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The garden is a place where unlike the home, anything goes. Gardens and outside spaces are not subject to the same constraints other areas of the home are. This means we have the ability to let go and be adventurous when seeking out exciting garden decor.
Unusual garden gifts can compliment a friend’s quirky personality or nature. Quirky things for the garden can provide outside focal points and make new, exciting garden spaces. Perhaps a friend or family member has a strange interest or hobby an unusual garden gift could adhere to perfectly?
Whatever your reason for buying an unusual present for the garden, one thing is for sure. Life is too short to keep things predictable. Gardeners and garden lovers know very well that the garden gives them somewhere to escape and relax. With all the stresses and strains of modern life it is important to make ones garden a sanctuary.
Maybe a friend has a tropical themed garden that could do with a realistic orangutan statue? Maybe they love fairy tales and some fairy garden décor would make the perfect unusual garden gift!
There are dozens of fantastically crazy and out of the ordinary things to excite your senses! From underground beer coolers to funky water features to bonsai growing kits we have put together our favourite unusual gifts for the garden here.
Grow your own avocado tree
Everyone can be fascinated by the amazing natural phenomena of seed germination. Watching a seed sprout into a living plant is one of nature’s many miracles.
No better example of this amazing process can be seen than with an avocado seed. This tree native to South America has a delicious fruit rich in good fatty acids. After enjoying a yummy avocado simply add the large stone to this unusual garden gift and wait.
After a few days of watering and a little warmth you will observe in amazement as a baby avocado tree will sprout into life! This process can be repeated several times and baby trees can be potted into bigger pots for growing on.
These in themselves can make unusual garden gifts for friends and who knows maybe even one day you will harvest your own, fresh avocados!
Wild flower seed bomb kit
Nowadays everyone is becoming more aware of environmental issues such as biodiversity loss and ecological destruction.
Many gardeners have realised that you do not have to stop mass deforestation to make a difference! By making new habitats for biodiversity and growing plants which attract wildlife can make a huge difference too!
Wildflowers can be perfect for such new habitat creation projects in the garden. Wildflower meadows create dense vegetation for insects to have shelter and security.
These wild plants also provide food and nectar for many beneficial insects in the garden. These insects feed on garden pests and also help to feed local wildlife higher up the food chain.
Vertical green wall planter
Want to find a really unusual garden gift? How about convincing your garden loving friends into growing a vertical garden? Green walls are becoming extremely popular in recent times especially in urban gardens.
Multiple modules or planting pockets allow you to utilise vertical surfaces for growing herbs, flowers or even vegetables! Not only do vertical planters look amazing they are also great for the environment.
Vegetated walls help to keep warm air inside during winter and help to cool buildings in summer. Not only is science starting to uncover discoveries that seeing natural greenery is good for peoples mental well being.
These vertical planters are a perfect gift especially for city gardeners. They even help to attract more wildlife too.
Glow in the dark garden pebbles
If there is one thing that really makes a garden special it is illumination at night! Lights and glowing objects can be used to mark out pathways or lead the eye to exciting features.
These glowing pebbles are fantastic for pots or around ponds and pathways. These very unusual garden gifts can add some spectacular magic to fairy gardens, Disney gardens or even Christmas displays. Pebbles are a fantastic way of gifting a friend with something to let their imaginations run wild!
Bonsai growing kit
Bonsai growing originated in Asia thousands of years ago. The art of Bonsai grows sapling trees into older specimens and by restricting their roots they form a mature looking tree but in miniature.
In order to create the perfect bonsai however there are certain skills and processes one must undertake. Using a combination of pruning, training and constant daily care bonsai examples can become rather remarkable specimens!
Some of the most famous bonsai from Japan are hundreds of years old. Many of these are worth thousands of pounds and look simply amazing. What better way to give an unusual garden gift than this bonsai growing kit? Perfect for Christmas, birthdays or any special occasion.
Butterfly nectar feeder
One of the things that has really helped wildlife decline in our towns and countryside is the reduction in places to shelter. Hedgerows, decomposing log piles and standing dead trees all used to provide homes for thousands of species, especially insects.
Unfortunately our new modern garden styles lend themselves to simplicity and a minimum of clutter. Most of us however love to see the fluttering of butterflies and hear the joy of bird song! It is not always possible to create a forest in our gardens but we can add nesting boxes to provide places for them to live and feed.
This Butterfly nectar feeder gives butterflies somewhere safe and secure for them to rest and feed in your garden. They make the perfect unusual garden gifts for nature lovers.
Bird box video camera
Bird boxes can give people the perfect way of attracting birds into the garden. These provide great places for birds to shelter and raise young. These are sadly in short supply nowadays, why not lend a helping hand?
The more bird boxes the more birds we will have visiting our gardens with all the benefits they bring. Birds eat thousands of pests and insects every year including insects, slugs and snails.
