with a covering attached to protect the ears and neck? This keeps your special gardener from being exposed to too much sunshine.
What About Something to Make Gardening More Ergonomic?
A nice set of kneepads, a kneeling pad or a gardening tool all are useful for any of that close-to-the-ground work. One gardening tool is made to wear. It attaches to the gardener with a harness and allows hands-free movement around the garden. Coil spring on the bottom cushions the seat and allows the gardener to plop down just about anywhere.
Inevitably, dry weather will return, so how about a new garden hose or sprinkler? Kits are available for less than $100 to set up drip irrigation in the garden. Drip irrigation is more efficient. It helps reduce diseases by keeping the foliage dry while providing moisture right at the soil surface.
Getting the perfect gardening gift is never easy, as you try to capture the ideal blend of consideration and practicality in one item. And, of course, just as there are no two equal gardens, there are also no two gardeners.
To help guide you on the right path, we have prepared a definitive list of ideas for gardening gifts. We organized the guide into useful sections for products such as garden books and clothing, as well as gardening styles, as gifts for vegetable growers and environmentally-friendly gardeners. Check out our carefully selected selection of the best traditional and unusual gifts for gardeners and we help you find the right gift.
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The Best 19 Gardening gifts Ideas and Tools
1. Personalized Gardening Gift Guide Roo Garden Apron
For an individual touch, this Non-High Street Garden Apron can be personalized with Mom, Grandma, or any other chosen name. Made of indigo denim, the name is printed in gold and the front of the apron has four pockets, convenient for storing coins and pieces while working in the garden.
2. Hunter Women’s Original Tall Hunter Green Rain Boots
Suitable for all genres, these classic Hunter boots are an elegant statement for every gardener. Made of durable rubber and set with high traction tread, they must be reliable and resistant during damping days.
3. Failsworth Millinery Folder Panama Hat
4. Gifts for Wild Gardeners – FUNPENY Wooden Insect House, Insect Hotel for Butterfly, Bees, and Ladybugs
The FUNPENY Wooden Biome provides nesting tubes for solitary bees that, unlike honey and bumblebees, do not live in colonies. Since bees are so wonderful pollinators, encouraging them in your garden should help your flowers thrive, a great gift for flower lovers.
5. Hedgehog House for Garden Waterproof, Bark Roof Inclined Roof Pine with Bark
Hedgehog House Gift Guide Help someone special make your garden a hedgehog shelter with this wooden and bark house. The structure is a safe and comfortable place for hedgehogs to hibernate during the winter months. If you are looking for more gifts from nature, read our guide to the best hedgehog houses and the best bird feeders.
6. Gardening Gifts – Green Bat Seed Ball Wild Bird Feeder
These small spiritual seed balls were developed with the Natural History Museum to attract and support common garden bats. Contains seeds of a variety of flowers, the balls are peat-free with added chili powder to deter slugs.
7. RSPB Lodge Nest Box – Christmas Gifts for Gardens/Nest Boxes
This beautiful birdhouse has a classic green roof and would be elegant and discreet in any garden. A great choice for bird lovers, this birdhouse is particularly suitable for blue breasts, large breasts, and home-made sparrows.
8. Indoor Herb Garden Seed Starter Kit – Herbal Tea Growing Kits, Grow Medicinal Herbs Indoors
Beautiful gift box looking for a unique gift idea for a friend or family member difficult to buy? You will be proud to give our beautifully packaged seed starter kit. From our elegant wooden box to our unique jute pots, we’ve thought of everything you need to give the perfect gift.
9. ThermoPro TP63A Waterproof Indoor Outdoor Thermometer Digital Wireless Hygrometer Humidity Gauge
Equipped with Professional Grade Rechargeable Sensors, ThermoPro TP63A Wireless Indoor Thermometer provides accurate internal readings of outdoor temperature and humidity every 50 seconds up toat a distance of 60 m, which allows you to find out if any adjustments are needed for your home. Whatever the situation, the wireless hygrometer with backlight and touchscreen tells you what you need to know at a glance, all on a compact and captivating digital display.
