Are you feeling stressed about holiday shopping? Not sure what to get for the gardeners on your list?
We’re here to help!
There are so many potential gift items, both large and small, that green thumbs will appreciate – and we mean it when we say you can actually have fun while buying these presents, and maybe even pick out a treat or two for yourself.
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You may want to introduce your favorite dirt dauber to something new and beautiful, for example, or give them a gardening gift that’s so darn useful they’ll wonder why they don’t already have one.
Or maybe you’re trying to choose something they’ll love and use often while staying within a strict budget. There are plenty of less expensive holiday remembrances for gardeners to choose from that are thoughtful mementos nonetheless.
Whatever your needs, and whoever you’re shopping for, Gardener’s Path has done the legwork so you don’t have to. We’ve gathered 15 of the best holiday gifts for the gardeners in your life, neatly divided into categories that will inspire you.
Here’s what’s ahead:
15 of the Best Holiday Presents for Gardeners
- Decorative Day-Brighteners
- Ever-So-Practical Presents
- Thoughtful Gestures
Even the most committed growers can’t have their hands in the dirt outdoors 24/7.
These picks help extend the blooming beauty vibe into the house, to be displayed in a sunroom or on a light-filled windowsill.
1. Grand Prix Amaryllis Planting Kit
Oh, the loyal amaryllis! Even in the dark of winter, this kit produces a bright bloom with little effort from its owner.
The growers have already chilled the giant bulbs in a way that will “force” them to bloom indoors. Even young gardeners can take it from there, as long as there’s a sunny window available.
In fact, if you’ve always been the black thumb in your houseplant-growing circle, you may want to change your luck by buying a second one of these for yourself.
They smell heavenly, and there’s a good chance the recipient can regrow the bulb next year or possibly plant it in the garden to bloom the following spring.
This kit contains a ‘Red Lion’ amaryllis bulb, a six-inch blue ceramic pot, and growing medium, packaged in a burlap bag. Expect fragrant, striking red blooms on 20- to 24-inch stalks a couple of months after planting.
Check prices and get more buying information for the Grand Prix Blue Ceramic Amaryllis Planting Kit from Daylily Nursery now at Home Depot.
And for even more gorgeous varieties of amaryllis to add to your winter holiday decor, check out our recommend cultivars here.
2. Hanging Bubble Terrarium
Apartment-dwelling green thumbs and gardeners from cold climates who are already longing for spring will appreciate this whimsical glass terrarium.
The indoor-use planter is eight inches high and seven inches in diameter. It has a 3.5-inch opening for tiny plants, and a couple smaller openings that provide ideal ventilation.
The surface comes clean with a quick rub from a water-dampened washcloth. Plants and hardware for hanging are not included.
This product is available from Terrain.
You can read more about creating your own terrarium here – the book recommended in this article makes a lovely companion gift to this planter!
3. Living Picture Succulent Kit
Here’s a potential present for two different groups of gardeners. First, you may have friends who are part of the emerging Succulent Nation, and they will adore this kit that uses compact succulent cuttings as the basis for a framed work of art.
A second group, those who would get a lift from a gardening project that’s perfect a dreary winter indoors, will be equally appreciative.
The kit includes a frame, soil, and succulent cuttings. The info postcard enclosed provides clear directions on how to use the dainty, color contrasting succulent florettes to create a work of art.
The tiny varieties in the “palette” will gradually grow and expand to complete the living art.The filled frame is fairly low-maintenance, and it can hang on the wall, sit on a table, or be propped up for display.
You can purchase this kit in three sizes: six by six inches, six by 12 inches, and 12 by 12 inches.
Learn more about the Living Picture Kit at Succulent Gardens.
4. Old Fashioned Berry Basket
These Amish-crafted baskets are simply lovely. They feature a reinforced plywood bottom and leather loops that allow whoever is doing the harvesting to fasten the basket to a belt and pick fruit or vegetables with both hands.
The baskets are 8.75 inches high and weigh about half a pound. Be forewarned, though: the top gardener who receives this under the Christmas tree this year might have to fight the rest of the family to get to use it as a receptacle for berries, cherries, or cherry tomatoes.
It may also be displayed beautifully in a rustic kitchen, or in a craft room to hold knickknacks or yarn.
