Finding a gift for the gardener in your life can be challenging. 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 some pretty and practical suggestions for beginners and advanced gardener’s 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!!
Let it Grow, let it Grow, let it Grow
Sorry, I couldn’t resist the bad music-related pun. There’s something for everyone to grow, no matter how much space they have to garden with. Most gifts are $25 and under.
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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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.
Even your most brown-thumb friend can succeed with this indoor herb garden kit.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
Combine this book with the Seeding Square for the perfect gift!
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.
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.
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 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.
These gifts are less gardening and more garden and plant inspired.
A fun little mug for the cactus lover in your life.
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.
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.
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.
Which one of these gifts would you like to see underneath your Christmas tree?
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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.