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The approach of father’s day can be exciting or nerve wracking depending on your ability to devise the perfect gift. Whether the dearest man in your life is a passionate golfer, griller, handyman or chef, one type of product is a guaranteed winner.
Gardening gifts for dad, or for any special guy, are always a fantastic idea because plants and other green things are beneficial in all homes, for all personalities.
The gardening gifts and gadgets on our list are primarily designed for those with outdoor spaces. Yet, there are plenty of ways to raise beautiful plants and veggies indoors as well, so you don’t even need a garden to enjoy many of these products.
From magical multi tools to seed tins, weeding gadgets, tool belts, growing kits and lots more, when it comes to gardening gifts for him, we’ve got you covered.
Keep reading for tips on the most brilliant garden gadgets to appear on shelves this summer.
1. Gardening Safety Rigger Boots
Gardening safety rigger boots are a great gift for the serious, heavy duty gardener. These protective boots are designed to be the ultimate protection from outdoor elements.
With an un-crushable steel toe cap, a shock absorbing heel and a slip resistant sole, they provide grip and comfort even in wet, muddy conditions.
The best safety rigger boots reach up and around the calves so they protect clothing as efficiently as they do feet, legs and toes.
While they can be worn all year round, they’re ideal footwear for winter or for any wet and windy climate. Perhaps it’s time to throw out dad’s old tennis shoes and treat him to a safer shoe for the garden.
2. Down to Earth: Gardening Wisdom
Monty Don’s ‘Down to Earth: Gardening Wisdom’ is one of our favourite modern books on growing and comes highly recommended by fans of simple, uncomplicated gardening techniques.
Don, who has presented gardening shows on British TV for many years is a self confessed plant-aholic and believes gardening is the key to wellness and happiness.
In his book, Don shares advice on mulching, pruning, composting and planting in almost every conceivable circumstance and environment. There are practical, straightforward tips in here for every season, but it’s not just a standard growing manual.
The book also features lots of landscaping ideas and musings on the impact of gardening on emotional and physical wellbeing.
3. Water Butt
You don’t need to be a keen gardener to benefit from a backyard water butt. However, gardeners should consider using one if growing in an unpredictable climate.
If it’s tricky to predict when the next rain shower will come, just depend on a water butt instead. These straightforward gadgets collect rainwater from your downpipe and store it until you need it for watering the lawn or plants.
If you’re looking for practical gardening gifts for him, a water butt is a great choice. There are very few working parts here and minimal installation is required, so it’s an easy way to have a backup water supply. Water butts come in a wide variety of sizes.
If your giftee has limited outdoor space, buy a slim line butt that’s designed to nestle in narrow areas.
4. Funky Veg Kit
DIY growing kits are some of our favourite gardening gifts because they’re designed to be fun and simple.
If your dad has always wanted to try veggie growing but never got around to collecting supplies, the Funky Veg Kit is ideal. You don’t need any experience (and very little skill) to use this all-in-one gardening kit from Plant Theatre.
It contains everything a budding veg grower needs: vegetable seeds, biodegradable starter containers, peat discs and plant markers. The techniques needed to successfully grow these plants are exactly what you’d expect but the veggies themselves are a little different!
Think purple carrots, red sprouts, yellow courgettes and rainbow coloured chard to brighten up your deck or windowsill.
5. Compost Tumbler
The compost tumbler is a simple gadget but it can transform a man’s efforts in the garden. Tumblers make composting easier and more efficient by providing an enclosed, rotating barrel for organic materials to break down in.
Think of it like a large composting bin but, instead of agitating the contents with a fork, you can just turn a handle and let the materials tumble and aerate with no dirt, mess or smells.
For gardeners who are serious about composting, these gadgets are a valuable tool. They benefit all types of gardeners but are particularly useful for those with mobility problems that prevent them from manually aerating their mulch.
Plus, there’s the perk of having perfect quality compost. As every rotation is consistent, the organic materials get aerated at an optimum rate and produce the richest, most nourishing compost.
6. Thermal Weeder
Thermal weeders are great gardening gadgets because they look cool, they’re fun to use and they produce impressive results. If the gardener in your life is sick of hand weeding, treat them to a bit of luxury with an electronic device that shocks unwanted visitors right out of the ground.
