I’m guessing that most people who read this blog are already gardeners and plant lovers, and therefore have a long list of great gift ideas for gardeners and plant lovers. On my list, gardening gloves are always at the top. I go through multiple pairs every year and try to have one or two clean, unused pairs at the ready. Once a pair becomes too muddy or too wet, or comes in contact with poison ivy, I reach for fresh gloves. It’s pretty common to see four or five pairs of rinsed out or washed gloves drying in the sun while clipped to a fence in my yard.
Hand pruners are often near the top of my great gift list, as are plant-related books. I’ve also thoroughly used and enjoyed two gardening bags I’ve been given over the years.
But some of my favorite plant gifts came from a visit to a local garden center with gift certificates in hand. Each time I walk by my small but growing blue spruce (Picea pungens ‘Glauca’), now big enough to decorate with strings of lights, or the Pieris japonica ‘Compacta’ growing happily at the corner of my garage, I recall choosing these using gift certificates from my kids … brings out that warm fuzzy feeling. Another year I used gift certificates for a slew of annuals and container plants that brightened my gardens and lifted my spirits all summer long.
I included some of these and other gift ideas in the Gifts Gardeners Dig article I wrote for the newly-launched local Patch site. Patch websites are trying to fill a hyper-local news void. My short article simply tries to fill some of the idea void shoppers may have for gardeners on their gift list.
But … a list of gift suggestions for fully-flowered or budding plant lovers can be a long one. A short article can’t possibly be comprehensive.
So I’m curious.
Do gift certificates sit at or near the top of your garden-related gift wants?
What do you consider your favorite gardening/plant care-type gifts?