1. Gift Certificates - for plants from your local independent garden center: If you purchase a gift certificate for your gardener, you will automatically extend the Holidays into next spring. Because every gardener will agree that going to the local nursery to buy plants is a little bit like Christmas Morning. You can't go wrong here and supporting your independent garden center (during December when their revenue is low) is always a good thing to do.
2. Long Tail t-shirts from Duluth Trading Co: Ok, these shirts are awesome because they are a little longer so when you are kneeling or squatting (which you do a lot when gardening) the back doesn't come untucked. Check out their website for more excellent gardening and work clothes.
3. Organic Mushroom Farm from Back to the Roots: This groovy company sells cool things to keep gardeners busy with inside gardening projects like mushroom kits, a water garden and herbs that grow in cans.
4. Books, Catalogues and Magazines: During the gardening season, gardeners have things to carry around with them; tools, bags of mulch, trays of plants, harvested vegetables, etc. During the winter months, gardeners like to carry around reading material . . . about gardening. Here are some lists of items you might consider getting to keep you gardener's mind active during the dormant months:
Fine Gardening Magazine
Rodale's Organic Life
Baker Creek Whole Seed Catalogue
Here is a big list of gardening catalogues (with links).
5. Gardening Tools! Every gardener loves tools: pruners, loppers, shovels, pitchforks, etc. And if you want to go big, there are power tools: mowers, edgers, hedgers, chainsaws. My favorite power tool for gardening is a sawzall - reciprocating saw. It is designed for demolition - cutting things like wallboard and framing. But I use it for pruning shrubs. It's perfect for small branches that are too big for the loppers. I have been known to get a little carried away with the sawzall and cause some garden "demolition". I think the electric reciprocating saws are better because they have more power so you might want to get a long extension chord to go with it. Gardening tools can be easily found at your local hardware store.
|gardening tools make great gifts!