The thermal unit heats up in seconds and ‘zaps’ weeds at a cellular level to ensure they don’t return to a meticulously tended garden.
Our favourite thing about the thermal weeder is it doesn’t use chemicals. If you have one of these devices, you don’t need to use weed killers or other products that might damage the environment.
It’s wonderful news for the bees, butterflies and other insects that kindly pollinate your garden’s flowers.
7. Funny Gardening Sign
Now for something a bit more frivolous, because gardening isn’t always a serious affair. If you can’t have fun in your outdoor space, why put so much hard work into making it feel like a sanctuary.
Great gardening gifts for him might include funny gardening signs that encourage him to showcase his personality and put his unique stamp on the yard.
Funny gardening signs come in many shapes and sizes. There are gardening puns, naughty gardening slogans, silly gardening jokes and a whole bunch of other delightfully cheeky options.
Just make sure your recipient installs your gift in pride of place out in the yard or vegetable patch. This is a cheerful sign to say ‘welcome to my garden, I weed hard and water harder.’
8. Grow Your Own Hot Chillies Kit
For brave gardeners, you might consider a Grow Your Own Hot Chillies Kit. Not only does a recipient get to learn how to raise chillies, they also get a fun and unique tasting experience once they do.
Just be careful who you give this gift to. They might insist you sample their beautiful homegrown chillies on your next visit.
DIY kits like this are ideal presents for both chilli lovers and gardeners who are curious about growing and trying new foods. Chillies are remarkably easy to grow, so you don’t need much experience or physical space to produce a good harvest.
The typical kit contains hot chilli seeds, growing pots, plant markers, compost or peat discs and detailed instructions.
9. Motorised Garden Multi Tool
Motorised garden multi tools are highly practical and particularly useful to those with large gardens who work on landscaping all year round. The typical multi tool combines strimmer, hedge cutter and tree pruner attachments to make heavy duty maintenance work as safe and efficient as possible.
By combining three separate cutting tools in one, eager gardeners can save time and enjoy more consistent, even results.
These multi tools are sometimes a good choice for gardeners with low mobility. They make it easy to cut and prune trees from the ground, thereby reducing the need for ladders.
However, they still require a reasonable amount of upper body strength. The user must be capable of lifting and controlling a cutting attachment mounted on a 2.30 metres pole (average).
10. Gardeners Seed Tin
If you’re looking for a modest but personal gift for father’s day, you could buy your dad a gardeners seed tin. These dinky little boxes are designed to store seed packets, plant labels, twine and other planting supplies. They can be tucked safely away in an indoor cupboard or stored in a shed or on a gardeners bench.
Gardeners seed tins come in a wide variety of shapes and styles, so it should be easy to find one to match your giftee’s personality. If durability is a priority, opt for one of the many stylish tins made from heavy gauge steel. The material will weather exceptionally well.
Your tin shouldn’t be left out in the rain but, if it does get wet, it shouldn’t rust or corrode. Look for easy grip clips or fasteners to prevent unnecessary fumbling when trying to use the container.
11. Elbow Length Gardening Gloves
Is there anything more stylish than a pair of elbow length gardening gloves made from soft leather? We bet your favourite gardener approves.
Elbow length gloves are very valuable outdoors because their thick ‘gauntlet’ arm coverings protect the wearer from thorns, spikes, gravel and abrasive surfaces. If you want to do any type of heavy duty pruning with efficiency, you need thick gloves to ensure safe handling.
Gardening gloves can be bought for very cheap, but it’s worth spending a little more for authentically durable materials. Goatskin, for example, is extremely scratch resistant and difficult to pierce with spikes or tools.
At the same time, it’s a lot more breathable than something like calfskin and allows cool air to reach the fingers. Vegans should opt for an artificial material that mimics these qualities.
12. Mini Polytunnel
If you know somebody who has attempted to grow tomatoes or chillies and repeatedly failed, you might be able to help by providing a change of apparatus.
There are lots of DIY gadgets designed to help gardeners ‘hack’ unsuitable outdoor spaces and turn them into green machines. The mini polytunnel, for instance, is a tubular PVC tent that is used to house vulnerable seedlings that need protection from the elements.