Now however there is an even better reason to add a bird box to your garden. This bird box video camera will enable you to video the inside of the box enjoying watching the mother raise her young.
This provides you a unique view of nature in action and is fantastic to watch with your family. This bird box camera set makes a perfect unusual garden gift for the ones you love in your life.
With today’s tidy gardens with manicured lawns it can be challenging for insects to find suitable places to nest and reproduce. Large areas of paving and planting schemes which remove old woody material mean there are less places for all sorts of insects to shelter.
Many insects lifecycles require some of their life dormant in a safe and tucked away spot. Many solitary bees require long tubular structures to lay their eggs and survive the winter.
But there is no longer a need to have a jungle for a garden in order to provide suitable nesting sites. These insect hotels provide plenty of nooks and crannies for all sorts of beneficial insects. Their cool design with interesting textures actually makes them a garden artwork and centrepiece.
Orangutan garden ornament
Garden ornaments are a brilliant way to provide some height and interest to garden spaces. Mankind has created and used ornaments to mimic nature since the beginning of civilisation.
Ornaments give us a three dimensional view of the world around us and can show case the wonders of the natural world. This Orangutan ornament may seem a rather unusual garden gift but would add a talking point to any garden.
Its life like feel and curious expression means it could be incorporated into any good garden design. Orangutans are now critically endangered and to enjoy this wonder of nature every day in your garden will be a rare treat indeed.
Not only does a freshly cut garden lawn look amazing it is also a functional outdoor surface. There is no better outside area than a soft garden lawn to sit on and play garden sports in summer time.
It has to be said however that constantly cutting and caring for the perfectly manicured lawn can be a drama. Every season getting the mower out of the shed can be a laborious task and one that simply keeps on coming back!
Fear not! if there is one gardening gadget that you will wonder how you ever lived without its the robotic lawnmower. Not only will this smart piece of garden technology cut the grass it will actually help care for your lawn.
Robot mowers cut at such a high frequency they make your grass thicker and fuller! These handy garden mowers can make an impressive and unusual garden gift. This is certainly one to make the neighbours green with envy.
Solar light wind chimes
If anyone was asked what it is the thing they love most about the garden a joy to the senses would probably get a mention. Gardens allow us to feel the wind on our skin and hear the birds sing their glorious songs. It is not a surprise that countless cool garden gadgets can enhance our outdoor senses even further.
A perfect example of this is the wonderful Solar light, wind chime. Just as any other wind chime it plays a soothing melody when there is a gentle breeze. However this has the added allure of having suspended solar balls which light up during the night.
This creates a wonderful and even hypnotic dance which can make you stare for hours. This will make a truly unique gift your friends and family will absolutely love.
Motion activated video camera
It is true that even keen garden lovers do not know what lives at the bottom of their garden. When the evening comes and the sun goes down most gardens are absolutely alive with nocturnal animal life. To see this other side of your garden can be rather quite amazing and interesting.
Most people discover their gardens have much more wildlife than they could ever of imagined! Even in the centre of the city! What better way to explore this from the comfort of your own living room than with this digital game camera. It can take pictures or video both day and night and makes for an exciting tech garden gift.
Garden digital thermometer
A wise person once stated 'if it can't be measured, it can’t be managed' It is probably not the first thought for gardeners to familiarise themselves with the average temperature outside.
Knowing your gardens average temperatures however can be extremely useful for garden enthusiasts. This knowledge can directly influence a gardener in what they grow and when they grow it.
This could be the difference between gardening success or failure! What better way to become familiar with your gardens temperature than with this outdoor digital thermometer. It is also extremely effective for greenhouses and monitoring garden microclimates.
Every gardener will tell you weeding is probably the least favourite part of what they do. Unfortunately the type of plants you don’t want in the garden are those that are quick to establish and difficult to get rid of. Of all the different types of weeds most gardeners will tell you their most hated is deep tap rooted types.
Weeds like Dock and Dandelion can be a pain to get rid of with their roots going down as deeply as 4 feet! Well fear not! This garden weed puller is just the thing needed to get to the root of the problem.
Deep grabbing blades slide down either side of each root and a pulling mechanism helps you to lift them out with ease! These unusual but effective methods of weeding will revolutionise the way you weed forever.
Composting is such an effective and ecological way to recycle garden nutrients and produce organic fertiliser. Not only is composting good for your garden it is also great for the planet!
Traditionally composting has meant heaping up garden debris and regularly turning it to add oxygen. Although this helps soil microorganisms break down waste quicker it can be extremely hard work especially on the lower back.
So why not gift your friend with this very unusual garden gift with a fun and easy way to make compost! This compost roller allows you to turn your organic waste by rolling it up and down the garden. Not only is this great fun and exercise for children it accelerates the composting process my adding more air and mixing up the ingredients.
