Christmas presents for gardeners

Posted on Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

With the festive season looming I thought it might be useful to have a shop around to find some good gift suggestions for the gardener in your life (or, more to the point, for you gardeners to ask your nearest and dearest to buy you!). So here are a few ideas, from some great quality gardening basics to inessentials that are just a bit fun!

Genuinely useful gardening gifts

  • Kew Royal Botanic Gardens have a range of practical garden equipment made that little bit special by being adorned with a suitably regal crown. We particularly love the garden line, an ideal gift for allotmenteers and other veg growers. It can be purchased on the Kew Gardens website.
  • Garden lovers with balconies, or decking with railings, will go potty (pun intended!) for handy containers which slot over the railing and allow plants to adorn this usually dull spot. The balcony pots are available from Crocus in black, green, white or fuchsia pink.
  • Another useful buy from Crocus is their windfall apple collector. If the gardener in your life has an apple tree you’ll be all too familiar with the autumnal chore of clearing windfall apples (worsened, in our case, by the need to get to them before our greedy labrador eats too many!). This cunning device is wheeled along and scoops up fallen apples as it goes, without causing additional bruising. Saves all that back ache!
  • Plant labels are one of those things that you can never have enough of, and we all hanker after those beautiful slate labels we see in the veg patches of formal gardens. You can now get the style of slate with an environmentally friendly solution thanks to plant markers made out of recycled coffee cups. They are available through The Worm That Turned’s website.
  • Hand creams are a bit of a ‘cliche’ present for gardeners, but the Crabtree and Evelyn Gardeners’ Hand Therapy hand cream is truly a treat for tired gardening hands.

Whimsy

  • Non breakable mugs are always handy in the garden and this one, available from The Worm That Turned, offers extra encouragement to fruit and veg growers with its World War II style ‘Dig For Victory’ message.
  • Greenfingers have a range of cute ceramic ladybirds available in two sizes which are bound to bring a smile to the face of anyone who spots them peaking out from under a plant.
  • As lawn mowing doesn’t just happen on warm summer days, a woolly hat might be the perfect gift for the mower in your family. It’s made extra special by ‘The Lawn Ranger’ cartoon decorating it. It’s available from Smart Gift Solutions.

For children

  • Briers have brought out a range of children’s garden clothing based on the ‘Gruffalo’ book and film. The range includes fleeces, macs, gardening gloves and snug boot warmers. You can buy it via the Briers website.
  • Most kids love attracting birds to the garden, and a new kit available through the Not On The High Street website enables them to make their own feeder for apples. The kit is for a wooden apply holder which can be decorated as required.
  • The creative theme is continued with the ‘paint your own gnome’ kit, which provides a gnome along with a variety of paints to decorate it. The paints aren’t weather proof, so you’d need to varnish it if you want to put the final article out in the garden. It’s available via Amazon.