Gifts for Gardeners this Holiday Season
Here is an assortment of perfect gifts for gardeners and homeowners on your holiday shopping list.
Let’s face it. The colder months of the holiday season do not lend themselves to gardening in most climates. But that doesn’t mean gardening is completely out of mind. Avid gardeners and homeowners who must keep their yards neat and tidy appreciate garden-related gifts during “the most wonderful time of the year.”
It is actually quite easy to find great gifts for gardeners and homeowners. These folks always need something to satisfy their green thumbs, finish a DIY project, or add one more personal touch to the property.
That’s why the editors of Home, Garden and Homestead have put together their annual list of the best gifts for gardeners this holiday season.
Heck, you might even want to give some of these gifts to yourself.
Gifts for Gardeners: Tools
The Ultimate Weeding Tools
The CobraHead Weeder gets its name from the shape of the tempered steel blade, which resembles the shape of a cobra’s head. The strength, shape and size of the blade is perfect for digging out tough weeds and cultivating soil in flower beds and vegetable gardens. This hand-held tool is also great for planting seeds and transplants. The bright blue handle is made from a mixture of wood fiber and recycled plastic, and it is ergonomically designed to fit comfortably in your hand. The handle is molded around the steel digging blade, so it never gets loose.
Now there’s also a CobraHead Mini—a smaller version of the original tool. The CobraHead Mini was designed for smaller hands and smaller digging jobs. Women, seniors and children find this smaller tool easier to use, but it fits anyone’s hand comfortably. Plus, the smaller blade is perfect for digging in containers, planter boxes and other smaller spaces. The original CobraHead Weeder and the CobraHead Mini can be purchased together at the money-saving price of $49.95 at cobrahead.com.
Also available is the CobraHead Long Handle Weeder that takes the back-breaking labor out of weeding a flower bed or a vegetable garden. Older gardeners and those with limited kneeling and bending ability find the CobraHead Long Handle Weeder an especially enabling device. That’s because the long handle makes it possible to weed while standing up straight. The unique shape of the famous CobraHead blade can cut through soil and tough weeds with ease. Three different handle lengths are available to make the tool comfortable to use no matter how tall you are. CobraHead LLC is a Wisconsin-based family business that makes every tool in the USA. Check prices and availability.
A Digging Auger is a Great Gift for Gardeners
A digging auger is a giant drill bit that fits into your cordless electric drill. A digging auger in your drill makes it easy to DRILL holes in the soil. You may never have to DIG a hole for a starter plant or flowering bulb ever again. So, a digging auger from Power Planter makes an awesome gift for any gardener– and anyone who loves using power tools.
Power Planter is an American company that’s based on a family farm in Illinois. Their digging augers are available in a wide range of sizes. The bigger the auger, the bigger the hole it drills. One of the most popular sizes is the Container Planting & Grass Plug Auger. It digs holes 2 inches in diameter and 7 inches deep. The editors of Home Garden and Homestead love their power planter augers, and we think your gardening friends will, too.
Gifts for Gardeners: Organic Seeds
Give the Gift of Garden Seeds
Even though it’s too early to plant seeds for next Spring’s garden, it’s not too early to give the gift of seeds that can be planted next spring. Botanical Interests is a Colorado-based company that specializes in selling organically grown seeds of heirloom and non-GMO vegetable and flower varieties.
The Basic Bounty Vegetable Collection contains nine packets of seeds that are sure to produce a tasty harvest of fresh vegetables. Included are Bush Glacier Bean, Marketmore Organic Cucumber, Glacier Bush Tomato, Black Beauty Zucchini Squash, Salad Bowl Organic Lettuce Blend, and more. This bounty of seeds comes in a gift box with a decorative ribbon for $17.50.
For flower lovers, there’s the Bee Happy Seed Collection. The six packets of seeds in this gift will grow flowers that are guaranteed to attract all kinds of bees. These wonderful bees will pollinate the flowers in this gift set (including Bee Balm, Hyssop Lavender, Shades of Blue Larkspur, and more). While they’re at it, those bees will pollinate everything in the nearby vegetable garden. This collection comes gift boxed for just $12.00. Maybe you should give these two seed collections as a set! Available from botanicalinterests.com.
