Gardening gifts are not the kind of things you can give to everyone on your shopping list. However, many homeowners do maintain a garden of some sort and we know plenty of them who will adore a few choice items to add to their bustling outdoor space. Heck, we know a few apartment dwellers who maintain indoor gardens and vertical garden spaces that will likely appreciate them, too.
What gifts will your plant-loving recipient like? It depends, although there are some staple gifts that make the cut pretty regularly. Beautiful planters, for instance, are always a welcome gift, since they almost always find uses for them. Same with practical gardening apparel, such as gloves, tool belts, and aprons. Gardeners love getting new tools, too, although you’ll want to make sure you’re getting them good ones, since they’ll be putting that thing to task and they’ll sooner chuck it away if it doesn’t quite get the job done. Gardening gifts that can make the erstwhile laborious work easier will obviously be appreciated, so clever gadgets and innovative tools will always pique their curiosity.
Your gardening gift also doesn’t have to be about plants. Many backyard gardeners we know would love to get decorative accents for their growing spaces, as well as more functional additions such as stakes, trellises, and arches. You can also get them other items they might for the garden, such as composting equipment, bird feeders, and even outdoor lighting, so they can continue to enjoy their thriving space at night. Lastly, you can get them other items that have botanical themes, which still touches on their interest, but spares you from having to shop for gifts you might not be familiar with.
These are the best gardening gifts for the all the plant lovers in your shopping list.
Atree Soil pH Meter
This simple device can measure soil moisture, soil pH value, and sunlight intensity, allowing you to keep tabs on three of the most important things to keep you plants healthy. Yes, gardeners can get nerdy with all their measurements, too, which makes this a great gardening gift for the right individual. To use, just plant the probes about two-thirds deep (four to six inches) into the soil and move the switch to whatever data you want to measure, then get the readings from the built-in gauge. This is the kind of thing that can be useful for both backyard and indoor gardeners, provided they’re the sort who want precise data about the amount of nutrients their plants are getting. It doesn’t require batteries, by the way, making it really hassle-free to use.
It looks like some kind of weird wooden tribal sculpture, but this contraption is actually a molding tool for making your own planter pots using paper. To use, simply cut strips of paper around three inches wide and wrap them around the cylindrical portion of the top piece. Fold in any excess paper at the bottom and place it in the ring to set it into place. From there, just pull out the paper from the mold and you’ve got yourself a functional planter that you can fill with soil. Do note, this is probably best given for newer gardeners, as more seasoned ones will probably already have their own method for making small planters.
Gardening can be tough on the skin, with all the sun exposure and rougher bushes you could end up dealing with. These sleeves wear around your arms to offer a protective shield, keeping scrapes and scratches away, while providing UVPF 50+ sun protection. It makes for a cooler, more comfortable alternative to wearing long-sleeved work shirts during the hotter days of the year. The sleeves come in four sizes and are meant to cover everything from the top of the forearms to the hands, with holes for your thumb and fingers to let you work unimpeded.
Based on the Square Foot Gardening Method, this simple tool offers a guide for spacing your plants to maximize harvest and minimize weed growth, making it a great gardening gift for backyard farmers who want to grow vegetables in their homes. Using the tool, your garden will never be too crowded that it becomes difficult to spot weeds, all while helping you maximize the amount of space you have by giving you a precise template for the optimal number of plants within its one square foot of coverage. It’s the perfect tool for novice gardeners looking to turn a patch of their open space into a thriving vegetable garden.
If your recipient maintains a flower garden, then butterflies are probably no strangers to their outdoor spaces. This butterfly biome offers a way to keep them there year round by providing them a feeding station during the summer and a safe habitat during the winter. It comes with a covered area made up of slotted wooden cartridges they can use as a safe space during winter months, as well as a nectar feeding tray you can fill with fruit during the start and end of summer when natural nectar sources are a bit more scarce to bring them to your garden.
