Finding top gardening gifts for your gardener friends is not always straight forward. Gardening covers such a wide array of backyard activities from horticulture to hobby crafts to general maintenance duties.
Whatever the gardening season, birthdays, Christmas or special occasions all require perfect gardening gifts. The best gardening gifts of all time should be functional, beautiful, and educational while not breaking the bank. Even though this does sound obvious it is not always easy to find that perfect buy.
Cool garden gadgets, novelty gardening tools, new and improved gardening essentials all are great choices! It is however important to go through our gardening gift idea checklist when searching for the best possible gifts for gardeners.
Gifts for gardener’s ideas checklist:
How long has your friend been gardening for?
If your gardener friend already has many years of experience under their belt, chances are they have everything. In This case maybe you should check out our article on 30 gifts for gardeners who have everything here.
If they have been gardening for decades and now elderly don’t despair! We have put together a separate article on gardening tools and gadgets for the elderly here.
If they are new to gardening chances are they may need more tools to get them started. In this case we recommend our article on ‘gardening tools for beginners’
Do they like to grow fruit and vegetables?
Vegetable gardening is so popular today and freshly grown organic vegetables are great for our health. If your gardener friend loves to grow fresh produce why not read our article on gifts for vegetable gardeners?
Do they have a greenhouse?
If a gardener has a greenhouse you can guarantee they spend a lot of time there. If you need gardening gift ideas why not checkout our article on top greenhouse gifts here.
Is your gardener friend one of your parents?
If so why not read our articles on gardening gifts formum and dad.
Do they like unusual things in the garden?
If so we have the perfect article on Quirky things for the garden here.
Are they hardcore horticulturists?
If they are more involved than the average weekend gardener you may want to see our article on horticultural gifts!
Other than gardening do they like to have fun in the garden?
You may have guessed it! Yes we have the perfect resource on fun things for the garden here.
Still do not have any amazing gift ideas for your gardener friend?
Here we have an article on amazing gift ideas for gardeners here too!
Still looking for more gardening gift ideas?
Don’t worry we know gardening gifts can be difficult especially if you’re not a gardener. This is why we have put together our very own top 100 gifts for gardener’s article here!
top 15 gardening gift ideas of all time!
Gardeners skin care hamper
If there is one thing that can be said for all gardeners they understand what hard work is all about. You can always tell an outside gardening type when you see weathered skin and callused hands.
Even though gardeners persevere through all conditions they will tell you it’s all a part of the enjoyment. This is because they love the little things about nature; the feel of the soil, the wind on their skin!
We may not understand this but it does give great ideas and inspiration for their gardening gifts! This gardeners skin care gift set will help protect and sooth their skin throughout the year.
Gardena robotic mower
Now gardening is full of all sorts of obsessions and exciting crafts to enjoy. Bonsai, taking cuttings, grafting and propagation your own plants are all some of these.
There is however some gardening jobs which are a little bit routine and monotonous. This is especially the case with mowing the lawn and lawn care in general. Whether a gardeners have a large lawn or small lawn you can be sure of two things; Mowing is mostly an inconvenient chore while they still crave the perfect lush green lawn.
For this reason the Gardena robotic lawn mower makes for one of the best gardening gift ideas of all time! Not only will this completely automatic mower make mowing a thing of the past it will actually improve the quality of your lawn.
No more expensive lawn care and feed treatments or extra effort. Robot mowers blast grass blades into invisible particles helping to retain moisture and feed the grass.
High frequency mowing also allows the grass to grow shorter and denser. This leads to a much better quality lawn. Robotic lawn mowers are generally twice the price of good quality mowers. Bear in mind however the time saved to do the things you love. It’s worth it plus this has to be one of the most novelty gardening gifts of all time!
Vertical garden wall planter
Traditionally gardeners have always worked the soil hard and made use of every inch of their beloved gardens.
