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20+ Gift Ideas for the Gardener in Your Life this Christmas


What do you get the gardener who has everything?  Sure, tools or gardening gloves are the obvious choice, but they will probably only be appreciated by the most serious of gardeners. I’ve come up with a list of pretty and practical Christmas gifts for beginners and advanced gardeners alike, as well as a few options for kids who love tagging along in the garden.

Bonus—Most of these gifts are $30 or less!!

A selection of the best gardening gifts for the gardener in your life this Christmas.

So start making your 2019 Christmas gift list and checking it twice with these finds for the plant lover in your life. I’ve linked to Amazon for all of these gifts, but I’m sure you can also find some beautiful local options as well.

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Let it Grow, let it Grow, let it Grow

Sorry, I couldn’t resist the bad music-related pun. Get these items for the gardener that’s just itching to have something green growing.  There’s something for everyone to grow, no matter how much space they have to garden with.  Most gifts are $25 and under.

The Seeding Square

New to square foot gardening?  easy templates that co-ordinate with the seeding square for you to know exactly what to plant.

Combine this gift with a copy of Mel Bartholomew’s Square Foot Gardening Book (more details below).

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Unique Seed Collection

This seed collection is great for the gardener who has planted it all, or for encouraging a new young gardener.  These are not your average ho-hum vegetables.  I also love the stylish pictures on the seed packets.

Indoor Herb Garden Starter Kit

Even your most brown-thumb friend can succeed with this indoor herb garden kit.

A Cute Gardening Tool Set for the Young Gardener

This kid-sized gardening tool set is perfect for encouraging your mini green thumb to work outside with you in the spring.  The tools are not made from plastic, have no sharp edges, and seem quite durable.  Combine it with this book of garden projects and experiments for a larger gift.

When you have no light but you still want to grow SOMETHING

These grow lights might look unimpressive, but they give off lots of light for their size.  You can adjust the time and brightness of the bulbs to create a truly set-it-and-forget-it light source.  Now you just have to remember to water them!

Gardening on the Move

If you live in a rental or know that you might be moving, Maui Mike’s Soft Pots are the best way to garden on the go.  One warning: the pots are measured in industry gallons instead of U.S. gallons.  Order the 7 gallon or 10 gallon size for tomatoes, squash, or other larger vegetables.

Companion Gardening at it’s Finest

These flowers are all companion gardening superstars, and super easy to start from seed.  I’ve grown all of these flowers in my garden at one point or another and highly recommend them, especially for beginners.  This flower seed collection would also pair well with the book on companion gardening below in the book section.

Curious about companion gardening?  Read more about it here.

Grow Your Own Pesto

I’m in love with these herb growing kits from Seed Sheet.  There’s one for pesto (yum!), herb gardening, and even for tacos.  Snag the pesto one for the chef in your life.

A Mini Greenhouse

Every intermediate to advanced gardener will love you forever come spring.  A mini greenhouse is a must for the garden nerd who is obsessed with seed starting and extending the growing season.

A Garden Hod

Otherwise known as the-prettiest-and-most-practical-way-to-collect-vegetables.  Ever.  I don’t own one, but it is on my wish list.  Anyone want to get their favourite garden blogger one of these for Christmas?  (Just kidding.  Kind of.)

Vinyl Raised Garden Bed

If you want a big-ticket item that will wow the gardener in your life, get him or her a vinyl raised garden bed.  These bad boys are practically indestructible, have great curb appeal, and make gardening super easy.  I love mine in my front yard and I often have people stop me while I’m working and ask me about them. The three pack is such a good deal, but you can also purchase kits with just one or two raised beds.

Gardening Books

There are so many wonderful gardening books out there, it’s hard to choose which ones to include in this round up!  If you’re looking for more ideas, you’ll want to read my collection of my favourite gardening books for the urban gardener, and my must-have books for the prairie gardener.

All New Square Foot Gardening 3rd Edition

I own the first edition of this book and it changed the way I garden.  It’s required reading if you garden in an urban space and are short on room.  I’m excited to see what’s new in the third edition.

Combine this book with the Seeding Square for the perfect gift!

Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden

I lovingly refer to this book as the prettiest book you will ever own.  Even if you never plan to become a flower farmer, you need this book just so you can drool over the pictures when there’s 3 feet of snow on the ground.