Polytunnels are transparent so gardeners can keep an eye on their plants’ growth without introducing cold and moisture. Zipped sections give easy access when it’s time for watering, pruning and harvesting.
The important thing about polytunnels is they enable the growth of plants and vegetables that, ordinarily, can only be grown indoors in warm spaces such as tomatoes and tropical flowers.
13. Cordless Hand Shears
Some gardeners prefer to keep it simple. Others are thrilled by gadgets. If your giftee is the latter, they may be delighted by cordless hand shears.
They’re significantly smaller, lighter and easier to handle than full sized electric shears, so they’re not designed for heavy duty yard work.
However, cordless hand shears are ideal for edging and trimming low shrubs.
They’re particularly useful in small, carefully manicured gardens with paths and borders. With cordless shears, it takes mere minutes to run the blade along the overgrown grass and get borders looking tidy again.
Buying a cordless gadget means you don’t need to worry about tripping on wires, snagging cables or running out of line. It’s definitely a handy feature but we’d still recommend using hand shears in small spaces and standard shears in larger gardens.
14. Folding Gardening Knife
Chefs and gardeners are two groups of people naturally drawn to high quality knives. Just as chefs need the sharpest possible blades to ensure precision, gardeners also benefit from beautifully crafted blades.
There are endless uses for a folding knife outdoors, everything from snipping twine to pruning flower beds, shortening strimmer cords, taking cuttings and more.
It’s handy to have a gardening knife close by as it’s often much quicker to cut than pick up shears. Knives offer more precision so they can cut more carefully around things like ripe vegetables and delicate seedlings.
They also look great. There are some exquisite looking gardening knives on the market with stained wood handles and gently curved blades.
15. Wheeled Gardening Seat
Some older gardeners may find their mobility levels decline while their love for gardening continues to grow. To combat this, there are lots of clever gardening gadgets and aids such as wheeled gardening seats.
These mobile seats aren’t exclusively for older people, some gardeners never feel comfortable kneeling to prune or sow, but they’re particularly kind on joints as they reduce the need to kneel and bend for long periods.
What’s more, you can buy a wheeled gardening seat that doubles up as a mobile storage container. It’s common for these gadgets to have a storage area under the seat for carrying seed packets, gloves, gardening tools and other supplies.
If you know somebody who spends long hours tending to flowerbeds, this could be a helpful gift.
16. Gardening Tool Set
For those struggling to find great gardening gifts for him, there’s always the classic gardening tool set. Maybe your dad already has one but it’s looking a little worse for wear or perhaps it’s his first foray into the world of backyard landscaping.
It’s a winner of a gift in any case. Just make sure to pick a set with all the basics (at a minimum). Your gardening tool set should contain at least a hand trowel, hand weeder, hand cultivator, hand rake and hand transplanter.
To further increase your gift’s appeal, look for a set with a sturdy pair of secateurs as they’re the quickest, neatest way to cut thick plant stems. The handles need to be soft but also easy to grip, so a material like rubber or thermoplastic is best.
17. Cupboard Cold Frame
The cupboard cold frame - also known as an outdoor grow house - is a more sophisticated version of the mini polytunnel. Yet, it’s still easier to install, more affordable and less high maintenance than a standard greenhouse.
When a greenhouse is much too big and a polytunnel isn’t big enough, you can upgrade to a covered, ventilated growing container.
It’s essentially a freestanding cupboard that houses any delicate plants and vegetables that cannot tolerate cold weather.
As there’s more heat and better temperature control inside a cupboard cold frame, gardeners have the freedom to try species that prefer warmer weather and require robust frost and wind protection. It’s a great place to raise seedlings until they can withstand exposure to the elements.
18. Bonsai Starter Kit
This year, you could give the old man in your life the gift of a brand new skill or experience.
Even veteran gardeners haven’t seen it all. The beauty of gifting a bonsai starter kit, for example, is most people have never tried to grow one. They might not know it’s possible, so what a surprise to receive a DIY kit with Bonsai seeds, growing pots, plant markers, nutrient enriched soil and miniature clippers.
These itty bitty Bonsai trees look stunning if grown successfully and they can last for many, many decades. This is the type of gardening gift that costs little but could, realistically, end up passed down through generations.
It’s a treat best left for patient personalities though. It can take years for mini Bonsai trees to grow to a mature size.
