Age-Old Wisdom meets Modern Tools
Updated for 2019-2020! Gifts for Gardeners.
Your Almanac editors have collected some fun and useful gift ideas for garden lovers this year—from an easy-does-it kneeler seat to fairy flower pots to a truly good pair of gardening gloves.
Our editors got together this month and shared some of their favorite gardening gift ideas. Some are inexpensive; some are a splurge. But we hope you find some ideas here for anyone who’s a gardener, aspires to garden, or simply loves to be outdoors in nature. Note: For products that link to Amazon.com, we may receive a (small) commission from purchases made. However, note that all of our gift ideas are purely editorial and not influenced by third parties.
1. Easy-Does-It Kneeler Seat
The TomCare Upgraded Garden Kneeler Seat puts an end to crouching, back strain, and dirty knees in the garden. Its steel tube “arms” allow you to lower yourself onto its ¾-inch foam pad to weed, seed, and water in comfort. When ready, stand up, flip over the kneeler, and sit on the stool to relax and admire your work. Comes with four separate pockets for hand tools and folds for easy storage. Suitable for camping, outdoor seating, and more!
2. Vegetable Gardener’s Handbook
New! Created for novices, aspiring growers, green thumbs, and old hands, The Old Farmer’s Almanac Vegetable Gardener’s Handbook is loaded with advice and inspiration to guarantee success for every vegetable garden—and gardener!
3. Perfect Pruning Snip
This Curved Micro-Tip Pruning Snip by Fiskars is made for small plants, small-space gardens, small hands, and small tasks that call for easy reach and precise cuts. A center spring gently opens the blades after every cut to help to reduce user fatigue, while the soft handle ensures comfort and control.
4. Good Gardening Gloves
There’s nothing like a good set of gloves, especially given all the sharp thorns and brambles gardeners encounter. Good gardening gloves last longer, too.
For regular everyday gardening, we like the Town and Country master gardener gloves which are water resistant, grippy, comfortable and inexpensive. They come in men’s glove sizes and women’s glove sizes. For a heavy-duty glove for the landscaper who deals with thorns and spiky plants, invest in some HexArmor Thor Armor Gloves.
5. Potato Grow Bag
Editor Heidi has had great success growing potatoes in grow bags. These bags are sturdy, easy to move with strong handles, and long-lasting. Add some seed packets and make it a gift!
6. Fairy House Flower Pots
Almanac editor Sarah loves fairy gardens and suggested these small, sweet fairy pots (4 x 4 inches). Spread delight!
7. 2020 Gardening Calendar
A favorite of gardeners for more than 40 years, this beautiful calendar offers full-color illustrations, timely gardening advice, fun facts, quotes, and lore. Special bonus: a “best days” table that tells when to plant 36 vegetables and grains, according to regional climate and Moon phase. See inside the gardening calendar.
8. Colorful Tubtrugs
Almanac editor Heidi uses these tubtrugs which hold all her tools to carry to the garden, and are semi-flexible plastic, so you can fold the edges to easily grasp the handles together (if bucket not too full), and easy to clean off. Also, it’s useful to carry weeds to the “compost” pile. The tubtrugs come in many different tub sizes.
9. Mushroom Growing Kit
Grow organic, gourmet mushrooms right of the box in just 10 days with this award-winning mushroom farm.
10. Butterfly Feeder
Butterflies find the Flutterby Feeder hard to resist when it’s stocked with nectar solution or fruit.
11. CobraHead Weeder
The CobraHead weeder is probably Suzy’s favorite tool. She hand weeds instead of using herbicide and can feel the weeds quaking when she marches out of the greenhouse with the CobraHead. It clears everything in its path!
12. Pollinator Bee House
Welcome pollinators with the Wooden Insect Hotel, mounted on a pole so that you can “plant” it in the garden. Install this wooden shelter right in the garden to welcome pollinating bees and butterflies, as well as lacewings and ladybugs that help control insect pests.
13. Sloggers Garden Shoes and Boots
Wet weather is no problem for Sloggers’ Waterproof Footwear. See all sorts of bright patterns in that will get you dancing in the rain.
13. Elevated Garden Beds
For the big splurge, we absolutely love these elevated garden planters which won’t break your back!
They’re especially great for small spaces (apartments, rooftops, small patios, and condos), providing room to grow a variety of vegetables, herbs, flowers, or even houseplants.
Below is the Keter Urban Bloomer, which includes a seed-starting tray and self-watering system with drainage tap.
14. Best Garden Planner on Earth
Right after Christmas, start dreaming about your first (or 50th) garden plan! The Old Farmer’s Almanac Garden Planner actually calculates the right plant spacing, feeds your local planting dates, manages crop rotation and more. There’s a free 7-day trail which is ample time to play around and plan your first garden!