Are you searching for that perfect gift for the gardener in your life? I’ve put together a short Holiday Gift Guide to help. Below, you will find a dozen great gift ideas for gardeners. We have included something awesome for every gardener—young or old, male or female, beginner or master.
(Feel free to share with your loved ones if YOU are the gardener and they need hints! 😉 )
No corny gadgets or flimsy knock-offs. I’ve picked useful, thoughtful, and high-quality products that gardeners will enjoy and use often.
These are things that Amy and I use daily on our farm or products from our personal “wishlists” that come highly recommended by our gardener friends. Here we go…
Twelve Great Gift Ideas for Gardeners
1. Muck Boots
(Price $40 – $150)
There is no better garden gear than a reliable pair of work shoes. And that is just what muck boots are.
This is tops on my wish list this Christmas. (Mom, if you are reading this, Original Scrub Boot*, size 13, would be great!)
Amy has a pair of The Original Muck Boots Daily Garden Shoe*, which are a low-cut version, and she wears them for everything done outside. They are comfortable, durable, waterproof, clean up easily, and are easy to slip on and off as you go in and out of the house. They’re insulated, so they work well in winter, too.
2. Nitrile Gloves
(Price $3 – $10 per pair)
I used to insist on wearing leather gloves in the garden or no gloves at all. Leather is durable, but not so good for delicate garden chores like transplanting tomato seedlings.
A friend suggested nitrile gloves.
“Nitrile gloves?” I asked. “Those blue gloves doctors wear? Why would I wear those in the garden? They’ll rip.”
“No,” he said. “Nitrile-covered garden gloves. They’re great.”
Now, nitrile gloves are my favorite kind for the garden. They fit like a second skin, yet they’re almost as tough as leather. They are made of a breathable nylon with the palm and fingers coated with nitrile—a tough, yet thin and flexible material that can withstand most punctures (not thorns though…nothing’s perfect).
They are perfect for delicate transplanting, weeding, and harvesting, and can take on crude jobs like digging and hoeing. They’re lightweight, breathable, and, best of all, machine washable. (Goodbye, poison ivy oil!)
I have several pairs so I always have a fresh pair ready to go when its time to garden.
3. Felco Pruners
(Price $45 – $65)
Really well-made tools are hard to find these days. “They don’t make ’em like they used to” applies to many industries, including toolmaking. When you do find a well-made tool, it is often way out of your budget.
That is not the case with Felco manual pruners. They are a solid workhorse tool that is reasonably priced. Ask any gardener that owns a pair of Felco pruners, and chances are, they will tell you it is their most reliable garden tool.
One size doesn’t fit all, either. Felco has a model for any size hand, even models designed for lefties!
And Felco stands behind their tools. They’re Swiss-made with a lifetime guarantee, and all parts are replaceable. Felco pruners are truly worth the investment. And they make a super nice stocking stuffer!
- We use the F-2 Classic Pruner*.
- Are you a lefty? The F-9 Classic Pruner* is made for you.
- Have smaller hands? Try the F-12 Classic Pruner*.
4. Corona Folding Saw
(Price $15 – $25)
We love our Corona 7″ folding pruning saw*. It’s compact and lightweight, yet can cut backyard branches easily. It has a latch blade lock—important to us since we always have little ones eager to help.
There are several Corona models (and sizes) available. The 7 inch (model 7041)* cuts small to medium branches and is perfect for most backyards gardeners. This is what we use. For larger branches, the 10 inch (model 7265)* is the next size up.
Corona has a lifetime warranty and the blades are replaceable.
Other brands of folding saws like Silky and Felco also have favorable reviews. Our recommendation, however, goes to the Corona because we’ve found it to be reliable and affordable. You can’t go wrong with this saw. It will fit easily in back pocket or a stocking. 🙂
5. Hori Hori Knife
A friend of mine brags about how handy his Hori Hori multi-use knife is in the garden.
I’ve never used one though, and it is hard for me to recommend a product that I haven’t tried. But I am going to go out on a limb on this one.
Why? First, because I think it would be a really useful tool. Second, because it would be a great (yet, not your average) gift. Third, I really, really want one myself!
The one I have my heart set on is the Barebones™ Hori Hori. This Japanese inspired multi-tool can be used for digging, weeding, cutting, and transplanting. The double-edged galvanized blade is sharpened on one side, serrated on the other, and has inch markings etched in to help with measuring plant depth. The handle is made of bamboo and has a pommel on the end for pounding in stakes. If that isn’t enough, it also has a bottle opener, which comes in handy at the end of long summer day of gardening.
Makes my Swiss Army knife seem boring.