Find berry basket buying information and check current prices at Lehman’s Hardware and Appliance.
5. The Pioneer Woman Floral Ceramic Bakeware Set
Such happy cookware, not to mention that it’s a good value for a very reasonable price! I can’t recommend these flowered ceramic baking pans enough.
Each set of two pieces comes from popular lifestyle blogger and Food Network personality Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman.
Her designs offer an updated take on vintage flowered dishes in vibrant colors, with four different extra-appealing flower motifs to choose from that gardeners will love.
They’re close enough to cottage flowers that you can recognize the species depicted, from roses to cosmos to my favorites, the “dazzling dahlias” in my personal top pick, Fiona Floral.
Other patterns available in this series include Blossom Jubilee, Rose Shadow, and Spring Bouquet.
Each baker has two handles, decorative edges, and flowers on the interior as well, so there’s something extra to admire even after that last portion of lasagna or holiday breakfast casserole has been gobbled up.
This set includes one 4.4-quart rectangular baker and one that holds 3.3 quarts. Both are dishwasher and microwave safe, and oven safe up to 425ºF.
I can attest they’re ideal for roasting bumper crops of eggplant, butternut squash, cherry tomatoes, or onions. You can rest assured your favorite vegetable gardener will use this gift year-round.
Add this set to your holiday shopping cart now via Walmart.
It’s so rare these days to be shopping for someone who actually prefers a purely useful gift, but dedicated gardeners often feel that way.
There’s no reason to dread the “practical gift” concept, not with these folks.
In fact, there are lots of items to choose from that are garden-themed, dead useful, and that can stand up to wear and tear.
We’ve weeded through the options already (nobody likes weeding, we know!). Read on for the top practical Christmas gifts for gardeners:
6. Amish-Made Furrowing Hoe
Basic tools are soul-satisfying for both veterans and those new to the pursuit, and this hoe is lovingly crafted and indispensable.
Made by artisans in the heart of Ohio’s Amish Country, this hickory-handled hoe with its ultra-sharp angular blade makes short work of furrows.
It’s also handy for working with pinpoint accuracy around tender sprouts and seedlings, ideal for the gardener who doesn’t want to crawl on hands and knees to knock out weeds in early spring.
The handle is 54 inches long, tipped with a high-carbon steel blade forged in Sweden. It weighs about two pounds.
This high-quality tool is available via Lehman’s Hardware and Appliance.
7. Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving
If your loved one is an expert at growing bumper crops of fruit or vegetables, this book will be greeted with glee.
It does include its fair share of old-school recipes, and they’re absolutely delicious, from the “golden relish” to the apple-pear-cranberry pie filling.
But this collection, updated in May 2020, also offers up-to-date recipes for salsas, soft spreads, and condiments that will help your favorite small-scale produce farmer preserve the harvest while appealing to 21st-century tastebuds.
A few of my favorite recipes from my well-worn copy include bruschetta in a jar, easy-peasy cranberry ketchup, and a knock-your-socks-off hot pepper relish known as Singapore sauce.
Even more importantly, this 448-page tome includes step-by-step details for everything from blanching to making a simple freezer jam to preparing a 14-ingredient, three-day chow chow. And it covers the basics of revived traditional food preservation methods like fermenting sauerkraut and kimchi as well.
The “Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving” is available in hardcover and paperback from Amazon.
8. Can-O-Worms Compost Worm Farm Starter Kit
So, you’ve never given someone a gift that involved worms? There’s a first time for everything!
Hardcore gardeners will appreciate the luxury of being able to “grow” their own earthworms, using household compost and this worm farm.
It features ventilated collector trays that help worms do their best work (and best multiplying), and it can hold 15 gallons of worms and compost.
Tumbleweed, the manufacturer, estimates this vermiculture operation recycles seven to nine pounds of organic waste per week once it’s up and running, along with producing earthworms that can be moved to the garden to do their beneficial aerating and soil-building thing.
Maybe this isn’t the most romantic Christmas gift for gardeners, but a certain subsection of people who like to grow veggies and flowers for bouquets will absolutely love it.
May I suggest dropping a few hints about wanting to procure this gift before committing to such a daring holiday gift? Just to be safe? Kids will love it too, if an adult is prepared to help.
Find more information about the Can-O-Worms Compost Worm Farm and purchase yours now at Home Depot.
