Are you trying to find the perfect present for someone who likes to garden? You’ve come to the right place! We happen to know a little bit about this subject…
We’re gardeners and garden bloggers who teach gardening to other gardeners, and we also have a certified organic gardening company that serves other gardeners. Got it? (Bet you can’t write a sentence that uses the word “garden” more than that one.)
We’ve given and received lots of fantastic gardening gifts over the years. Plus, we listen to what our gardening colleagues say they want and need. Based on those experiences, we’ve come up with this Top 17 Gardening Gifts list to make your holiday shopping experience easier (with a few tag-along items included). Whether you have a wheelbarrow full of money or just a few dollars in your pocket, there’s sure to be a gift idea below to match your budget.
17 Gardening Gifts For Any Occasion & Budget
Before we start our gift list, two quick notes:
- Most of these gifts are ideal for home food gardeners (edible plants), but some will also be perfect for folks who just enjoy working out in their yard even if they don’t grow edible plants.
- There is no particular order to this list, e.g. it is not arranged from best to worst, alphabetical, or any other way… Although the gift at the bottom of this list is pretty hard to beat. :)
Gardening Gift #17: German Crock Pot for Fermentation/Sauerkraut
One good problem you encounter as a gardener is sometimes having too much food to eat all at once. What do you do when you have 100 pounds of carrots, cabbage, kale, radishes, etc in your harvest basket that you can’t possibly eat all at once or even fit in the fridge? As we’ve written about elsewhere, use those veggies to “tend” the microbial garden inside you by making long-lasting and delicious home fermentations such as sauerkraut. The best tool to help you do that is a good German fermenting crock pot.
- German fermenting crock pot price: $119 | Where to buy: Amazon
Gardening Gift #16: Perennial Fruit, Nut, and Berry Plants
Fruit and nut trees, berry bushes, cane berries… These make a great gift for someone with a large yard or garden. Years back, our parents gave us a gift card to a plant nursery. We loaded up on fruit trees, nut trees, berry bushes and cane berries.
Every year since, those plants get bigger and produce more fruit than the year before. A plastic gadget gift might be broken or forgotten in less than a year, but these plants can live and produce delicious food for many years (and possibly many lifetimes depending on the species).
*Note: The type of fruit, nut, and berry plants best suited for a particular location will vary depending on the climate zone (example: a cherry tree won’t grow in Miami and a Papaya tree won’t grow in Maine). It’s best to get a gift card and let the recipient select their own varieties that will grow where they live, unless you know what they want and/or what will grow where they live.
- Price: depends on your budget and what you get | Where to buy: good organic nurseries - Walden Heights Nursery (Vermont) | Rolling River Nursery (California) | Useful Plants Nursery (North Carolina) – not certified organic, but an incredible permaculture nursery that does things right | *or google “organic nursery” near you to find nurseries that don’t use systemic pesticides like neonicotinoids that will kill pollinating insects like bees.
Gardening Gift #15: Chicken or Duck Coop
We’re duck evangelists and we love our egg-laying Welsh Harlequin heritage breed ducks. However, we also appreciate chickens. Regardless of whether you’re a gardener who keeps chickens or ducks AND regardless of whether you live in an urban or rural area, you have to keep your poultry protected from predators. That’s where a well-constructed coop comes in.
- *Note: Ducks don’t roost and therefore have a different style of coop than chickens. If you want to build a duck coop like ours (image above) click here.
- Chicken Coop Price: $899 | Where to buy: Amazon
Gardening Gift #14: Wheelbarrow
It might sound strange to a non-gardener, but a good wheelbarrow is essential to a gardener. Don’t believe us? We loved Cindy (our old wheelbarrow) so much we wrote her a moving eulogy when she “died.” If the gardener you’re shopping for does NOT have a wheelbarrow and you have the financial resources to get them one, you have a moral obligation to do so.
