It’s the gift-giving time of the year! Regardless of what you’re celebrating, you likely want to recognize some of the special people in your life with presents that show how much you care. If some of those people are gardeners, a gift that supports their hobby might be just the thing. With Christmas right around the corner and the new year not far beyond, it’s crunch time and many of us are looking for a last minute gift for the gardener in our life. Never fear; at Gardzen we have a few ideas for you! Let’s dig in and look at some last minute gifts for gardeners—or for people who might enjoy gardening!
Seeds and plants are obvious gifts for many gardeners—they’re generally very affordable, pack and ship well, and don’t take up much space until they’re needed. However, this comes with a few caveats—chiefly that unless you know your gardener well, it can be tricky to figure out what kind of seeds or plants they need! We suggest a gift certificate to a reputable seed supplier or your local garden store. This ensures that your gardener can pick out the seeds and plants they need to fit with their garden plan. Another great option is sharing seeds that you saved from your own garden; this creates a unique gift with a very personal touch. Regardless of which option you choose, if you’re lucky, you might get some fresh-cut flowers or home-grown veggies in return!
Let’s move on to an obvious yet important example: every gardener needs more containers. Raised beds, plant containers, or seed trays—there’s never enough of these and every gardener can use more. It’s also fairly easy to figure out what sizes they might need by taking a quick look around their garden or asking some clever questions. Fabric grow bags also store well, as they can be folded up and set aside until needed in the spring. Whatever containers you choose, your gardener will be grateful!
If your gardener is in love with decorative plants, perennials, and landscaping, another set of possible gifts opens up. They may need or want more landscaping supplies—soil, mulch, gravel, pavers, irrigation hose—or other things that are best purchased at a local garden store, landscape supply retailer, or home improvement store. This is another place where gift certificates can be a great option—they’re a wonderful way to say “here, this is for you so you can do something you love” while being flexible for the recipient.
Gardening itself is a gift, and the knowledge, skills, and supplies that a beginner needs are a huge step in getting them into the hobby and lifestyle that is gardening. At Gardzen, we offer beginner grow kits, which are bundles of supplies intended to help beginners get started. At the risk of shameless self-promotion we think those are fine choices. We also encourage you to give the gift of knowledge. Introducing a new gardener to your local garden club, connecting them with good sources of gardening information, or spending some time showing them how to care for plants are all wonderful gifts that will keep on giving for years to come. If you can, spread the joy of gardening this gift-giving season and help others enjoy this wonderful calling.