Tuesday’s Tips — Gifts for Gardeners

Gardeners are easy to buy gifts for, they never have everything they need. Tools get lost, “borrowed”,  broken, or they simply wear out like our garden gloves which we go through at an alarming rate. Not that we would want anyone to buy us garden gloves. No, we’d like to get something that we wouldn’t buy for ourselves — something interesting, something that sparks our imaginations, or that’s a bit of an indulgence.

What might that be you ask? Well, Mary Beth and I have a few suggestions for gifts for the gardeners on your list who work so hard all year long to beautify your surroundings and to leave their small patches of this amazing planet in better shape than they found it.

Barbara’s List:

On the top of my list of suggestions is something that I already have and love:

Beautiful and practical, these Vermont slate garden markers designed by my very good friend Liz and handcrafted by her husband Jim are a gift that any gardener would be thrilled to have. And with markers for herbs, vegetables and perennials, you’re sure to find the perfect selection for your gardener. $5 each with discounts for orders larger than five.

 

 

 

A good trowel is hard to find. I’ve busted more than a few of them in heavy clay soil. But I think this one might do the trick. It’s a hand-forged 4″ trowel from Red Pig Garden Tools that looks like it will last a lifetime. $30

 

 

 

Last, but not least is the very versatile hori-hori knife from A.M. Leonard. Good for digging, weeding, transplanting or dividing perennials, your gardener will find a million uses for this tool. $21.99

 

 

 

 

Mary Beth’s List:

I think that seeds would make perfect stocking stuffers. Check out these cool seed bombs from Etsy shop recycledideas. $8.60 for a DIY kit that makes 200 – 250 seed bombs or $2 per bag of 5 -6.

 

 

 

 

For the bee-loving gardener, a beginner bee hive kit from Brushy Mountain Bee Farm. $195

 

 

 

 

A good hand tool carrier is the mother of all gift ideas. I have one like this that I stole from Ray and everybody at work wanted one. It’s rugged and perfect for garden tools and other miscellaneous garden stuff.  $39.99

 

 

 

 

And look at this site. ‘Scuse me as I wipe the drool off my desk. I’d love pretty much any one of the hand tools from the Garden Tool Company. $11 – $95

Now, you’d better get going because, incredibly, there’s not that much time left before the stocking are filled and presents are wrapped and waiting to be opened!

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