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For those women who love gardening, the magnificent nature of green spaces has always been abundantly clear. Today, as the world waits indoors for society to restart, few things feel as special as having a garden. It’s no surprise sales of gardening equipment and vegetable growing supplies have soared during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Gardening can be relaxing, entertaining and deeply inspiring. In this turbulent world, it is a privilege. So, treat the one you treasure to a green-fingered gift.
There are some superb gardening themed products on the market right now for women of all ages. From skin care hampers for peppy planters to hedgehog houses for wildlife watchers, read our gift guide to find the perfect product.
1. Ladies Gardening Gloves Gift Box
No ‘Queen of the Garden’ is complete without her trusty set of gardening gloves. Whether pruning, planting or picking up yard debris, a pair of thick and flexible gloves is needed for protection.
While it’s true you can get throwaway gloves from almost any supermarket, spending a little more guarantees you a quality pair that will stand the test of time. With a Ladies Gardening Gloves Gift Box, you don’t just get tough gloves made from sturdy leather or canvas, there are other treats too.
Many of these gift boxes come with everyday gardening tools such as plant clips, peat pots, netting, seed labels and more. It’s a gift that shows you care about the gardener in your life.
2. Gardeners Skin care Hamper
Skin care hampers are very popular gardening gifts right now. If the woman in your life is sowing and growing a little more these days, she’ll be washing her hands a lot more.
As we know, extensive hand washing can wreak havoc with the skin. Add to this the risk of prickly thorns, harsh garden chemicals and intensive mowing and you’ve got a recipe for cracked, flaky skin.
So, give her the gift of beautiful skin with a Gardeners Skin care Hamper. There are many different types available. We especially like the botanical skin care sets that are themed to evoke wild spaces. Plants like jojoba, jasmine and sweet orange are blended to create intoxicating lotions that rehydrate rough skin.
3. Floral Watering Can
Gardeners can be sentimental creatures. For many, the tools on their workbenches and in their sheds are so much more than tools. Some have been handed down through the generations.
Others are treasured gifts. The point is, a high-quality gardening gift is likely to enrich your favourite lady’s life for a long time. For example, consider a Floral Watering Can for your next gift. Sure, watering cans do a simple job, but there are some wonderfully artistic versions out there.
The various copper, pewter and tin pitchers available are the perfect shabby chic accessory for gardeners who love vintage aesthetics. Look for one with a large capacity that is still lightweight enough to carry about the yard.
4. Composting Roller
If your gardening gifts for her are, ideally, very practical, a compost roller might be a good option. These composting devices can be quite expensive, but they’re also designed for long term use over many years.
This is no pretty trinket. It’s a special tool to help the eco-friendly gardener in your life increase their green credentials. The way it works is simple. The composting container hangs on a sturdy frame that’s raised off the ground.
With a handle or crank lever, the user manually rotates (or ‘tumbles’) the container on its frame to aerate the materials and encourage faster decomposition. It’s designed to be easier than taking a stick and ‘stirring’ the inside of a compost bin. Some of the best compost rollers also have a container for collecting liquid fertiliser tea.
5. Vegetable Gardening Trug
Trugs make fantastic gardening gifts because they’re practical and pretty. There’s a huge degree of craftsmanship and skill required to make one. Authentic Sussex style trugs are wooden baskets made from coppiced chestnut wood that is hand cleft and shaved. While they’re not all made this way now, they still feel very traditional.
Trugs tend to be much bigger and broader than modern gardening baskets. It makes them perfect for harvesting fruits and vegetables. You can sling a trug basket on one arm and harvest a garden’s worth of produce in a single trip. Many of our favourite trugs are hessian lined to ensure your veggies and flowers have a safe trip to the house.
6. Gardeners Potting Table
For older gardeners especially, it’s important to minimise time spent bending and kneeling while sowing and planting. The best way to do this is to use a Gardeners Potting Table.