Learn more about home vermiculture in our guide if you’re new to worm composting and interested in getting started.
9. Cedar Plus Bat House
A home for bats? In-the-know green thumbs will appreciate this practical selection.
Bats consume insects like humans eat popcorn, so they’re natural pest eradicators, making the great outdoors more comfortable as they decimate the mosquito population.
This particular bat house is made from long-lasting cedar and it will hold up to 50 bats!
At 14 inches tall and 8.25 inches wide, this house has pre-drilled holes and a flat back that make it easy to install.
Basically, it’s a matter of, “if you hang it, they will come.”
Make sure the recipient will have a suitable place to install this treasure. It needs to be placed in a location 10 to 12 feet off the ground, with morning sun to keep the bats warm.
For more details and to purchase the S&K Cedar Plus Bat House, head to Tractor Supply.
10. Dickies Women’s Double Front Duck Bib Overalls
Old-time farmers wore overalls because they were rugged, flexible, and easy to wash. Your favorite modern-day gardener would appreciate a pair for all the same reasons.
These black or brown overalls are made from 98 percent cotton and two percent spandex, so they stretch and move without being itchy or clingy.
And if the women in your life have been mourning this lack in their ordinary clothing, drum roll please… these overalls have nine pockets!
Imagine all the gardening essentials that can be carried in there!
They’re also layering-friendly, just as comfortable with a turtleneck and sweater worn beneath as they are worn over a tank top and sunscreen.
They’ll take your gardener from filling bird feeders in the dead of winter to picking beans, beans, and more beans in the hottest summer months.
Available sizes range from women’s XS to 2XL. Double front panels even include openings for knee pads (not included).
Check out more details and the price at Tractor Supply.
11. Excalibur Nine-Tray Dehydrator
For the gardener who is also inclined to stock up on shelf stable items picked from the garden, a dehydrator is a dreamy kitchen tool to have at the ready.
Some of the items it will produce are strictly gourmet, like chewy and sweet sun-dried tomatoes, or crispy apple and pear slices. But this gift is also practical.
Gardeners who grow their own food can use it to dehydrate enough mainstay vegetables and herbs (think onions, celery, carrots, chilies, basil, thyme, and other flavorful herbs, spices, and aromatics) for gallon upon gallon of soup mix for camping, storing in the emergency food kit, or donating to food banks for the less fortunate.
For any food preservation endeavors, this model is a beaut. It holds 15 square feet of drying fruits and veg in nine trays, and includes an adjustable thermostat and 26-hour timer.
Maybe most importantly, as everyone’s rushed to stock up in 2020, many shortages have occurred in the food preservation world – but this dehydrator requires no extra accessories for use, and it’s ready to go.
For more details and pricing, check out the Excalibur Dehydrator now on Amazon.
Whether given in a stocking, as part of an office gift exchange, or as a hostess gift, these small presents are both thoughtful and easy on the budget.
If your family has a tradition of giving smaller gifts daily for Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, they’re great choices there, too.
12. Arbor Day Heritage Coffee
Most every gardener wants all the plants but quickly runs out of space to grow them, or they simply don’t live in the right climate.
That’s part of the reason this coffee is one of the best gifts for gardeners.
The Arbor Day Heritage Coffee Series promotes sustainable farming, but it’s not a plant or gardening tool.
The recipient can enjoy this delicious coffee, maybe at a holiday brunch, and savor the experience without a long-term commitment.
It’s a real treat for artisan coffee aficionados, too. Each small batch is produced by organic farmers who are committed to being stewards of the land, and the taste reflects that mission.
I got to sample part of small batch No. 1, a micro-lot grown at 1,700 meters on a two-acre farm in the rain forest community of Carrizal in Honduras.
I found it bright and bracing, with just a slight overtone of tropical fruit. Part of the pleasure was knowing how rare this particular coffee was.
The bags of whole beans weigh 12 ounces, and are produced in limited quantities just one time. The Arbor Day Foundation also plants a tree for each bag sold.
Learn more and order yours now from the Arbor Day Foundation Store.
13. Hint of Citrus Bottle Garden Kit
If your “nice list” includes people who are already into the trend of regrowing vegetable scraps in the kitchen, this sweet little kitchen window kit could be a perfect fit for a stocking.
