Monday, December 11, 2017

Christmas Gift Ideas for Gardeners and Garden Lovers

Two weeks until Christmas!  To some of you it might seem a little bit strange to be thinking about the garden at Christmas time, but there is never a bad time for gardening gifts. Here, it's summer and prime time for enjoying the garden, but even in the dark of winter I'm always dreaming and scheming of the growing seasons ahead. We're lucky enough to be able to garden year round, but indoor gardening opens all seasons no matter what your weather.  If (like me) you and the elves still have some shopping to do, here's the 2017 edition of our holiday ideas with tips for the gardeners and garden lovers on your nice list.

Gardeners are always dreaming of someday gardens and looking for new ideas, inspiration, and techniques to try, so a magazine or book can be a great gift idea. There is no need to limit yourself to just to the growing in the garden either, with garden-related books on DIY, crafts, recipes, preserving, and more. With magazines, magazine subscriptions, and books to choose from there are plenty of options and prices range from easy stocking stuffer to larger gifts. Tip: If you are buying a gardening guide, make sure that it is for the gardener's home country/region, as growing and care advice can vary greatly for different hemispheres and climate regions.  If you know your gardener well, you might be able to buy a gift-certificate for a local class or event that you know they'll be available for and want to attend.  Careful - these sorts of scheduling things can be tricky, so are best kept between besties (or drop your own hints...hehe...). You can also look at online options for perhaps a little less personalisation but more flexibility.

If you can, take a peek or snoop for clues about what your gardener might need or need to replace.  I'll often drop some major hints before the holidays (hehe) but if you're in stealth mode, tools that are well-worn and approaching failure are a great indicator.  Has your gardener been grizzling about a tricky problem or pet peeve?  Look for a product, tool, or reference to help. You'd be amazed what little gadgets are on the market.  The best recent addition to my strange garden bits-and-bobs was a garden stake pointer. It's basically a giant drill-mounted pencil sharpener for re-pointing or making garden stakes. Not able to hunt for intel?  Even with care, some items like garden gloves still have a finite lifespan when regularly used so a spare pair never goes astray, at least around here!  

A beautiful upgrade for common-use items or a specialist garden product can be a real treat, and who doesn't love being able to leave a few tools and materials out in sight without things looking like a total wreck? My favourite new addition to my stash are my bonsai style florist's scissors.  I've also received some nifty garden tech gadgets over the years, from water monitors to weather stations, but it's best to know your recipient very well before picking out a gift like that to make sure it's something they will use and appreciate.  You can even shout them a cool garden app or two!  My other half was eyeing weeding robots and lawnmowers on the internet recently, but we wouldn't be seriously looking at anything like that in our current home - it's heritage-style terraced gardens are definitely not made for automation. Maybe at the new house. :)

The tools aren't the only thing that might benefit from an upgrade or a refresh.  If you're like me, garden clothes and boots tend to be worn into oblivion and beyond.  My slip-on waterproof garden boots are particularly trashed at them moment and long overdue for a replacement.  Help your gardener snip and dig in style, with practical but attractive hard-working garden gear.  

Living gifts are also great for gardeners, whether for indoors or (if your climate and timing allow) outdoors. Seeds, bulbs, and planting supplies are handy ideas too.  Some gardeners are short on space or following specific landscaping plans, so tailor the gift carefully and it's best to avoid anything that will grow to demand lots of space, unless it is a wish-list gift.  Annuals and edibles are much easier to accommodate in the garden, or you can give the gift of options with a gift voucher to a local nursery or seed supplier.

What are you favourite garden gift ideas, whether to give or to receive?  Santa and his helpers are always looking for fresh new gift ideas and inspiration, so please leave a comment for us and our readers.

1 comment:

  1. Clearly Santa's helpers were reading the blog as my own Christmas pressies this year included new garden gloves, kitchen herb scissors to replace my kinda-broken-but-still-using pair, a hose nozzle (feel the love!), and other garden goodies. :)


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