Window bird feeder
Feeding the local birds has become more and more popular every single year for decades now. A great awareness and shocking statistics of our decline in wild bird species has provoked us all to take action.
With more of us installing bird boxes, bird baths and feeders there is at least hope in time our bird species numbers will recover. Feeding the birds however is not just a matter of conservation.
Seeing birds within a short distance at the bird feeder can be a joyful experience and exciting past time! Well now you really can get an up and personal look at your garden birds even if your seat is by the window or not.
This window bird feeder simply sticks to the window with suction cups. Fill the trays with seed and wait, you will not be disappointed!
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We all know somebody who seems to spend more time outdoors than inside. Whether camping, hiking, gardening or crafting, they can’t get enough of Mother Nature. The grass is their sofa, the birdsong their morning alarm. They don’t care for Netflix, but a new edition of their favourite wildflower almanac is bound to raise a smile.
If you’ve got an outdoorsy type in your life, you might be wondering what to gift them at the next birthday or Christmas. The good news is there are plenty of great products for people who love being out in the wild. Perhaps your family is planning a big camping trip and you need some new outdoor gear. Or perhaps you just fancy treating yourself.
Whatever your reasons for browsing outdoor gadgets, we’re going to show you some of the coolest. We’ve listed our favourite outdoor products and equipment to give you some inspiration. Here are our top picks:
1. Bio-Lite Wood-Burning Stove
Bio-lite wood-burning stoves have become very popular with camping fans because they provide a ‘clean’ way to cook outdoors. To create a fully functional electric oven, the user simply needs to build a fire (as many people already do when they go camping). Then, they position the bio-lite stove on top of the fire.
The heat from the fire powers a thermoelectric generator inside the stove. This generator charges a fan which injects air into the burn chamber to create a more efficient, more eco-friendly cooking process. It even stores excess energy as electric to be used for charging devices via an integrated USB port. Pretty cool, huh?
The only downside to these cool outdoor ovens is their size. They can cook almost anything – including pizzas – but they tend to be on the bulky side. For this reason, we think they’re best suited to campers who travel by vehicle. If you’re going to buy one, you need an easy way to transport a portable stove that’s on the larger side.
2. Thermal Imaging Scope
This next gadget is for the serious outdoorsman (or lady). As high-quality thermal imaging scopes can be very expensive, you should have a clear purpose in mind when browsing for one. Are you hoping to capture nocturnal animals? Do you need a thermal scope for hunting expeditions? Are you hoping to increase your home’s security?
Whatever your reasons for buying a thermal scope, shop carefully. Thermal vision doesn’t need a light source to operate, unlike standard night vision. This means it’s perfect for night-time hunting trips and detecting movement whether from people or animals in extremely low light conditions.
You should be aware thermal imaging scopes are normally a little heavier than night vision scopes. Make sure your chosen gadget has ergonomic features that allow it to be gripped tightly without discomfort. You don’t want to lose this piece of kit in the woods!
3. Go Pro
Go Pro cameras have been a staple in the equipment bags of mountain bikers, hikers and climbers for a long time. Yes, they can be rather pricey. However, depending on the type of video footage you’re trying to capture, they may be the only viable choice. Nothing matches Go Pro cameras for rugged, fast-paced action shots and videos.
These ‘action’ cameras are popular for two reasons. They can be mounted in an almost endless variety of ways on car hoods, bike handles, skateboards, rucksacks, shoulder harnesses and lots more. They’re also designed to withstand very fast movement so, unlike many other portable cameras, they are capable of recording things like extreme sports in crystal clear quality.
You don’t need to empty your bank account quite yet because Go Pro cameras come in a wide variety of models. Some models can be bought for as little as £120. Other Go Pros retail for more than £380 and come with an array of sophisticated features like super time-lapse vision, HyperSmooth stabilisation and 1080p live streaming.
4. Metal Detector
Metal detectors have experienced a serious surge in popularity over the last five years. They’ve become cool gadgets and now everybody wants one. There’s something unmistakably relaxing about an afternoon spent metal detecting. It’s not really about finding valuables; it’s about getting outdoors and paying attention to things.
These devices come in a range of different sizes and prices. If you want to make metal detecting a regular hobby, you might consider a more expensive product with an interchangeable coil and a large ID LCD meter. Or you could spend less on a midrange detector with a medium-sized waterproof coil and a non-slip adjustable neck.
If this is your first foray into metal detecting, we recommend a midrange product, at least to begin with. You’ll find some fantastic machines on the market for under £80. Some of our favourites come with universal headphone jacks so you can plug in and tune out the background noises. This can be very helpful when detecting in locations like the beach.
Paulo Andreas is a garden & outside gadget guru searching, testing and reviewing the latest and best Cool Garden Gadgets. Feel free to comment on any of the gadgets posted here. Paulo