10 Gardening Gifts for the Holidays

A Curated List of Gifts for Gardeners and Nature Lovers

By Catherine Boeckmann
December 17, 2018
Fairy Gardens in Pots

Fairy garden in a flower pot with walking path, wooden bridges and a fairy house 

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Do you have a garden lover or nature lover in your life? Or, like us, perhaps YOU are that garden lover and your loved ones are asking for gift ideas. Well, we’ve had some fun browsing around and curated this list of our 10 best garden gift ideas to help! Update: We’ve added eight new ideas, compliments of Almanac editors!

Some of our ideas are homemade; some come from reputable garden stores. Some are inexpensive; some are a splurge. 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. Water Garden

One of the coolest gift items this year is this water garden. It’s actually a tabletop aquaponics system with a self-cleaning fish tank that grows organic herbs and micro-greens on top! See the water garden here.
 

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2. Mushroom Growing Kit

The folks who made the water garden above are young guys who started out as mushroom farmers! They figured how to grow organic, gourmet mushrooms right of the box in just 10 days with this award-winning mushroom farm.

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You can learn more about the cool entrepreneurs who started “Back to the Roots” here.

3. Fairy Gardens

Fairy gardens and microgardens are fun—and work both outside and inside, on the ground or in containers. My mother had a surprise fairy garden in the center of her labyrinth garden

For a gift, place a few items in a container or in a unique shallow planter along with a gift certificate for tiny plants.

Fairy gardens do not need to have fairies. You could feature woodland creatures, toadstools, arbors, beaches, and bridges. Mix with natural materials such as a broken flower pot, moss, pebbles, and tiny plants.

Find the “fairy garden” item at a garden store. Or, here are some lovely online fairy garden gift ideas

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Credit: Bliss Fairy Garden

4. Pollinating Kits

Butterflies find the Flutterby Feeder hard to resist when it’s stocked with nectar solution or fruit.

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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 butterflies and solitary bees, as well as lacewings and ladybugs that help control insect pests.

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5. Gardening Tool Kit

So many of us have broken or aging tools by the end of a gardening season. Here’s an excellent gardening tool set for the beginner or expert gardener. We love the portable bag and the “claw” gardening gloves. See more detail about this gardening tools kit.

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6. 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.

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7. The Coolest Rake on the Planet

Sure, rakes don’t sound exciting.  But if you’re an outdoorsman (or woman), this is THE rake. There’s almost nothing the Groundskeeper II Rake can’t do! Use it to spread mulch or rock, dethatch, or gather leaves and other materials.

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8. Garden Stepping Stone

Another idea is to buy a garden stone kit. This Mosaic Stepping Stone Kit which allows a gardener to make the design their very own—from dragonflies to stars and Moons.

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Grandparents and parents love a garden stone that is personalized with a child’s name and handprint.

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9. Birdbaths or Birdfeeders

When I’m in the garden, I enjoy the company of our feathered friends. I spotted these beautiful, simple glass flower stakes that double as birdbath/birdfeeders. They would make the perfect gifts for a friend. Meanwhile, treat yourself, too. There are plenty of unique gardening dreams out there!

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10. 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.

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We also like the elevated Keter Easy Grow planter/raised bed.

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11. Almanac Garden Planner and 2019 Calendar

We would be remiss if we didn’t introduce our new Almanac Weekly Garden Planner.

This spiral-bound 18-month planner is perfect for the gardener or naturalist, including full-page spreads with plenty of room for your notes.

It’s packed with wit, wisdom, adages, and observations. Take a look inside the pages of the Weekly Garden Planner.

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Don’t forget the gorgeous 2019 Almanac Gardening Calendar! It’s a “perennial” favorite among our readers—with beautiful botanical illustrations.

Peek inside the 2019 Gardening Calendar,

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12. Self-Watering Planters

We absolutely love these self-watering planters. You just insert the irrigation wick in the growing pot, water, and done! As well as the white self-watering planter below, you can find a wide range of planter sizes and colors.

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13. Bio Dome Seed Starter

This seed-starting system is revolutionary! Now you can start your favorite vegetables and flowers indoors, for earlier crops at a fraction of the cost of buying plants. 

Climate-controlled and as close as your kitchen counter, the Bio Dome sprouts seeds within days and keeps sprouts greens coming for sandwiches, side dishes, and more.

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14. A Tool You’ll Use!

This is our favorite new garden tool, made by gardeners for gardeners! The CobraHead weeder and cultivator is ergonomically-designed for digging, edging, planting, harvesting—you name it! The handle allows right- or left-hand action, and the sharp blade makes cutting into hard soil (even clay soil) less work.

 

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15. Shippable Succulents

Fully-rooted in planter pots with soil, these succulents don’t require fertilizer. This is such a gift for a group of friends, colleagues, teachers, or family members! You can order in succulent 5-packs, succulent 12-packs, and succulent 20-packs on Amazon.com

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16. Best Garden Planner on Earth

Right after Christmas, start dreaming about your first (or 50th) garden plan! Now you can plan right on your computer with The Old Farmer’s Almanac Garden Planner.  There’s a free 7-day trail which is ample time to play around and plan your first garden. This amazing software feeds you the right planting dates, calculates the right plant spacing, and so much more. Plus, the Garden Planner keeps you growing with personalized advice all season long plus your own planting and harvesting reminders. 

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Almanac.com editor and backyard gardener

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