If you do plan to become a small scale flower farmer, then Read her story here.

I personally can’t wait for her two new books coming out soon, one on dahlias and another called a Year in Flowers, which comes out in February of 2020.

Vegetables Love Flowers

Want to get rid of bugs naturally without harsh chemicals?  Vegetables Love Flowers is for you! This is a beautiful book with practical advice and gorgeous photography.  It would make a great gift along with a flower seed collection.

Gardening Lab for Kids

If your little loves to tag along in the garden or get his or her hands dirty, you’ll love this book of hands-on garden experiments. Mine doesn’t love gardening, but he loves science, so this book is an easy way to get him involved.

101 Organic Gardening Hacks

101 Organic Gardening Hacks is best described as one part gardening book, one part DIY book. Get this book for the gardener in your life who loves to craft.

Home Decor

These gifts are less gardening and more garden and plant inspired.

Cactus Mug

A fun little mug for the cactus lover in your life.

Houseplant Art

If you just can’t seem to grow anything and are born with two brown thumbs, there’s always art.  No watering and no possible way you can kill it.

Stylish Compost Bin

Upgrade your old ugly compost bin (here’s looking at you, old ice cream container!) in the kitchen for this gorgeous countertop bin with charcoal filters.  No smell and no eyesore.  Win-win.

Handcrafted Gifts

Concrete Planters from Fat Plant Farm

Give your succulents a super-stylish home with a concrete planter from Fat Plant Farm.  I own two of Kait’s planters and they are my favourite ones.  If you’re in Saskatchewan, be sure to hit up the Fat Plant Farm in Regina, or get one at the many craft shows Kait participates in.  You can find Fat Plant Farm on Facebook and Instagram.

Stylish Gardening T-Shirts

All of these T-shirts can be ordered on Amazon. Generally, order one or two sizes up if you like a looser fit. For those shown with rolled sleeves, you have to roll the sleeves yourself.

Plant These, Save the Bees

I’ve had my eye on this design for quite a while. It comes in yellow, black, grey, and white.

P.S. There’s actually so many more flowers you can plant to help save the bees and encourage pollinators to your garden. I’ve listed 44 of them here.

Plants Are Friends

A cute shirt for the crazy plant lady in your life.

Easily Distracted By Plants

I think we can all relate to this shirt! It comes in all colours of the rainbow too.

For the Serious Gardener

If you have an advanced gardener to shop for, these are the Christmas presents that will light up their eyes. If you yourself do not garden, they will probably seem like terrible presents. But trust me, your gardener will be thrilled.

Folding Garden Kneeler

My Mother is in love with this kneeler and I can see why. If you’re tired of having your pants ruined and your knees aching from a day in the garden, this is the gift for you. You can also flip it over and use it as a seat.

Seed Starting Shelf

Okay, the odds that you actually have this much money to spend on one person for a Christmas present is slim. However, if you want to know what the dream is–this is the dream. I have a much older hand-me-down version of this seed starting shelf and I LOVE it.

Cucumber Trellis

This is not your DIY floppy cucumber trellis that will likely fall. This trellis is high quality and will make growing cucumbers so much easier.

Hori Hori Knife

The hori hori knife is an incredibly useful tool in the garden, especially for dividing and transplanting perennials. Dig holes, cut branches, weed, and more!

Still can’t find anything for the gardener on your list? You can always purchase a gift certificate at their local garden centre so they can feed their plant addiction come Spring.

Which one of these gifts would you like to see underneath your Christmas tree?

Kristen Raney

Kristen Raney

Kristen is a former farm kid turned urban gardener who owns the popular gardening website, Shifting Roots.  She is obsessed with growing flowers and pushing the limits of what can be grown in her zone 3b garden.  She also loves to grow tomatoes, but oddly enough, dislikes eating them raw.

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Hi, I'm Kristen and I help new gardeners learn to grow their own vegetables and beautify their yards. I also share recipes that use all that delicious garden produce. Grab a coffee (and your gardening gloves) and join me for gardening tips, simple recipes, and the occasional DIY, all from the lovely city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

P.S. First time gardener? You'll want to download the quick start gardening guide below!