10. Best Gloves: 12 Pair Small Leather Work Gloves. Durable Cowhide Leather
Gloves An obvious gift, but the great gardening gift should be a pair of gloves. However, you want to find the right gloves for your favorite gardener. There are a lot of cute options, with floral patterns or drawings, but functionality must also be there. These Leather Work Gloves are made from genuine leather with a suede finish and are specially designed to fit a woman’s hands. They offer dexterity, protection, and the two-inch sleeve prevents dirt from the outside.
11. BEST TOOLS SET: Best Choice Products 7-Piece Polyester Garden Tool Set w/Folding Stool/Tool Bag and 5 Stainless Steel Tools, Green
This lightweight garden stool has a built-in handle, making it easy to move from place to place. The best part, however, is that it comes with a removable storage bag with seven pockets, allowing the gardener to easily carry his supplies. It also comes with five basic tools including an eliminator, fork, trowel, cultivator, and transplanter, making it a great gift for someone who just started the garden or someone who needs to refresh their collection. It is perfect for anyone who has a lot of ground to cover.
11. Best Repellent: Gopher Repellent Ultrasonic Solar Powered 4 pcs
SOLAR SONIC SPICES REPETITIVE TOLE, ARDIMUNK, AND GOPHERS WITHOUT CHEMICAL OR POINTS. Our modern solar-powered ultrasonic repellent system effectively prevents pests from damaging your land and entering your lawn, yard, farm, or garden. They are a preventive method that also does not harm the environment.
12. Original Weader & Cultivator Garden Hand Tool – Rotary Cultivator Tool – 40” to 60” Telescoping Handle
Weeding is usually not high on a gardener’s favorite tasks list, but this tool makes weeding so easy that it can become a success. There are a lot of weeds on the market, but this one ranks well with gardeners. Its blade is described as a “steel nail”, and mercilessly shows weeds. From small surface weeds to troublesome weeds with deep roots, the remover pulls them out with little effort. The handle is made of recycled plastic and is ergonomic for the comfort and health of the hands and wrists of a gardener.
13. Best Notebook: Magazines for All Gardening Journal
Gardening Notebook is a journey often filled with many trials, errors and lessons learned along the way. This gardening journal is a great way to keep track of everything. Includes convenient sections to stay organized, such as a monthly planning checklist, shopping list, and grid plan. There are also journal pages to write down the plant name, cost, image, projected height and width, date, quantity planted, and much more. This is a useful way to look back and see what worked and what didn’t work and try to figure out how to improve progress. The journal measures 8.5″ x 11″ with 96 pages and a beautiful floral cover.
14. Best Tote: Gardener’s Puddle-Proof Tote Picnic at Ascot 341-FO Designed & Assembled in The USA 3 Stainless Steel Tools
Resistant to gardener puddles, whether you’re a gardener or you’re starting to think about planting your first seeds, this bag allows you to keep everything organized easily. The bag is made of canvas material, suede trim handles and the bottom is made of waterproof rubber. Besides, it is easy to keep gardening tools accessible, but safe. External pockets are equipped with elastic bands, so there is no fear that the precious tools of a gardener will slip. Gardening can dry anyone and the outer mesh pocket easily fits a water bottle.
15. Ralf Bamboo Gardener Socks – Super Soft and Comfortable No Show Bamboo
These super-soft socks are made from a blend of bamboo and organic cotton so they are environmentally friendly and breathable. Two pairs of socks with unique gardening patterns are included with a smart sock bag for presentation and storage.
16. Eco Wooden Plotter Paper 36 x 150
This solid oak paper potter allows you to make your own pots of seedlings from recycled newspapers. Pots are waste efficient and biodegradable, as well as they could be a great family activity, as they are suitable for children from the age of three.
17. Recycled Sack Plant Holders – Plant Stand for Indoor & Outdoor Pots
The upcycling of the recycled jute bag is an ecological and current trend, and these burlap stands are an excellent example of this. Handmade with recycled coffee bags, each one is unique to make a truly special gift for houseplant parents.
18. Topiary Pyramidal Frame – Arcadia Silk Plantation 2 Pre-potted 4 Feet
For gardeners who like to have their garden tidy and tidy or just go into a new pruning technique, this topiary frame is a must. Attached with pliers and dowels, it is the perfect removable mold for cutting shrubs and trees into shape.
19. Copper Indoor Watering – Achla Designs WC-17 Deco Copper Metal Watering Can Jug
Does Your Gardener Use Compost?