Available in a wide variety of designs and sizes, outdoor potting tables provide a dedicated upright space for manual tasks like potting, watering, feeding and labelling. Many of these products (though not all) come with a one-wheeled edge.
Being made of lightweight wood – pine, fir wood, acacia, etc – they can be easily lifted and wheeled to important areas of the yard. It enables a gardener to work more efficiently. Rather than carrying sowing supplies across the yard, they can pot on the patio or move their whole workstation close to flowerbeds.
Gardening potting table
7. Gardening Kneeling Pad
Gardening Kneeling Pads are simple products. However, they make particularly great gardening gifts for older people and those with impaired mobility. Anybody can use one they’re not just for older gardeners because they support easier, comfier kneeling in the yard.
They come in very handy for sowing, pruning or fertilising flower beds. The best gardening kneeling pads have memory foam cushions to provide a springy, supportive surface for the knees and thighs.
The product you choose should have waterproofing features because, even in good weather, there’s plenty of moisture in the ground. Ideally, it should also have a removable cover so you can keep it dirt and stain free.
8. Weed Puller
Weed Pullers are another practical gift for older gardeners though they can be useful for growers and planters of all ages. These long devices with a handle at one end and an intimidating looking spike on the other end get directly pushed into the ground.
The user pushes, twists and pulls the device back out to remove a weed from the soil. This can all be done without bending or kneeling because weed pullers are long enough to operate while standing.
You’ve just got to make sure you centre the spiked end right over weeds to grab and yank them out. It’s a straightforward tool, but it substantially speeds up summer weeding sessions in the back yard.
9. Floral Tool Bag
If you’re trying to find attractive gardening gifts for her, why not start with a girly Floral Tool Bag for all her supplies and growing accessories.
There are plenty of gorgeous gardening carry bags available, so it shouldn’t be hard to find one that matches her unique style. The bigger question is, what do you want it to come with? These flowery tool bags often include extras such as pruning scissors, plant twine and, sometimes, full sets of gardening tools.
If you know somebody who’s just starting to learn about gardening, a Floral Tool Bag with a basic toolset makes a very thoughtful gift. Our advice is to look for a tool bag with a sturdy handle that is built to last.
10. Hedgehog Home
Perhaps the nature lover in your life is less fixated with growing vegetables and more passionate about their garden’s wildlife. Or maybe they’re equally excited about both.
There are many different types of gardener out there. For some people, nothing feels better than creating a safe wild space for local critters. Hedgehog homes are, for a start, adorable. They look like mini sheds but their purpose is to provide shelter for your garden’s visitors.
Just place the Hedgehog Home wherever you suspect the hedgehogs are travelling. The benefits of an enclosed wooden structure are numerous. The entrance is perfect for hedgehogs but too small for predators. The interior is clean and well ventilated which makes it a good place to shelter, feed and nest.
11. Encyclopaedia of Garden Design
If you’re struggling to find inspiring gardening gifts, an Encyclopaedia of Garden Design is never a bad idea. The RHS encyclopaedia continues to be one of the most popular and highly regarded. It is updated regularly to ensure it provides contemporary and relevant advice.
This gift is particularly useful for anybody wanting to learn about living spaces and the innovative ways they are created. It includes information on landscaping trends, building and construction guides, tips on managing drainage and patios, suggestions for water features and plenty of beautiful colour photographs.
12. Grow Your Own Chocolate Flowers
Did you know you can grow chocolate scented flowers? You can, and we bet there’s somebody in your life who’ll be delighted with the challenge. To reiterate, these Grow Your Own Chocolate Flowers kits don’t allow you to grow real chocolate.
However, the flowers they produce have a distinctly chocolaty scent which lots of people find delightful. The kits come with everything you need to grow these plants successfully.
They include chocolate flower seeds, all-natural coconut husk pots, plant markers and peat discs that expand in water. There is more than one type of growing kit available. The accessories may vary, but these are the basic bits and pieces you need.
