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Do you have a keen gardener or three on your Christmas gift list? Need advice on the best products and gadgets to buy? Good news; we’ve got all the insights you could ever need. We’ve been on a search for the coolest gifts for gardeners and uncovered some truly fascinating products. With our help, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect present.
These days, gardening gifts are so much more than trowels and aprons. There are gadgets designed to make your outdoor space look prettier.
Other gardening gadgets extend its use so cookouts, al fresco parties and family gatherings can continue long into the evening. Some gardening products bring a sense of personality and fun which is just as important.
Take a look at our list of cool gifts for gardeners to find the ideal product for your loved one:
1. Miniature Greenhouse
Gardeners with a limited amount of outdoor space can still achieve their cabbage patch dreams with a miniature greenhouse. These itty bitty structures are, on average, around six square feet.
This means they’re ideal for use on patios, decks and even balconies. In other words, with a mini greenhouse you don’t even technically need a garden. Swiss chard, spinach, kale and other salad vegetables can easily thrive in a scaled down environment.
2. Glass Drink Dispenser
A glass drink dispenser is a handy addition to any outdoor event. Not only does it reduce the amount of serving time in the kitchen, but it also allows guests to help themselves in a very practical and hygienic way.
If you buy a glass dispenser with a tap mechanism on the front, there’s a significantly lower risk of spills, dirty hands in the drinks and…let’s face it, hard work for the host. Who wants to spend their party pouring drinks?
3. Bird Box Video Camera
Some of the most interesting gifts for gardeners are those which provide a new view on a familiar scene. With a bird box camera, wildlife lovers don’t just get a new view on their favourite backyard visitors;
they can also share it with others. These clever garden gadgets make a wonderful gift because they capture high quality footage of nesting behaviours which can be viewed as many times as you like without causing any harm to wildlife.
4. Wall Planter
Know a gardener whose ambition is bigger than their backyard? Treat them to an attractive wall planter. Vertical planters are a great way to take advantage of the outdoor space that’s rarely used such as along exterior walls and fences.
They make normally bare surfaces look exciting and they expand the limits of a garden. With a household nail or two, your favourite cultivator could find a whole new dimension in their backyard.
5. Digital Thermometer
If you’re browsing cool gifts for gardeners, consider a digital thermometer. For passionate growers, it’s extremely handy to have such instant information on outdoor temperatures.
Growing tomatoes, for example, is relatively easy but difficult to do well if you can’t control temperature and humidity. Most plants thrive within a narrow set of growing conditions so a digital thermometer can be the key to a successful yield.
6. Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker
Outdoor speakers are popular gadgets because they offer users the opportunity to add an extra dimension to a backyard space. If you enjoy spending time outdoors as much as anywhere else, it makes sense to ‘upgrade’ the environment and add home comforts.
You may be more concerned with how the speakers look – many products are designed to blend in with outdoor features – but we say waterproofing is more important. Make sure outdoor speakers can withstand rain, wind and intense sunshine.
7. Garden Rocking Chair
Rocking chairs are more special than most of us realise. Their therapeutic benefits include relief from lower back pain, support during pregnancy, post-surgery recovery and even help with anxieties caused by dementia and ADHD. Rocking chairs are wonderful.
Treat your favourite gardener to an outdoor rocking chair with a chunky, broad back and advise them to place it in their sunniest spot. You an even get tandem, two person rocking chairs for the couple you love most
8. Log Burning Patio Heater
We think of patio heaters as being static and still but some of the best feature roaring coal fired burners. The most obvious advantage of a log burning patio heater, over an electric version, is it emits more light and heat.
While these natural burners do require more work – the heater must be regularly topped up while in use – they provide a rustic aesthetic which can’t be achieved any other way. If you want ambience at your next cookout, a log burning patio heater is the best choice.
9. Backyard Hammock
Modern hammocks come in a huge variety of shapes and styles. These days, contemporary versions don’t even need to be tied to trees. There are plenty of freestanding backyard hammocks out there for those who want comfort without effort. For many years, sleep specialists have called hammocks the perfect place to take a nap. Pick one up as a gift for your gardening friend and give them a taste of true relaxation.
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.