Whether you consider gardening to be your calling in life or a simple hobby, or have a loved one who feels that way, you’ll no doubt find these gifts for gardeners appealing. Many gardeners look forward to receiving something useful as a holiday gift, although whimsical items might be appreciated as well. Here’s quick breakdown of some basic gift categories and ideas of things to look for in each:
This one is fairly obvious because most gardeners can use more tools! Look for matching sets of trowels and shovels, useful hand tool organizers, and even pairs of high quality gardening gloves. Of course, if you are exceptionally close to the gardener in your life and want to spend some money on them, consider things like tillers or harvesting equipment. Other pricier options consist of wall storage for large garden tools, entire sheds, and even lighting systems to help grow seeds prior to outdoor planting season. Like most things, the price range for gardening equipment varies quite a bit, so you can spend as little or as lot, depending on what your budget allows.
A quick search of Amazon pulls up a number of useful gardening books, including some on growing plants, starting compost piles, and canning everything that you’ve grown. Some suggestions include Edward C. Smith’s The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible, Mel Bartholomew’s All New Square Foot Gardening II, and Jennifer and Ron Kujawski’s The Week by Week Vegetable Gardener’s Handbook: Make the Most of Your Growing Season. However, there are many more to choose from, including gardening books for kids, for the young gardeners in your life. Thinking beyond this, you might want to consider purchasing a nice unlined notebook, a ruler, and some quality writing instruments for your gardener. They can be used to map out planting locations, take note of when things go into the ground, and even sketch out potential layouts. Or take notes on what they find in the books.
Whimsical Gardening Items
This category is pretty much a catch-all for everything from cute signs that have gardening slogans on them to decorative things that can be hung or placed in a garden. Cute stepping stones with sayings on them, metal ornaments attached to metal rods, and ceramic faces that attach to trees and peek over the edge of the trunks all fit in here. They can make a garden look cute and comfortable. Remember: just because a garden has whimsical details does not mean that it isn’t capable of producing enough fruits to vegetables to be self sufficient!
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