Beginner and experienced gardeners alike appreciate garden tools that are useful, effective, and stand the test of time. Choosing high-quality goods will ensure that the recipient can enjoy your gift for years to come. Here are some thoughtful gifts for gardeners so you can give the perfect present to the plant lover in your life!
The Best Gifts for Gardeners
Before I get into the details of each item, here is a summary of my top 10 recommendations for the gardeners in your life:
- Metal Watering Can
- Harvest Basket
- Floral Scissors
- Pruning Shears/Secateurs
- Rubber Boots
- Succulent Bowl or Terrarium
- Utility Apron
- Shirt Jacket
- Hand Tools
- Gardening Books
Here’s why I’ve loved both giving and receiving these favourite gifts for gardeners:
1. Metal Watering Can
A well-made watering can is the perfect present. It’s surprisingly hard to find a sturdy can that can support the weight of water when full. Look for a well-built container with strong handles. The handles should be easy to grip, not thin and flimsy. I chose the can above because the whole container is made of metal (not plastic) and the handles are wooden. When I’m not using it for watering, it makes a lovely container for a freeform floral arrangement.
My favourite watering can maker is Haws, who made the watering can pictured above. Haws watering cans are absolutely lovely…they’re a total classic and are still made in the UK. Haws makes beautiful indoor watering cans as well as the larger outdoor cans. I’m not-so-secretly hoping to receive an indoor watering can as a gift at some point!
2. Harvest Basket or Garden Trug
A nice harvest basket will get use throughout the season for carrying tools, supplies, and harvested produce. Many baskets are made of wire, others are made of wood, and some are a combination of the two.
I love my wire wash basket for harvesting from my garden. It holds both small and large produce, and also serves as a field wash station. Wooden garden trugs are also a lovely option. I recently received a combo wire basket/trug which combines the features of both a wash basket and a wooden trug.
3. Floral Scissors
Floral scissors are both gorgeous and useful. They’re not too expensive but they last a long time. Many pairs are hand-made in China, the same way that they’ve been made for centuries. I’ve purchased floral scissors from Lee Valley and Nineteen Ten, but they’re also available at most garden and floral shops.
4. Pruning Shears
Pruning shears, also called secateurs, are a staple item in the garden. They make wonderful gifts for gardeners. I have 3 pairs of pruning shears, each with a different home. It’s nice to have an indoor pair, a pair in your garden utility area, and a pair hanging out by the garden. I’d like to have another pair in my truck if I could!
Like kitchen knives, there is a wide range in quality in pruning shears. Many gardeners consider pruners made by Felco to be top-of-the-line. Felco pruners can be recognized by their bright red handles. They are pricey, costing about $80 a pair…but they’ll last forever.
My favourite pruning shears for indoors (and for plant photography) are my Japanese shears. The blades are beautiful, each made from a single piece of steel. I also love the simple hinge in the middle. They are a work of art. They’ll also cost about $80 a pair, and make a lovely gift.
I also really like my Fiskars pruners. They’re much more reasonably priced, at about $12, and have withstood more than I could have asked from a plastic-handled tool. It’s always nice to have different pairs of secateurs around the house, potting shed, patio, and vehicles, so having a few different types is a bonus.
5. Rubber Boots
Many gardeners pretty much live in their rubber boots. I have 3 pairs…two pairs of Hunter Boots and one pair of L.L. Bean Boots. All of them get near-daily wear in the garden. I keep one set by each doorway…but they seem to migrate. Neoprene-lined rubber gum boots (like Muck Boots) are also a great choice. They can also be a warmer option for the shoulder seasons in colder climates.
If you know your recipients shoe size and (feel comfortable that you know their style), rubber boots can be an amazing present. A gardener can never have too many. They’ll be in steady rotation all year.
6. Succulent Bowl or Terrarium
If you’re a crafty type of gift giver, a DIY succulent bowl or terrarium can be a lovely gift. Succulents are low maintenance indoor plants that are perfect for bringing a bit of life into the recipient’s home.
To make an open bowl or terrarium, first you’ll need to find supplies. A nice glass container is a great starting point. After that, you’ll need a few succulents or airplants and perhaps some sand to complete the look. With a little bit of assembly, you’ll have the perfect homemade gift! You can learn how to plant your own succulent bowl here.
7. Utility Apron
A great apron is a must for a gardener. I use my apron indoors while planting seeds for seed-starting and outside for carrying supplies. I don’t carry anything too heavy, so I use a linen chambray apron. Mine is from Old Faithful. More robust alternatives include canvas and waxed canvas.
8. Shirt Jacket
A warm garden coat for the shoulder seasons is really nice to have. Mine keeps me warm while also protecting my forearms from irritants while weeding and pruning. Lined shirt-jackets are available from workwear stores and clothing retailers like L.L. Bean.
If you’re considering giving protective clothing but aren’t sure about what size/fashion your recipient would like, gardening gloves are also a nice option. You can never have enough gardening gloves. I keep 6 pairs in a steady rotation. My gloves get washed after each wear because they get wet and/or muddy while I’m outside. If I head out to the garden a few times each day, the amount of gloves really adds up!
My favourite kind of gloves are the rubber-dipped ones. They are made of stretchy fabric with the palm and fingers dipped in waterproof rubbery material. These kind of gloves offer the best grip and keep their shape well. Just make sure you pick a colour that the recipient likes!
9. Hand Tools
A nice set of hand tools will make your gardener’s day-to-day tasks SO much more enjoyable. Hand tools are classic gifts for gardeners. The most important hand tool is a great small trowel. A cultivator (tiny rake, pictured above) is also key. High quality tools will save your favourite gardener from many headaches (and repeat trips to the hardware store).
Gardening books are the perfect retreat during the winter months. Many gardeners spend January-March planning out their garden for the upcoming season. Why not surprise the gardener in your life with a new book to keep them going through garden planning season? Here are some of my favourite gardening books if you’re looking for some inspiration!
The Best Gifts for Gardeners
What gifts have you given the gardeners in your life? Have you received any gifts for gardeners that you’ve used and loved? Share your stories and experiences in the comments section below!