As years go by and more people find themselves in more highly densely city centres it is always important to consider urban gardeners. Gardening can be such a rewarding hobby even if you only have a balcony or very small communal garden.
It is essential therefore to always strive to find gardening gifts that will actually save garden space. This vertical wall planter can be easily fixed to a garden wall, shed or fence.
Depending on how often you can water the planter you can grow almost anything! From succulents, to herbs to bedding plants the fantastic gardening gift idea can suit both urban and rural gardeners alike!
Miracle grow Aero garden
Although gardeners usually love to garden all rear round there are very few who have the climate to make it a reality. Most of us will normally have a growing season and dormant season ‘winter’. Even though there are chores to do in the garden all year round there is much fun stuff.
Seeing most gardeners love growing things winters can be a little depressing. There is however no reason for your horticultural friends to go through this every year. This fantastic aero garden gadget will enable them to grow their favourite plants right through the winter!
This cool garden gadget utilises and simplifies the latest hydroponic technology and is so easy to use. The inbuilt alert system will tell you when to add water and adjust the temperature. This amazing gift idea is great for growing herbs in the kitchen or starting off young plants in early spring.
Leather gardening gloves
Gardeners get used to all the abrasive activities gardening brings and generally don’t mind a scratch here and there. The problem is finding good quality gardening gloves is not always easy. Usually cheaper rubber gloves become hot and sweaty making gardening uncomfortable.
These gloves commonly get left on top of a wall or garden furniture and forgotten about until it rains. Furthermore gloves which only cover the hands gather dirt and can end up staining gardener’s hands. The best strategy when buying gloves as a gift is to purchase good quality forearm length gloves!
These will be substantial enough to not get misplaced and keep both the hands and arms protected. These gloves make the perfect gardening gift for gardeners who love to get their hands dirty.
Encyclopaedia of garden plants
During those long and dark winter days gardeners miss the excitement and drama of the garden in summer. The good thing on the other hand is gardeners are always planning for the following season. Gardeners enjoy taking time to sit back and read about their favourite subject.
They also need some time to sit back and relax aching muscles and joints from a heavy season’s activity. In depth horticultural books like this Encyclopaedia of garden plants will help the gardeners in your plan for the year ahead.
It will probably widen their radar when it comes to selecting new exciting plants for the year ahead. Good reference gardening books such as these make fantastic gardening gifts every time!
Spear & Jackson Secateurs
Anyone can cut down mass vegetation in an autumn clear out or garden clear out. Skilled pruning on the other hand is a whole different subject. If your gardener friend is serious about gardening then pruning will be a skill they are used to.
Pruning can involve dead heading flowers, clearing out dead woody material and taking cuttings. When performing these delicate tasks it is vital good quality and sharp Secateurs are used. This helps prevent the risk of transmitting disease and keeps plants healthy. Consequently we have included these Spear & Jackson cutters to the gardening gift ideas of all time.
Beneficial insect hotel
There is not a week that goes by now days without some agricultural pesticide or environmental scandal. The truth is gardeners are lovers of nature but sometimes they are also at war with it. In recent times with our general awareness of climate change and biodiversity loss we are all becoming more ecological.
Gardeners are now looking for extensive ways to work alongside nature and this includes attracting beneficial insects. Beneficial insects such as solitary bees and wasps help to control garden pests naturally. This does not only mean a healthy environment for us but it also helps the wider planet.
This makes a beneficial insect hotel a popular gift idea for eco friendly gardeners. It has a deserving place in our best gardening gift ideas of all time list.
Christow potting table
When seeking gift ideas for gardeners one has to search for the most enjoyable gardening activities. Fundamentally gardeners generally enjoy all aspects of gardening but one area seems to always be a favourite.
Sowing seeds, propagating your own plants, dividing and taking cuttings are always top of this list. The simple act of nurturing life and creating the perfect conditions for it to thrive is so magical. Hence it is no surprise gardeners love this process with a passion.