13. Herb Growing Aerogarden
In the current climate, few gifts are as useful as a Herb Growing Aero Garden. They’re designed to make indoor growing easy and mess free. These devices can be expensive, but that’s because they are very sophisticated.
With an Aero Garden, there’s no need for soil. Plants thrive in a carefully regulated hydroponic container that responsively manages hydration levels, grow lighting, airflow and more. If you want to grow abundant and healthy herbs but you haven’t got a lot of time, space or know-how, this is probably the best way to do it.
Herb Growing Aero Gardens require almost no intervention. Just plant your seeds and let the smart device optimise their growing conditions to guarantee a robust herb harvest every time.
14. Garden Hammock
Worried about the state of the world? Feeling anxious in lockdown? Grab a book, head outdoors and enjoy the sun in a beautifully designed garden hammock.
Many modern hammocks don’t even require a tree branch for hanging anymore. There are lots of freestanding versions on the market.
With a freestanding hammock, the fabric sling is suspended from its own frame so you can use it anywhere.
They work best when placed on flat ground. Patios and decks are ideal locations for freestanding hammocks. You should have no trouble drifting off to sleep on a sunny afternoon in one of these gently rocking garden beds.
15. Gardening Body Spa Basket
Sometimes gardening gifts for her are practical and rugged. Other times, they’re all about pampering and enriching. With a Gardening Body Spa Basket, the gift is an opportunity to unwind, relax and wash off the hard work of the day.
After you’ve spent a long afternoon shearing and weeding, it’s time to give back to your body. It’s hard to find a Gardening Body Spa Basket that doesn’t sound delightfully luxurious. However, do shop around to find a product that matches your recipient’s tastes.
Some primarily contain bath products. Others include hand lotions and other skin care items. Whatever your choice, spa baskets are a gift that says ‘take a load off.’
16. Butterfly Mix Seed Balls
Butterfly Mix Seed Balls are among our all-time favourite gardening gifts for her, him or anybody. They delight in so many ways. Not only do they help gardeners plant beautiful wildflowers, but they also give back to nature.
Butterfly seed balls are tightly compacted balls of specially selected seeds They don’t need to be planted. They are simply tossed onto soil or in a pot and rainwater does the rest. Once naturally watered, wildflowers grow.
As the seeds have been specially selected to attract butterflies, gardeners also get to enjoy new visitors. This is truly one of the easiest ways to grow wildflowers and, while you’re doing it, create a safe space for nature.
17. Cocktail Garden Kit
In recent years, cocktail garden kits have soared in popularity as more people nurture an interest in creating new things at home. Like most DIY growing sets, these cocktail inspired kits are made to be simple and straightforward.
Even somebody who has never gardened before should understand how to use them. The exciting thing about a Cocktail Garden Kit is it includes seeds for the plants commonly used to make cocktails.
They include, but are not limited to, blue borage, lime basil, cucamelon, Agastache and more. The kits come with instructions as well as seed packets, plant markers, peat discs and growing pots.
18. Herb Cutting Scissors
No gardeners potting bench is complete without a pair of Herb Cutting Scissors. These delightfully beefed up scissors make it easy to snip through a whole pot of lemongrass, oregano or basil in one single action.
They can do this effortlessly because they’re four or five (depending on the product) pairs of scissors fixed together. The purpose of doing this is to help you cut through a large mass of herb stalks quickly.
Herb Cutting Scissors are a particularly useful tool for gardeners with large outdoor herb gardens that require regular harvesting. Save time and energy to spend on transforming garden herbs into magnificent dishes.
19. Vertical Wall Planter
For women who garden in very small spaces, every inch is an opportunity. So, add more inches to your yard with a Vertical Wall Planter. These planters are made to be hung or mounted on vertical surfaces.
Most people use their home’s exterior walls but fences, garden sheds and sidings work too. These planters look similar to shoe racks with their rows of square pockets. Gardeners hang the planter on a wall and add small amounts of soil to the pockets.
