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Best Gifts for the Gardener

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The seed catalogs all start coming to the mailbox in December and January and that means it’s time to dream of your perfect garden. It’s going to be different this year right? Well gardening has a ton of benefits, even when it’s not perfect, and these gift ideas are perfect for your favorite gardener and their Spring dreams.

An array of gardening equipment.
Useful gardening tools

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1. High-quality gardening gloves

There is nothing more annoying while doing gardening work than having to wear uncomfortable or low-quality gloves. When in the flow, weeding or pruning away, the last thing you need is for your hands to become sweaty, blistery and slippery. So why not gift a set of Atlas nitrile gloves?

These seamless and breathable gardening and work gloves are pretty much industry standard. They’re less bulky but just as sturdy as leather, offer freedom of movement and are machine washable. There are different sizes available and you get a pack of 4, which will last for years to come.

2. Japanese weeding sickle

Weeding season comes all too soon and this tool is my hands-down favorite weeding tool. It’s really sharp and it allows you to get up close and personal. Just be sure and use it when the weeds are small. It’s not for overgrown tough weeds. This nejiri kama (weeding sickle) is designed and made in Japan by Hounen-Kouzansaku and is a huge favorite for manual weeding. The quality level is truly very hard to beat.

Other gardeners love their Japanese weeding sickle for its sharpness, ease of use and extremely resistant blade. It stabs right into the roots and pulls them up without issue. There are even different versions available for left- and right-handed folks!

3. Stirrup hoe

Another fantastic addition to the weeding arsenal is this heavy-duty stirrup hoe (also sometimes known as a hula hoe). It’s perfect for removing annoying small weeds without bending. No manual pulling! The stirrup design with a loose fit makes it suitable even for the more stubborn weeds. They’ll come up no problem with an easy push-and-pull motion. Just cart ’em off and enjoy garden beds looking as good as new.

Clearing large areas is a breeze and the tool is available in different lengths, with an adjustable handle to make sure it’s always long enough and won’t bother your gardener’s back.

4. Felco hand pruning shears

I’ve seen the Swiss Felco brand described as the “Cadillac of garden trimmers” and, well… I’m inclined to agree. Their $60+ price point may seem intimidating given the fact that some other brands sell for less than a tenner, but this way, you’re buying for life. With Felco hand pruners, your gardener will never have to search for another pair again. No more broken, blunt or uncomfy trimmers!

Tried and tested by thousands of gardeners, the classic model comes out on top every time. It’s lightweight, perfect for light trimming work and extremely comfortable to use. There are also different models and sizes available, and you even get a lifetime warranty.

5. Compost tumbler

If your “giftee” is an avid gardener but doesn’t have a composter yet, I promise this is one of the best gifts you can buy. A compost tumbler allows one to use kitchen or garden scraps and turn them into homemade garden magic: there really is nothing better for plants than fresh compost.

This composter’s tumble function ensures there’s no need to manually turn and dig through the compost, which can be a bit of a yucky job. It has two well-aerated compartments to ensure there’s always fresh compost available and is high-quality and durable.

6. Personalized garden sign

Let there be no doubts about who maintains this little patch of paradise! This fun, wall-mounted metal sign is perfect for a shed door or garden fence and can be personalized to include one’s name (or nickname). It’s sturdy and made of aluminum, meaning it can be hung outdoors just fine without the risk of rust. Pre-drilled holes will make putting it up a breeze.

All you have to do is choose your preferred size (there are four different options), personalize and add to cart. According to other buyers, these signs ship very quickly, making them a great option if you’re scrambling to find a last-minute gift.

7. Robotic lawnmower

Lawn mowing can be a special kind of love-hate relationship! If your friend/family member is sick of spending their weekends mowing, or their back is having trouble keeping up, a robotic lawnmower may be the perfect gift. All they have to do is set up the included boundary wire and the robot will zoom off to keep the lawn in perfect shape.

This Landroid system comes with an app that lets them schedule and control the robot, and even includes a built-in anti-theft system that will send a notification if it’s moved from its mowing area. It can cut up to 1/8 acre, including narrow passages and edges, and has no trouble with uneven terrain.

9. Mini greenhouse

This is not a cheap choice, but the holy grail for many gardeners, especially in areas that get cooler winters, is a small greenhouse like those made by Palram. Perfect for seed starting in the early season, staggered planting for mid-season, for curing Winter squash, and for wintering over semi-hardy perrenials.

You can gift a respectable 8 x 8 footer or go nuts with a larger version of up to 8 x 20 ft. You can even include shelves and a shade cloth to complete the package! The greenhouses don’t come assembled, so you could add some craft beer, a bottle of wine, or a bag of freshly ground coffee along with it and then put it up together!

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