Monday, December 12, 2016

Great Gifts for Gardeners

When choosing a gift for a person who gardens, we might be inclined to get them something for the garden itself and that can be a great thing but it also poses a lot of questions. Buying plants for someone else's garden might not be the best idea unless we know exactly what type of plant they desire. After all, they will have to nurture that plant and it in some ways is akin to buying them a surprise pet. I think we can all agree that giving someone an unasked for puppy or kitten is a definite no almost without exception. The same can be true for many plants. Aside from seasonal plans like poinsettia or amaryllis most plants are going to need a lot of extra care in the winter.

We can always go for the gardening tools idea such as gloves, kneeling pads or hand trowels. These can be a good idea but if we are going that way, let me suggest getting a higher quality set. I have received plenty of 'cute' gardening gear gifts and many of these have ended up breaking very quickly or being unusable from the start.

Gloves

A good pair of gloves is very welcome to any gardener. Just be sure to know hand size. If in doubt, go with medium or large. Only purchase small size gloves if you know the person has very small hands. The Custom Leathercraft Handyman Flex Grip Work Gloves are very nice and have a synthetic leather palm along with a velcro closure at the wrist which helps them fit well. Of course what I often need is several pairs of gloves since I am invariably drenching them on one day and then needing a dry pair the next day or that evening. A multi pack 7 Pairs Pack SKYTREE Gardening Gloves have a nitrile palm and stretchable back which I find to be very comfortable.

Kneeling Pad

Gardening for me means spending lots of time on my knees in order to keep life reasonable for my back. A Large Foam Kneeling Knee Pad can make this a lot easier. There are many different styles and they come in many price ranges as well as multi-packs.

Hand Tools

In my opinion if you are going to give a gift of garden hand tools then choose either the Fiskars Traditional Bypass Pruning Shears or the Fiskars Big Grip Trowel - not that I am totally attached to that brand, but I have both and they are good quality. I can also tell you that if I received them again as a gift I would not be upset at all. Maybe it is just me, but I can either never find them when I am looking for them or they are some place far away when I need them. Having several pairs would help with this dilemma.

Garden Theme T-shirts

Those who garden are likely to go through plenty of shirts, seeing as how gardening can get one dirty. What better gift for a gardener than a garden themed T shirt.
Gardener's Green Thumb
T-shirt
Green Thumb Up
Baseball T-shirt
A Gardener's Green Thumb
short sleeve option
is nice because it can be used summer or in winter as an underlayer. The great big green thumbs up will let others know the wearer's gardening skill. Of course a longer sleeve option is nice on those cold days in the garden. Both come in women and men's sizes and can be had in a variety of colors.

Hoodie

Cherry Blossoms
Hoodie
This hoodie is a great option for when things get really cold. It is an extremely soft lightweight fleece that will keep you warm while spending time outdoors. The hood is great for keeping your ears warm as well. It features cherry blossoms to help remind us that spring will again return. The image can be placed on the front or the back of the hoodie.

Garden Apron

An apron can be very handy. Not only will it keep your clothes clean but you can also carry tools around in them.
Gardener's Green Thumb
Apron
Yellow Thumbs Up
Apron

The apron on the left has been created by a group, LIFE Line, in support of their mission to empower Kenyan mothers of special needs children, to be self-sustaining. Each product is handmade in Kenya and product sales directly benefit the Malaika Mums, many of whom have been shunned by society because of their special needs children. The apron on the right comes in yellow, khaki or white. They both are printed with my own gardener's thumbs up design.

Garden Theme Towels

Gardener's Green Thumb
Hand Towel
Hand towels are another thing that it seems I am always in need of while out in the garden. What could be better than a gardener's thumbs up towel?

Garden Theme Notebook

Bees Knees
Notebook
Keeping track of gardening adventures can be made a lot easier if we keep a journal. Writing down what was successful so you can do it again and also recording our failures can turn us into gardening masters. This bee themed spiral notebook also comes in a hardbound version.

Happy Gardening!

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