In the Garden

Holiday Gift Ideas for Gardeners

Holidays are an excellent time to gather with friends and family, share a special meal, and exchange gifts. Finding the perfect gift for those we love can be overwhelming and stressful. No need to fret; give the gift of gardening that provides seasons of joy.

It doesn’t matter if the person you are buying for is young or old, new or experienced, an avid gardener, or one who likes the benefits gardening provides. You can find something special for everyone on your list.

Small and large space gardeners will appreciate help keeping their tools handy as they work their way through their landscape. Give them a bucket, pair of gloves, and a few tools to stay by the door for those quick planting, weeding, and deadheading sessions. Or decorate an old mailbox and turn it into tool storage to be mounted in the garden for easy access for their tools. Or purchase a tool caddy.  Look for one that’s colorful and waterproof like the Puddle-Proof Tote that holds and keeps hand tools, gloves and seeds dry.  Help them wrangle larger tools for easy transport from the shed to the garden and from bed to bed with a wheeled caddy that handles larger tools.

Gardeners love tools. Newbies to the dirt need to build their collection while experienced gardeners may need to replace broken or time-worn hand tools. Consider giving a harvest basket, or a bucket filled with some basics. All gardeners will appreciate a new innovative tool that makes gardening easier or more fun. Look for ergonomic tools that are built to ease the stress on joints and allow gardeners to work longer with less pain. Another choice that will please your favorite gardener is multifunctioning tools like the Golden Gark Rake. It rakes, scoops, and sifts, which helps save storage space and the need to haul around multiple gardening tools. 

Help your gardening guru keep their green thumb in shape all winter long. Look to buy them pretty pots, potting mix, and seeds. Check out kits like the Galvanized Organic Kitchen Herbs Growing Kit that provides all they’ll need to grow fresh herbs. Increase their indoor gardening success with supplemental lighting. You can now find light stands that sit on the table, mount on the wall, or attach to plant pots.

And for those that like the flowers but have limited time or interest in growing, give them a waxed amaryllis bulb. They won’t need to water or fertilize. Beginning and experienced gardeners will watch in amazement as this plant bursts into bloom with no effort on their part.

Don’t know what to send a friend who lives far away. Cut flowers, flowering bulbs, and plants are sure to generate a smile in just seconds. Take care of special occasions throughout the year in one single order. Place one order for 3, 6, or 12 months of blooming beauty delivered right to your loved one’s door, providing joy throughout the year.

So, break out your gift list and look for ways to give the gift of gardening. Your family and friends will appreciate your thoughtfulness all year long.


Melinda Myers

Melinda Myers is a nationally known gardening expert, TV/radio host, author & columnist. She has more than 35 years of horticulture experience, a master’s degree in horticulture and has written over 20 books, including Small Space Gardening. She hosts The Great Courses “How to Grow Anything” gardening DVD series and the nationally syndicated Melinda’s Garden Moment TV & radio segments as well as columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazineVisit her website at

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