A plethora of composting aids is available, from simple wire mesh bins to polyurethane compost tumblers made from recycled plastic. There are collapsible bins, food composting containers, biodegradable composting bags, compost thermometers, choppers, turners, and even books on how to do it. Finally, consider a rain barrel to collect natural irrigation water, a garden cart for transport, or maybe some hand lotion for the end of the day. Don’t forget the post-harvest gifts, such as salad choppers, pressure canners, and freezer containers.
1. Paper Padding Gifts
The Gardener on Paper Perfect for organized gardeners, or those who could do with a little help, this planner helps to ensure that every date and occasion is memorized. The journal has a 54-week view, as well as additional space for taking notes. Paper has a wide range of custom designs and options, but “The Gardener” is our favorite for any green friend finger.
2. Sprouts Pencil, Original Spruce Edition
These remarkable Sprout pencils contain seeds in the pod at the end and can be planted once you have finished using them and will become a new plant. Especially for Christmas, Sprout has released a Christmas tree edition of pencils which means they will eventually grow on your own Christmas tree once planted.
3. Wildflower Seedbom Butterfly
Seedbom is biodegradable, which means you can throw them in the garden and they break down and leave only the seeds behind. There is a range of seed varieties available, including this wildflower blend designed to encourage butterflies in your garden. A great gift idea for small gardeners.
Multi Feeder Hanging Kit for Bird Watching
Water Plate This stylish water dish is a practical and attractive addition to your garden and provides a soothing space for nearby birds to hydrate. This is especially important for species that eat seeds that do not receive much moisture from their diet. The dish includes a sturdy metal hanger to hold it from a branch or where you want to hang it in your outdoor space.
Gardening Clothing Gifts – Polyurethane Coated Gardening Gloves
These gardening gloves extend beyond the wrist for added protection from spines and nettles and can be customized with up to 25 characters. An elegant way to weed and pruning fights a short version, with synthetic leather palms is also available, if you prefer.
AOKIWO Garden Tools Set – Personalized Garden Tool Belt
Keep hand tools, labels, and any other useful kit within reach with this handy tool belt. Adjustable easily crosses around the waist and features pockets of different sizes as well as a pencil holder. The belt can also be customized with up to eight characters to make it a truly unique and personal gift.
Esschert Design Giant Hedge Hog Boot Brush
Keep your wellness boots, walking boots, and outdoor shoes with this National Trust Cast Iron Boot Brush. With the help of the brush, you can knock down the worst in the mud by helping to limit cleaning when you return home.
Gifts That Feed A Grower’s Love
Sure, you could get your friends with green thumbs more plants, but they might not be the most meaningful gifts. Instead, try putting together a little package deal, perhaps a book and a plant. Or you can go for the gusto. Just about any plant that a gardener falls in love with probably has an organization of those similarly obsessed. Membership to such a group makes a great gift.
If frilly ferns spark her ardor, buy a membership to the American Fern Society. If roses float his boat, there’s the American Rose Society. Are orchids the source of their ardor? Join the American Orchid Society. Does she have a compulsion for cactus and succulents? You guessed it – the Cactus and Succulent Society of America. What if your gardener loves all plants? The American Horticultural Society should cover it. All of these societies offer regular publications along with membership. Some are a little esoteric, but others might be just what a jaded gardener wishes for.
Almost all of these plant societies walk the line between the hobby-grower and the scientist. This is because many of them also publish journals that offer a place where new botanical discoveries can be published, a necessary step in the naming of new species.
For example, the most recent issue of the Cactus and Succulent Journal, the cactus society’s quarterly, has an article on new Christmas cactus hybrids. You have to already be obsessed with these plants to enjoy that journal, which also comes with a newsletter called To the Point, which has information on buying seed and articles on growing different kinds of these plants. Some of these societies also have spectacular gardens that can be toured. The American Orchid Society maintains a public garden in Florida, and the American Rose Society has one in Louisiana.
The finest cactus and succulent collection in the country can be found at the Huntington Botanical Garden near Los Angeles. For palm enthusiasts, there is the Fairchild Botanical Garden in Coral Gables, Fla. Combine a membership with a gift plant or gift certificate from a mail-order nursery or a trip to a garden, and you’ll have only yourself to blame when your mate begins to toss out the furniture to make room for more plants.
