If you’re looking for the best gifts for gardeners, I’ve got you covered! The list below includes gifts for the urban gardener, the new gardener, and the green thumb.
The Best Gifts for Gardeners, New or Advanced
I’ve put together this list of the best gifts for gardeners to help you steer through the maze of gadgets, gifts, and gimmicks available in the garden center (virtual) aisle as you shop for that special someone in your life.
This year is probably going to do down in history as the one in which more people than ever before took up gardening as a hobby. Food insecurity, brought about by the global pandemic, along with more free time at home (also thanks to the pandemic) created the perfect environment encouraging more people to get outside, dig in the dirt, and grow their own food, herbs, flowers, or all three.
What Do You Get for a Gardener?
I’ve been a gardener almost my whole life except for a brief period in my late teens and early adulthood when I thought gardening wasn’t cool (silly me). Like many long-time gardeners, I have a garage full of tools.
But I always appreciate something new and especially a “splurge” tool that I wouldn’t necessarily buy for myself. I’ve included a few such items on this list.
Does Your Gardener Focus on Specific Plants?
I’ve started getting into growing orchids, and I’ve managed to keep two alive in my office (so far). On my Christmas wish list this year is another orchid, a special cattleya that I’ve had my eye on for a long time that blooms with a strong fragrance.
Although you may think that you can only buy plants in person, there are many mail order companies specializing in living plants. Most orchid growers, for example, will ship plants via overnight delivery. They’re experienced at packaging tender plants like orchids, African violets, miniature roses, succulents, or whatever someone loves growing and ensuring that the plants arrive alive.
Try to find out if your special someone loves a particular kind of plant. If you aren’t sure about buying a live plant, how about a gift certificate?
The 2020 Gift List for Gardeners
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10 Best Gifts for Gardeners
Gardyn Home Indoor Smart Garden – WiFi Integrated Vertical Gardening Kit with AI-Based App – 30 Plant Capacity Automatic Hydroponic Growing System
This hydroponic indoor plant growing set-up doesn’t come cheap but it’s really neat. If money is no object, get the gardener in your life this delight. It’s literally a plug-and-play solution to help someone grow tomatoes, lettuce, or other plants right on the kitchen counter. Gardyn Home Indoor Growing Kit
AeroGarden Bounty Indoor Hydroponic Herb Garden, White
Here at Home Garden Joy, I’m all about cooking what you grow. Most of the gardeners that I’ve met in my time also love to cook. And nothing pleases a home cook more than having fresh herbs immediately at hand to season their meals! Check out this all-in-one herb gardening unit. It sits on the counter and enables you to grow several delightful culinary herbs right inside your apartment or home. What a great gift! Aero Garden Indoor Bounty Herb Kit
9 Herb Window Garden – Indoor Organic Herb Growing Kit – Kitchen Windowsill Starter Kit – Easily Grow 9 Herbs Plants from Seeds with Comprehensive Guide – Unique Gardening Gifts for Women & Men
This may be a little more in your price range…this 9 herb garden enables your favorite gardener, amateur chef, or herb lover to grow fresh herbs right on their kitchen windowsill. It includes everything they need to grow 9 favorite culinary herbs including basil, parsley, chives, cilantro and more. 9 Herb Window Garden Kit
CobraHead Original Weeder & Cultivator Garden Hand Tool
I don’t think a day in the garden goes by when I do not use my Cobra Head weeding tool! It has a strong forged steel blade that lets me dig, plant, and weed with ease. The lightweight handle is made from recycled plastic and hangs up in my garage on any hook, plus it’s bright blue so I can find it if I drop it on the grass. I’ve lost other tools because they blended in too well with the soil or plants! Truly this is a gardener’s best friend and a multipurpose tool no gardener should be without. Cobra Head Weeding Tool
H Potter Glass Terrarium Wardian Case Succulent Planter Container
Remember how I said I’m getting into growing orchids? If I could I’d fill my home with these little glass cases. They create the perfect indoor environment to grow orchids, succulents, or other popular house plants. The unique Edwardian/Victorian design looks gorgeous in a classic home, too, and fits in with many decor styles. You can grow a terrarium, succulents, orchids, and many other plants. Just beautiful! Glass Terrarium Wardian Case
COOLJOB Gardening Gloves for Woman and Men, 2 Pairs
I go through gardening gloves at an astonishing rate. I rip the fingers out of them. But these gloves are super tough and made from a durable material that both grips and protects. Two pairs in each package means you’re never without a pair! For men and women. Gardening Gloves.
Trenkle German Black Forest Weather House TU 850
Okay, so it’s not sophisticated, and it’s not one of those super-duper weather stations…but it’s fun, it’s playful, and I have one (inherited from my uncle) and I love it. Who doesn’t love little weather gadgets? If the girl swings out of the house, it’s sunny, and if the boy peeks out, it’s going to rain. Plus, gnomes. Garden gnomes. What’s not to love? Black Forest Weather Haus
Gifts to Make
Jeanne Grunert is a certified Virginia Master Gardener and the author of several gardening books. Her garden articles, photographs, and interviews have been featured in The Herb Companion, Virginia Gardener, and Cultivate, the magazine of the National Farm Bureau. She is the founder of The Christian Herbalists group and a popular local lecturer on culinary herbs and herbs for health, raised bed gardening, and horticulture therapy.