Gifts for Gardeners: Stocking Stuffers
Insect Repellent Uses Natural Essential Oils
One of the most annoying aspects of gardening (or any outdoor activity) is being bugged by insect pests. A new, all-natural insect repellent made by Para’Kito keeps pesky mosquitoes and ticks away—even though it contains no harmful chemicals. The active ingredients are natural essential oils that smell good to people, but not to insects. The spray is water and sweat resistant, and it provides effective protection for up to 8 hours against mosquitoes and ticks.
Para’Kito Insect Repellent contains almond oil and Vitamin E to help moisturize and comfort your skin. The spray is safe to use on children, pregnant women, and people with sensitive skin. A handy (and portable) spray bottle sells for $19.50 at us.parakito.com.
Garden Themed Note Cards
Here’s a gift that gardeners will love. But anyone who appreciates beautiful illustrations will love it, too. When an email is just too impersonal and it’s time to send a thoughtful Birthday, Thank You or Thinking of You card, it’s nice to have a unique and colorful notecard.
The Botanical Art Notecard Set contains six different notecards that feature lovely illustrations including a butterfly on dill flowers and ripe ears of multi-colored Glass Gem corn. These blank greeting cards can be used for any occasion, making this set a lovely gift. The notecards are 4.5” by 6.25” and include envelopes. The set sells for $13.99 from botanical interests.com.
Gifts for Gardeners: Live Plants
A “Christmas Fantasy” Plant
Houseplants are still a trending topic on social media. So, a special Christmas Cactus named ‘Christmas Fantasy’ is the perfect gift for houseplant newbies and experienced gardeners alike.
A Christmas cactus is an easy plant to grow, and ‘Christmas Fantasy’ (Schlumbergera hybrid) is a new variety with peach-orange colored blooms. This plant has a nice upright form, and the flowers bloom in the shorter days of late fall and early winter. (That’s how these plants got their name, because they bloom at Christmastime.) A Christmas Cactus loves bright light, but not direct sun. Take care to not overwater it. Let the soil dry out before watering it again. One plant in a 4-inch pot sells for $14.95 from logees.com.
Give a Blooming Holiday Classic
A flowering amaryllis plant is always a welcome gift. Red amaryllis flowers (such as the Red Lion variety) are a holiday tradition, but white and pink amaryllis are also available. Barbados Amaryllis has velvety red petals striped with white, which creates a star-like effect. Nymph Amaryllis flowers are white with soft sprays of pink and just a taste of light green.
These varieties and many more are available from American Meadows. Large single bulbs are available, which are perfect for potting up at home and keeping for yourself. Amaryllis gift kits are also available, which contain a large amaryllis bulb, potting mix and a decorative pot. View all the amaryllis varieties at AmericanMeadows.com. Also check out the website for handy amaryllis growing tips. AmericanMeadows.com
Gifts for Gardeners: Calendars
Daily Advice from an Experienced Gardener
Jessica Damiano’s 2022 Day-by-Day Gardening Calendar is like having a personal garden coach. This one-of-a-kind calendar offers a handy gardening tip every single day of the year. Need a friendly reminder to get your vegetable seeds started or weed your flower bed? It’s all in the calendar.
Every gardener will benefit from the daily bits of gardening advice, inspiration and reminders from Jessica Damiano, a 15-year veteran garden writer for Newsday and author of the syndicated “Garden Detective” column. Plus, this calendar features a beautiful garden photo every month of the year. Jessica’s award-winning calendar will make sure you earn your green thumb–by making you a better gardener one day at a time. The tips and advice provided in this calendar are tailored for gardeners in USDA horticultural zones 6 and 7. But gardeners in warmer or colder zones can easily jump ahead or backwards to adjust for their local growing conditions.
Spend a little time with Jessica Damiano’s 2022 Day-by-Day Gardening Calendar and it’s easy to see why it won a coveted Garden Media Award from GardenComm. To order the 2022 calendar for yourself or a gardening friend, visit jessicadamiano.com/2022-calendar.
A Desk Calendar with Botanical Artwork
Here’s a delightful desk calendar for folks who might not have wall space for a large calendar. The 2022 Desk Calendar from Botanical Interests features hand-illustrated botanical artwork by Colorado-based artists. The award-winning design of this attractive calendar makes it a joy to look at each monthly page.