Another thoughtful gift would be a membership to a local public garden, a gift certificate to the garden’s store, or a nursery. North Carolina is rich in public gardens, and many of them have special activities and plant-sale previews that are open only to members. Members also generally get advance notice of trips, tours, and classes. There are local plant societies as well. The Winston Salem Rose Society has an active membership. Bundling a gift certificate to a rose nursery and a membership to the society would make a nice gift. There’s also N.C. Bonsai Society, which meets at Miller Park.
Plenty of Great Holiday Gifts Available for Gardeners
The most useful gardening gifts that I received last Christmas were a kneeling pad and “Gloves in a Bottle.” Like many gardeners, I begin digging, planting, and pruning wearing a sturdy pair of garden gloves. But before 10 minutes have passed, the gloves are off. Most gardeners like the feel of the soil on their bare hands — a fact that might be good for the soul, but hard on the hands and nails.
Liquid “Gloves in a Bottle” forms on the outer layer of skin cells to protect against irritants and to prevent stains and odors from penetrating past the surface of the skin. It’s non-toxic and odor-free. I apply it like hand lotion and wash it off when I’ve finished gardening. It’s available locally.
When I plant, I kneel. That’s why my husband, Larry, scored big time with a super-soft knee cushion that is molded to fit and support the knees. It’s lightweight, is washable, and made of polyurethane. Larry found it in the Gardener’s Supply catalog. I’ve checked off a few more items in their holiday catalog that I’m wishing for this year. The garden rest stop for butterflies and dragonflies is a beautiful glass flower on a 360-inch spike that holds water. I placed it in the gardening gift near butterfly weed. I’d like more of their classy copper markers too. These come with a ballpoint pen that will engrave your plant’s pedigree permanently.
Gardeners Edge has the most unusual birdhouses I’ve ever seen. They are replicas of authentic hats, crafted of durable cold-cast porcelain and hand-painted. There are two styles, the “Lady Gardner” looks like a real straw hat, and the “Nostalgic Fisherman” hat is complete with flies. They are 14 inches in diameter, with a cleanout hole in the back, a drain hole, and a hanger baskets.
Gardeners Edge has a collection of insect repellent apparel that includes a “Butterfly Bandana,” a “Sun Bucket Hat” and a “Khaki Buzz Off” hat. All have insect repellent finish that repels flies, ticks, mosquitoes, chiggers, and midges. They’re odorless and the repellent lasts through 25 items of washing. Many greenhouse gardeners depend on Charley’s Greenhouse and gardening gift for supplies. They have a large selection of plant lights for those dark, gloomy days; exhaust fans, thermostats, and all manner of pots and trays.
And what does the greenhouse gardener do in the greenhouse in winter? We propagate. My holiday gift for myself is more Dip-n-Grow, an easy-rooting solution, and Snip n’ Dip, a professional rooting powder that comes in three strengths: easy to propagate, woody and semi-woody, and difficult. Also available is an organic seed starter that is guaranteed the highest germination and no damp-off — the killer disease that destroys young seedlings.
You don’t have to be a gardener to appreciate a gift of a flowering plant. There are many traditional holiday plants available locally or you can order them to be delivered. White Flower Farm has spring-flowering bulb collections in baskets that need only light, water, and warm temperatures to fill your room with the color and scent of narcissus, tulips, and hyacinths.
Sophisticated gardeners love unusual houseplants, especially to give as gifts. Look for odd-shaped cactus or succulents that will surprise the recipient with sudden summer flowering, or a clivia that will bloom in late winter. A friend who lives in an apartment or an assisted living home might appreciate a tabletop tree. There are rosemary plants shaped as trees at local gardening gift centers. You can decorate with lightweight decorations of tiny balls and a ribbon garland. Write a card with simple directions on how to care for the rosemary tree: “Make sure not to give the rosemary tree too much water. Allow to dry out between waterings. Do not feed your plant in winter.”
Gardening gift books are to gardeners as cookbooks are to cooks — you can’t have too many. Two that I’ve enjoyed this year are “Wild Orchids of South Carolina” by James Alexander Fowler (University of South Carolina Press), a truly beautiful book for orchid growers and nature lovers of all ages, and “Garden Perennials for the Coastal South” by Barbara J. Sullivan (University of North Carolina Press), with great photos and this section: “The Best and Worst Plants for Coastal Gardens.”