(Seriously, is this the best back yard sale sign you've ever seen!!)
Black Friday's name has been said to originate in Philadelphia because it caused heavy traffic. Later, it referred to the day when retailers would turn a profit - or - their books would be in the "black".
I'm just certain it could also refer to what we in the Midwest consider our black gold: our soil. It's black and full of nutrients enabling us to grow so many plants to perfection. It mostly allows us to have healthy productive crops without as much watering and fertilizing as some other areas of the country/world.
Tie Black Friday to Black Soil and what do you have? A perfect time to pick up gardening supplies for Christmas presents! Many stores move gardening supplies to the side in an effort to bring shoppers' focus to what they wish to sell during the holidays. Last year's item might just be this year's gift at a lower price.
Some items to look for when thinking of the perfect gift for gardening friends and family:
Ergonomic tools (ratchet pruners, bent rake or cushion-handled trowels)
Gift certificate at a garden center or hardware store
Wine and an insulated cup
Fruit of the Month Club (blood oranges in January - yum!)
And, my all time favorite garden tool: Chocolate
It's easy to make a garden gift basket. Containers might include any of the above inside:
Large fabric purse
Wheeled kneeling bench
Little extras to add to a garden gift basket:
Ball of all-natural twine
Small box of chocolates (seriously)
Garden themed ornament
Bandanna (they come in all colors and prints)
Plant identification tags