Preview: This list of the best gifts for the gardener will make shopping for your favorite gardener easy. With gifts at various price points, you are sure to find the perfect gardening gift.
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One of my favorite gifts to give a gardener is gardening books. During the winter months, there is often not much gardening work to be done outside. So while the snow flies, it is fun to sit by the fire, dream about the coming garden, and learn something new.
One book I love for the gardener who preserves their homegrown food is the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving. This book is chock full of recipes (over 400) to preserve almost anything you can think of. From salsas, jams, and pickles, to chili sauce, cranberry-orange vinegar, and even chicken soup, this book will help your favorite gardener preserve their harvest in so many ways.
Another book, The New Southern Garden Cookbook, will help your gardener cook all that homegrown produce. With many new and different ways to prepare vegetables, it is sure to get lots of use. This book covers so many different varieties of fruits and vegetables. Of course, you have your “regular” homegrown vegetables such as tomatoes, beans, squash, etc. But it also has recipes for some more unusual things you might grow like field peas, persimmons, and ramps.
Niki Jabbour’s Veggie Garden Remix is a great book to give a gardener to introduce them to new vegetables they might want to try. Why grow plain green cucumbers when you can grow cucamelons, lemon cucumbers, or Dragon’s Egg varieties? What about growing ground cherries or Jerusalem artichokes? With over 22 unusual varieties of vegetables, the experienced gardener is sure to find something new to test out in their own garden.
For more gardening book ideas, be sure to check out My Favorite Gardening Books.
Gifts to Wear
Most gardeners enjoy sharing their love of gardening. One way they can let others know they garden is with a cute t-shirt. There are many fun designs to choose from. I shared a few of my favorites below.
But if the gardener spends a lot of time in the sun, a very practical gift would be a shirt with UV protection. There is quite the selection of colors now, so you can probably find one in the recipients favorite color.
A pair of gardening shoes is one gift that is sure to be loved. In the spring, gardens can be quite muddy. My favorite gardening shoes are Sloggers. They come in many cute patterns and they make boots and clogs. They are comfortable and easy to wash off when they get dirty.
Useful Gifts for the Gardener
Sometimes, you just want to give a gift that you know will get used. A nice pair of pruners or lopping shears always comes in handy. Felco is the top-of-the-line, but I’ve used a pair of Fiskars for years that work well too. Pruners come in various price points so you can choose something that fits your budget.
A compost tumbler is also a great gift. You can help your favorite gardener make free fertilizer. (And if they need help knowing what to compost and what not to, send them to this post. The post also contains directions to access a free compost printable that you can download to post on the refrigerator.)
If your gardener already composts, he or she might enjoy a compost bucket for the kitchen to store the scraps in. Many of these buckets come with charcoal filters to help control odors.
For the gardener who doesn’t have a large yard to garden in, some of these grow bags would be a wonderful gift idea. You can grow almost any vegetable in grow bags. And as a bonus, most have handles so they can be moved around the yard or deck as needed. These are perfect for trying new varieties or growing vegetables during the winter.
Gifts Less than $15
If you are looking for stocking stuffers for the gardener or inexpensive gifts for the gardener, there are many options available.
One inexpensive gift idea would be a thermometer or a rain gauge. When gardening, it is always helpful to know the outdoor temperature and how much rain has fallen. There are many more expensive ones out there but the simple ones get the job done and have worked well for me. (I own both products listed above.)
A garden journal is a unique gift idea that is always well received. A journal can be used to record what vegetables grew well and what was a flop. The gardener can detail unusual weather conditions and make note of frost dates in their area. If you are crafty, you can make your own, but a purchased garden journal is a lovely gift too.
Finally, a gift certificate to a seed company would thrill almost any gardener. They can order what they want (Most seed companies also sell tools, gloves, and the like.) and you can be assured it will be something they enjoy.
Do you have any other great gardening gift ideas? If so, I would love it if you would leave a note in the comments telling me what your ideas are. I may update this post or use it in a future one.
Be sure to check out my other gift guides also.