12 Dec GIFTS FOR THE GARDENER
However you typically celebrate the holidays, chances are good that it includes a bit of gift-giving. If you’ve got some gardeners on your list, I’ve got some great suggestions on what you can gift them — and while you’re at it, you should pick something up for yourself. After all, how can you possibly know how good those pruners are if you don’t try them out first?
1. Magazines & Books – I defy you to find a gardener who doesn’t like garden magazines or drool-worthy garden books. These publications are eye-candy and provide hours of inspiration for plant combinations, garden design, DIY projects, and how-to’s. Does the gardener on your list have a particular plant obsession like coleus, cacti, or ferns? Get them a book that focuses only on that one plant so they can expand their knowledge.
2. Garden Tools – Many people won’t buy themselves a really good pair of pruners because they can be a little pricey. But what a great gift to get someone something they won’t spring for themselves! Bypass hand pruners are my favorites, but don’t forget small bonsai clippers, water misters for houseplants, or a hand-forged trowel. Quality tools can be passed down to the next generation.
3. Gift Certificates/Cards – If the person is notoriously picky or you’re unsure of what they already have, consider a gift certificate or gift card to a seed company, specialty plant company, or a garden supply store. Now your aunt can order those iris bulbs she’s been eying forever.
4. Garden Art – Although art is typically a personal purchase, sometimes inspiration can take over. Think wind chimes, glass water floats, peace poles, and garden signs. For years, I coveted those “head planters” — you know, the ones where the top of the head is open for planting a fern that looks like hair? Deterred by the price tag, I was finally given a gift certificate at an upscale garden shop, and I bought one for myself. Best. Gift. Ever.
5. Garden Journal – So many garden journals, so little time. Look for a journal that mirrors the person’s personality — sentimental gardeners will love journals with garden quotes, while rugged types will cherish a leather-bound version and practical people will appreciate a spiral book with a laminated cover.