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If there is one thing that gets a gardeners juices flowing at special occasions such as birthdays and Christmas it is gardening presents. The fact is gardening is more of a lifestyle more than a hobby and gardeners simply love to indulge in anything that can mean more gardening.
Gardening presents can be large or small, informational or practical the bottom line is with gardeners anything to do with gardening is always a hit. Many friends and family members know gardening is a seasonal affair, this can make them apprehensive about buying gardening presents if an occasion is out of season.
Most of the time however this fear is completely unfounded. Half of gardeners enthusiasm for gardening comes from the long and cold winter months when not much is going on in the garden. It is the anticipation and dreaming during these times which make gardening even more alluring.
Even during Christmas when the thought of growing new plants seems far away gardening presents are always well received. Perhaps an informative gardening book at this time will allow them to make use of cosy afternoons by the fire. Whatever your choice of gardening present or at anytime of the year it is important to consider one thing.
Gardening is known to be good for the people who practice it both mentally and physically. Seeing we live in a world where mental and physical health seems to be declining gardening must be encouraged at every given opportunity. Gardening presents not only can provide for our loved ones at a special time of year they could actually encourage good health and general well being.
For this reason we have decided to celebrate gardening gifts large and small by selecting some of our favourites here.
Cool cocktails seed kit
Now it is no secret that as well as gardeners not being afraid of a little hard work they also don't mind relaxing either. Seeing Saturdays are a fantastic opportunity to enjoy summer days gardening it is no surprise gardeners sometimes like to look over their work proudly sipping something strong and satisfying.
This Cocktails seed kit allows gardeners to grow a selection of herbs and plants perfect to use in homemade cocktails. The gift set comes with various cocktail recipes with adjoining instructions.
Even if your gardening friends don't even drink the herbs inside are useful for culinary dishes and fantastic soft drink equivalents can also be created. This is a gardening present that your gardener friends will love and cherish for many years to come.
Hydroponic aerogarden herb grower
Now not all gardeners are contained by the ravages of winter. For some gardening is just so enjoyable they simply have to continue their hobby well into the winter. Many gardeners will utilise window ledges and conservatories to overwinter favourite plants and start off seeds.
Many feel that it is simply impossible to grow fresh kitchen herbs and micro green during the winter time but that would be a false assumption. The weakness of winter sunshine has always been a barrier to growing fresh greens but not any longer!
This fantastic hydroponic aero garden herb grower is the perfect gardening present for growing fresh greens all year. With its powerful UV lights and hydroponic growing system your gardener friends will never be far from fresh greens in the depths of winter.
Bonsai growing kit
Gardeners know and understand that to be successful at gardening you require patience, attentiveness and skill. All three of these attributes can no better be demonstrated by those who keep bonsai's. Bonsai is an ancient art from the far east which involves growing miniature trees by restricting conventional growth.
This is done by providing the young trees with adequate moisture and nutrients while clipping and training them into shape with clippers and wires. For gardeners growing a bonsai from seed into a convincing miniature tree is the ultimate challenge! This bonsai growing kit has everything to get you started and makes the perfect gardening present!
Electric hand shears
It is sometimes difficult for non gardeners to appreciate just how quickly a garden can go from a neat and tidy work of art into an out of control jungle! Keeping a garden in check can be a laborious task indeed but one which also requires knowledge and skill.
Traditionally cutting and clipping has been done with either secateurs, shears or hedge trimmers. These are great garden gadgets but usually only efficient at one type of cutting. These electric hand shears are compact, easy to store and can power through all different sorts of vegetation quickly and easily.
Their compact size means they are great for cutting those hard to reach areas or for more detailed topiary type cutting. These electric hand shears will change the way your gardener friends trim forever making the perfect gardening present.
Vertical green wall grower
When searching for gardening presents it is sometimes very difficult to come up with new and exciting gift ideas. Most of the time you have given gardening presents to all or your garden loving friends once before making locating the perfect gift a minefield.
This vertical green wall planter is a new and exciting garden novelty which will make your friends overwhelmed! This fantastic product is great for covering any unsightly areas such as fences or garden walls. For more information on the benefits of green walls there is a good article on the subject here.
It can maximise space for urban gardeners, even people who live in tower blocks! This vertical planter is perfect for growing herbs and even leafy vegetables in summer. This cool garden gadget can lift gardening to new heights quite literally.
Gardeners are not afraid of a little bit of dirt and grime. In fact most gardeners actually rejoice in getting close to nature and not at all scared of getting their hands dirty.
This can however go a little too far sometimes. It is true that the ears of the land hear husbands and wife's complain about dirty clothes and carpets every weekend. This apron is an excellent solution to dirty clothes is just perfect for most gardening tasks including potting up and clearing up outside.
Not only will this amazing gardening present keep horticulturists clean it also has tool compartments! This means your gardening mates can garden away to their hearts content without going back to the garage at any point.
Funny gardening mug
Gardening requires hard work, enthusiasm and a little bit of knowledge to expect the best results. When searching for gardening presents however it is important to realise your gardener friends need some light hearted breaks also.
Encouraging your gardening friends to take a few more breaks can be a beautiful sentiment. What better way to encourage these well earned tea stops than with this funny gardening mug.
It will have them in fits of laughter every time they reach for that cup of warming brew. This mug will keep them warm and amused on the coldest of gardening occasions.
Gardening hand care gift set
Sometimes people who do not like gardening simply can not understand what people enjoy about it. Watching gardeners spend hours involved in back breaking work covered in mud and in all weathers seems like a large mental leap to take. Most of the time you may just have to except that gardeners are just a little extreme.
