Christmas gift ideas for the gardener in your life
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Christmas is creeping upon us once again and you may be racking your brains about what to buy your nearest and dearest, or possibly trying to think of ideas to ask Santa for / strongly hint to your significant other for yourself. We all want to avoid giving and receiving gifts that we or the other person doesn’t want. Unwanted gifts become a burden on the receiver, are an incredible waste of money and waste of resources in general. This is something we should be striving to avoid at all costs.
For this reason, I thought it could be a good idea to compile a list of gift ideas for the gardener in your life, so hopefully you can buy them something that they truly love. I have tried to include ideas for all budgets, so you find something within your budget that you know that they will love.
The Rose Press Garden Flower Seed Subscription
Instead of buying someone flowers that die within a week, why not buy them the ability to grow their own? The Rose Press Garden do monthly flower seed subscription boxes, full of beautifully selected seeds by the owner, Lizzie. This takes the headache out of planning what to plant for a beautiful garden. Seeds arrive at a time when it is good to sow them. They also come beautifully presented in a box with full instructions.
You can subscribe or buy 3 month or 6 month subscriptions for gifts too. If you’re working on a smaller budget, there is the option to pick’n’mix your own box and card as a one off gift, or you could buy their Secret Santa gift.
I have previously been gifted products from The Rose Press Garden but this post is in no way affiliated with them.
Back Yard Designs Seed Box
I treated myself to a large seedbox from Back Yard Designs and I absolutely love it. You can choose from two designs, floral or vegetable. You can add any text you desire to be engraved and give a gift that is really personal. For smaller budget gifts, they also do personally engraved gardening journals.
The king (or queen) of multifunctional tools. A hori-hori has so many uses in the garden. From cutting twine, keeping your edges neat, planting and weeding. I find mine particularly useful for removing perennial weed roots and cutting in the edges of grassy paths. This* is the Hori Hori that I have, and it is a fantastic price too. Make sure to buy one that has a serrated edge on one side. Not all Hori Hori’s are created equal!
This best weeding tool in the game. Easily cutting weeds from the roots, and because it is a hand tool you can easily use it between your plants. Since having this I have become so much quicker at weeding my plot. Beware that there are left and right handed options for this. This brand* is the crème de la crème when it comes to razor hoes.
A nice pair of wellies
Wellies are a much needed investment for gardeners, particularly during the winter months. If you’re looking for a pair that you can wear year round, a shorter pair may be better. You can spend as much or as little as you want on a pair of wellies, but a nicer pair will help you feel a little more put together than the clunky ones you may find at a garden centre. Boots like these ones* would be perfect for year round gardening.
Good quality hand cream
Gardening during the winter months can leave your hands prone to becoming very dry. A good quality hand cream that smells nice can be a greatly appreciated luxury when returning home from the garden. Something like this one* would be such a treat, and oh so needed.
Leading on from keeping hands nice and soft, a nice pair of gardening gloves would be a great gift idea too. I find that gardening gloves can often be quite ugly and garish, but these tweed ones here* actually look good, too. Perfect for those who want to garden and still look good, too.
These look SO useful for keeping all your tools to hand (and not losing them whilst gardening). I like the look of this one, and you can get 10% off with the code ‘KGBK10’** until the end of November. Subpod are also increasing their prices at the end of the month, so now really is the time to buy if you want to buy something from them.
Treat someone you love to the Mulberry bag of watering cans for Christmas. This beautiful copper watering can* is the perfect gift to show someone you love them. Who needs jewellery or handbags, eh?
If they don’t already have a beautiful harvest basket, then this is such a great gift to give to someone who grows their own food. Particularly those who have an allotment. Harvest baskets are much better than just stuffing your vegetables in a bag because it reduces the chance of the produce at the bottom getting crushed. Plus, they can be so beautiful. I have one in medium and large (and it’s not uncommon to fill both at the same time!). I love my wicker harvest baskets, I have this one in both medium* and large*. They also sell a trio pack* of different sizes which could be a great gift.
Something for wildlife
As gardeners we want to encourage as much wildlife into our garden as possible. Giving someone a gift such as a bird box*, pollinator house* or a hedgehog hut* is such a thoughtful gift that is great for local wildlife too.