We all appreciate it when someone buys us a gift that is especially thoughtful. And gift givers want to give their loved ones gifts they know will excite and surprise them. So I’ve compiled this gift guide full of unique and useful ideas for your favorite gardener.
All of these are items we have and love, or they are on my wish list. There are gifts for all experience levels and price ranges as well as some unexpected splurges.
1. Hori Hori knife
We received this Hori Hori knife as a gift from my dad. It is super useful with one serrated edge and one smooth edge. I love that this one is marked in inches. This knife is made for digging and has tons of uses in the garden. I’ve found it quite handy for planting bulbs, digging & cutting out weeds, and chopping caterpillars in two. This makes a great gift for gardeners because it is an unusual but very useful garden tool, and it’s a good value at around $20.
2. Garden Hod
Another great gift sent from my dad is this garden hod. It’s a large basket for gathering and washing produce. The large size is great for gathering produce, and the mesh bottom allows for both air flow and easy washing of produce. We use ours all the time for harvesting tomatoes and even carrying tools around the farm. It’s a bit of a splurge at over $50 which means many gardeners will try to get by without it. This makes it a perfect gift item for a gardener you love.
3. Fermentation crock
Canning and fermenting the produce we gather is something I am still learning to do. And this item is on my wishlist. I like that its simple, aesthetically pleasing design takes away the guesswork and mess. Give your favorite gardener no excuses with this easy to use fermentation crock starting at $39. Bonus! They also make cute matching canning sets.
4. Felco hand pruners
Known for quality manufacturing, sharp blades, and smooth function, Felco brand hand pruners are among the best in the industry. They’re pretty pricey at nearly $50. But they are worth the money, and that makes these classic hand pruners is a super useful gift that gardeners will really appreciate. Because of my small hands, I prefer the F-6 model which works just as well, but is less tiring for me to use.
5. Stainless steel plant markers
Deciding how to mark our rows of plants used to be the most frustrating task. In a large garden, squatty little plant markers (no matter how cute they are) just won’t cut it. Then one year, my sisters-in-law bought us these tall plant markers, and they have been our favorite garden markers ever since. They’re nearly 2 feet tall making them easy to see in the garden which is great when you’re planting several varieties of tomatoes. They cost less than $1 each in packs of 25, and they are really easy to clean and reuse. We use them with the weather resistant labels below, but a permanent marker will work as well. Try Everlast Label Company for larger quantities.
6. Label maker and tape
Making labels for the plant markers ahead of time or out in the field is easy with this handheld label maker set just under $40. We have used a similar one for the past several years and have had no problems with the labels fading or peeling off even in our pretty harsh summers. Being weather resistant, these labels can also be used on garden tools and storage bins. If your gardener also loves to keep things organized, this is a gift they will go nutty over!
7. A tool belt
I often garden in yoga pants which don’t have pockets. It gets frustrating not having anything to put my tools, phone, or gloves in. I wear a little tool belt like this one for carrying things I need. What I like about this one is the compact size. It’s just big enough to carry gloves, pruner, and phone but doesn’t annoy me by getting in the way on my hip. This one runs about $25 on Amazon.
8. Gathering apron
This handy gathering apron is on my wishlist. Folding up my t-shirt is fine for a couple handfuls of tomatoes, but it doesn’t work when harvesting a full garden. This machine washable apron is made of really sturdy cotton with a water resistant coating in the pouch and costs just shy of $40. If you have sewing skills, here’s a tutorial to sew your own gathering apron for a special homemade gift.
9. Mud boots
When I started gardening, I used to wear some old tennis shoes. They were fine except when my socks and feet got soaked with rain and mud. My mom gifted me some adorable floral rain boots like these, and the problem was solved in style. I like the ankle bootie height and bold colors of this style at about $40.
10. Funny T-shirt
Gardeners tend to be passionate about their gardens. And we like to show off how much we love gardening as well as our sense of humor. Give your favorite gardener a t-shirt that expresses their passion and their sense of humor. These shirts won’t break the bank at under $20. And it’s a good thing, too. We’ll probably wear them while we garden and get all sweaty in it anyway. Just bein’ real.
11. Insect house
A healthy garden will provide plenty of homes for all sorts of insects, but none are as cute as this little insect house under $20. This kind of garden ornament is a great gift for gardeners. It’s adorable. Plus, when placed in the garden, it is a useful decoration that can encourage predator and pollinator insects to take up residence right where you need them the most.
12. Toad house
Like the insect house, a toad house ($20 and up) is a fun way to decorate the garden with the practical benefit of encouraging toads. Toads feast on bugs in the garden decreasing the spread of disease and damage to the plants. To encourage toads to take up residence in the garden, offer them a cozy place to live and a source of water. I would love to have a toad living in a designated toad house in my garden. What can I say? The little things excite me.
13. Haws watering can
The Haws watering can is, hands down, the most beautiful watering can ever made. There is nothing that will make your gardener feel more special than watering with this shnazzy copper watering can. It is specially designed to deliver water in the most comfortable way for both the gardener and the plant. At about $100 it’s definitely on the high end of gardening gifts, and one that will absolutely impress! See more styles and colors at the Haws website.
14. Solar string lights
Gardens are magical at night. Especially when drenched in sparkly lights. I love that these solar string lights can be placed anywhere since they’re solar powered and waterproof! This string is 72 feet long with 200 twinkly lights for $14. Whether they’re used to light up a path, a sitting area, or just sparkle in the dark, these lights might be the perfect gift your gardener. I use these with my DIY light poles for parties or just hanging out around the firepit. Hey, maybe even gift the firepit!
15. YETI tumbler
It gets hot out in the garden! Having a cool drink nearby can be a lifesaver in the heat of the summer garden chores. A YETI tumbler ($35) is a great gift for anyone who works out in the heat. This large 30 oz tumbler keeps hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold making it perfect for gardeners year round. We have both the YETI and the RTIC tumbler. We have not done a side by side comparison, but both are very, very good at keeping drinks cold. I think the YETI is slightly better. But that’s just my opinion.
There is always more to learn about gardening and growing food. All of these books are under $20 and provide excellent resources for gardeners who want to know how they can grow more and better care for their plants. We keep all of these books in our gardening library at home.
Maybe your gardener already has something special on their Amazon.com wishlist. Gift cards might not be very creative, but they’re always appreciated! And a gift card can be used for anything…even non-gardening stuff. 🙂
What would you add to this gift guide for gardeners? Leave a comment below!