The best gifts for gardeners are useful tools and supplies stand the test of time. Beginner and experienced gardeners alike appreciate high-quality gifts that are effective in helping them grow and tend healthy plants. These top gardening goods will ensure that your favourite garden lover can enjoy your gift for years to come.
The Best Gifts for Gardeners
Here are some thoughtful gifts for gardeners so you can give the perfect present to the plant lover in your life! Many of these gift ideas include both luxury brands and affordable tools so that you can find the best gift for your gardener. The best gifts for gardeners are ones they’ll use…and here’s what they really want:
1. Sturdy Watering Can
A well-made watering can is a perfect present. They probably already have one, but most are not well-made and/or easy to use. Even if they have a good one, it’s nice to have a few, both indoors and out, so an extra one will be very welcome. If I had another one, I’d use it to hold flowers on the front porch!
It’s surprisingly hard to find a sturdy, pretty 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 (warmer to grasp in cool weather). 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 gardening gift and are still made in the UK. They even make the Peter Rabbit watering can! Haws also makes beautiful plastic watering cans and indoor watering cans as well as the larger metal outdoor cans. I’m not-so-secretly hoping to receive a Haws indoor watering can as a gift at some point!
2. Harvest Basket or Garden Trug
A nice harvest basket will get lots of 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. Harvest baskets make some of the best gifts for gardeners. I’ve loved the ones I’ve received and still use them all.
I love both the classic Maine garden hod and my wire wash basket for harvesting from my garden. They hold both small and large produce while also serving as a field wash station. Wooden garden trugs are also a lovely option for the classic garden lover. They’re especially good for collecting cut flowers from the garden. There are also sturdy plastic options (see above). Choose whichever suits your gardener best.
3. Floral Scissors
Floral scissors are both gorgeous and useful. They’re not too expensive but they last a long time. Many pairs are handmade in China, the same way that they’ve been made for centuries. Floral scissors are one of the best gifts for gardeners who love to grow and arrange cut flowers.
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, often costing about $30-$60 a pair…but they’ll last forever. Felco pruners are one of the best gifts for gardeners out there (I know they’re on my list!).
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’re also expensive, but make a lovely gift. They can be ordered online.
I also really like my Fiskars pruners. They’re much more reasonably priced and have withstood more than I could have asked from them. It’s always nice to have different pairs of pruners 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 classic 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 gift for a gardener. A gardener can never have too many…they’ll be in steady rotation all year. I wish I had a pair by each door (and a pair in the truck!).
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 air plants and perhaps some sand to complete the look. With a little bit of assembly, you’ll have the perfect homemade gift for a garden lover! 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 garden supplies.
I don’t carry anything too heavy so I use a chambray linen apron. Mine is from Old Faithful in Vancouver, but there are lots of beautiful linen aprons on Amazon. More robust alternatives include canvas and waxed canvas.
8. More Utility Gifts for Gardeners
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 nitrile coated ones. They are made of stretchy fabric with the palm and fingers dipped in waterproof rubbery material. These kind of gloves offer a good grip and keep their shape well. Just make sure you pick a colour that the recipient likes!
9. Garden Hand Tools
A nice set of hand tools will make your gardener’s day-to-day tasks SO much more enjoyable. Hand tools are among the best gifts for gardeners. The most important hand tool is a great small trowel. A cultivator (tiny rake, like the one pictured above) is also key.
High quality tools will save your favourite gardener from many headaches (and repeat trips to the hardware store). There is a range of quality of tools available. Choose a beautiful trowel for indoor gardening or make a gardening travel kit for your favourite gardener’s car or community garden plot.
10. Gardening Books
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 more inspiration! Gardening books can be some of the best gifts for gardeners as they can be enjoyed at any time of year.
More Gifts for Gardeners
Need more ideas? For more of the best gifts for gardeners, check out:
- My Gardener’s Gift Wish List (which I update regularly)
- 20 Gifts for Organic Gardeners Under $20
- 12 Handmade Etsy Gifts for Nature Lovers
- DIY Natural Holiday Ornaments
- Magical Gifts for Garden Witches
- My Gifts for Gardener’s Pinterest Idea Board
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What gifts have you given the gardeners in your life? Have you received any gifts for gardeners that you’ve used and loved? What do you think are the best gifts for gardeners? Share your stories and experiences in the comments section below!