- Price: $89 | Where to buy: Lowes Home Improvement
- Or you can get one of these awesome Gorilla Carts
Gardening Gift #13: Edible Mushroom Kits
If you’ve ever read our articles, you might have noticed that we love foraging wild mushrooms. However, there are plenty of wild mushrooms that can kill you or make you wish you were dead, so we don’t recommend mushroom foraging unless you know what you’re doing.
However, one perfectly safe way to enjoy your own freshly harvested gourmet and medicinal mushrooms is to grow them yourself. Thankfully, there are gifts that make that process very easy, and we’ve enjoyed growing lots of different varieties of gourmet mushrooms in our garden over the years.
Three of the most popular are ‘chicken of the woods’ (you will swear you’re eating chicken), oyster mushrooms (taste more like scallops than oysters), and shiitakes (delicious flavor commonly used in Asian cuisine).
- Price: around $20 | Where to Buy: Amazon: chicken of the woods kit/mushroom plugs // oyster mushroom farm (indoor kit – get mushrooms in as little as 10 days) // 12″ shiitake inoculated mushroom log
Gardening Gift #12: Cedar Raised Bed Kit
We have a full edible organic landscape, but many gardeners have pots on small patios or raised beds in their yard. If someone is just getting started, making a well-constructed cedar raised bed from scratch might seem daunting, especially if you don’t have a truck to haul the lumber or a nearby store to get cedar lumber. If so, this 2 x 8 x 10.5′ cedar raised bed kit could make the perfect gift. *You do NOT want to use treated lumber or creosote railroad ties in your garden as these both contain an array of harmful chemical compounds that you do not want your plant roots to uptake.
- Price: $94 | Where to Buy: Amazon
Gardening Gift #11: Top Gardening Books
We read a lot about gardening and agriculture. Learning helps with doing. Ask anyone who is really good at what they do and we guarantee you they’ll tell you they’ve spent quite a lot of time learning and reading about it. It’s tough to narrow down, but our three favorite gardening books of all-time are:
- Teaming With Microbes by Wayne Lewis & Jeff Lowenfels | $19.05
- Gaia’s Garden by Toby Hemenway | $17.40
- Edible Landscaping by Rosalind Creasy | $30.47
Gardening Gift #10: Worm Bin
Worms are pretty magical creatures. If you know anything about soil or organic gardening, you know how important worms are in the grand scheme of things. One way to tap into all the goodness that worms have to offer is to get a home worm bin so you can convert your food scraps to worm castings. This can drastically improve your soil and plant health. (*PRO TIP: If you’re on a shoestring budget and you want to make a worm bin as a gift, here’s a 10 minute video from University of Maine that will show you exactly how to do it. We know it works, because it’s the system we use at home.)
- Price: $129 | Where to buy: Amazon (this one comes with worms too)
Gardening Gift #9: Harvest Basket
You feel better. You get exercise. You get an enriching educational experience. You get a profound connection to the earth. You get to make treasured memories with your family. You… get the point. There are a lot of reasons why people participate in organic gardening, but perhaps the biggest reason is the food you grow is so dang delicious. Plus, you can grow varieties of produce that you won’t ever find in a store and eat it right when it’s perfectly ripe. Gardens don’t come with shopping carts. Whether we’re picking food from our garden or going foraging in the woods, we always have our harvest basket with us. We picked one that will last a long time and was well-made by workers that weren’t exploited in a sweatshop. (Please go the same route if you get this gift!)
- Price: $34 | Where to buy: Fair Trade Basket Made in Ghana
Gardening Gift #8: Grow Light Setup
A grow light setup is a great gift for someone who is getting serious about home food gardening. We grow hundreds of varieties of produce throughout the year and we start all of our annual and biennial plants from seed for the warm and cold-weather growing seasons. If you’re growing a lot of plants from seed, a grow light setup is essential if you don’t have a really sunny sunroom or greenhouse. We constructed our own DIY growlights (find out how here). If you want to buy a whole kit, here’s a good one:
- Price: $64.95 | Where to buy: Amazon
+Heating Mat - