When it comes to finding gifts for garden lovers, it can be tricky to know what to purchase. A seasoned green thumb likely has a pretty good collection of tools by now. A novice gardener is still probably in acquiring mode, deciding what works best for them. All gardeners are different and will have their go-tos. But sometimes it’s helpful to choose items you’ve fallen in love with—or one a fellow gardener has discovered is invaluable—that you know someone else would appreciate. In this article, I’m going to share some of our Savvy Gardening favorites, as well as some quick tips on why they make a thoughtful gift.
This curated list of the best gifts for garden lovers is featured thanks to the sponsorship of Gardener’s Supply Company (GSC), an employee-owned company that designs many of the products they sell.
Some advice when choosing gifts for garden lovers
When you’re trying to narrow down gift ideas for a gardening enthusiast, consider the following advice:
- Look for quality. You want a product that is going to stand the test of time and not break, rip, or fall apart after just a couple of uses.
- Check for warranties and guarantees. Gardener’s Supply Company, for example, places a 100% guarantee on all their products. The company will exchange or refund a product that doesn’t meet a gardener’s expectations or work as it was expected to.
- Choose an item for its usefulness over something that is gimmicky.
- When deciding what to buy, think of something that you would use in your own garden that has made your life easier.
Deluxe Galvanized Seed Saver Kit
My seeds used to be a bit of a disaster, until I started putting them all in categorized ziplock bags—tomatoes, beans, melons, etc. But they were still all tossed into a a few bins in a disorganized heap. Enter this Deluxe Galvanized Seed Saver Kit. It is the Cadillac of seed packet organization. Designed by GSC, it features five compartments that are the width of most seed packets.
Handy dividers help you to categorize the compartments. I organized mine by vegetable, but I’m contemplating further categorizing for succession planting. There are six dividers that come with the container, but you can order more separately.
If you’re a seed saver, there are 36 glassine envelopes. (I have to admit, I had to look up the definition of glassine: smooth and glossy paper that is air, water, and grease resistant.) So these special envelopes keep seeds dry. The galvanized steel container with handles also keeps everything inside dry. It keeps rodents out, too, if you happen to leave it in the garden or maybe a shed where pests could be a problem.
Copper Indoor Watering Can
The Copper Indoor Watering Can is so chic, you can display it on a shelf when it’s not in use. Made of copper-plated steel, it holds three quarts of water, making it easy to roam from room to room, watering all your houseplants. What I love about the handle is the way it’s attached from the top and then it curves around to the bottom, so I can hold it with two hands and control how much water my plants get.
The spout itself is slender and curved, which is perfect for getting between the leaves and making sure the water hits the soil and doesn’t splash on the table or ground around the plant. This also helps prevent the water from damaging the plant’s leaves because the water is directed right into the pot. The watering can is also handy to use for outdoor containers for the same reasons. I can see it displayed on one of those dreamy potting benches, surrounded by terracotta pots, plant tags, and fancy twine. It’s become a part of my indoor decor, proudly sitting on a shelf, waiting to water.
Gardener’s Lifetime Hori Hori Knife
The one tool that follows me around the yard is my Gardener’s Lifetime Hori Hori knife. I use it for so many different tasks. It helps to dig out tough weeds that want to stay put. I use it as a trowel to make holes for new plants, making the task much easier in areas with hard-packed soil. I use the one side when I need a knife to harvest a veggie with a thick stem, like squash and cabbage. It comes in very handy in the fall when I’m taking my containers apart. Everything usually ends up pretty root bound, so the knife allows me to cut through everything to loosen the plants and then store my pots away for the winter. With my urn, it allows me to remove the roots for the next season’s arrangement. I also use it for bulb and garlic planting.
This soil knife is hand-forged in Holland by DeWit Garden Tools. It uses an original Japanese design and is made from high-carbon Swedish boron steel. The anti-fatigue handle is rounded for comfort. When you hold it, you can tell this is a durable tool that’s made to last.
Lifetime Long Handle Double Tool
Now this is a special, two-for-one tool that’s a wonderful addition to any list of gifts for garden lovers. The Gardener’s Lifetime Long-Handled Double Tool, which is a GSC exclusive with a lifetime guarantee, is both a hoe and a weeder. Use it in flower beds and the vegetable garden for various tasks.
This is another tool carefully made by DeWit Garden Tools in Holland. A long handle made from European ash hardwood allows you to garden more comfortably, moving dirt and weeding from a more upright position, instead of bending over. This is meant to prevent back strain. It is attached to a well-secured blade that is hand-forged from high-carbon Swedish boron steel.
Galvanized Garden Tool Storage Box
Sometimes it’s nice to have certain garden gear at your fingertips. My go-tos include a small pair of pruners, a hori hori knife, and gardening gloves. The GSC-designed Galvanized Garden Tool Storage Box can be attached to a raised bed, fence, or shed—whatever location makes a convenient spot for a small stash of gear.
This box is made of galvanized steel, so it doesn’t mind being exposed to the elements. It won’t rust and the lid is carefully designed to prevent leaks. The dimensions are 16.75″ x 6.5″ x 11.5″. And if we’re talking about protecting what’s inside, this would also make a stellar mailbox!
Miracle Fiber Rose Gloves
One thing a gardener can never have enough of is gardening gloves. These carefully made rose gloves are special for a variety of reasons. With my first home, I inherited an overgrown, thorny rosebush. Every time I tried to trim dead canes and do any type of pruning, I was cut by angry thorns. The rose gloves gifted to me were a lifesaver (or hand saver!). And although they are called rose gloves, I use mine for so many more tasks in the garden. They come in handy for pulling out prickly weeds and for pruning other trees and shrubs. Cedars, for example, can irritate my skin, so if I’m trimming branches or working near them, I will protect my arms with the gauntlets that rose gloves provide.
This pair is described as Miracle Fiber Rose Gloves. They are made from breathable synthetic suede and have padded palms. You can tell when you put them on they’re tough, but they’re also very comfortable to work in, making it comfortable to use pruners and weed. A helpful size chart explains how to measure the length and width of your hands for the perfect fit. And you can throw them in the washing machine.
2′ x 8′ Arch Trellis for Planter Boxes
If you’re looking for a showstopper gift, this trellis is a pretty grand garden accessory. The 2′ x 8′ Arch Trellis for Planter Boxes is strong enough to support squash vines laden with fruit. But it also would look pretty stellar with other climbing veggies, like beans. Growing vegetables vertically leaves space in the garden for other crops. Another option is to train flowering vines up and over, so you have a bloom-filled archway in the garden.
What’s great about this trellis is that it fits easily with existing GSC products. You can attach it to one structure—either GSC’s 2’ x 8’ Planter Box or Elevated Raised Bed. Or, use it to create an arch over two of GSC’s 2’ x 8’ x 4’ Elevated Planter Boxes or Elevated Raised Beds.
If you’re not sure whether the gift recipient has one of these structures, there are other interesting trellis options to browse on the GSC website.
This concludes our current list of gifts for garden lovers, which covers a range of sizes and price points. A big thank you to Gardener’s Supply Company, for sponsoring this article and allowing us to share some of our favorite gift ideas, including tested products that we use ourselves in our gardens.
Please watch this video to see these gifts for garden lovers “in action” in the garden and hear more about them.
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