Gifts for Any Level Gardener
Do you know someone who finds endless satisfaction cultivating her garden or digging his arms elbow deep in dirt? Support those outdoor activities, think outside the box, and consider giving that person a gift to assist them with their hobby. A modern and functional tool to help when watering her beloved flowerbed, perhaps? Or how about an easy and fun kit to get him started growing vegetables along the kitchen window? (Hello, fresh salsa!) You could even opt for a gift that is a little less conventional (Like a high-tech, self-contained indoor garden—see on the next pages for more info on that). In their search for the perfect gardening gift options, our editors found an update for those well worn work gloves and a modernized version of that old and withering garden hose. Whether looking for something for the novice gardener or the expert horticulturist with a green thumb, one of these 10 editor-approved gifts is sure to delight. Find just the right thing for the small space dweller with an eye for greenery or the suburban farmer with room to spread out. No matter the season or the recipient’s experience level, these options will come in handy year round (and year after year). Who knows, you might even benefit and receive some homegrown blooms or freshly picked foods from their haul! Here, you’ll find a variety of gift options ranging from a sturdy acacia wood potting bench to a pair of tried and true work gloves. These are no garden variety gifts.
Sneeboer Garden Tool Maintenance Kit
Need a no-fail pick for a gardening aficionado who always seems to have just the right set of equipment stored in her potting shed? She’ll appreciate this tool care set to help her maintain that curated gardening-gear collection. The sophisticated packaging—a sustainably harvested birch box with a brass latch—will be her first clue that this kit is luxurious and high-end. It’s an all-star, all-in-one arsenal: a glass bottle of linseed oil plus polishing cloth to keep wood handles clean and conditioned; an ash-handled, brass bristle wire brush to whisk away dirt; and a durable, silicone-carbide stone sharpener that makes it easy to hone even the weightiest blades.
To buy: $68; shopterrain.com.
Grace Diamond Watering Can
A chic, contemporary pick for any type of aesthete, this form-blown, diamond-inspired gray watering can is the ultimate outdoor showpiece. (It will be a welcome upgrade to the strictly utilitarian watering cans most gardeners are puttering around with.) Not only is it fancy, but it’s ultra-functional too: Made of durable (and easy-to-wipe-clean) plastic, this vessel holds up to eight liters of water at a time. But let’s be honest: It’s the elegant design that makes it such a sure to please gift. With a sleek spout, faceted base, and rounded handle, this watering can is a gorgeously graphic addition to any gardener’s domain.
To buy: $110; jungleeny.com.
Salsa Grow Kit
Farm to table fans will get revved up about this six-piece seed set, which provides all that you need to grow your own makings for a flavor-filled salsa. The kit—in a recyclable egg carton—contains a packet of seeds for each ingredient: Roma tomatoes, jalepeÃ±os, cilantro, scallions, beefsteak tomatoes, and verde tomatillos. Included in the mix are planting instructions, plant stakes, and a pencil to keep track of the growing progress. Also available in a cocktail version (thyme, lavender, mint, blue borage, lemon balm, and Thai basil seeds) and in a veggie pizza grow kit (heirloom tomatoes, bell peppers, Italian parsley, Greek oregano, and sweet basil seeds). OlÃ©!
To buy: $12; uncommongoods.com.
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Dramm Premium 50-Foot-Rubber Garden Hose
Give your favorite gardening guru the Rolls Royce of rubber hoses: Molded from EPDM rubber, this 50 foot version with a 5/8 inch diameter coils easily and, says the company, it also resists kinking. Made by a quality, old-school manufacturer (in business since 1942), the hose can handle hot water up to 160 degrees Fahrenheit and features nickel plated brass couplings that are bound to stand up to heavy wear and tear. “Sure grip technology” makes it comfortable to hold, even for long periods at a time. Choose from the six colors of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple (berry).
To buy: $58; amazon.com.
Natural Wood Potting Bench
Every serious gardener needs a potting bench in his possession, and this 52-inch-high one (and 35 feet deep) is both great-looking and long-lasting. Made of durable acacia wood with a natural oil finish, the bench has a foldout surface with a sink to collect dirt and debris during the potting process. Cleanup is easy—just wipe it down with a damp cloth and then dry. And if your pal ever goes through a gardening hiatus, this bench will still be relevant—it can double as a functional piece in an outdoor entertaining space. (Stock it with spirits to use it as a bar or set it up as a console table for serving.)
To buy: $150; worldmarket.com.
Herb Planter with Scissors
This sleek ceramic pot provides the ideal spot for growing herbs indoors as the oblong construction allows it to fit nicely along a windowsill. The accompanying metal garden shears are contained within a designated slot at one end of the planter so they are always on hand to prune the plants or snip the herbs for a favorite recipe. Grow a trio of herbs (like basil, mint, and rosemary) to use for cocktails and cooking or fill it with your favorite variety to ensure that you always have plenty at the ready. Grow and enjoy!
To buy: $30; crateandbarrel.com.
Whether gifting these to a newbie gardener or a veteran green thumb, these sharp shears will surely please. Recipients will cut back greenery with ease using these one-handed pruning clippers. The spring hinge ensures a smooth re-opening following each trim and snip, while the band at the base keeps the apparatus safely closed and compact when not in use. The bright orange coloring makes them easy to find in a gardening bag or amongst the greenery in the garden. Best for stems less than one inch thick, these pruners are also great for preparing flower arrangements indoors.
To buy: $35; domino.com.
Womanswork Leather Gauntlet Glove
Protect her paws with a great pair of gloves. Made from pliable pigskin leather by a third-generation female-run company, these form-fitting gloves will move with the gardener rather than obstructing her motions with excess fabric as she works. These heavy-duty gloves can stand up to any tough task, including carrying firewood and doing extensive pruning on saplings and shrubbery. Designed specifically to fit a woman’s hands, they even have extra long protective sleeves to defend against thorny bushes and scraggly branches. Hand wash and air dry the natural material for best results.
To buy: $45; williams-sonoma.com.
AeroGarden Harvest Touch with Gourmet Herbs Seed Pod Kit
Using a soil-free (yes, you read that right) system, this compact indoor garden grows fresh herbs up to five times faster than traditional methods. LED lights help create the ideal environment and provide watering and feeding reminders for the specific herbs the user wants to grow. It will even tell you when the plants are ready to be harvested. And the copper exterior gives the unit a sleek and modern look. For the avid home chef who appreciates easy access to fresh herbs and veggies, this garden is sure to be a hit.
To buy: $180; surlatable.com.
Wall Mounting Hose Reel
This wall mount hose reel will add an inexpensive, decorative touch to any outdoor space. Simply loop a hose around this geometric, powder coated steel rack. Pair it with a colored hose or opt for a black hose to give your home’s exterior a sleek and streamlined look. Practical and effective, this rack will keep the hose from tangling and causing a tripping hazard—plus it will help prevent kinks. This model will hold a hose that is up to 150 feet long. A simple gift that a gardener will surely appreciate.
To buy: $16; homedepot.com.