Gifts for the Gardener in Your Life

The gardeners I know prefer to receive down-to-earth gifts that help save time and effort in the garden, like this basket designed for gardening fun.

Gifts for Gardeners blogIt’s December 1 and time to start thinking about what will warm your gardener’s heart this holiday season. Garden centers, gardening catalogs and web sites  (like aHa! Modern Living) are loaded with gardening gear and gadgets sure to please the gardener in your life.

Need some ideas?

Every gardener I know appreciates high-quality garden tools that will hold up under the toughest gardening chores. Stainless steel tools with hardwood handles are guaranteed to last for many seasons, as are trowels made of a single blade and shank.

Electric hedge trimmers, chipper/shredders and tillers are thoughtful additions to the wish list. Combination tools, like a knife and trowel, simplify transplanting and weeding tasks.

Another sure hit is a basket, window box, planter or lightweight lawn cart filled with gardening goodies. You can include an assortment of good-fitting gloves in different colors, coatings and arm lengths. Pamper tired gardening hands with herb-scented creams designed to soothe chapped or sunburned skin.

A gardening book (like The Colorado Gardener’s Companion), subscription to a gardening magazine (like Zone 4 Magazine) or a specialty gardening DVD are also creative additions.

Help your gardener start the season sooner by making it easier to propagate new plants from seeds and cuttings. Warming mats, grow light kits or a professional seed starting system make winter weather seem less frightful.

Seeds can be started with a windowsill kit or in an electric propagator. A tabletop model or a cart with shelves makes year-round gardening possible. Add packets of seeds as a stocking stuffer so your gardener can get planting right away.

Help reduce wear and tear on knees and backs with a new approach to seating and weeding. A wearable gardening stool looks strange, but is an innovative design for picking and planting.

Long-handled tools, like tree pruners or grass shears, take less effort when gardening while standing up; telescoping tools easily adjust to the right length for gardening while seated. Ergonomic cultivators and weeders reduce stress on wrists and joints.

Create a relaxing retreat by giving your gardener a place to sit and watch the garden grow. A comfy lounger with weatherproof cushions or an old-fashioned hammock make a perfect place to unwind after a day of weeding.

Fill the retreat with garden accents like a gazing ball, ornamental rock, water feature, statue or colorful garden lights. Easy-to-assemble arbors and trellises help create a secluded spot in an instant.

Perhaps you’d prefer to give your gardener something more personal. If that’s the case, give the gift of yourself. Just create a booklet of coupons promising to help with all the gardening chores next season. That’s sure to brighten any gardener’s holiday.

What would you add to a gardener’s wish list?


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What great suggestions! As a landscape designer, I look to these ideas as what to get for gifts for my clients. Thanks for some great ones! Kathy Brooks

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