A multi-purpose gardening tool, this combines the features of a knife, a saw, and a trowel, allowing you to use it for weeding, digging, pruning, cutting, and cultivating your garden. Heck, we’ve even used it to pry stones and dig through gravel without any issues. It’s a good-looking hand tool, as well, with a full tang stainless steel blade, walnut wood handle, and a nylon sheath, making it a great gardening gift your recipient is likely to appreciate, especially with how well-built the whole thing is. The concave blade even comes with one-inch markings that you can use for measuring plant depth, with a tempered construction to ensure durable function over many years.
This gardening tool can be used one of two ways. Put the board side down and it becomes a kneeling surface, allowing you to get close to the ground without covering your knees in dirt. Flip it up to turn it into a stool, giving you an elevated seat that stands 17.5 inches away from the ground. The whole thing weighs just five pounds, so you can easily carry it around a large lawn or backyard, all while supporting up to 330 pounds. It uses a board surface cut in thick EVA foam on both sides, by the way, so it’s very comfortable both for kneeling and sitting. A tool pouch you can secure on the frame is included, in case you need it.
If you’re going to get you recipient tools as gardening gifts, you want to get good quality ones if you want them to actually use it in place of what they already have. That’s definitely the case with this pruner, which have incredibly sharp blades that cut so cleanly, requiring very little effort to cut even thicker branches. It has hardened steel blades that you can sharpen many ties over and forged aluminum handles with a non-slip coating, ensuring it can serve your garden for a long time. There’s also a wire-cutting notch, just in case you need it in a pinch.
For the indoor gardener, this two-foot long grow light has a bulb that delivers the full 6400k light spectrum, making it a viable replacement for natural sunlight. It comes with its own stand, so you can just place plants right under, as well as a built-in timer with preprogrammed 12/12 and 18/6 lighting schedules, so you just choose how long you want your plants to be exposed to light. The light’s height can be adjusted right on the stand, by the way, so you can lower it when you’re lighting small seedlings and raise it as they grow bigger.
Combining features of a rake and a shovel, this tool can be extremely useful for folks with bigger yards and gardens, as you can use it for raking, collecting, skimming, sifting, dumping, and hauling a whole host of stuff. It measures 58 inches long and weighs just 1.75 pounds, making it incredibly easy to use for scooping mulch and other tasks around the yard, while the tines allow you to dump the contents differently than regular shovels, especially with stuff like mulch that you can spread slowly by simply shaking instead of dumping outright. The handle also splits in half, by the way, so it can collapse shorter for easier shortage.
For the sustainable gardener, this large composter comes with an interior divided into two compartments. Why two? So you can start composting in one section, while still leaving the other usable for adding new scraps. It comes with deep fins inside the compartments for breaking up clumps while the ability to roll on its stand allows it to mix its contents hands-free, saving you from having to dig and mix the compost by hand. Features include plenty of aeration holes to mix a lot more oxygen into the compost, BPA-free container, and a galvanized steel stand.
This greenhouse kit makes a great gardening gift for people who want to keep their gardens alive during rougher weather, as it gives you a controlled space where your plants can grow and thrive throughout the seasons. It measures 6.4 x 4.7 x 4.7 feet (height x width x depth), so you can walk in and tend to your plants while sheltered from the elements, with three layers of shelves on the sides and rear giving you plenty of space to set down your planters and pots. Construction is steel for the poles, which snap together using included connectors, while the clear PVC material allows sunlight to come through while shielding the plants from rain, snow, and pests. Features include a zippered mesh door, mesh windows, and all the tools you need to set it up in your outdoor area. Granted, you’ll need to spend some time building this thing, but it’s definitely worth the trouble.
If you want a fancy gardening gift, this rustproof all-brass watering wand definitely does the trick. What the heck is it? Well, you connect it to a standard garden hose and use it to deliver a fine, rain-like stream of water to your plants, with the two-foot length allowing you to reach plants on the far side without having to deliver a strong spray like you would with a standard hose. It comes with a ball valve, so you can deliver a light sprinkle or a gentle shower to your garden, depending on your mood. Can you find similar tools for cheaper? Sure, but we doubt any one of them are going to look this pretty.