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Gifts For Green Thumbs: Shopping For The Gardener On Your List

Lynn Coulter
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Instead of dreaming of a white Christmas, think green to please the gardeners on your holiday list.

From garden carts to gardening gloves, and weather stations to watering cans, there are gifts they’ll enjoy and use all year long.

Stocking stuffers are easy to find. Most green thumbs can use more than one pair of gardening gloves: a pair made from cotton, for lightweight chores like handling seeds and seedlings; a pair made with neoprene, to protect hands from garden chemicals; and a heavy-duty pair for tough jobs like digging or pruning. Plant tags are handy for marking rows in vegetable gardens and flower beds. Does your gardener grow houseplants? A mister tucked into that stocking helps keep indoor plants happy.

If you’re looking for a small gift to grab and go, try a pre-planted amaryllis. These big, showy flowers come in white, Christmas red, pink, or peppermint-like stripes.

For Outdoor Gardeners

Serious gardeners will appreciate a steel utility cart for moving bags of potting soil, mulch, fertilizer, and flats of plants. This heavy-duty model has removable, fold-down sides, so it can be used for hauling or as a flat-bed trailer. Our fav feature: the convertible D-handle, which can be pulled by hand, or used to tow the cart behind a lawn tractor. The 13″ pneumatic tires and heavy steel construction provide a 1,000-lb. load capacity. Does your gardener need a dump cart? This 1,200-lb. capacity Gorilla Cart has a quick-release dump feature that allows easy unloading.

Want a festive way to present a garden cart? Tie a big bow to the handle, and fill the cart with flowering plants, a big bag of potting soil, and some pretty pots and containers. 



For Flower Gardeners

The pop-up FlowerHouse is a portable, 5′ X 5′ greenhouse that’s perfect for flower lovers whose plants need more humidity than most homes can provide. It’s equally useful for vegetable gardeners who want to extend the growing season. Made of UV and rip-resistant materials, it has a screened door for air circulation and comes with a shade cover, stakes, and high wind tie-downs. If you’re shopping locally, you may find different versions of this product in-store. Other sizes are available, too.




 For Wildlife Fans

If your gardener enjoys watching birds, a bird bath filled with clean, fresh water will not only attract their feathered friends, but also create a pretty focal point for planting flowers and shrubs.

To make sure birds fly in to visit, add a bird feeder and enough seed to fill it. The Perky Pet Wild Bird Feeder surrounds the feeding ports with a cage to discourage squirrels from raiding the goodies. A 10-lb. bag of sunflower seeds will attract a nice variety of birds to drop by.

For All Gardeners

Whether you’re growing roses, fruit trees, shrubs, or flowers, you need pruners that won’t fatigue your hands. Felco’s 5 3/4″ Rotating Handle Pruner is designed to move naturally, to help prevent blisters. If you’re not sure which cutting or pruning tool is the best choice for your particular gardener (there are 3 basic kinds: anvil, ratchet, and bypass), check out this guide to pruners before you buy.


For Weather Watchers

Gardeners need to watch the weather, since so much depends on whether we’re expecting rain, frost, or high winds. The wireless AcuRite Weather Station Forecaster monitors indoor and outdoor temperatures and humidity; displays the date and time; and forecasts weather conditions for the next 12 to 24 hours.


 For The Gardener Who Has Everything

If your gardener’s shed is already stuffed with tools and gadgets, and you can’t think of another thing he or she really needs, opt for a gift card. Tie it up with a raffia bow and attach a few seed packets so they can grow vegetables, herbs, wildflowers, or a butterfly or hummingbird garden. They might use the card later to choose an arbor for the backyard, a splashing fountain, solar lights for a path, or many other garden items. Happy holidays!

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