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A Gardener’s Guide to Holiday Gifts

It’s here, folks: Shopping season is in full swing. But what does the garden lover get for their family and friends who want to make their thumbs a littler greener?

Luckily, I’ve got you covered this holiday season. Read on for the best gardening gifts in the world! 

Felco #2 pruners

The gold standard of pruners. Don’t settle for less! This pruner is extremely durable, it stays clean, and it has an ultra-comfortable grip.


You simply can’t have too many pairs of gloves. Look for good-quality garden gloves with reinforced palms rather than the cheap ones.

House plants

The ultimate gift. Buy many. It never hurts to have a few spare plants laying around in case of a last-minute party invite!

Plant hugger

Hangers are cool, and huggers are even cooler. Gift this minimalist accessory to the chicest people you know. Go leather for a touch of modern class, or you can customize the huggers with positive affirmations for your plant friends (it helps them grow)!


This one’s a treat whether you like to build or buy. Birdhouses are a wonderfully unique gift for neighbors, friends, and family alike. Give it a nice paint job–perhaps even add a personal monogram!

Gardening books

Because it’s literally impossible to narrow down all the incredible gardening books, here’s a good start:

  • The Well-Tempered Garden
  • The Dry Garden
  • Planting: A New Perspective
  • We Made a Garden
  • Down the Garden Path
  • Home Ground: Sanctuary in the City
  • A Garden from a Hundred Packets of Seeds
  • Sissinghurst
  • A Gentle Plea for Chaos
  • The Education of a Gardener

A live Christmas tree

I’m dreaming of a green Christmas, full of live trees that smell of delicious pine and fir. Did you know it’s possible to replant a live Christmas tree in the backyard to use again the next year? No plastic trees for serious gardeners!

A digging fork

Digging forks are essential for those with loamy and sandy soil. This is a perfect gift for someone looking to plant potatoes and other root veggies.

Leather tool/cell phone holder

Don’t text and prune! A nice phone/tool case helps every modern gardener stay connected and productive. It’s a great way to get teens involved in the garden, too!

Summer Clayton

Summer Clayton has always loved getting her hands dirty. Ever since she was a kid playing in her grandparents’ garden, Summer wanted to learn everything she could about plants. Now she wants to help you grow a bigger, better, greener garden.

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