Seeds can then be added. The plants will grow upwards and out of the pockets as they would in a regular pot. The only difference is these ones don’t need floor space. They are felt-lined so the material absorbs and then slowly drains away excess water.
20. Insect Hotel
The final gift idea on our list is the magnificent Insect Hotel. This is another one of those gardening gifts designed to delight nature lovers. Insect Hotels look similar to solitary bee houses but they tend to be larger with more varied compartments.
The different shaped compartments appeal to different kinds of insects such as ladybirds, butterflies and bees. If positioned in a busy part of the yard at the right time of year, it will appeal to flying insects as a safe space for sheltering and nesting.
These miniature bug hotels come in a range of shapes and sizes. Some require a little DIY to get them set up and ready. Others come prepared for hanging on an exterior wall or siding.
21. Robot lawn mower
If there is one garden job which just never seems to go away it’s mowing. Grass needs on average 14 cuts a year which is quite a reoccurring occurrence throughout the season. This can be rather inconvenient for the lady in your life, particularly if she has more important things to do.
Some of the best gardening gifts for her are the ones that free up her time for other more fun gardening projects. This makes a robot lawn mower the perfect present for lady gardeners. Not only will these cool garden gadgets cut your grass automatically they will actually improve the quality of your lawn.
These robots have small spinning blades which cut grass into tiny particles you can’t see. These fertilise the grass and encourage a dense growing habit. Not only will they make you garden look amazing they will give you more time to do the things you love.
22. Ladies folding secateurs
Punning is a highly skilled garden operation with varying levels of intricacy depending on the time of year and growing stock. Pruning can help to produce the form you want as well as producing flowers and fruit. For gardeners pruning can actually be a quite a therapeutic project allowing for some light hearted time in the garden.
Regardless if the woman in your life is a professional gardener or a weekend amateur these secateurs make the perfect gift. Their easy folding handles make them easy to move around and access when you need them. Not only are they very functional they look really great as well!
23. Create your own terrarium
Terrariums are effectively a miniature plant growing atmosphere. Typically made of transparent materials such as glass they form a dome with a growing medium at the bottom. A when sunlight enters the terrarium it causes evaporation and precipitation mimicking the earth’s hydraulic cycle.
This creates a self sustaining, warm and moist growing environment. Not only are these fantastic for growing small plant communities they are also a great indoor feature. Terrariums can be decorated with gravels, rocks or twisted wood. They are great for growing mosses, ferns, succulents and many other amazing plants.
This makes Terrariums a perfect and interactive gardening gift for her at any time of year. This kit comes with everything she needs to create a living, breathing showpiece of her own.
24. Electric heated propagator
One of the most exciting parts of gardening is putting seeds in the soil and watching them grow! Germination is quite simply one of the nature’s miracles in action and an essential part of gardening.
Whether your gardener friend is a vegetable grower or someone who likes to grow flowers a propagator makes a great gift! This electric heated propagator allows you to create the perfect warm environment to burst seeds into life! This is extremely useful if you live in a cooler climate and have late frosts in spring.
This propagator will give her seedlings a warm place to build up strength before potting on. Whether it is for a birthday, Christmas or just to show you care they make a perfect gardening gift for her.
25. Lean to Green house
If there is one amazing thing you can do for gardeners it is to help extend their growing season. Without being able to change the weather greenhouses are the perfect ways to achieve this.
Greenhouses capture the suns light and heat up even n the middle of winter. This allows gardeners to grow sooner and later within the gardening season. This lean to greenhouse goes even further making use of the extra shelter and microclimate of the building.
Erect this great growing space on a warm sunny wall and the lady gardener in your life will seriously up her game. Not only will she be able to start gardening earlier she will also be able to grow more exotic and tropical plants.
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Paul Nicolaides is a Landscape architect and garden builder with over 30 years experience in designing, building and maintaining gardens. Contemplating just how important garden space is for nature and recreation he created 'Cool Garden Gadgets' to explore the best gadgets for enhancing outside spaces. From outdoor dining ideas to the latest garden technology we break it down for you here.