Gifts for gardeners—both “green thumbs” and novices

 Are you looking for holiday gifts for gardeners and homeowners? To generate some excitement from the gardeners on your list, consider giving a gift of tools, accessories and even footwear that can be used in the yard and garden. Here is a selection of great gifts for gardeners and other folks that is sure to bring smiles to holiday faces.

 

Fun waterproof shoes are perfect for wearing in the garden

Humm-shoe-blue-webNobody likes wet, cold feet. That’s why Sloggers® makes outdoor shoes and boots in a wide variety of colorful patterns that make waterproof footwear fun. The new hummingbirds print features delightful hummingbirds and flowers on a background of either blue or black. A pair of hummingbird-inspired shoes is sure to make working in the garden, walking the dog or running errands in the rain a lot more fun.

Sloggers footwear is made from odorless, medical grade materials. The deep-lug treads give the made-in-America shoes excellent traction in water and mud. The boots and shoes slip on easily because there are no laces to tie or clips to fasten. Clean-up is easy—just hose them off! When you’re finished with your shoes or boots you can send them back to Sloggers® and the company will recycle them in the making of a new pair. Sloggers includes up to 50% of mixed recycled material in the soles of the boots and shoes it makes.

Women’s shoes and boots are available in full sizes from 6 to 10. A pair of Sloggers® waterproof footwear makes a great gift for yourself or for the gardener on your gift list. Sloggers® shoes sell for $29.99 and boots sell for $39.99 in garden stores and online at www.sloggers.com.

 

The coolest tools in the garden make great gifts

CobraHead-mini-webLooking for a gift for an avid gardener? CobraHead® tools are favorites among gardeners and homeowners because a handy CobraHead® tool is great for weeding, cultivating, digging, and transplanting. The strong, sharp, tempered blade cuts through and breaks up all soils, even the toughest clay—and it makes short work of cleaning weed-choked gardens.

The original CobraHead® Weeder and Cultivator hand tool features an ergonomically comfortable blue handle made from a mix of recycled plastic and organic fiber. The handle is molded around the unique blade to ensure it can never, ever work loose.

The CobraHead® Long Handle uses the same “steel fingernail” blade as the hand tool, but it is designed with a long ash wood handle to make it easy to weed, cultivate and edge while standing up. All gardeners will find it useful, but older gardeners and those with difficulty kneeling will find it particularly enabling.

Noel-Valdes-webThe new CobraHead® “mini” Weeder is the perfect tool for precision weeding in flower beds, vegetable gardens and even in flower pots and containers. The CobraHead “mini” is smaller and lighter than the original CobraHead Weeder, so it’s easier to use in tight spaces. The comfortable handle fits perfectly in smaller hands, so women and seniors love it.

CobraHead® tools are proudly made in the USA by a Wisconsin-based family business. The CobraHead® “mini” Weeder sells for $21.95, the original CobraHead® Weeder sells for $24.95, and the CobraHead® Long Handle is $59.95. Or buy all three for $99.95 directly from the manufacturer at www.cobrahead.com.

 

Grow 10 heirloom vegetable and flower varieties

Heirloom-Fav-webThe Heirloom Favorites Collection of flower and vegetable seeds is the culmination of Park Seed’s 145 years in the seed business. During the past century and a half, the company has seen thousands of seed varieties come and go. To help avid gardeners and beginners alike, Park Seed has assembled 10 of the most popular and best-producing heirloom seed varieties in one amazing seed collection.

This seed collection contains seven vegetable and three flower varieties, and it truly is the “best of the best” when it comes to heritage varieties that have stood the test of time. The Heirloom Favorites collection includes California Wonder Organic Bell Pepper, Mountaineer White Half Runner Beans, Hale’s Best Organic Cantaloupe, Silver Queen Okra, Cherokee Purple Organic Tomato, Rainbow Blend Tomato and Moon and Stars Watermelon. It also includes three flower varieties: Love-Lies-Bleeding, Marigold Tiger Eyes and Sunflower Russian Mammoth.

This is a must-have collection for anyone who loves gardening and appreciates the delicious taste of homegrown vegetables and the beauty and fragrance of homegrown flowers. The Heirloom Favorites collection also makes a great gift for gardeners of all experience levels. The Heirloom Favorites Collection of seeds sells for $23.95 exclusively from www.parkseed.com, (800) 845-3369.

 

Enjoy the taste of fresh Italian herbs

Italian Herb Jar webEveryone loves the taste of fresh herbs, but it can be expensive to buy herbs at the grocery store. Now anyone can enjoy a steady supply of fresh Italian herbs all year round without breaking the bank.

The Italian Herb Jar Kit brings the taste of Tuscany to any kitchen. This delightful trio of vibrantly colored, self-watering jars will keep your kitchen stocked with basil, parsley, and oregano, while adding an attractive and aromatic flair to your decor.

It’s easy to establish your own personal Italian herb garden. Just select a sunny spot, fill the reusable jars with water, add the included plant food and wick, and watch the beautiful and fragrant herbs grow. There’s no need to worry about watering the herbs, because the self-watering system in the attractive glass jars delivers exactly the right amount of water and nutrients. It couldn’t be simpler.

The Italian Herb Jar Kit contains everything needed to grow three varieties of Italian herbs—basil, oregano and Italian parsley. The colorful reusable jars, herb seeds, net pots, plant food packs, water-distributing wicks and growing instructions are all included. The Italian Herb Jar Kit makes a great gift for cooks, gardeners and anyone who enjoys the taste of fine food. This Made-in-the-USA kit sells for $54.00 from www.WaysideGardens.com, (800) 845-1124.

 

Perennial Gardener Tool Set makes a great gift

perennial-tools-webThere’s something magical about the feel of high-quality tools in your hand. The right tools make any job easier—and the right garden tools make any garden task easier and more enjoyable. Some would even say the right tools make the difference between a good garden and a really great one!

That’s why The Perennial Gardener Tool Set offers the perfect balance of precision, craftsmanship and visual appeal. The set includes two pairs of scissors (small and large) that can be used to cut flowers from your garden for use in a lovely vase arrangement. The scissors are also great for snipping fresh herbs from your kitchen garden for a delicious home-cooked meal. Also included is a high-precision pruner that’s perfect for shaping shrubs and perennials. A handy a roll of twine and some wooden plant stakes completes this elegant gift. Each tool is crafted from quality materials for years of reliable use. The tools come packaged in a handsome, handmade pine box to make a great holiday presentation, and the attractive wooden box can serve a multitude of purposes long after the garden tools are making garden tasks easier and more enjoyable. The Perennial Gardener Tool Set sells for $112.95 from www.WaysideGardens.com.