Need Christmas gift ideas for gardeners and outdoor lovers? Here are our 20 Best Gardening Gifts for 2020, including our favorite gardening gloves, tools, and even fun stocking stuffers!
This year, since we welcomed so many new gardeners this past season, we’ve focused more on beginner gardeners! Some of our ideas are inexpensive; some are a splurge. Some are “essentials” and some are just fun as gifts! In any case, we hope you find something here for anyone who’s a gardener, aspires to garden, or simply loves to be outdoors in nature.
1. Favorite Wall Calendar
Q: How do you plant garlic?
A: Gently break apart a bulb into individual cloves. Plant them about 6 inches apart, leaving 1 foot between rows. Cover with soil. The 2021 Gardening Calendar is the perfect place to find timeless gardening advice, folklore, and dates for planting by the Moon!
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. Look inside the gardening calendar.
2. Favorite Gardening Gloves
Everyone needs an everyday gardening glove that’s breathable so your hands don’t get sweaty, durable for years of use, and flexible enough to allow you to thin seedlings. The inexpensive everyday choice for gardeners is Atlas Garden Gloves which you can find on Gardeners.com or Amazon.com.
They’re lightweight but tough with the palms and fingers coated with flexible, puncture-resistant nitrile. They’ll protect you from rashes, ant bites, and keep your hands clean if you need to run back to the keyboard without dirty nails. We use these gloves for everything except heavy-duty work with thorny bushes (in that case, look for leather gloves).
3. Best Tool Set
Every gardener should have a quality beginner tool set that will last and not bend or break easily. The Fiskars Ergo Garden Tool Set includes one trowel, transplanter, and cultivator with ergonomically designed handles to reduce hand and wrist fatigue while weeding. It can tackle a variety of tasks, including digging, loosening soil, aerating, planting, weeding, and more. Plus, the cast aluminum heads resist rust and cut through tough turf.
4. Favorite Vegetable Gardener Book
Now in its THIRD printing, The Old Farmer’s Almanac Vegetable Gardener’s Handbook is the best companion for any vegetable gardener—even those who have never touched a trowel and wouldn’t know mulch from mud! The practical advice presented in the Vegetable Gardener’s Handbook demystifies gardening by providing the best, most proven methods for sowing, growing, and harvesting.
5. Best Stocking Stuffer
Garden lovers will adore these colorfully printed socks featuring a “Some See Weeds, Others See Wishes” sentiment with dandelion designs.
6. Favorite Gardening Tool
The Hori Hori Garden Knife could be the most useful tool on the planet and makes a great gift for gardeners (and campers). An updated version of a 16th century Japanese tool, this one powerful tool can dig out roots better than anything else we have ever tried. It accomplishes a wide variety of gardening tasks, including: digging, weeding, cutting, pruning, measuring, planting bulbs, and harvesting. It even comes in a gift box with a sharpening stone, nylon sheath, and extra-sharp blade. Hori Hori Garden Knife.
7. Best Gardening Hat
We wear this gardening hat all day every day! It’s ultralight so barely noticeable but does double duty to protect us from the Sun with ultraviolet protection factor of 50+ while staying breathable with ventilation panels and wicking sweatband. Stain- and water-resistant, this sporty hat also has a wind strap and a sun cape to protect the back of your neck; both can be tucked away when not needed. It’s great for gardening but also for fishing, hiking, and any outdoor activity! See the Sunday Afternoon Sports Hat.
8. Favorite Garden Guide
The 120-page Garden Guide is the annual magazine written by the editors of The Old Farmer’s Almanac. It contains creative do-it-yourself ideas and practical solutions for gardeners of every experience level. Take a look inside the Garden Guide!
9. Favorite Feeder
“The butterfly is a flying flower,
The flower a tethered butterfly.”
—Ponce Denis Écouchard Le Brun
Invite these flying flowers to your garden! Butterflies find the Flutterby Feeder hard to resist when it’s stocked with nectar solution or fruit.
10. Favorite Garden Decorations
Beautify and enhance your flower beds with decorative garden stakes and lanterns! Garden stakes and lanterns can add a pop of color before perennials start blooming, height to balance a bed, visual interest, and even humor. Well placed stakes can also stop garden hoses from rolling over plants as well as ward off and redirect dogs and foot traffic. See all the gorgeous stakes and lanterns—from fireflies to wildflowers.
11. Best Bug Hotel
Gentle native bees are responsible for every third bite of your food. We need the bees to pollinate flowers and crops! 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.
12. Best Garden Shoes and Boots
Wet weather is no problem for Sloggers’ Waterproof Footwear, plus, we love the fun colors and designs. See all sorts of bright patterns that will get you dancing in the rain.
13. Best Home Composter
This outdoor tumbling composter is right outside our back door and allows us to compost without attracting wildlife. It’s so clever! Just close the door and turn it every 2 to 3 days. In hot, sunny conditions and with a proper balance of ingredients, the compost can finish in as little as 2 weeks. See how the composter works.
14. Best Pruning Snips
Our editors love these pocket-size Fiskars Softouch Micro-Tip Pruning Snips which are very sharp, very precise, and easy to use for harvesting edibles, cutting flowers, deadheading, and light pruning of plants (even succulents). They’re so easy to use that they earned the Arthritis Foundation Ease-of-Use Commendation.
15. Best Garden Kneeler
The Kneelo Ultra Cushion Kneeler is a must-have for any gardener and a great gift. It’s super comfortable for kneeling and beats those foam kneeling pads any day. It’s large enough to sit on, dries quickly, and it’s easy to clean. Learn more about the Kneelo.
16. Best Push Reel Lawn Mower
Mowing the lawn is like a walk in the park with the Scotts Classic Push Reel Lawn Mower. It’s lightweight, healthy, non-polluting, and quiet with sharp scissor cutting action and adjustable wheels. Preferred for small, flat lawns (less than ¼ acre).
17. Best Soil Tester
Small but mighty, the Altree Soil Meter lets you know when to water, whether your plant is getting enough light, and helps you control pH level in soil!
It’s helpful for you to plant flowers, plants and make them grow healthy and strong. All in ten minutes! No batteries or electricity needed!
18. 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!
19. Best Songbird Decor
Attract songbirds to your garden with adorable life-size, metal bird replicas with hand-painted realistic details. Each piece comes with a rubber band to attach the the bird to a tree limb. Soon your garden will be abuzz with birdsong!
20. The Old Farmer’s Almanac!
Of course, we would be remiss if we didn’t include The 2021 Old Farmer’s Almanac, our annual little yellow book with advice that lasts all-year long. It’s a great stocking stuffer!
We hope that you found some good gift ideas on this list. If anything sparked your interest or if you have any great ideas for a garden lover, please comment below! Thank you!
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