Sourcing the perfect gardening gift is never easy, as you try to capture the ideal mix of thoughtfulness and practicality in a single item. And of course, just as no two gardens are the same, neither are any two gardeners.
To help steer you onto the right path, we’ve curated an ultimate list of gardening gift ideas. We’ve organised the guide into handy sections for products like gardening books and clothes as well as gardening styles, such as gifts for vegetable growers and eco-conscious gardeners.
Browse our carefully chosen selection of the best traditional and more unusual gifts for gardeners as we help you find just the right present.
Small gifts for gardeners
Papier ‘The Gardener’ Planner
Perfect for organised gardeners, or those who could do with a little scheduling help, this planner helps make sure every date and occasion is remembered. The diary features a 54 week view, along with additional space for note-making. Papier has a wide range of designs and personalised options, but ‘The Gardener’ is our favourite for any green-fingered friend.
Sprout Pencil, Mindful Thoughts Edition
These remarkable pencils by Sprout contain seeds in the pod at the end and can be planted once you’ve finished using them and will grow into a brand new plant. The set is lead-free, non-toxic and biodegradable. This Mindful Thoughts Edition of the pencils feature a different encouraging quote printed on each pencil.
Price: £9 (pack of 5)
Kabloom Butterfly Wildflower Seedbom
Seedboms are biodegradable, meaning you can toss them into the garden and they’ll break down and leave only the seeds behind. There are a range of seed varieties are available, including this wildflower mix designed to encourage butterflies to your garden. A great gift idea for little gardeners.
Twool Twine Gift Set
This strong, sustainable twine is made from the wool of Whiteface Dartmoor sheep and is compostable. The twine can be used inside and outdoors and should last a year in the garden.
Gardening clothing gifts
Personalised Denim Gauntlet Gardening Gloves
These denim gauntlet gloves reach up past the wrist for added protection against thorns and nettles and can be personalised with up to 25 characters. A stylish way to battles weeding and pruning a short version, with faux leather palms is also available, if preferred.
Read our guide to the best gardening gloves on test for more ideas.
Personalised Garden Tool Belt
Keep hand tools, labels and other useful kit close at hand with this practical toolbelt. Adjustable, it clips easily around the waist and has different sized pockets as well as a pencil holder. The belt can also be personalised with up to eight characters to make it a truly unique and personal gift.
Cast Iron Hedgehog Boot Brush
Keep your wellingtons, walking boots and outdoor shoes looking spic and span with this cast iron boot brush from the National Trust. Using the brush you can knock off the worst of the mud helping to limit the clean up when you step back into the house.
Personalised Denim Gardening Apron
For an individual touch, this gardening apron from Not on the High Street can be personalised with Mum, Grandma or any chosen name. Made from indigo denim, the name is printed in gold and the front of the apron features four pockets – handy for storing bits and pieces while working in the garden.
Hunter Balmoral Wellington Boots
Suitable for any gender, these classic Hunter wellington boots are a stylish statement for every gardener. Made from heavy-duty rubber and set with a high traction tread, they should be reliably durable and stay steady on damper days. If you’re looking for more wellies, read our list of the best wellington boots, tested by experts.
Price: from £124.95
Folder Panama Hat
This classic folder panama hat is handwoven in Ecuador before being finished by a family company in the UK. Perfect for summer, it’s available in either natural or ivory shades.
Gifts for wildlife gardeners
RSPB Dewdrop Bee Biome
The RSPB’s biome provides nesting tubes for solitary bees who, unlike honey and bumblebees, don’t live in colonies. As bees are such wonderful pollinators, encouraging them to your garden should help your flowers thrive – a great gift for floral fans.
National Trust Wildlife World Stourhead Range Bat Box
Designed in coordination with the National Trust this bat box has a single chamber inside for the bats to enter and is made from FSC certified timber. A more sustainable choice for wildlife enthusiasts.
Hedgehog House with Bark Roof
Help someone special make their garden a haven for hedgehogs with this wood and bark house. The structure makes a safe and cosy spot for hedgehogs to hibernate in over the winter months. If you’re looking for more nature gifts, read our guide to the best hedgehog houses and best bird feeders.
Natural History Museum Bat Mix Seed Balls
These nifty little seed balls were developed with the Natural History Museum to attract and support common garden bats. Containing seeds from a variety of flowers, the balls are peat-free with added chilli powder to deter slugs.
RSPB Lodge Nest Box
This lovely bird house has a classic apex roof in green and would look sleek and discreet in any garden. A great choice for bird-lovers, this nesting box is particularly suited to blue tits, great tits and house sparrows.
