15 Useful Gift Ideas for Gardeners—or Anyone Who Dreams of Having a Green Thumb
Chances are you have at least one person on your list whose lawn is so manicured you’d swear it’s Photoshopped—or secretly AstroTurf—or someone who’s been growing their own kale and tomatoes long before Oprah made #harvestday trendy. Their hobby gives you clear direction for gift ideas, but figuring out what, exactly, to get them can be tricky, especially if your eyes tend to glaze over the instant Aunt Ronda starts talking about soil pH levels. That’s where we’ve got your back—whether you’re shopping for a bona fide landscape designer or gearing up an amateur green thumb, we’ve got 15 ideas for gardeners that’ll take their yards to the next level.
1. Click and Grow Smart Garden
This indoor gardening station is perfect for city dwellers who don’t have a yard of their own—and it’s as foolproof as they come. Simply install the pre-seeded plant capsules, fill the water reservoir (which holds enough liquid to satiate plants for up to three weeks) and let the gadget take care of the rest. Its self-watering system and LED lights allow you to easily grow vegetables and herbs indoors—and provides the peace of mind that you can go on vacation without killing your countertop harvest.
2. Exemplary Gardens Leather Gardening Gloves
Gloves for a gardener? What a novel concept! But there’s a huge difference between the cute gloves you see online and ones that let you prune a thorny rose bush or care for your cacti without getting pricked. With 2,500 five-star Amazon reviews, these premium goat-grain ones are a game changer. “The leather is a nice quality: flexible, not stiff; thick enough that it won't wear through easily,” one shopper states. Another boasts, “I did over 2 hours straight of pulling and tearing and trimming of these [black raspberry] bushes without one stab wound or poke.” We’re sold.
3. Haws Copper Watering Can and Mister Set
Whether it’s for your grandmother, best friend or father-in-law, everyone will love this polished copper watering can and mister combo, since it’s equal parts functional (the can’s one-pint capacity is perfect for indoor watering) and shelfie-worthy. Even if your father-in-law has no idea what a #shelfie is.
4. Sperry Waterproof Rain Boots
Sperry boots are perfect for plodding through rainy days, but they also make a pretty damn good pair of gardening shoes.Their weather-resistant exterior keeps feet comfortably dry during the spring planting season, but whoever you gift them to won’t have to wait until then to put them to use. A fleece-lined leather upper and tractioned rubber sole means she’ll be wearing them all winter too.
5. Lavender Gardener’s Salve
After weeding all day, you need something stronger than your typical lotion to keep your knuckles from drying out and cracking. This salve is crafted from English lavender, olive oil and cocoa butter—meaning it’s extra-nourishing and smells great—and it’s specifically designed with gardeners’ needs in mind.
6. ARS Blade Cultivation Scissors
According to Caleb Leech, horticultural manager of the Met Cloisters, these “grape scissors”—made from top-quality Japanese steel—are the number one tool in his kit for their precise snips, making them perfect for floral arranging or manicuring a raspberry bush.
7. Magnolia Small Herb Markers
Etched with the names of 13 different herbs and vegetables, add a bit of Joanna Gaines charm to your giftee’s vegetable garden. These gorgeous copper flags from the former Fixer Upper star’s online shop will not only help keep track of what’s growing, but copper also protect plants from pesky slugs and snails.
8. Vejibag Organic Cotton Crisper Bags
There’s nothing worse than opening a fridge full of produce only to discover everything is wilted and slimy. These eco-friendly produce bags create a humid environment for moisture-loving veggies to thrive in, so they stay fresh longer. All you have to do is dampen the bag, stick the vegetables inside, then throw it in the crisper drawer of your fridge. No more racing against the clock, eating zucchini noodles for every meal, to avoid wasting any of your crop.
9. Kinfield Weekender Kit
Clean beauty doesn't start and end with your cleansing, toning, and moisturizing routine. The newly launched personal-care brand Kinfield has a full set of paraben- and sulfate-free products to protect people’s skin while they’re outdoors. Their Weekender Kit is perfect for gardeners, since it includes a DEET-free bug spray, a soothing spearmint and aloe after-sun spray and a wax-free moisturizing balm that can be used to prevent blisters and chapped lips.
10. Filt French Market Tote Bag
No one does a farmers market better than the French, so why not steal one of their most beloved produce-hauling secrets? The fisherman’s net bag is small yet surprisingly durable, and it expands to fit whatever you’re hauling, without bruising or damaging fruits and vegetables. Going garden-to-table just got one step easier.
11. Cocktails Herb Grow Kit
Harvest your own happy hour with an at-home grow kit that comes with six seed packets for thyme, lavender, Thai basil, mint, lemon balm and blue borage that grow in the included recycled egg crate. It’s equipped with everything you need for the seedlings to sprout—like starter soil and growing instructions. Plus, once the herbs outgrow the crate, you can transfer them to a larger planter, and then you’ll be able to whip up big-batch cocktails at a moment’s notice.
12. “The Architecture of Trees” Book
This volume of more than 500 black-and-white pen-drawn trees shouldn’t be missed by horticulturists, artists or anyone who simply loves a stroll in the park among leafy giants. Originally published in 1982, the collection took the authors over two decades to create and was only recently translated into English for the first time. Even fellow gardener Oprah says she’s making room on her coffee table for it.
13. Flora Guard 3-Piece Garden Tool Set
Noticed rusty tools in Mom’s gardening shed? She may be holding out until her shears break to replace them, which makes a new set (particularly in a stylish floral pattern she wouldn’t treat herself to) perfect for her. This fork, trowel and pruners set is constructed from rust-proof steel, so she’ll have them for years to come.
14. Fjallraven Stina Jacket
A loose-fitting yet flattering army jacket (that’s also wind- and water-repellent) is the perfect layer for gardening—or just nature walks—on cool, misty days. Just ask Duchess Kate Middleton. She gave this jacket a go while tending to a garden in London, and if it’s good enough for Kate…
15. Gardener’s Tool Seat
Five hundred people have given this portable gardening stool a near-perfect rating—and for good reason. Not only does the foldable seat help ease the knee and back pain that comes with tending to flowers, but customers also rave about its detachable tool bag that has 21 different-sized pockets so their entire gardening arsenal is always nearby, whether it’s hooked on to the stool’s legs or carried separately further into the brush.