Gift ideas gardeners and plant lovers?

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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABut 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?

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3 comments for “Gift ideas gardeners and plant lovers?

  1. December 20, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Gift certificates to a garden center are good for a less personal gift… my coworkers got me a sizeable one for my retirement and with it I got a large and expensive climbing hydrangea that has become the anchor at the corner of my garden. The size of the gift from a whole group made it possible to get a “statement” kind of plant that serves as a memory point. My favorite gardening gifts, though, are smaller choices: any garden whimsy personally picked out (a flock of metal chickens this year) or a specific plant (a butterfly bush from a mail order catalog that came as a “certificate” telling me it would be shipped in spring!) And several people have gifted me kneepads over the years for some reason!

  2. joenesgarden
    December 20, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Great ideas, Laurrie. What wonderful anticipation to receive a note that a plant will arrive for you in the spring.
    Have you used the kneepads? Do they make a difference for you? I’ve avoided them because I try not to rest on my knees at all – they are just too sensitive.

  3. Jenni
    November 8, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    I am plant lover as well! My favorite is now the TickleMe Plant.. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw it move and close its leaves when I tickled it! It was actually easy to grow.

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