I have been looking at some great garden gift ideas as the festive season begins. The days are getting colder here and the garden is resting. A great time therefore to plan for spring and a gift for a gardening friend or family member will be very much appreciated!
A gift can be a real starting point for a garden or for transforming one. Isn’t it the little things in life that become our greatest inspiration?
So I have been looking at some gifts that will be useful for years to come. They will also inspire whoever receives the gift to enjoy their gardening, from young children to experienced gardeners!
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Garden Gift Ideas for Children
Children of all ages love playing in the garden. No matter how old they are, they will happily watch us gardening and will want to mimic what we do! Observation after all is the best teacher, isn’t it? So I have found a great Gardening Belt Tool Kit that young children would love.
Of course if they already had some tools, then why not surprise them with some gloves of their own. Watch their look of delight as they feel a little more grown up now for owning a pair of their own Junior Gardening Gloves!
Children are curious individuals and a hotel for bugs and insects is perfect to feed their curiosity. They can watch how the insects arrive and leave as they play in the garden. A Bug Hotel is also great for the garden as it attracts all the beneficial insects, thereby encouraging wildlife and helping to balance the ecosystem too.
Books for Children
Children love watching birds. A walk in the park, on a local nature trail, in the garden or even from a balcony can offer a great chance to observe birds. This First Book of Garden Birds by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) will help them to identify the birds they see. It is beautifully illustrated, informative and fun to share!
Talking about books, why not add some on gardening too! Books can provide real inspiration to children to start their own seeds, nurture a pot of plants and eat more fresh greens and fruits. This is a Kitchen Garden Book, produced in association with Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, which shows children how to grow and eat fresh harvests from their garden.
Another fabulous addition to your children’s bookshelf is Annabelle Padwick’s You Can Grow Your Own Food. It has easy to grow and eat projects that will inspire your children to have a go this spring.
Of course, stories can also be a real encouragement for gardening and this thought-provoking book may just be the starting point. Plants are a sign of hope for the future and this book A Child’s Garden brings real inspiration, I love it!
Garden Gift Ideas for the Garden Beginner
Now you may say that you are only a beginner, and I will say I have just the gift for you! This is where my vegetable gardening journey began and I would love to share the secret – a book that was to change my own garden. Grow All You Can Eat gives you all the basic information that you will need to start your own garden or build on your current patch.
How to Garden When You’re New to Gardening by the Royal Horticultural Society may also be a very helpful start.
Beginning a garden would also need a few treasured tools in addition to these guiding books. This sturdy Stainless Steel Hand Tools set will last you for many years to come.
Garden Gift Ideas for Balconies and Small Spaces
Of course you can grow your herbs, salads, vegetables and fruits even without a garden! Small patios, outdoor areas or balconies can provide a great place for gardening. Lots of ideas to get you, your friends and family dreaming with this Small Space Gardening by the Royal Horticultural Society, and The Edible Balcony!
Garden Gift Ideas for Gardeners
Well it’s no surprise but gardeners love seeds, sometimes even more than people. I am only telling you this so that you will always be their favourite! As the festive period is near, why not give the New Seed Box which is collection of seeds or this Winter Vegetable Growing Set.
With all the seed packets of course, gardeners have a life long struggle to store them. I have picked a beautiful one with Emma Bridgewater Design with heirloom tomatoes on it!
Sowing seeds is magic as any gardener will tell you! Most gardening friends and family members are pretty good at this but I have found this fabulous Wooden Dibber Set that will put a smile on their face.
Books for Gardeners
Most gardeners love to note down what they grew, how it fared and hopes and plans for the following year. This serves as a useful record and reminder as it is easy to forget the details over the growing months. So here are some my picks for your avid gardener: A Five Year Record Book that keeps all their notes in one place; or perhaps RHS Pocket Diary 2021.
Charles Dowding is a successful no-dig gardener who loves to share his experience. He has a great Growing Calendar 2021 as well as a Vegetable Garden Perpetual Diary that I have personally bought and these would make great gifts!
Of course no winter would be complete without some inspiring reading to boost the spring and summer growing! Here is my selection for you to choose from: the first two Down to Earth and The Complete Gardener from the lovable Monty Don.
Garden Gift Ideas for Bird Lovers
Winter is a perfect time to feed the birds, particularly the smaller ones that live around us. A garden provides the perfect setting for hosting your mini feasts for our little feathered friends. These are a few of my picks for you:
Hanging Bird Table which very easy to clean and maintain with its sliding base. Great for small spaces!
Hope this helps you to wrap up your gifts! Have a wonderful festive season and let’s take gardening up a notch in the coming year!