A specific flower or fruit is depicted each month. On the reverse side is a description of the plant including its USDA growing zones. There’s even room to jot some gardening notes. The tent-shaped calendar measures 6.25” by 4.75”, so it’s the perfect size to stand up on small desks or kitchen counters. The calendar is priced at just $7.99, so it makes a great stocking stuffer or holiday hostess gift. From botanical interests.com.
Gifts for Gardeners: Books
How to Grow a Colorful Mini Meadow
Growing a garden filled with colorful wildflowers is easier than you think. Mike Lizotte, author of the book Mini Meadows, encourages gardeners to rethink and downsize wildflower meadow gardens for suburban lots.
His delightful book is filled with photos of wildflower gardens of all sizes. Lizotte explains how to prep the soil for planting wildflower seeds. Then he explains the step-by-step process of growing and maintaining a meadow garden. Photos walk you through the entire process. This book is worth having just for the excellent photos by Rob Cardillo. A great gift for about $15. (You might want to buy one for yourself, too.) Buy it here.
Garden with Ease and Joy
The Lifelong Gardener: Garden with Ease and Joy at Any Age, came about because chronic back pain kept author Toni Gattone from gardening with gusto. She had a hunch she wasn’t alone. Her book is now helping gardeners find resilience with resources and handy solutions. As a result, they can keep doing what they love to do: garden for life in comfort and joy.
Gattone’s message is quite simple: You can keep gardening for life, you just need to make adjustment as you age. In The Lifelong Gardener, adaptive gardening expert Toni Gattone shares her methods for making America’s favorite outdoor hobby easier on an aging body. These techniques will help you garden smarter, not harder. Her book includes dozens of proven tips that can help eliminate the physical strain of gardening. Learn more about Toni Gattone’s inspiring story by visiting her website at https://tonigattone.com. And click here to Buy Her Book.
Identify and Control Insect Pests
Can you tell a good bug from a bad bug? Not all gardeners can identify the beneficial insects (which should be left alone) and the pest insects. That’s the beauty of The Vegetable Garden Pest Handbook by Susan Mulvihill. This book helps gardeners identify bugs (with color photos and detailed descriptions). It also helps diagnose which pest is damaging vegetable plants. Then, it offers effective, natural and organic products and strategies for getting rid of the pest insects.
There are even DIY projects for making traps, barriers, or building an insect hotel to attract beneficial bugs to the garden. Think of this book as an encyclopedia that was written by an expert gardener who knows how to tell a great story while conveying practical information. It’s a must-have volume for any serious vegetable gardener. Check price and shipping.
Gifts for Gardeners: High Tech
Powerful Mini Cordless Electric Chainsaw
There’s a whole new class of outdoor power tool available to gardeners and homeowners–the mini cordless electric chainsaw. The editors of Home Garden and Homestead are big fans of cordless electric power tools. We’ve reviewed Cordless Leaf Blowers , Battery Powered Chainsaws and more. With this new generation of mini cordless electric chainsaws, now anyone can enjoy the cutting power of a chain saw with less weight and hassle.
The IMOUMLIVE 21-volt Mini Electric Chainsaw is a great tool for tree pruning and other light-duty wood cutting. Powered by a rechargeable 21-volt lithium battery, this chainsaw can cut continuously for almost an hour. It weighs only 2.2 pounds, so it’s user friendly for every gardener including women and seniors. The small size makes it a good choice for campground use. One of the things we love about this tool is the 6-inch cutting bar. (Most mini electric chainsaws have 4-inch cutting bars.) It even has an oil reservoir that keeps the chain properly oiled.
In addition to the powerful mini chainsaw, this kit comes with two batteries, a battery charger, an extra chain, a tool kit, a pair of protective eye goggles, and a detailed manual. Makes a great gift! Check price on Amazon.
Countertop Weather Monitor
Talking about the weather is a popular pastime, so it should come as no surprise that millions of people enjoy tracking their local weather forecasts. The Acurite Weather Monitor gives real-time weather conditions for outdoor and indoor temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure. Just hang the remote temperature sensor outdoors for current conditions and a hyperlocal weather forecast for the next 12 hours.
The countertop monitor fits virtually anywhere, and the bright, colorful illuminated LCD display is both easy to read and attractive. In addition to temperature and weather conditions, the monitor also shows the time, date and moon phase. This is a great gift for almost anyone. Check price on Amazon.
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