The 2018 gift guide for gardeners features some awesome updates that are sure to please garden lovers.
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 gardening gifts 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
The Hori Hori knife makes it back onto the gift guide for 2017. Why? Because it’s an all in one tool for cutting, digging, and measuring. We received our first Hori Hori knife as a gift from my dad.
What makes this knife super useful is its one serrated edge and one smooth edge to satisfy all your cutting and digging needs while gardening. For measuring depth, the blade is marked in inches and millimeters.
You’ll find this knife is 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 about $25.
Check out my updated pick that includes the carrying sheath and blade sharpener.
2. Garden Hod
The garden hod is another gift making a reappearance on the gift guide for 2017. You just can’t beat the design of the garden hod for carrying garden tools as well as harvesting produce.
The garden hod is really just a large basket for gathering and washing produce. The large size and the mesh bottom make it an ideal carrying solution.
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.
Check out my updated pick with an attractive handmade design.
For an even better value and more functionality, check out the Mod Hod. It’s the garden hod’s hip younger brother. Lightweight and stackable features make this garden harvesting basket the perfect gift for someone who loves gardening.
3. Fermenting tools
Fermenting is one of the easier ways to preserve the harvest. You only need a few tools and a little time. I was lucky enough to get a set of fermenting tools in The Homestead Box, and got to try my first fermented pickles this year!
My pick for 2017 is this set of Masontops Pebbles and Pipes for a simple and inexpensive option to get started fermenting.
4. Nice pair of 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.
While I’m still a fan of the Felco pruners, I am updating this year’s list to include these Casfuy pruners. They’re super sharp, comfortable to use, and a whole lot more budget friendly!
5. Stainless steel plant markers
I stand behind these stainless steel plant markers. We’ve used these exact markers year after year.
Coupled with the label maker and tape below, they make a really useful gift that your gardener probably hadn’t thought about on their own.
Make sure you get the 21-inch height for maximum visibility in your garden. They cost less than $1 each in packs of 25, and they are really easy to clean and reuse.
Try Everlast Label Company for larger quantities.
Love the idea of gifting garden markers, but want more ideas? Take a look at these 35 Fun, Funny, and Functional Vegetable Garden Markers
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 $60. 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!
Updated to newer model for 2018
7. 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. So when I need to, I wear a little tool belt to carry the 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 makes a great gift for gardeners. Its hands free design is super convenient and it’s machine washable. The apron is made of really sturdy cotton with a water resistant coating in the pouch and costs just shy of $40.
Here's what the adorable @_allison_baker had to say about harvesting lemons 🍋 with her Roo.⠀ ⠀ "The Roo Apron is the perfect apron to harvest all of my garden goodies and eggs at one time. The pockets keep everything organized and the easy release cords make it easy to plop it on the table. I've used it for so much over the last month. Inside and outside. I'm the type of person to fill my pockets with everything and this gives you more! Perfect gift for the gardener or handy(wo)man in your life this Christmas🎄"⠀ ⠀ Thank you for the kind words Allison!⠀ ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #thenewhealthy #freshfood #gardentotable #wholerecipes #organicrecipes #freshfood #freshfoodmatters #goodfoodgoodlife #goodfoodgoodlife #gardenlife #yummy😋 #food52 #foodiegram #mealinspo #goodeats #thekitchn #foodstagram #foodiesofinstagram #forkfeed #beautifulcusines #onmytable #feastagram #healthyliving #freshfoodie #lemontree #citrusseason #bhghome #marthastewartliving #realsimple
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 in the morning dew, puddles, 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.
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 providing them with their own insect hotel. This kind of garden ornament is a great gift for gardeners.
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.
I like the simple design of this insect hotel.
12. Toad house
Like the insect house, a toad house 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 his own cute little house in my garden. What can I say? The little things excite me.
13. Haws watering can
This continues to make the gardener’s gift guide for 2017 because it’s one of those specialty items that gardeners won’t buy themselves.
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.
The copper color on this one is just stunning!
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!
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!
This string is 72 feet long with 200 twinkly lights for $14.
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.
Of course, you can always give the gift of Amazon Prime.
See if you qualify for a Prime discounted monthly fee.
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. 🙂
16. Gardening e-books, planner, and journal
Paper books are always a great gift, but there’s a lot to be said about the convenience of a digital gift. My Beginner Gardening Bundle includes a beginner seed starting book and garden planning spreadsheets plus a garden journal.
Christmas is the absolute perfect time to give a gardening journal gift to your favorite gardener.
Need more ideas for gardening gifts?
What would you add to this gift guide for gardeners? Leave a comment below!