32 Gardening Gift Ideas for 2023
Our ultimate guide to the best gifts for every gardener.
Just as no two gardens are the same, neither are any two gardeners, so finding the perfect gift for them can be tricky.
To help steer you onto the right path, we’ve curated the ultimate list of gardening gift ideas.
We have last-minute flower deliveries (we’ve all been there) and seasonal suggestions for seeds and plants. There’s a wide range of personalised items, for that extra special touch, and indulgent luxury garden products. We’ve got ideas for small gifts to save on space, or to use as small gifts.
For a practical gift, check out the tools section, which features our BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Best Buys; after being rigorously tested by our experts, these are the gadgets and gizmos that came out on top. We even have a selection of kids’ garden gifts to encourage the next generation of growers.
Trying to find a gift for someone who loves the great outdoors? Check out our guide for the best wildlife gifts. If you're looking for more seasonal plant inspiration, take a look at our best Christmas plants.
- Unusual gardening gifts
- Luxury gardening gifts
- Plant gifts
- Personalised garden gifts
- Small gardening gifts
- Last-minute gardening gifts
- Gardening experience gifts
- Gardening tool gifts
- Gardening gifts for kids
Unusual gardening gifts
Crown Coronation 1/2 Pint Mug - King or Queen
Whether you’re enjoying the upcoming coronation with a garden party, or just sitting back and having a cuppa, few gardeners would object to being called ‘King’ or ‘Queen’ of their own garden. Part of a limited edition coronation range, these half-pint mugs are dishwasher safe, and made from English earthenware.
Buy the Crowns Coronation 1/2 Pint Mug from Emma Bridgewater UK
The Cocktail Grow Bar
Containing seeds of cinnamon, basil, borage and lemon balm to enhance your cocktails. All you need to do is leave the bar in a warm pot on the windowsill with plenty of water and sunlight, and in six to eight weeks the seedlings will be ready to plant out.
Buy the Cocktail Grow Bar from The Gluttonous Gardener
Fallen Fruits Small Hedgehog Boot Brush
This is a soft choice for buffing up garden boots and looks really cute by an outside door. The brush is hedgehog shaped with bristles forming the brush part of the shoe.
Buy the Fallen Fruits Small Hedgehog Boot Brush from Amazon
For more inspiration read our guide to the best boot scrapers and brushes
Rusty Slug Family
Normally seeing a group of slugs in your garden isn’t a good thing. But these little guys are sure to put a smile on any slug-haters face. Making a great quirky gift, put these metal slugs anywhere in your garden or even in a window box and watch them weather and rust.
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Buy the Rusty Slug Family from Etsy
Luxury gardening gifts
William Morris at home lily gardening gloves set
Hours in the garden doing arduous tasks such as trowelling or pruning, can cause calluses or skin irritation. Help gardening friends and family protect their hands with this garden gloves and hand cream set. Presented in a handy wooden box, the gloves are adjustable to suit different size hands and the cream is vegan and cruelty-free.
Buy the William Morris At Home Golden Lily Gardening Glove Set from John Lewis
Traditional Sussex Trug
Whilst this is certainly a higher budget item, we think the skill and craftsmanship that goes into making these trugs is more than worth it. Made using the same method for the last 200 years, the baskets are made with cricket bat willow, and can be used to collect fruit, vegetables or flowers from the garden.
Buy this Traditional Sussex trug from Harrod Horticulture
Bramley Gardener’s Greenhouse Beauty Set
It’s no secret that gardening can be pretty hard on our bodies, especially the hands. Bramley are here with the ideal pampering kit for the gardener in your life who deserves a bit of relaxation. The set contains hand wash, hand cream, bubble bath, body wash, body lotion and a pack of wildflower seeds.
Buy the Bramley Gardener’s Greenhouse Beauty Set from John Lewis
Seedbom Birds, Bees and Butterflies Seed Bomb Set
Wildlife gardeners will appreciate these four seed bombs. In spring, just give them a soak and toss onto bare soil to grow a mix of pollinator-friendly plants.
For more inspiration, check out our guide to wildlife gifts.
Buy the Seedbom Birds, Bees and Butterflies Seed Bomb Set from Ethical Superstore
Gin Garden Gift Set
Give a gin and tonic a home-grown garnish with this gin garden set from Thompson and Morgan. It has cucumber, rosemary, basil and thyme seeds, and a simple wooden planter to hold your herbs. It’s a great gift to elevate a simple gin and tonic with your own flavours.
