Last Updated on October 14, 2020
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 favorite gardeners.
Gifts for Gardeners: Useful Tools
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.
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.
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.
Fun Gift Ideas for Gardeners
A customizable garden sign is a fun way to recognize the gardener on your holiday list.
Here are loads more handmade gifts you can buy online.
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!
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.
Here’s the dehydrator I use, acquired years ago at a workshop on dehydrating that got me hooked. When it’s time to replace it, we’ll be getting one of these models with stainless steel trays to skip the plastic.
Related: Eco Friendly Gifts Guide
Gift Ideas 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!
Here’s a great selection of herb-growing kits from sellers on Etsy.
Great Gardening Reads
When we’re not out in the garden, we’re often reading more about gardening! Here’s a big list of the best gardening books for the gardener’s library, and some more linked below.
Or consider a garden planner to help your gardener track their timing, successes, and failures. This inexpensive tool may be one of the most valuable your gardener will receive this year. Here are lots more garden planners to choose from.
Related: Healthy Gifts Guide
Gifts for Gardeners: Great Garden Gear
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.
Gardeners with sore muscles will appreciate a pot of small-batch magnesium lotion from The Magnesium Lotion Shop or a soothing salve for beat-up hands. Pronounce Skin Care also has numerous options for handmade body and hand lotions.
Related: Easy Homemade Gifts for the Not So Crafty
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Susannah is a proud garden geek and energy nerd who loves healthy food and natural remedies. Her work has appeared in Mother Earth Living, Ensia, Northern Gardener, Sierra, and on numerous websites. Her first book, Everything Elderberry, released in September 2020 and has been a #1 new release in holistic medicine, naturopathy, herb gardening, and other categories. Find out more and grab your copy here.