Gifts for eco-conscious gardeners
3D Printed PLA Eco Friendly Plant Pot
This crinkle design plant pot measures 8cm in diameter and is available in a choice of seven colours. Handmade by an independent seller on Etsy using a 3D printer and is crafted from eco-friendly and biodegradable materials including corn starch.
Eco Recycled Clock and Thermometer
This combined clock and thermometer is made in Britain from recycled paper packaging but has been cleverly designed to look like slate. It features a contemporary double clock face design, so you can easily see the time and temperature at a glance. An ideal addition to your garden, shed or workshop.
Ralf Bamboo Gardener Socks
These super-soft socks are made from a mix of bamboo and organic cotton so they’re environmentally friendly as well as breathable. Two pairs of socks with unique gardening designs are included along with a smart sock bag to present and store them in.
Eco Wooden Paper Potter
This solid oak paper potter allows you to make your own seedling pots out of recycled newspaper. The pots are waste-saving and biodegradable plus they could be a great family activity, as they’re suitable for children from three years and up.
Recycled Hessian Sack Plant Holders
Upcycling is an eco-friendly and of-the moment trend, and these hessian plant holders are a great example. Handmade from recycled coffee sacks, each one is unique so they’d make a truly special gift for indoor plant parents.
Kew Gardens adopt a seed programme
Kew Gardens’ seed programme allows conservation enthusiasts to adopt a seed from its Millennium Seed Bank, which holds over 36,000 wild species. The seeds include unusual finds like the sausage tree and heart-shape marked “love in a puff” plant.
Price: from £25
Eureka Solar-Powered Lightbulb Lantern
Allow someone special to add a touch of sparkle to their garden with this string of solar-powered lanterns. Using no other power source, the bulbs can be clipped up around the garden and will charge from the sun in the daytime, automatically illuminating when it goes dark.
Gardening books to give as gifts
Dream Plants for the Natural Garden by Piet Oudolf and Henk Gerritsen
Written by the respected Piet Oudolf and Henk Gerritsen, this picture-packed book details 1,200 perennials, bulbs, grasses and shrubs that are key to the pair’s natural gardening style. An inspiring guide for anyone who loves plants.
The Well-Gardened Mind: Rediscovering Nature in the Modern World by Sue Stuart-Smith
Through enthralling real-life stories psychiatrist Sue Stuart-Smith demonstrates the transformative effect of nature and gardening on our health and well-being. A compelling book for our times.
The Dry Garden by Beth Chatto
Famed for her revolutionary approach to choosing the right plant for the right place, Beth Chatto focuses here on the plants tolerant of drought and dry conditions. An ideal gift for anyone with this type of soil it’s also a lovely read.
RHS How Do Worms Work: A Gardener’s Collection of Curious Questions and Astonishing Answers by Guy Barter
A handy and insightful book written by the head of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Advisory Service. Each page has the answer to a curious gardening question and its packed with practical gardening advice.
The Cut Flower Patch: Grow your own cut flowers all year round by Louise Curley
A great choice for anyone who loves to fill their home with cut flowers, this is full of practical help on how to grow over 100 flowering plants, from early spring right through to late autumn.
Gifts for vegetable gardeners
Burgon & Ball Passiflora Trowel and Fork
This gift trowel and hand fork set from Burgon and Ball features delicately painted handles and an engraved trowel head. The message reads, ‘the love of gardening is a seed once sown, that never dies.’ It’s endorsed by the Royal Horticultural Society so you can be sure you’re gifting quality tools as well as a stylish set.
Perfect for home grown veg, this colourful garden trug has drainage holes at one end so you can pick your produce, wash it under the tap and then leave it to drain with no mess or fuss.
For anyone short on space this V-shaped VegTrug provides extra growing room with out needing lots of compost. Raised up on legs, it’s also a comfortable height for older gardeners and wheelchair users.
Potato Harvesting Scoop
Burgon and Ball’s handy tool is based on a 19th Century potato grate and is designed to scoop up home grown potatoes without damage. It comes with a five year guarantee so you can be sure you’re giving a long-lasting gift.
Carrot Planter and Seeds
These reusable patio planters have been specifically designed with enough depth to grow carrots successfully, wherever they garden. To help get things started a growing guide and free seeds are included.
Subscription and experience gardening gifts
12-month subscription to BBC Gardener’s World Magazine
A gift subscription to BBC Gardener’s World Magazine provides year-round advice and inspiration, plus a wealth of subscriber-only offers and discounts. There are extra pages every issue, a special subscriber-edition cover and free delivery – the perfect gift for every gardener.
