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Great Garden Gifts

Updated on June 8, 2011

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Regardless of the season and for whatever the reason if there is a gardener on your gift list there is a wide array of items that will please anyone. It does not matter what they grow or why, most gardeners’ appreciate gifts that recognize their passion.

Gardeners may only need a few things to tend to their plots but there is often so much more that they may want. I like dragonflies and last year just after a visit from my sister-in-law, one arrived all wrapped up. It sits in the backyard near the bird bath which could make another fine gift.

It odes not matter whether you make or buy the gift what really matters to the receiver is that you have shown an awareness of the activity that demands much of their time and interest.

Bird feeders and bird houses make ideal gifts for the person who enjoys gardening but also loves birds. The feeder brings year round activity to the yard.

If you get a feeder as a gift and do set it out, you have taken on the responsibility of making sure that it is full of bird seed, which could make another gift,. The birds that use the feeder will become dependant upon it and may go hungry if you neglect it and them.

If you are a handyperson and like to make yoru gifts there are plans available for both bird houses and feeders. You could create a design that matches the yard and the gardener who you are giving the gift.

The next item that I want for both the back and front yard, besides more plants, is solar lights to highlight the pathways at night. You need no batteries; do not plug into the grid but the lights, which come in a variety of shapes, sizes and light intensity will brighten that dark space.

Speaking of plants, they are ideal gifts for both the indoor and outdoor garden. However, you need to know what is already growing and what the gardener likes. This may be more of a concern for the indoor garden but space may be at a premium outdoors so do a little research first if you want to give a plant.

Seeds are another great gift and seeds that are saved from your own garden may be especially welcomed.

Tools are always useful and there are tools that are especially designed for people who may have a bad back or other difficulties digging, raking and so on. I like hand trowels and smaller tools that I can sue indoors or in the containers.

Garden apparel includes hats, shoes, shirts and so on, not for me but hey to each his-her own.

I am not that fond of garden gnomes but some do like them, find out first, I do like garden sculpture though, especially if it is designed by a regional craftsperson.

Buying a gift for the gardener is no different than buying a gift for anyone else. You need to know what they like and dislike, what they have and what they may want. Sometimes, a gift certificate from their favourite garden supply store or nursery may be the best gift that you can give.

dragonfly

This dragonfly was a gift from my sister-in-law, on a visit last year. BOb Ewing photo
This dragonfly was a gift from my sister-in-law, on a visit last year. BOb Ewing photo

birdhouse:make your own

bird feeders

I have 4 feeders in backyard- Bob Ewing photo
I have 4 feeders in backyard- Bob Ewing photo

plant stand

This was made by a friend just a few weeks ago. just needs a plant. Bob Ewing photo
This was made by a friend just a few weeks ago. just needs a plant. Bob Ewing photo

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  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    10 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome, I like the butterfly and dragonfly solar lights, thanks fort he comment.

  • mureksoy profile image

    mureksoy 

    10 years ago from Florida USA

    Thanks for the great info! I saw some really beautiful solar lights shaped like butterflies, hummingbirds and dragonflies that I think my kids will really like, and also a really cool copper rain chain on Amazon. I think that may be on the top of my garden wish list.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    10 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks C.S. Solar lights are next on my wish list.

  • C.S.Alexis profile image

    C.S.Alexis 

    10 years ago from NW Indiana

    Bob,

    This was a good idea for a hub! Most gardeners love to spice up the yard with outdoor decorations, it makes the garden more personal. Cool new tools are always welcome too. Thanks for sharing. C.S. Alexis

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