My idea of a successful Christmas shopping trip is walking to my office at the bottom of the garden and ordering everything online, but it can still be an arduous task finding the right pressie for garden-minded friends. So to help you, I’ve trawled through the internet and come up with my top 10 gifts for gardeners. I would love any of these (must send a link to all my family members!) and I hope they inspire you too…
1. Kitchen Garden with shelf from Sparrow and Finch
I spotted these stylish timber planting tables at last year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show and have been yearning for one ever since. They come in a choice of two colours, and two sizes – and are perfect for growing veggies, herbs or even flowers on a patio.
2. Sneeboer Heart-shaped Trowel from Harrod Horticultural (below)
Give love in spades with this cute hand trowel. It has a cherrywood handle and very sharp point, which makes it ideal for bulb planting, drawing out drills, and numerous other garden tasks. And with a 10 year Sneeboer guarantee, it’s made to last.
3. Seed Box and Seedling Paper Pot Press from Cox and Cox (below)
If your gardener loves seed sowing, this practical box and paper pot press would make a pair of great gifts. The pot press will transform old newspaper into perfect little pots for seedlings, while the putty-coloured box keeps seed packets safe and dry. The box costs £15.50 and the press is £10.50.
4. The Wild Strawberry Box from Gluttonous Gardener
This fruity box is ideal for friends who are thinking of growing their own edibles but are not sure where to start. It contains a pair of potted alpine strawberry plants – which are easy to grow and will produce delicious, fragrant mini-strawberries throughout the summer and autumn – plus a jar of strawberry and champagne jam. The box is beautifully packaged in a wooden crate with a personal message from you.
5. Wallmounted herb rack with pots from Not On The Highstreet (below)
Pretty and practical, this herb rack by Garden Trading could go inside or out (treat the wood first if you put it outside), and comes complete with six galvanized pots so you have everything to hand to plant up your herbs.
6. Dedicate a woodland tree and children’s books from the Woodland Trust
I’ve given my mum this present, since she has everything else a gardener could ever need, and I knew she would like the idea of helping the environment. Dedicate a tree in one of the Woodland Trust’s 50 specially selected woods around the UK, and you will receive a the certificate printed with your own words of dedication, information about the wood and a map showing the area where the tree is located. All donations help the Woodland Trust to protect and care for our wonderful woodland heritage and the wildlife it supports. The Woodland Trust also has some lovely children’s books – so order one of these too for your little one.
7. Wilberforce Garden Bench from Metallic Garden
Amazing value for individually crafted furniture, this beautiful galvanized metal bench by Gary Pickles of Metallic Garden would be the perfect addition to any formal or country-style garden.
8. Stylish planters from Primrose
Blokes are impossible to buy presents for if you don’t have a few thousand pounds to spare. But I think a gardening guy would be happy with these smart poly-terrazzo cube planters, perhaps filled with a graphic foliage plant.
9. Rabbit and Cabbage Deckchair from Not on the High Street
I can see myself lounging around in the summer on this funky deckchair by Thornback and Peel. It has a solid hardwood frame, cotton sling and a cushion to match if you fancy it.
10. White Victorian Cottage by Outdoor Accents at ACHICA
I’d quite like a house like this, let alone the birds in my garden. It features a removable back wall, drainage and ventilation and the 32mm hole invites nesting birds in and keeps larger ones out. This birdhouse is great for all year round, not just for Christmas…
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