19. Gardening Tool Belt
All gardeners are different with their own unique habits and ways of working. Some like the security of carrying their tools in a metal box or canister.
Others prefer to operate hands free and store their gadgets and supplies in a belt. There are lots of high quality, weatherproof gardening belts to choose from. They use soft leather or canvas to provide flexibility while protecting against scratches, pricks and stains.
Gardening belts are recommended when working around electronic tools or cutting devices because it’s much safer to leave the hands free and unobstructed.
If your gardening friend or relative does lots of kneeling and bending, make sure you give them a flexibly designed belt with segmented pockets. The pockets must be deep enough to hold any sharp tools securely and the material tough enough to do so without putting the moving gardener at risk.
20. Robotic Lawn Mower
Robotic lawn mowers are expensive gifts but they’re guaranteed to delight passionate gardeners with an eye for gadgets. They’re every bit as cool as they sound. Robotic lawn mowers can turn themselves on and trim the grass exactly when needed if you programme them with the right set of instructions.
Some of the more sophisticated models are ‘smart’ devices that can search online weather reports for conditions you’ve programmed as suitable for mowing. When a day matches up to your requirements, they automatically activate and complete the mowing with no intervention.
They even know how to get back to their designated storage area. Robotic mowers are undoubtedly one of the best gardening gadgets on the market right now.
When looking for the perfect gardening gift for father’s day, consider the simple changes that could improve your giftee’s experiences of their garden. Many of the best gardening gifts are simple and fulfil straightforward needs.
They don’t take away the work from tending to green things - it’s definitely part of the reward for most - they just help gardeners spend more time growing more beautiful things.
21. Gardening month by month
The RHS Gardening month by month breaks down gardening tasks into the months of the gardening calendar.
Not only does the book tell you what you should be doing it also shows you how to do it. This book is a thorough gardening reference book and an ideal gift if experienced or beginner.
The Royal Horticultural society is respected world wide as a wealth of gardening expertise. It makes Month by month the perfect gardening gift for him at any time of the season.
Learn how to prepare ground, prune, take cuttings and much much more. It makes a perfect Christmas gift or birthday treat for the man you love.
22. Seed sack
There is no gardener out there that does not enjoy the process of sowing seeds. Growing plants from seeds is not only exciting it is also economical.
If gardeners are prepared to take the time and care seed growing can produce numerous plants at a fraction of the cost.
This seed sack is full with 30 different types of vegetable seeds including some weird and wonderful varieties.
From Romenesco Cauliflower to Rainbow chard and hot chillies this gardening gift has something for everyone. If the gardening man in your life loves growing vegetables he will love this seed sack gift.
23. Personalised slate garden plaque
For gardeners there is nothing quite like putting your name on things. This personalised natural slate plaque allows the gardening men in your life stake claim to their plot.
This is perfect for hanging over a tool shed, vegetable border or patio. This slate sign comes with hanging string and has two lines with space for up to 30 characters.
This makes a great gardening gift for him with that little personal touch.
24. Garden Greenhouse
Gardening is all about growing plants to their best within the constraints of the gardening season. This is a skill as late frosts and weather conditions can ruin a gardener’s hard work.
What better way to select a gardening gift than acquiring one which can prevent this. Greenhouses allow gardeners to not only protect plants but provide perfect growing conditions at the same time.
Typically greenhouses are large industrial structures for commercial use. This garden greenhouse however is the perfect size for most gardens.
Being versatile and easy to put together it will also mean the male gardeners you love can grow exotic plants during the summer. This growing space is a great way to treat the gardeners in your life whatever the occasion.
25. Bosch garden shredder
Gardening is not all sunshine and flowers! Most of the time behind a beautifully manicure garden is months and even years of hard work. It is these gruelling maintenance regimes which carry on throughout the year which make a beautiful garden in summer.
Much hard work such as pruning and clearing is done in all weathers and at the coldest part of the season. One of the best ways to show a gardener you care about them is to provide them with the tools to make this process easier.
This Bosch garden shredder turns the most hard and awkward of garden materials into fine, compostable chippings. With its portable wheels and powerful blades it can shred garden waste in any location.
This makes the perfect gardening gift for men during those big garden clear ups at the end of the year.
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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.