It is also a very big surprise that very few gardeners have a professional potting work station for these essential crafts! What better way to get your gardening mates the perfect gift than this mobile potting table? It comes complete with potting troughs and convenient shelving for potted plants and seed trays.
Grow your own bonsai gift box
The good thing with gardeners is they are always up for new challenges. As many know gardening takes skill, knowledge and patience to master.
For thousands of years the Japanese consolidated these attributes of gardening into one specialist craft. Bonsai! Bonsai was born out of the love the Japanese had for creating microcosms of the nature world.
Traditional Japanese gardens are full of boulders which look like mountains and ponds which mimic rivers. The art of bonsai allows one to create perfect miniature trees which can look identical to real life specimens.
This art requires forward vision, pruning skill and consistent care to get right but is worth the effort. This gardening gift idea of all time is a novelty and a challenge to any gardener whatever their experience.
Solar wind up radio
The only thing with gardening is it can mean you end up at the bottom of the garden for hours on end. This is fine if you have a gardening companion to talk to but this can be lonely work.
Commonly gardeners are used to this, quite happy listening to the birds and the wonderful sounds of nature. There’s always the opportunity for digital entertainment but these can require electrical supply. As gardeners normally find themselves in hard to reach places why not get them a gift that doesn’t rely on civilisation.
This solar and wind up radio runs completely on sustainable energy. The power of the sun and winding the handle can completely charge this handy device. With this excellent gardening gift they will never be lonely in the garden ever again. It may also be extremely useful in a crisis!
Azada digging hoe
Mention an Azada digging hoe to most gardeners in The US, UK and Europe and they will probably look at you rather bluntly. This is quite strange seeing it is one of the oldest landscape tools on the planet.
This tools shape date back to ancient china and is still used in construction across modern Asia. The Azada is commonly used for shaping the famous rice paddy fields for rice production. This tool is still used extensively in South East Asia for this purpose.
This tool is very efficient for digging, hoeing and chopping ground full of roots and other debris. This rather unusual and historic gardening tool can make the perfect gift for gardeners who like to try new things. Or ancient!
Even in the depths of winter! New projects put off in the summertime now are ready for renewed attention.
No matter what job or time of year be certain there will be clearing up involved! Gardens have the unique ability to create debris out of thin air. This is especially true in the autumn time when thousands of leaves descend upon our outside spaces.
Just when the gardener thought they could take a break from all the weeding! If you are looking for the best gardening gift ideas of all time realising this can be a huge advantage.
There is no gift better than one that solves a problem or makes life easier. This garden vacuum blower will make garden clearing so easy and fun they will want to do the neighbours!
Electric heated propagator
Germinating seeds is a staple love of all gardeners. If a gardener has been gardening since childhood you can be certain sprouting seeds got them hooked. To sow seeds and watch them grow is one of the small miracles of life on earth.
Germination symbolises why us humans are different from other animals and was the foundation our modern civilisation. It is no wonder that germination is still such an interesting and enjoyable part of gardening. With this in mind it is good to utilise the lure of this practice when searching a gift for gardeners.
Electrically heated window seal propagators like the one above are perfect for starting seeds at any time of year. They are great to get long season fruits started early like chillies and tomatoes. These propagators make sowing possible all year round making them absolutely irresistible to gardeners!
Electric thermal weeder
If there was one gardening job every gardener had to admit they were not fond of weeding would be it. Weeding is not one chore that is done once and then over with.
To keep your garden growing areas and surfaces free of weeds takes continuous effort year after year. There are plenty of ways to landscape your garden to reduce this but in the end weeds will always win. Through the natural process of colonisation weeds blown in on the wind will take advantage of every crack and crevice.
The only strategy is to keep on top of the issue but there is a very cool garden gadget that can help! This thermal weeder blasts weeds with a flash of intense heat. This kills the weed down to its roots without the need for chemicals or hard labour. Hence this product makes it into our list of greatest gardening gifts of all time without hesitation.
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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.