The Barebones™ Hori Hori is sold by Gardener’s Supply with a 100% money-back guarantee (excluding shipping). This makes the risk (of recommending without trying it first) worth taking.
I have read countless reviews for Hori Hori knives. I chose the Barebones™ because it is well made and beautifully designed. Most of the other Hori Horis I found were cheap looking, boring, had no sheath, had plastic handles, or not backed with any sort of guarantee. The gift-set even comes with an elegant sheath and box for giving. Plus Barebones™ offers a manufacturer’s lifetime warranty. Win-Win!
I have asked Santa for one. I was really nice this year, so I’m hopeful.
6. “Soil Scoop” Trowel
The Soil Scoop Trowl is well-loved and well-used around our house. It’s the digger, the scooper, the furrow maker, and the mixer. Where standard trowels get bent, this trowel was accidentally run over by a lawnmower (yikes!) and came out hardly worse for the wear. The stainless steel blade won’t rust either.
It’s sharp enough to cut through soil and roots, but I do let the kids use this in the garden with some supervision. I like how they dig with the tip down, pulling it toward themselves, instead of the flipping up (and into eyes) motion that seems to happen with other hand trowels.
7. Harvest Basket
Every gardener (and cook) loves fresh bounty from the garden. But how often do your beautiful fresh veggies get picked into a container designed specifically for garden harvest?
Most of the time, we use 5 gallon plastic buckets or tattered old woven baskets that are incredibly hard to clean. Yuk!
Not anymore. Next spring we will be harvesting in a metal harvest basket from Grow Organic. Sturdy, attractive, and crafted specifically for garden harvesting. I think the best feature is that the veggies can be washed and drained directly in the basket. Yay!
8. Your Very Own Bees
You probably know all about the decline of pollinators like honey bees and what it could mean to our food supply. Many are turning to an alternative pollinators—the mason bee and the leafcutter bee. You might call these native bees the unsung heroes of pollinators.
How about raising some in your backyard?
Crown Bees, one of our favorite companies, explains the value of the increasingly popular mason bee.
Get a gardener started raising native solitary bees with this spring starter kit. It comes complete with a BeeHut house, tubes, all the necessary accessories, instructional book, and of course, mason bee cocoons, which will be sent (separately) to your home in spring.
This is a great gift idea for gardeners and bee enthusiasts who want to increase spring pollination.
9. Gift of Wildlife
If a gift of bees isn’t for you, how about adopting a bee or butterfly instead?
You can support the World Wildlife Federation and their conservation work around the world, which includes saving bees and butterflies, by gifting an Adoption Kit.
With the $55 Adoption Kit, your recipient gets all of these goodies:
- Soft plush version of your adopted animal (for age 3 and up)
- 5″ x 7″ formal adoption certificate
- 5″ x 7″ full-color photo of your species
- Species spotlight card, full of fascinating information about the animal
- Free priority shipping
- Personalized acknowledgment letter to your gift recipient.
10. Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture
Gaia’s Garden* is our all-time favorite gardening book. If you have been following our blog, you know we refer to it often.
And for good reason. For us, it is more than just a book. It has become an essential gardening tool.
It provides us with a template in which to design our land and garden systems. I never thought about all the relationships present in a garden patch and how important each of those relationships are until I read Gaia’s Garden. The idea of working with nature (instead of seeing weeds and bugs as enemies) was truly eye-opening for me.
There are lots of great books about permaculture, but Gaia’s Garden tops my list. If I were to recommend only one book to any gardener, at any stage in their journey, this would be it.
(Price: Individual packets start at $2.50; most collections range from $11 – $20)
A great many of the seeds sown in our gardens come from Sow True Seeds. Their seeds are open-pollinated, non-hybrid, and GMO-free. They feature heirloom, organic, and traditional varieties.
For us, it’s nice because they are a local company based in Asheville, North Carolina. Their seeds and other products can also be ordered online and sent to your home.
They have some pretty nifty gift collections, which I recommend:
12. Paperwhite Bulbs
(Price: Start at $8 for 5 bulbs)
Paperwhite bulbs are one of Amy’s favorite plants for winter. Here’s what she has to say about them:
“I love how paperwhite bulbs bring a little cheerful green inside during winter. I like to grow them in clear vases with stones so that the kids can watch their roots reach down into the water. They can get a little top heavy, so be sure you use a tall, heavy vase or be ready to provide a little extra support.
“One other word of caution: some people do not like the smell of paperwhites. I love the fragrance. It brings back fond childhood memories of my grandmother’s forced bulbs blooming in winter.”
Now, we’d love to hear from you!