Christmas is perhaps the most inexpensive time to shop for gardeners because it's essentially out of season in most parts of the country. On the flip side, it can be hard to find garden items in local stores.
Try your local hardware store for tools, birding stuff, outdoor furniture and accessories. Our own Hathaways Hardware and Gift Shop has enough stuff on the floor to gift the world. Quality things at good prices.
Winter is a great time to read books on garden instruction, beauty, and history. Most libraries have sale items all the time as do thrift stores. Although big book stores are getting fewer, I do love to touch and browse a book before I buy. For electronic users, a gift certificate (G.C.) works.
Every gardener would take a new high quality: Shovel, pruner and gloves.
There's the whole pamper thing: Hand cream, sunscreen, exfoliate, massage G.C., lip balm, nail brush, and pedicure G.C.
A prescription pair of sunglasses with frames so large they do keep out the sun from the sides as well as the front. Light weight and sturdy.
G.C. from any local greenhouse (call if they are closed for the winter). Aside from locals, there are some speciality mail order greenhouses that may cater to your gardeners particular LOVE.
Conservation materials such as the rain collection barrels the local NAGS are selling through the country soil and conservation district.
|Slinky & coat hanger peanut feeder|
Landscapers will issue gift certificates for services. Your gardener been wanting help with some garden improvements? Walk redone, a patio layed/built, a tool shed, lawn de thatched, lighting, sod, raised garden bed, topsoil, mulch - the list is endless.
For gardeners that are also into the grill scene: a grill connected to you home gas line, a new grill, a smoker, deep fryer, utensils, a sturdy place to set it up, and if you want to go HG TV: an outside kitchen.
If your gardener has a good sized vegetable garden and preserves the produce: Pressure cooker/canner, canning jars & lids, dehydrator, food mill, straw, manure (I'm not kidding most gardeners would kill for good aged manure), netting, tomato cages, and a G.C. for rotor tilling.
A G.C. or promise for a trip to public gardens. In this area: Anderson Japanese Garden, Chicago Botanical Gardens, St. Louis Botanical Gardens, Home and Garden Shows, State parks. A search on line will give up many MANY more than I've listed.
Don't forget the handmade items from your hand to the gardeners. Stepping stones, plant markers, bird houses, baths and feeders, fence, and picnic tables.
The only caution on this one is garden art. Unless you know your gardener's taste really well, I'd steer clear of making or giving garden art. What's perfect for you may be less perfect for me.
I'm sure I've left your favorites out and feel free to list some in the comment section. Yes, there's just no excuse for not knowing what to buy your gardener family or friend. It's simply endless. And gardeners are almost always the most appreciative of folks.
|Kane setting records rather than gardening.|