Thoughtful Gifts for Gardeners


2020 Holiday Gift Guide for Gardeners


Do you know someone who loves to garden? 

Chances are, you do. Whether it's growing flowers, food or a beautifully landscaped yard, gardening is a popular and very old pastime.


"To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow." - Audrey Hepburn


No matter what your gardener enjoys growing, you can support their growing hobby with gifts chosen especially for them. 

Combine gardening with a love of reading by gifting a beautifully-photographed wall calendar. Give the gift of learning with a garden planner or book. Wind chimes or a solar garden fountain combine whimsy and beauty with their favorite corner of the yard. 

Read on for gift ideas that are unusual and others that are practical. Never underestimate the value of a new garden tool to replace a worn-out item!

Gifts for Gardeners


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But honestly, most of these items are things I use myself and absolutely love! Some were gifts, some are treats that I bought for myself, and others are items I've gifted to others. I haven't been disappointed!


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Garden shoes


Sloggers are waterproof shoes you can wear in the garden and beyond. They'll protect your feet from puddles and mud, and are so easy to rinse off with a garden hose. In fact, Amazon calls them "rain footwear."


Sloggers garden shoes


I love my Sloggers low-top rubber shoes. I wear mine in the garden and the barnyard, and in all weather except deep snow, but they do make boots as well as shoes if your gardener deals with more snow than we do.

Sloggers come in many colors and patterns which you can see at the Amazon link here, or find cute chicken print Sloggers here at Tractor Supply. 

Mine are several years old and are still in excellent condition, unlike the cheap rubber boots I used to buy that never lasted through the winter. 


Gardening ebooks


Perhaps your gift recipient would be interested in my garden ebooks. Both are filled with helpful tips and inspiration, and are available in my Etsy shop.

Ebooks are easy to print out, add to a binder or a presentation folder, and offer as a tangible gift if you prefer. (This link is to a presentation folder at Amazon in case you aren't familiar with the item. Amazon only sells them in a pack of 12 though.)


How to Grow Vegetables and Herbs in a Shady Garden will help any gardener with a shady yard or just a shady corner. Includes lists of shade-tolerant vegetables and herbs as well as how to identify the best location for a garden, growing in containers, and boosting the sunlight in shady areas.

There's renewed interest in growing food at home these days. A backyard shaded by beautiful mature trees doesn't have to "stunt your growth."
 



The Down-to-Earth Guide to Composting for People Without a Science Degree will help any gardener begin and maintain a successful compost pile to amend and enrich their garden soil, whether you have clay or sandy soil or something in between. 

A gardener who can make their own rich garden amendments at home? Priceless!


Fun Things to Grow


This mushroom log will let your gardener (or cooking enthusiast) grow mushrooms at home. Add a book such as The Essential Guide to Cultivating Mushrooms for a well-rounded gift.



Garden Tools


Pruning Shears - Even the best shears and loppers and scissors will become dull over time, perhaps it's time to give your gardener a new pair?

I bought a pair of these Fiskars pruning shears two years ago and they are still my favorite "cutting tool" in the garden. They are definitely heavy duty enough to handle my rosebushes as well as the vegetable plants, and are easy on my hands. 




Rain gauge - I use a "redneck rain gauge" (ie, I look in the wheelbarrow or feed buckets and know that we had "a little" or "a whole lot" of rain), but real rain gauges come in a wide variety of sizes and features, are way more accurate than my redneck method, and many are less than $5. 

I recommend a plastic gauge rather than glass because, um, that's why I no longer have a real rain gauge.


A stable fork can pick up autumn leaves as well as stable "droppings."


This item isn't sold as a garden tool. Yes, I bought it to keep in my horse trailer to scoop "horse apples" when I'm away from home, but it's been a great tool in my garden too.

It's great for moving piles of raked-up fall leaves and even grass clippings, and useful when I turn the compost pile over (I use a pitchfork first, then finish up with the stable fork. It works best on light loads so don't expect it to replace your pitchfork). 

You can find a stable fork at Tractor Supply or other farm stores, saddle shops and some feed stores. 


Garden gloves


Garden gloves wear out quickly, as well as getting dirty fast - because we're digging in the dirt, right? Why not gift a pair of new gardening gloves.

I have strict requirements for my own gardening gloves: durable and sticker-resistant! Fabric gloves attract the awful stickers we have here in Oklahoma, and wisps of hay get stuck in woven fabrics. I need heavy-duty gloves that protect my hands.

So I've given up on the cotton gloves that always disappointed me in the past and have been using a pair of these bamboo garden gloves from Amazon. The medium size fits me just right.