Buy the Gin Garden Gift Set from Amazon
Grow Your Own Curry Set
Kitchen gardeners will love this set of spice seeds. With easy-to-grow chilli, coriander and fenugreek, this set is great for giving curries some home-grown flavour.
Buy the Grow Your Own Curry Set on Etsy
Grow Your Own Mushrooms Kit
Fungi are often overlooked by gardeners, but they’re easier to grow than you might think and perfect for a kitchen windowsill. Try this British-made, recyclable mushroom kit, where delicious oyster mushrooms grow in spent coffee grounds. For more, check out how to grow mushrooms.
Buy the Grow Your Own Mushrooms Kit on Not on the High Street
Personalised garden gifts
Personalised Denim Gardening Apron
Made from durable denim, this apron is perfect for gardening. It would make a great gift with the personalisation available in a wide range of printed colours from understated black or white to sparkly pink.
Buy the Personalised Denim Gardening Apron from Sparks & Daughters
Haws Brass Mist Sprayer
Ideal for indoor plants like succulents and orchids, this mister would make a stylish addition to any home, as well as being practical. To make this gift extra special you can have it engraved with a name or message.
Read our guide to the best watering cans and misters.
Price: £27 with an engraving
Buy the Haws Brass Mist Sprayer from Farrar & Tanner
Personalised Herb Pot
This gift would fit in any garden, from a large outdoor space to a small allotment or even a balcony. Made in the style of classic Tuscan pottery, the pots are fired at high temperatures to make them really durable.
Buy the Personalised Herb Pot from Letterfest
Small gardening gifts
These remarkable pencils by Sprout contain seeds in the pod at the end and can be planted once you’ve finished using them. Each one will grow into a different plant including forget-me-nots or basil, or choose the Spruce option which will grow into a Christmas tree. The set is lead-free, non-toxic and biodegradable.
Buy the Sprout Pencil Special Mix Edition from Amazon or the Sprout Pencil Plant a Tree Edition from Amazon
Flower and Herb Microwave Press
A great way to bring flowers into your home at any time of year, this flower press is not only quick to use, taking just two minutes in the microwave, but also allows flowers and herbs to retain their natural colour better than a traditional press.
Buy the Flower and Herb Microwave Press from Sarah Raven
Gardening experience gifts
‘An Introduction to Garden Design’ course at the Yorkshire School of Garden Design
If you know a passionate gardener who is thinking about turning their hobby into a career, this would be a great place to start. Running on the 21st February, 28th February and 7th March 2023, this three-day course is a blend of theoretical and practical learning about garden design with lectures and seminars.
The course is led by Alistair Baldwin, the founder of the school who has been teaching for 12 years in his specialty of garden design.
Price: from £450
Enquire about tickets for the ‘An Introduction to Garden Design’ short course at the Yorkshire School of Garden Design
Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew
There’s so much to see on a day out at Kew Gardens. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the garden is over 250 years old and houses over 50,000 living plants. Be inspired and informed, from the world’s largest Victorian glasshouse, which holds over 1,500 species of rare and threatened plants, to the arboretum, which includes areas of semi-natural woodland that takes up most of the site at Kew.
Buy two adult tickets for Kew Gardens from Virgin Experience Days
Last-minute gardening gifts
Premium subscription to GardenersWorld.com
Help the gardener in your life to grow their gardening skills with Premium, a brand new digital subscription from GardenersWorld.com.
An excellent gift, subscribers will be guided month by month through the gardening year, provided with expert advice, practical tips and inspiring ideas.
Whether they want to grow fabulous flowers or incredible edibles, our job checklists, video guides and monthly Q&As will give them the know-how they need. Plus, they'll save on their garden shopping with our wide range of carefully chosen partners and get the best deal on travel and events.
Price: £34.99 for an annual subscription
Buy now from GardenersWorld.com/join/
Next day flowers, Arena Flowers
For high-end, ethical flowers, try Arena. Each of their beautiful bouquets has recyclable packaging, and for every sale £1 is donated to Women’s Aid, and two trees are planted in countries suffering from deforestation.
Price: from £19.99
Buy now from Arena
For more, check out our guide to the best online flower-delivery services.
Same day flowers, Eflorist
Coming to the rescue if you’ve truly left it to the last minute, all orders placed before 2pm will be delivered the same day by Eflorist. They always use local florists, so you can support a local business in your neighbourhood too.
