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12 MUST HAVE GIFT IDEAS FOR THE GARDENER
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What do you buy for the gardener in your life? Coming up with fabulous gift ideas needn’t be complicated. At Christmastime, birthdays, or any time of year when you want to show affection and thoughtfulness, a Gift Basket is a great idea.
Sometimes we stress over what to buy for someone who already has everything. Not to worry. The things they already have will sooner or later wear out, break, or get lost. Having a second pair of gloves or pruners is always appreciated.
Planning ahead is necessary to prevent those last minute shopping woes. It’s amazing how quickly people forget the things someone told them they’d like to have. Now, let me share with you my list of 12 Must Have Gifts For the Gardener.
And if you need to give friends and family a “gentle nudge” about the things you’d love to have yourself, be sure to Share this article with them. Don’t be shy!
So, let’s start loading up that Gift Basket, shall we?
FABULOUS GIFT IDEAS FOR THE GARDENER IN YOUR LIFE
A big Wicker Basket (with sturdy handles) is a great gift idea. Use it to gather the Herbs, Vegetables, and Fruit that you have grown yourself. When not in use, it can decoratively occupy a shelf in your home.
We all know that Knowledge Is Power. There are a few gardening books that I would grab and take with me if my house was on fire. That is, if I didn’t think I could ever get another copy. They are the kind of Gardening Books you could curl up with in a comfy chair.
Homegrown Veggies, Strawberries, and Herbs always taste best. Reading tried-and-true gardening books written by people who actually get their hands dirty will save you time, money, and much frustration.
Both books come in Paperback and in Kindle.
Oh, go ahead. Buy them both!
You know you want to!
You can never have too many pairs of Gloves. I ruined my favorite gloves when I got my riding lawnmower out of the mud! Things happen unexpectedly, and you always need to have a backup to your favorite gardening items.
Having a pair of gloves that you use just when the grass and weeds are wet is a good idea. It takes a while for them to dry out afterward, so I keep one special pair for that purpose.
GARDENING HAND TOOLS
When deciding on hand tools, never buy the cheapest. They don’t work properly. Or at least, they don’t work for very long before they need to be replaced. Always choose a good brand and take care of them.
A long slender weed digger is great for weeding in tight spots between plants so you don’t disturb their roots.
The trowel is for planting and weeding in wider spaces.
A pruner is for nipping off branches, or even weeds that have stems that are thick and tough.
The shears work well in tight areas where you don’t want to risk using a string trimmer.
MORE GREAT GIFT IDEAS FOR YOUR FAVORITE GARDENER
A collapsible Insulated Cooler for bottles of drinking water is a must. If you spend much time outdoors, you are bound to get absolutely parched. Walking clear back to the house every time you need a sip is frustrating. I always carry an insulated cooler with 3 to 4 bottles of ice, cold water with me so I don’t get dehydrated on a hot day.
This fits nicely into a garden cart or can be carried by hand to wherever you are working at the moment.
A cooler is also a handy place to store your cell phone. (Yes, you heard me right!) Anyone who has ever lost their phone out in the tall weeds will understand that tucking it into a pocket isn’t necessarily a good idea when doing yard work. They drop out. Enclosed first in a plastic bag to prevent moisture buildup, the phone is kept out of the heat of the sun, and the battery lasts longer.
LARGE GARDENING TOTE BAG
And of course, if you want to skip the basket altogether, the purchase of a Gardening Tote Bag is a fine alternative. Just make sure it is washable. It is bound to get dirty, so if you can hose it off, that is best.
This is one of those gift ideas that can also be used for other purposes, such as storing your crafts.
For planting, trimming, and hand weeding, a Kneeling Pad is a must! Spending even ten minutes down on all fours on the hard ground is an exercise in exasperation. A nice, “cushy” thick foam kneeling pad makes an unhandy chore much more pleasant.
FOLDABLE GARDEN KNEELER AND SEAT
A nice alternative to the need to get down on your knees while gardening is a Garden Seat Bench. This thick, foam padded seat can also be flipped over to use as a kneeling bench. And it’s foldable for easy storage.
This is one of those gifts that can also be used indoors for household tasks.
HAPPY GIVING! Susan