Gift Ideas For Gardeners
Though we're months away from gardening weather, if you have a gardener on your holiday gift list, now is a good time to start thinking about spring and new life. We all want to give gifts that are special and memorable; otherwise they're not worth giving. When the snow starts falling, our gift-giving imaginations for the exceptional gardener in our lives can shut down, so we came up with 5 gift ideas for gardeners to help.
A gardener can never have too many planters. Big or small, a gardener finds something to put in every pot available. Making a planter yourself adds a layer of character to your gift and makes it more personal to your loved one. Planters can be made out of just about anything -- a rain boot, a tool box, a colander -- use your imagination to craft something really unique to blow your gardener's mind! If you want to keep it simple, decorating terra cotta planters is also an option. Add patterned cloth using craft glue, use broken dishes to create mosaic or just paint them to make it personal. There are few limits to how you can make a planter spectacular.
For the vegetable gardener, enhance the gardening experience by giving the gift of a cookbook. There's no better way to enjoy the fruits of one's labor than eating them! Whether your gardener wants to preserve peppers or can collard greens, your loved one can get more out of the experience by whipping up something to eat.
Tools Of The Trade
Just like any hobby, a gardener can always use a new tool to make things easier. A fun gadget to aid with weeding, or special sprinkler attachment so water can get to every plant is appreciated by those with a green thumb.
Decorating the garden is similar to decorating the house; there has to be consistency and flow to pull it off. Even if you don't know your gardener's plot plans, there are things you can bring to the table to make it the Garden of Eden. A few solar stakes brighten the garden path in the summer. Bird feeders attract the creatures that help gardens thrive. If your gardener has a sense of humor, she shouldn't be without a garden gnome. For sentimental gardeners, adorable statues come in all shapes -- an angel, a frog or an owl -- there's a statue for any type of gardener.
If your gardener gets an itch to get her hands dirty in the winter, let your gift be her relief! Give her something to plant indoors. She can keep an herb garden on the kitchen backsplash where she can pick out fresh flavors for every meal. If cooking isn't your gardener's thing, think about spring planting. Set her up with some seeds to sprout in February so she can transplant them as soon as the last frost flutters away. If your gardener really likes to nurture, get her a high-maintenance plant like an orchid or a bonsai tree that she'll have to pay special attention to in order for it to flourish. The living gift is the ultimate gift.