Find the perfect gifts for gardeners in your life! Give the gift of growing this season, from great books to long-lasting tools to kits that let your gardener grow inside when the weather’s too cold to dig in the dirt.
Do you have some gardeners on your list this year? Good news: Gifts for gardeners are easy to come by and many are quite inexpensive.
Plus we gardeners are always excited to try new tools and learn new techniques for getting the most out of our garden. From garden gloves to grow boxes to greenhouses, you’re sure to find something that fits your budget and delights your gardener.
Gifts for Gardeners: Tools of the Trade
Rain Gauge: An attractive rain gauge is both useful AND pretty! (Lots more options here.)
Pruners: I’ve mislaid an astonishing number of pruners working in my yard. If your gardener is in need of a good tool that’s hard to lose, these lovely pruners have an eye-catching handle to help them get spotted. They’re ergonomic and have a lifetime warranty.
Tool caddy: A good tool caddy could also help them keep track of their tools and ensure they always had what they needed at hand. You can get one designed to go over a bucket or wear in an apron. This one comes with a complete set of tools and gloves.
Composter: If they’re still tossing compost in a pile, get them a jump start on gardener’s gold with a good composter. (Yes, gardeners think a good composter is a great present! Back me up here, fellow gardeners!)
I also love my stainless steel compost bucket for the kitchen. Hides all those not terribly attractive food scraps and is easy to clean.
Watering tools: Help them water smarter with a soaker hose or a soil moisture meter.
Gift certificate: If you’re not sure what they’d want or need, get them a customizable gift card earmarked for a garden purchase, or buy a gift certificate to your local nursery. You could also get them a certificate to Seed Savers Exchange, a cool nonprofit that works to preserve and share garden seeds and has a great collection of seeds and gifts for the gardener to choose from.
Don’t forget to check out some of the special holiday deals I track in this post, updated regularly!
Related: Eco Friendly Gifts Guide
Gifts for Gardeners: Preserve the Harvest
A dehydrator lets gardeners easily preserve garden bounty with a press of a button. A total novice to food preserving can get started with dehydrating in minutes.
I’ve had the Nesco Gardenmaster (about $100) for years and have loved it. As we learn more about plastic migrating into our food, though, I would choose the pricier stainless steel model from Excalibur ($479) if it’s in the budget.
Canning or fermenting supplies also make great gifts for gardeners.
Gifts for Gardeners: Extend the Season
From a simple cold frame to a deluxe greenhouse, gardeners will be giddy with the prospect of extra months to get the most out of their garden.
Eliot Coleman’s book Four Season Harvest is an inspiring read for anyone interested in growing more of the year.
When the weather’s too cold, your gardener can also grow food inside. Here’s what to know about how to grow vegetables indoors!
Gifts for Gardeners: Grow Indoors
Just because it’s too cold to garden doesn’t mean the gardener in your life can’t enjoy some fresh homegrown food. Help them expand their gardening horizons with a microgreens, windowsill herb kit, or a mini mushroom farm!
Gifts for Gardeners: Great Gardening Reads
When we’re not out in the garden, we’re often reading more about gardening! Here are some terrific books for the gardener’s library.
Related: Healthy Gifts Guide
Gifts for Gardeners: Gear
There are no shortage of clever t-shirts for gardeners, who always need gardening clothes. There are lots of designs to choose from here. This one’s my favorite:
There are plenty of mugs with funny garden sayings as well. Perfect to keep your gardener hydrated, caffeinated, and inspired for more gardening!
If you’re looking for a superfrugal and DIY gift, gardeners are great lovers of long soaks in the tub after a hard day in the garden. Check out these super easy DIY bath salts for an absurdly simple, quick and inexpensive homemade gift.
Related: Easy Homemade Gifts for the Not So Crafty
What are your favorite gifts for gardeners ideas? Share in the comments!