The nifty, eco-friendly project entails growing citrusy herb seeds in your own upcycled bottles.
Seeds for lemon balm and lemon and lime basil are provided, along with smart soil inserts that absorb water and pull it up to the roots as they grow down each bottle’s neck.
After setup, it takes about two weeks for sprouts to appear. Herbs are ready to harvest within two to three months.
Whoever gets this gift will need a nice sunny window or grow light, though, so make sure that will be available. Lemon balm requires at least part sun to thrive, and citrus basils need a full six hours of direct sun daily.
Find the Hint of Citrus Bottle Garden Kit available for purchase now at Urban Leaf.
14. Sunflower Seed Mix
It’s a big responsibility, and bonding exercise, to choose flower seeds for a loved one! This gift will let the recipient know you understand their love of plant life, and appreciate their sunny personality as well.
The beauty of this purchase is threefold:
First, the mix has been chosen to provide season-long blooms, with different varieties – including ‘Autumn Beauty,’ ‘Lemon Queen,’ ‘Mammoth,’ ‘Sungold,’ ‘Sunspot,’‘Teddy Bear,’ and ‘Velvet Queen’ – that start blooming between 90 and 110 days from direct sowing.
Second, the included cultivars grow anywhere from two feet to 12 feet tall, so a gardener can plant a few in a small patch of earth next to a wall or fence, fill a whole raised bed garden, or create focal points in a container or two.
And third, whether you purchase a four-ounce packet or go big with a one- or five-pound mix, there will be plenty to share, as gardeners love to do – so the gift will keep on giving!
All Sorts sunflower mix seeds are available in a variety of package sizes at True Leaf Market.
And check out our guide to growing sunflowers to learn more.
15. “I Wet My Plants” Pullover Hoodie
Welcome a rookie with a well-placed pun, the lowest (and most popular) form of garden humor. This shirt joyously announces, “Spring is here. I’m so excited I wet my plants.” Ha!
And, if it’s a little chilly when spring kicks off, this 80 percent cotton, 20 percent polyester top offers a bit of warmth along with a few chuckles.
The hoodie is available in assorted colors including black, heather, navy, and royal blue, and in unisex sizes small through 2XL. It can be machine washed with similar-color clothing and dried on low heat.
Find prices and select your size from National Gardening Day via Amazon.
Ring in the Holidays with the Top Christmas Gifts for Green Thumbs
From beautiful blooms and plants to hoes and flowered dishes, it’s such fun to buy for gardeners that you may forget the whole concept that shopping for gifts leads to holiday stress.
But remember yourself in all this. Are any of these thoughtful selections something you’d really like, too?
Go on, treat yourself! Or at least place this list where someone you exchange gifts with might see it and get some wonderful gift ideas…
And while you’re thinking about holiday shopping for the deserving gardeners in your life, give these other articles a look.
They’ll help you to get more ideas, and may inspire you to start planning your own garden:
- 11 of the Best Gardening-Themed Books for Children
- Gardening at Home: 31 of the Best Kits to Get Started
- 11 of the Top Mushrooms Kits for Home Gardeners
Photos by Allison Sidhu and Rose Kennedy © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details. Product photos via Arbor Day Foundation Store, Daylily Nursery, Dickies, Excalibur, National Gardening Day, Pioneer Woman, Robert Rose Publishers, S&K, Terrain, Succulent Gardens,True Leaf Market, Tumbleweed, and Urban Leaf. Uncredited photos: Shutterstock. With additional writing and editing by Allison Sidhu. Samples of select items were provided for testing via the seller or manufacturer.
About Rose Kennedy
An avid raised bed vegetable gardener and former “Dirt to Fork” columnist for an alt-weekly newspaper in Knoxville, Tennessee, Rose Kennedy is dedicated to sharing tips that increase yields and minimize work. But she’s also open to garden magic, like the red-veined sorrel that took up residence in several square yards of what used to be her back lawn. She champions all pollinators, even carpenter bees. Her other enthusiasms include newbie gardeners, open-pollinated sunflowers, 15-foot-tall Italian climbing tomatoes, and the arbor her husband repurposed from a bread vendor’s display arch. More importantly, Rose loves a garden’s ability to make a well-kept manicure virtually impossible and revive the spirits, especially in tough times.