Small Wonder Gift, Long-Eared Bat
This small token does big things. Choose this gift and you help look after long-eared bats as your money goes directly towards supporting wildlife conservation programs at the National Trust. A truly thoughtful gift for any gardening enthusiast or nature lover.
British Seed Subscription
Give the gift of British-grown wildflower seeds, every month to be sown in the garden. Each package arrives with fact cards and you can even add personal messages to the first box.
Price: £36.99 (for three months)
Tickets for Gardeners’ World Live 2021
Something to look forward to in the warmer months! The Magazine team will be at the show, as will Gardeners’ World presenters, including Monty Don, Carol Klein, Adam Frost and Joe Swift, plus Alan Titchmarsh on Saturday. There’s inspirational Show Gardens, incredible shopping in the Floral Marquee, 100s of exhibitors of must-have gardening kit, entertainment and much much more.
Wildflower Seed and Stationery Subscription
This gardening subscription box from Seedlings Cards and Gifts arrives in three monthly deliveries. Each box is filled with prints, badges and seed-collecting envelopes, along with pollinator-friendly wildflower seeds.
Price: £36.99 (for three months)
Select six flower, veg or herb seeds and every delivery is tailored to the season, so they’ll arrive at the right time for sowing. Deliveries can be skipped, paused or cancelled at any time.
Price: £12.99 (per month)
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Gifts for houseplant lovers
Orla Kiely Stoneware Ceramic Pot
This ceramic pot by Orla Kiely is available in a choice of three colours; jade, orange or sky blue. It’s an ideal choice for anyone showcasing their houseplants centre-stage and looks stylish on its own or paired with other pots.
Haws Copper Indoor Watering Can
Macramé Plant Hanger
Woven rope “macramé” plant hangers have become a popular interior trend. Simply slot a plant into the hanger and suspend it from the ceiling or high surface.
The New Plant Parent by Darryl Cheng
This book is a handy guide to understanding house plants and how to care for them. It includes advice on which species to grow where as well as watering and feeding tips..
Ferm Living Plant Box
Elegant and stylish this indoor plant pot from Danish brand Ferm Living makes a great addition to any plant lovers home. Available in a choice of six colours so it’s easy to pick the right one for their room.
Cottage Garden Design Kit
This garden border template kit provides a cottage garden style planting plan. The kit includes a mood board, design template, detailed plant list plus two packets of seeds. A great gift for new home-owners or gardening beginners.
Zinc Galvanised Cube Pot in a Copper Finish
This plant pot is made from galvanised zinc meaning it should be strong and resistant to both frost and rust. The copper finish creates a sophisticated look making it a stylish addition to any garden. It’s also surprisingly lightweight, so it’s an easy gift to hand over on the day.
Potato Planter Pot
This dual layered pot is specifically designed for compactly growing potatoes. Check when they’re ready by lifting out the inner pot and they’re easy to harvest too.
Classic Beech Planter
A classic square planter, sturdily crafted from beech wood. With a heavy-duty liner and a protective paint finish it’s built to last and should last for years to come.
Pyramid Topiary Frame
For gardeners who like their garden to look groomed and neat or just fancy having a go at a new pruning technique this topiary frame is a must. Secured with clips and pegs it’s the perfect removable mould for trimming shrubs and trees into shape.
Gardening tool and accessories gifts
Personalised Copper Trowel
This vintage inspired, copper trowel has a copper plated steel head and ash wood handle. The handle can be personalised with a message up to 26 characters in length and there’s even the option to add a co-ordinating pair of secateurs for the ideal gardeners’ gift set.
Engraved Birthflower Plant Pot
This unique plant pot is handmade in Italy from terracotta and engraved in Devon. Styled with the name and date of birth of your recipient it also has the birth month flower and meaning to make it a truly thoughtful gift for any loved one.
Okatsune 103 Bypass Secateurs
Our expert testers rated these secateurs 4.8 out of 5 stars and awarded them Best Buy status in our best secateurs test. We found them sharp, strong and sturdy. They were also easy to use and excellent value for money – a handy and reliable gift for any gardener.
Read the full Okatsune 103 Bypass Secateurs review
Oak Plant Labels
Made from FSC certified oak, these plant labels can be sandpapered at the end of the season so they can be reused again and again. They make a simple and sustainable gift for those concerned with their impact on wildlife and environment.
Busy gardeners will thank you for this nifty gift which saves time by helping to perfectly space seeds during sowing. The Seedsava comes as a complete set and the different components will suit a range of seed sizes.
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