This acceptance and general concern for their well being can assist in locating some very effective gardening presents for birthdays and Christmas time. This gardening hand care gift set will be the perfect way to show the gardener in your life you care. No more cracked skin or dirty fingernails, fantastic!
Gardening tool gift set
Gardening is an activity which requires so many tools and gadgets to carry out the multiple seasonal tasks. It can sometimes amaze non gardeners just how many tools and accessories they have loaded up in their sheds and garages. One thing that gardeners are good at it seems is breaking and losing tools!
Being exposed to the extremes of weather and working in dense vegetation means tools can break and be lost easily. This can especially be the case with hand tools which brings fourth our next gardening present ideas.
This gardening tool gift set has all the vital and necessary gardening hand tools needed for an effective gardening operation. It comes with its own carrying case meaning they will always have everything they need to hand!
Cut resistant gloves
Gardeners have to endure the very worst nature has to throw at them. This is especially true with their hands. In the winter months hands can become dry and cracked and in the summer they can be exposed to irritation, cuts, abrasions and thorns.
Conventional gardening gloves do generally help but they are not always completely full proof protection. These cut resistant gloves are built for even the most toughest of gardening gloves!
They protect against thorns, cuts and scratches making them the ultimate in hand protection. These are a gardening present your friends will both love and be thankful for during hazardous tasks.
Gardening throughout the year
Gardening presents are always some thing to get excited about for gardeners. They make a break from the normal socks, bath time gift sets and boring underwear. What better way to stimulate a gardeners mindful thoughts than a really good book on the subject.
Gardening through the year is a popular gardening book with lots of content on the latest gardening tips and information. The book focuses on considerations throughout the whole gardening calendar making it a fantastic resource to be cherished for years to come.
When you think about it composting makes a lot of sense. Recycling organic waste within a garden is the best way to produce organic fertiliser and help feed soil life. The problem is most gardeners compost heaps become vile smelling heaps of slime.
The reason for this is most gardeners do not turn the composting material allowing oxygen to reach the decomposing particles. In conventional composting systems doing this involves strenuous lifting and turning of the compost. This can be time consuming and hard graft meaning it can be commonly left all together.
For this reason a great gardening presents idea is to buy them a compost tumbler. This clever gardening gadget allows you to spin the material inside the composter with ease adding to good aeration and great compost.
Gardeners in recent years have become more eco friendly and open to wildlife visiting their garden. In the past many thought less mess and more simplistic landscaping was the best way to avoid pests.
Nowadays the realisation that pests prefer less mess means their predators have nowhere to shelter has changed everything. Gardeners now accept that the most effective way to avoid pests is to allow their predators to thrive. Creatures like ladybirds, solitary wasps and birds all help to keep garden pests at bay.
One of the best way for gardeners to encourage such creatures is to create habitat for them. This insect hotel will encourage solitary bees and wasps to shelter in the garden meaning less pests for your gardener friends.
Funny gardening sign
Gardening presents allow you to embrace the humorous side of your friends green fingered talents which can make them fun and exciting! This funny gardening sign makes the perfect gift for any special moment. It is great for a garden shed, patio, vegetable area or even inside a summer house.
Paper pot maker
This cool garden gadget allows you to create multiple garden pots without spending a penny! Even better these pots can be planted directly into the soil and decompose as the plants grow. This is a great gardening present for any green fingered friend who wants to do their bit for the environment.
Gardener’s mobile potting table
Gardeners take great care and enjoyment from nurturing their green family which is a process to be savoured. The most important thing for such careful work is that a gardener has adequate work space with everything to hand.
A truly fantastic gardening present idea is this splendid mobile potting table. It has everything a gardener needs for potting up including a compost tray and multiple shelves for stacking pots. This table also has wheels so it can be moved to any location they wish.
These pioneering wild plants have deep roots and seed freely meaning they are almost imposable to eliminate completely! One of the most frustrating parts of weeding for a gardener is knowing that within a few weeks the weeds will be back.
A gardening present which can help to stop this endless cycle would be highly favoured indeed! This thermal garden weeder blasts weeds with extremely high temperatures. Just plug it in and hover the nozzle over the weeds for a few seconds. This kills the weed to its root stopping it from remerging with a minimum of effort.
Most gardeners care for the environment and do not wish to use chemicals to repel pests. On the other hand many gardeners are not cruel enough to trap or shoot birds and mammals which enter the garden.
Perhaps the only real way to attempt to scare off these unwanted garden visitors is with this quirky scare crow. Regardless of how effective they actually are you can be assured they will be a wonderful garden focal point. Hence he will make a wonderful gardening present this season and beyond.
Lawn aerator shoes
Many gardeners spend a lot of time trimming, edging, fertilising and applying weeding treatments to their lawn. Unfortunately however many neglect the importance of aerating their lawn which is essential to reach the perfect lawn. Aeration involves making hundreds of tiny holes in the surface.
These are usually filled with sharp sand or grit by brushing it across the surface. Not only does this add oxygen it also relieves compaction and improves drainage. One of the easiest ways to aerate your lawn is with these lawn aerator shoes. Not only will they make the perfect gardening present they can also be a great work out for the legs.
Nibble my bits bird feeder
Not everyone loves garden gnomes but those who do rarely cannot just have one. Many gardeners say they can even have their own personalities and a joy to have watching over the garden. If your gardening friends like gnomes or not I am pretty sure they will appreciate this nibble my bits bird feeder.
This cheeky and funny little garden gnome will have all the birds after him in no time! He makes a great gardening present for those gardeners who like a giggle in the garden every now and then.
If you want more gardening gift ideas check out our article on 100 gifts for gardeners here.
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.