Are you wondering what to gift the green thumb in your life or looking for a new item to further inspire your own green thumb? Look no further than this comprehensive gardener gift guide! Over the last few years we’ve found ourselves returning again and again to some of the same gardening books and tools, maybe they’ll make a great gift for the green thumb in your life!
Kicking off this gardener gift guide is our favorite garden hand tool. If I could only have one hand tool at my side in the garden every day for the rest of my life, it would be the Hori Hori Weeding Knife. It can be used as a shovel, a weeder, and to plant bulbs at the perfect depth. It’s sharp and stout enough to handle tough, packed soil and clay as well as to cut through Bermuda grass. Yet it’s precise enough to separate weeds from plants we want to keep.
Nothing delights a gardener like a great gardening shear…tough enough to do the job, reliable, and easy on the hands. Pruning isn’t glamorous gardening work and pruning shears can take a lot of abuse. A new set of shears might help the gardener in your life enjoy the work a bit more.
Garden Tubs or Buckets
We have a several different bins and tubs that we use in the garden to haul in our harvests. My favorites are these lightweight, flexible tubs with handles. I love that they can hold quite a bit of produce, are easy to clean, and are pretty as well.
BOOKS AND PLANNERS
Illustrated Plant Encyclopedia
I learned about this amazing illustrated plant encyclopedia just this summer at a class I took on using edible wildflowers with My Raggedy Herbs in the Oklahoma City area. It is an absolute treasure-trove of information. I found myself turning to it over all of my other gardening books this year. And I constantly found myself wondering how I’ve made it this far in life without this encyclopedia by my side during the growing season. If I had only one book to guide me in planning, planting, maintaining, and harvesting my garden it would be this book!
Flower Garden Inspiration
Erin Benzakein’s Floret Flower Farm has inspired a new generation of flower growers. While we don’t grow flowers commercially here on the homestead, her book has inspired me to add more beauty to our gardens. Her book Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden is full of lovely blossoms, tutorials for floral arrangements, and growing tips. Any flower grower in your life would be delighted to have this book for inspiration.
What gardener wouldn’t like to have a lovely place to write all of his or her notes about the garden this coming year? Etsy is full of printable garden planners that you can print yourself that will do the trick such as this wonderful Organize Your Garden bundle from A Whimsical Adventure. If you’d rather purchase a hard copy the 3 Year Garden Journal from The Far Woods would make a great gift for any gardener.
Other pre-printed garden planners include:
Gardening can be messy work even when you’re just starting seeds. An apron can help protect your clothes and provide a little kick of gardening style too. My niece gave me the sweetest gardening apron last year with my name and some flowers stamped on it and I love it.
For the ladies with green thumbs I particularly like this mustard colored apron
And for the men with green thumbs this canvas tool apron looks terrific
I’m not sure how many times I’ve “run out to check on the garden” and came back inside with my arms overflowing with produce that looked too lovely not to pick. Or worse yet, came in with the bottom of my shirt dirty and stretched out because I created a pocket out of it to carry everything I picked. If only I had worn one of these harvesting aprons I could’ve picked even more and saved my shirts!
Garden Tool Belt
A garden tool belt is definitely on my wish list for every member of our family for the coming year. Our kids are excellent helpers in the garden. Unfortunately they tend to misplace garden tools often. As a result we tend to require a few too many scavenger hunts for misplaced garden tools after a day’s work. And once we needed a metal detector to find a hand trowel that was buried during a mulching project! I definitely think tool belts would help fix this problem. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Something big enough to hold a hand trowel or Hori Hori, a pair of gloves, and a set of pruning shears, yet small enough to stay out of the way.
What gardener gift guide would be complete without a recommended pair of gardening gloves? Bugs, stickers, thorns, and more can reek havoc on the hands of even the greenist of thumbs. We’ve tried many different types of gloves over the years, but we keep coming back to these lightweight nitrile gloves for daily gardening use.
SEEDS, BULBS, AND MORE
You can never go wrong giving the green thumbs in your life packets of seeds, bulbs, or fun garden decor to add to their landscape.
We use Baker Creek Seeds and Seeds for Change for high quality seeds. In addition to planting seeds, spring and summer flowers bulbs are always a great addition to the landscape. We added an assortment of gladiolas to our garden this summer and were delighted with the extra colors and blooms.
I hope this gardener gift guide has given you a great start on growing your gift ideas for the gardeners in your life!
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