If you’re looking for Christmas gift ideas for a keen gardener, our gift selection will help to give you inspiration!
Gardening is a perennially popular hobby, but this year it’s more popular than ever. We’ve all been spending more time at home than usual, and so our back gardens have become a haven for relaxation.
With allotments still in short supply, more people have started growing their own veg at home, whether that’s in a full vegetable patch or just a few tomato plants or herbs in pots. And 2021 looks like it might be another bumper gardening year.
So when you’re shopping for Christmas gifts this year, you may well be looking for something with a gardening theme. There’s plenty to choose from, so in this gift guide we’ve rounded up some of our favourite Christmas gifts for gardeners.
Whether you’re looking for a gift for a beginner gardener or someone a bit more experienced, some high quality garden tools are bound to be appreciated.
These Okatsune 103 Bypass Secateurs are fantastic quality – it’s no surprise that Okatsune are Japan’s favourite brand of garden tools.
The bypass secateurs are sharp and sturdy, perfect for general use around the garden as well as for bonsai pruning. They come in a range of sizes to suit different hands, although the 103 should suit most people.
And they’re great value for money, making them a perfect gift for any gardener. Our sister site Beechfield Bonsai sells them alongside a wide range of bonsai tools and gifts.
This personalised Copper Trowel and Fork set combines style and practicality to make a fantastic gardening gift.
The solid ash handles have a slight curve for extra comfort, and the trowel is marked in centimetres and inches to make planting to the right depth a doddle.
The tools are made from copper, which looks great as well as contributing to the quality of your soil. And you can personalise each of the tools with up to 20 characters for an extra thoughtful touch.
And these personalised copper secateurs are another thoughtful gardening gift.
They have copper plated carbon steel and ash handles that feel great in the hand when you ‘are pruning or tidying in the garden.
The handles can be personalised with a special message or just the name of the lucky recipient.
Clothing for Gardeners
These accessories will make life a little easier for your gardening friend, from gloves to protect their hands to something that will make kneeling more comfy!
These gardening gloves from Burgon & Ball are pretty, practical and very comfortable. They have a lovely floral pattern with ultra soft felt palms and fingers that won’t stiffen and extra protection on the palms.
And the mesh between the fingers helps to regulate temperature making a long spell in the garden more comfortable.
And this personalised gardening apron is ideal for a keen gardener. It’s made from a strong denim and has four pockets at the front to keep tools close at hand.
It’s available in two colours, and you can personalise the apron with a name in a variety of colour choices.
It would make a perfect personalised gift for a keen gardener at Christmas, as well as for Mother’s Day or a birthday.
Or you could choose this waxed cotton apron, which is incredibly practical as well as looking great.
The apron is made from Scottish waxed cotton in a choice of colours, and is trimmed with Italian leather. It has deep pockets, long ties and adjustable neck straps. It’s the perfect blend of style and functionality, and can be personalised with initials.
Available in two sizes, it’s an ideal gift for a keen gardener as well as cooks, crafters or artists.
And these Kneelo Memory Foam knee pads from Burgon & Ball will help to make light work of tough weeding and planting jobs.
They have memory foam padding with a waterproof neoprene layer, and adjustable straps for a perfect fit. They make a practical and thoughtful Christmas gift for a gardener!
Gifts for vegetable gardeners
While we’ve all been spending more time at home this year, growing your own fruit and vegetables has become much more popular.
So this next selection is perfect if you’re looking for gift ideas for gardeners who love to grow veggies at home.
So this gorgeous handmade seed box would be perfect for any keen veg gardener, as well as anyone who loves growing flowers from seed.
It’s the ideal way to keep seeds organised, with four wooden dividers for Veg, Herbs and Flowers, as well as a blank divider for you to personalise.
And you can personalise it with both a name on the front and a short message on the reverse of the box.
And this Lidney Sussex trug is perfect for when they’re collecting up the fruits of their labour. It’s handmade from birch plywood, and is perfect for harvesting fruit and vegetables or collecting in flowers from your garden.
Combine it with the Okatsune secateurs at the top of the page for a perfect gardening gift!