Price: from £34.99
Buy now from Eflorist
Dried flowers, Bloom & Wild
For flowers that last, these dried bouquets from Bloom & Wild are the perfect offering. They have recyclable packaging, and send no waste to landfill. 60% of their flowers are grown in Europe in an effort to reduce their carbon footprint.
Price: from £45
Buy now from Bloom & Wild
Flower delivery subscription, Freddie’s Flowers
A gift that keeps on giving, this flower subscription service from Freddie’s Flowers sends a bouquet each month, delivered straight to your door.
Buy now from Freddie’s Flowers
Gardening tool gifts
Kent and Stowe Capability Trowel
This BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Best Buy winner is more like a Swiss army knife than a simple trowel. It has both a sharpened and serrated edge to the trowel blade, a depth gauge, and a hammer end to the handle. Named after the inimitable gardener Capability Brown, this essential tool makes short work of all trowel tasks and promises to be a much-loved gift.
Buy the Kent and Stowe Capability Trowel from Amazon
Read our tests of the best trowels
Darlac Compound Action Pruner
Don’t let the price fool you - these are capable compound secateurs. These BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Best Buy winners are comfortable, light, and easy to use, and effortlessly slice through branches up to their 20mm maximum cutting width. They’re a great gift for any gardener, but especially useful for those with weaker hands or grip issues.
Buy the Darlac Compound Action Pruner from Amazon
Read our reviews of the best secateurs
Kent and Stowe Stainless Steel Digging Spade
This BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Best Buy winner is a beautiful, traditional handmade spade with a stainless steel blade and an FSC ash shaft. Our testers found that the shaft length and well-balanced design make this spade a pleasure to use, and it excelled at all digging tasks on test.
Buy the Kent and Stowe Stainless Steel Digging Spade on Amazon
Read our reviews of the best spades
Fiskars Xact Hand Weeder
Help the gardener in your life maintain a beautiful, weed-free garden with this tool, which was given a BBC Gardeners' World Magazine Best-Buy award. Tested by our readers, it features a long, comfortable handle which gives great leverage, as well as a sturdy stainless steel blade. It copes well with all weeding tasks, and has an impressive 25-year guarantee.
Buy the Fiskars Xact Hand Weeder on Amazon
Read our reviews of the best hand weeders
Gardening gifts for kids
Our World in Pictures: Trees, Leaves, Flowers & Seeds
Help kids grow a love of gardening with this educational gardening book from Dorling Kindersley. Packed with hints on how to identify a wide range of flora, each plant feature includes an illustration of its weird and wonderful cross-section.
Buy Our World in Pictures: Trees, Leaves, Flowers & Seeds from Amazon
Wallace Bug Viewer
For a front row view of creepy crawlies, this bug viewer is an exciting gift for little explorers. Once they’ve caught a spider or a woodlouse in the clear container, the viewfinder magnifies it x3 so it’s easier to learn about the critters first-hand.
Buy the Wallace Bug Viewer from CJ Wildlife
The Den Kit
Encourage intrepid explorers in your family to turn the garden into an adventure with this fun den kit. With a groundsheet, rope, and camouflage tarpaulin, it’s great for introducing kids to the great outdoors and the basics of camping.
Buy The Den Kit on Amazon
Spear and Jackson 4035SET Traditional Children's Trowel and Weed Fork Set
Get kids gardening with these traditional garden tools. Made of sturdy ash and mirror-polished stainless steel, they’re designed just like adult gardening tools - so no flimsy plastic that won’t stand up to children’s enthusiasm.
£14.49 £11.30 (save 22%)
Buy the Spear and Jackson Children's Trowel and Weed Fork Set from Amazon
Robert Dyas Kids' Wheelbarrow with Front Pneumatic Tyre
Another tool made for real use, this kids’ wheelbarrow from Robert Dyas is made from metal and has a working rubber tyre. It’s great for both play and introducing kids to the basics of gardening.
Buy the Kids' Wheelbarrow with Front Pneumatic Tyre from Robert Dyas
National Trust Children’s Gardening Tools
Designed specifically for smaller hands, these tools from the National trust will really let kids get stuck into gardening. Bright colours make them much more cheery than their grown-up counterparts, and sales from this range go to conservation activities so you’ll be doing good for wildlife conservation across the country as well as in your own back garden.
Buy the Nation Trust Children’s Gardening Tools set from Harrod Horticulture
This product guide was last updated in March 2023. We apologise if anything has changed in price or availability.
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