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Gifts for Gardeners - Useful Gift Ideas for the Garden

Updated on April 20, 2010

Gardening Gifts

There are many different gifts that you can give an avid gardener, and they can range from a simple seed assortment to a large gift basket. You'll want to sit down and really think about what you want to purchase before you make your decision, but in all reality any gardener will love anything that can be used in or around the garden.

Depending on the skill level, age, and overall affinity for gardening, you'll find that there are many different options.

Common gift choices for gardeners include:

  • Gardening books
  • Gardening gloves
  • Gardening tools
  • Plant and flower seeds
  • Flower pots (indoor and/or outdoor)

Gardening Gloves and Tools

When gardening, it is very important to have proper gardening gloves and tools.

You'll find that gloves are indispensable, and true gardeners will actually go through gloves like crazy. Gloves can easily be torn, and thinned out over time and washing, which is why a new pair of gardening gloves or even a few pairs of gloves make great gifts for gardeners.

As for tools, gardeners always need tools, whether the large shovel, hoe, and digger, or miniature spades, weeders, and forks. You can find cheap sets of gardening tools that make great gifts. In some cases, you may even be able to find a matching set of tools and gloves. Look for sturdy tools that have wood or metal handles; sometimes the solid plastic tools can be sturdy, all depending on how they are made.

Gardening Gift Basket

If you can't think of anything to buy for your gardener, gift baskets are always a great way to go. There are different types of gardening gift baskets that you can choose from. The below gift baskets can be for anyone (even though they do say "for mom" or "for her"), but if you're still not thrilled about buying a gardening gift basket for your dad or younger brother, you can purchase other gift baskets that are geared for gardeners.

Or, you can make a gift basket with gardening supplies and products. Homemade gift baskets are a great idea because you can include personalized and hand picked items that the recipient will love. If you decide to make a gift basket instead of buy a pre-made gift basket, try to include some of the following products.

  • Gardening gloves
  • Hand repair lotion
  • Kneeling pad
  • Miniature tools
  • Misting bottle
  • Seeds
  • Snacks
  • Tea

Gardener Gift Tote
Gardener Gift Tote

Includes 5 mini-tools (trowel, 2 shovels, 2 shears), Appalachian Trail Snack Mix, Chipotle Almonds, a tin of Mixed Fruit Candy, Zesty Cheddar Thins, individually-wrapped Chocolate Caramels, Fairway Blend Coffee, Cinnamon Cookies, Green Tea, Key Lime Smoothie Mix, and Sparkling Apple Cider


Gardening Books

There are many gardening books that can be enjoyed by beginner and experienced gardeners. When looking for garden books, you'll definitely want to browse the summary to make sure that you're not buying a book that is written for beginner and novice gardeners, when you are looking for a gift for an expert gardener; vice versa, you don't want to get too advanced for a beginner.

But, there are many different types of gardening books that you can choose from, ranging from fruits and vegetables, plants and flowers, locales, organic gardening, landscaping, and everything in-between.

There are many options to choose from, and the price doesn't have to be extreme. Typically books will vary from about $9.99 to $29.99.

Hardback books are more expensive, so if you're on a budget, see if the book comes in a paperback version. You may want to consider a lightly used book over a new book, or just consider the shopping source, as some stores are cheaper. is a great place to purchase books, as they generally have some of the cheapest prices and the widest variety.

Seeds and Kits

You can purchase bulk seeds and many different types of seeds for a gardener who prefers to start from scratch. There are so many options ranging from vegetables, fruits, plants, flowers, herbs, and others. You may have to do a little research when buying just seeds to make sure that the flowers are compatible with the locale. You'll also want to make sure that you know what your gardener likes and prefers; you don't want to package up sunflower seeds, if the gardener finds sunflowers gaudy.

Seed kits are great for beginners and children who want to start a garden. Just like regular packs of seeds, you can purchase kits with a variety of different seeds. Most of the garden seed kits are going to be herbs, but you can find a few that contain vegetables (like tomatoes and beans) or flowers (sunflowers being the most popular).

If you decide to buy just seeds, you'll find single packs can be pretty cheap, so you may want to buy several different types of seeds. The kits can range from about $10 to over $20, depending on how large the seed kit is and what all it includes.

Gardening Tool Tote and Tool Rack

Tote bags are great all over the place, and when in the garden, you don't want to get up and go to the house or shed to get your spade because you forgot it. The gardening tote gives compartments for many miniature tools, gloves, and any accessory that you may need.

Garden bags are great organizational tools for any gardener. They are very much a convenience to have on hand when you plan on spending the day working in the garden.

There are many different sizes and styles of gardening totes, but you'll find that they range from about $15 to over $50.

The tool racks are great for the shed. They will keep any gardener's shovel, rack, fork, hoe, and other tools organized, preventing them from floating around the shed or carport. They range from small to large racks with different compartments and sections.

The garden tool rack organizers generally cost about $15 to $60.


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      Georgina Crawford 

      8 years ago from Dartmoor

      Great hub. I'm a big fan of gardening gifts!


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