Or how about something a little bit different for the keen vegetable gardener?
This kit has everything they’ll need to grow their own Indian Chef’s garden. It contains seeds for coriander and cumin plants, together with a generous supply of curry leaves, green cardamom pods and dried Kashmiri chillies. So they can get busy in the kitchen while they’re waiting for the seeds to grow.
The seeds and ingredients arrive in a beautiful gift box, together with recipes and full growing instructions.
Things tend to go quiet on the gardening front over winter, so a beautiful gardening book is a great gift idea for keen gardeners. They can get inspiration for the gardening year ahead, or just dream of what their garden will look like one day.
Monty Don is, of course, the lead presenter of BBC’s Gardener’s World. And in this book, he leads you month by month through the gardening jobs that he does throughout the year. He also shares his thoughts on nature, the changing seasons, colour and design and more.
It’s a beautiful book, full of pictures of Monty’s own garden at Longmeadow, and you can almost hear his relaxing voice as you read it. Actually, it’s also available as an audiobook narrated by Monty himself!
Gardeners who prefer the radio will know James Wong from Gardener’s Question Time, and he has also hosted a number of TV shows.
This book is perfect for anyone who has ever been a bit disappointed by the flavour of their home-grown fruit and veg. It has information on varieties to grow, tips and tricks to improve the quality of your harvest, and even a selection of recipes.
Beth Chatto was one of the most influential British gardeners of the last 100 years. She wrote a number of important books such as The Dry Garden and The Gravel Garden. She was also the inspiration behind the `right plant, right place’ ethos that underpins modern gardening.
This biography was authorised by Beth some years before her death in 2018. It includes extracts from her diaries and notebooks together with photographs from her personal archives.
‘Grow your own’ usually brings fruit and veg to mind, so you might not have thought of growing your own cut flowers at home. But it can be a very economical and rewarding use of your garden.
This gorgeous book takes you through the varieties and timings you need to fill your home with gorgeous floral displays all year round. There’s also information on deadheading, feeding and pest control, plus guidance on creating a cutting patch in your garden or allotment.
And this little book from the RHS is a jargon-free introduction to the Japanese art of bonsai.
It has three sections – Getting Started, Ongoing Care and Species Profiles – and is packed full of information, diagrams and photographs. It’s the ideal guide for complete beginners, and a great way to introduce someone to a new hobby.
Garden Gifts for Nature Lovers
As well as being beautiful to look at and a place to relax in, a garden is also home to many varieties of local wildlife. This selection of Christmas gifts is perfect for the gardener who wants to give nature a bit of a helping hand.
If you’re feeding birds in your garden, it’s important to keep on providing food throughout the winter. This gorgeous enamel tin from Burgon & Ball is the perfect way to store bird food.
There’s a leather carrying handle, and a metal scoop to help you distribute the food. And the secure lid prevents the food from attracting mice.
And this gift set is perfect for bird-loving gardeners. It features a hanging suet bird feeder which you can refill with suet or fat balls, and is made entirely from recycled materials.
The set also contains an assortment of bird feed and flowering seeds for plants that particularly appeal to birds.
And this cute handmade Mini Bee Hotel is an ideal gift for a nature-loving gardener!
It comes in a range of colours, and will attract a variety of non-aggressive solitary bees and insects like the mason bee.
You’ll be able to watch them as they build their nests in the hotel. Just hang it in a sheltered spot and the guests will soon start arriving.
Other Gardening Gifts
And if you’re still stuck for Christmas gift ideas for the gardener in your life, here are a couple more ideas.
This gorgeous Emma Bridgewater mug is covered in a pattern of brambles and berries being enjoyed by birds and insects from the garden.
It’s part of her ‘Good Gardening’ range, which features a number of garden-inspired designs. It’s made of earthenware, holds a good half-pint of tea, and is dishwasher safe.
And finally, what could be better with a cup of tea than these pretty Gardener’s Biscuits from the Honeywell Biscuit Co?
They’re handmade, vanilla flavoured and arrive in a pretty gift box. Perfect when your garden-loving friend sits down to take a break from their hard work!