Christmas gifts for gardeners

by Kate Bradbury

Being a gardener, and partial to the odd gift, I like to think myself someone who knows a thing or two about Christmas gifts for gardeners.

Christmas gifts for gardenersBeing a gardener, and partial to the odd gift, I like to think myself someone who knows a thing or two about Christmas gifts for gardeners. But I'm amazed at how often we all get it wrong. Over the years I've received some great presents: a pair of apple trees, a greenhouse (that sadly got stolen), a wonderful bright yellow tub trug, an orange tree, and an incredibly sharp gardening knife. But I've also received some horrors, one of which was so bad I took it back to the shop and exchanged it for an ironing board (sorry sis).

So what makes a great gardening gift? Well, I do think a little gardening knowledge goes a long way, as does knowledge of the person you're buying for. Just because a person likes gardening doesn't mean they like begonias, or pink frilly gardening gloves, or indeed gardening gloves at all. And a bit  of common sense doesn't go amiss - I once bought my dad an electric strimmer for his allotment, but there's no electricity at the site. (He loves it though - he keeps it in his garage and occasionally gets it out and looks at it.)

If you want to buy a gift for the gardener in your life you can pretty much guarantee that they have plenty of brown plastic pots, a decent pair of secateurs, some hand tools and lots of packets of seeds. There are loads of websites with stylish gifts that would be hard not to love, both for ornamental and practical use, but it might be worth asking the intended recipient first. And if you're really stuck, you can always buy vouchers.

What's on your Christmas wish list for the garden?

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Gardeners' World Web User 17/12/2009 at 21:24

Somebody to promise to give a hand with bramble eradication in the spring!

Gardeners' World Web User 18/12/2009 at 01:40

more help in the garden, I have one friend that gives me one day in the garden for my Christmas presant and it is the best presant anyone could give me so if any of my family read this, that is what I'd love this year spread over next year. Happy Christmas every one. thick snow out side!!!

Gardeners' World Web User 18/12/2009 at 11:13

I do like getting seeds for Christmas, I tell my family to get me vegetable seeds, and then grow whatever I get. Because I get them at Christmas, it is nice to spend the days in the run up to new years planning my veg beds. Merry Christmas everyone, happy 2010!

Gardeners' World Web User 18/12/2009 at 18:27

i wish....hoping for wellies with no holes!

Gardeners' World Web User 19/12/2009 at 15:57

I want a hedgehog for christmas - or better still a whole family!

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