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The great thing about buying gardening gifts and gadgets is it’s difficult to run out of good ideas. It’s not all novelty gnomes, hanging baskets and ‘grow your own’ kits. There are products out there to suit every personality including bird watchers, lawn lovers, cookout connoisseurs, flower fans, nature nurturers and more.
With such a wealth of gardening gifts to choose from, you can expect prices to vary wildly depending on what it is you’re shopping for. For budget hunters, there are plenty of inexpensive products such as backyard games, planting tools, seed tins, almanacs, barbecuing gadgets and nature feeders. If you’re splashing the cash, there’s no shortage of fancy electronics to mow, blow, saw and trim an unruly garden into submission.
Today, we’re focusing on gifts for gardeners which have the power to impress without emptying your wallet. We’ll take a look at some bargain products that can be picked up for less than a tenner and some pricier, midrange items too. The important thing is all of the featured products can be bought for less than £45.
1. Folding Pruning Saw
The traditional garden saw has a pretty clever design. It can’t really be improved except for when it comes to size. Full-size saws can be cumbersome and awkward to carry around particularly if you’ve got a wild and sprawling outdoor space.
The folding pruning saw deals with this problem by keeping the classic design but adding a mechanism which enables a smaller, more compact blade to be folded inward.
This makes it lighter, safer to carry and compatible with toolboxes and gardening aprons in a way a full-size saw cannot be. While folding saws certainly aren’t as powerful as traditional saws - they can’t cut through thick tree branches – they’re ideal for eliminating younger branches, thorns, shrubs and weeds.
2. Herb Garden Growing Kit
Growing kits may not enthral an experienced gardener but there’s nothing better for encouraging a rookie. DIY herb growing kits are a fantastic way to start growing because they’re very low maintenance. Everything you need is included in the kit from peat plugs to markers, labels, planter trays, pots and a variety of herbs such as basil, coriander, chives, parsley, mint and thyme.
Another big benefit of herb growing kits is they can be started indoors and moved outside later. Plus, you get to eat them afterwards. Is there any better reward for all that careful nourishing and nurturing; we don’t think so. While DIY herb growing kits come in a range of sizes and prices, they’re an inexpensive way to give a gift that lasts.
Most kits come with plant pots or a planter tray, peat growing plugs and seeds like basil, coriander, chives and parsley. You normally get markers and labels too so you can easily distinguish your seedlings even before they sprout.
This is important because, often, herbs have slightly different watering requirements. For a beginner gardener, we think these affordable kits are a valuable introduction to planting and growing.
3. Bee Friendly Seed Balls
Bee-friendly seed balls are a relatively new concept, but they can make a difference to the welfare of wildlife in a garden. They’re also one of the quickest and easiest ways to grow wildflowers.
All you need to do is scatter the seed balls on top of soil in a garden or inside a pot. Then, just add water and wait for a serious burst of beautiful blooms to appear in their place and start attracting wild bees.
The idea here is both the user and the wildlife benefits. The recipient of your thoughtful gardening gift gets to plant vibrant flowering species like foxglove, wild marjoram, corn marigold and chamomile.
At the same time, they get to lend a hand to struggling bees by ensuring there’s plenty of to feed on. They’re one of our favourite garden gifts for this very reason; they make it effortless to help the native species in your backyard.
4. Gardeners Hand Cream Set
If you’re looking for a gift that’s inexpensive but still feels fancy, you might consider a gardener’s hand cream set.
These cosmetics sets don’t cost much, but they can be just the type of gift a passionate gardener doesn’t know they need; that is until they get one and realise that they can’t live without it.
When you’re working outdoors in the soil and changing weather conditions, skin can dry out quickly. The best hand cream sets are, therefore, nourishing and designed to replenish the moisture lost after prolonged periods of outdoor work.
Effective ingredients include jojoba, aloe vera and chamomile. If you want your gift to be impressively practical, shop for hand cream ‘minis’ which slot neatly into a favourite apron
5. Germination Propagator
Germination propagators are superb garden gadgets because they can make indoor so growing easy. Whether your gift is for an amateur gardener or an experienced grower with less time on their hands, it’s a smart way to speed up the germination process and get fully grown plants faster without extra work. Germination propagators work by delivering a controlled source of heat as part of their pot or tray.
The tray gets placed on a windowsill to be watered and tended to like any other plant. The difference is the user can grow a much broader range of species and, in particular, plants which only thrive in warm temperatures. Some plug in propagators also come with self-watering functions to make raising seeds to maturity even easier.
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.