They've lasted well in spite of how hard I require them to work. I've picked up prickly stems of comfrey as well as sticker-y weeds without getting poked, and my fingernails haven't poked a hole in the end of the fingers either. I think your gardener will love them too. 


Garden Seeds





Honestly, any gardener would love a gift certificate for seeds! You decide the amount and they decide what seeds they'd like to receive. They can choose flowers, vegetables, herbs... a new variety of tomatoes... whatever they would like to grow next season in their own garden. 

I recommend Mary's Heirloom Seeds. Mary sells organic, heirloom seeds which are better for our gardens, for our bodies and even for our wallets. Read why in this guest post by Mary.


If you'd prefer to choose the seeds for your favorite gardener, Mary also offers several seed collections, such as a pizza garden pack, pollinator collection, herb garden, edible flowers and more.





A few years ago a dear friend sent me a birthday card made with seed-embedded paper. I planted the paper and had beautiful zinnias blooming all summer long, then I saved the seeds from those flowers and have planted them each year since. Wouldn't a seed-embedded card be a fun gift?

You can find a variety of seed-embedded cards and card assortments as well as bookmarks, tags and more on Etsy (click here) and on Amazon (click here).


Garden Planning

"My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece." - Claude Monet


Calendars, planners and books




I do like a pretty calendar on the wall, but I like them even more for decoration than for writing on. I prefer using a weekly planner to keep my everyday notes and appointments. A pretty planner will encourage your homesteader to keep the pages turning and stay on top of record-keeping. This 2021 planner from Floret's Flower Farm is gorgeous.


The Family Garden Planner is a combination of weekly planner, garden journal and workbook.
Also pictured (on the left) is the author's gardening book The Family Garden Plan.


If you prefer your planner to be functional and even educational, check out The Family Garden Planner by Melissa K. Norris. A fifth-generation gardener, Melissa designed this all-in-one garden planner/weekly planner with helpful worksheets, expert advice and suggested weekly tasks to help your gardener have the best gardening year ever. 

I've treated myself to this planner for 2021 and am working my way through the worksheets in preparation for next garden season. The worksheets include finding your garden zone, identifying which crops you want to grow and how much you should plant. 

Made with the help of this planner, your personalized plan will help keep you on track all year and get the most out of your garden.

Melissa has also written a comprehensive gardening book on feeding your family from your garden. Although the book and planner are not a "set" they complement each other and work together as a wonderful resource. The Family Garden Plan book by Melissa K. Norris will help your gardener learn how to grow a more-productive garden all year round.




If calendars are more your thing - whether or not you write on them - Floret Farm also has a stunning 2021 wall calendar that will make your wall a focal point.


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Garden fun



I've put my birdbath away for the winter, 
so I filled a bucket with water to show you how well this solar fountain works.


Solar fountain - Water attracts all sorts of beneficial songbirds and pollinators to a garden, and moving water is even better, adding beauty of sight and sound to the most beautiful places in nature.

Moving water attracts birds and hummingbirds, and the soft sound of tinkling water is calming and tranquil.

This fountain is powered by the sun and adds motion and water spray to any container of water without needing a nearby electrical outlet or extension cord. 

Place this solar fountain from Amazon in a container of water such as a birdbath, decorative bowl or a small garden pond and watch as the sunshine powers the spray. There are four nozzles included so you can choose the height and spread of the spray pattern.



Can't think of the perfect gift for your simple-living or homesteading relative or friend? Here are 11 great suggestions.


Wind chimes are another gift that many gardeners - and even non-gardeners - will enjoy. Their gentle sound is restful and soothing, turning a breeze into music. 

From large wind chimes that make a statement both visually and musically to smaller accent pieces, you'll find a large assortment at Amazon or at your local garden center. Aluminum alloy chimes make the purest sound, but capiz shells and bamboo chimes make their own kind of music too.




Frog houses and other garden decorations - Frogs and toads are so beneficial in the garden and frog houses are easy to make (see this how-to from Gardening Know How), or you can buy one from Etsy or Amazon. I happen to think they're cute, and so is this frog statue at Amazon that will secretly hold your extra house key.




Jigsaw puzzles - If your gardener lives in a cold climate, winter is pretty much spent indoors. What do you do during those long evenings?

Amazon has a large selection of puzzles and many are garden designs: seed packets, a hummingbird gardenhouseplants and this farmhouse garden


Whatever your favorite gardener enjoys, I hope you've been inspired by this list of practical, functional and beautiful ideas.


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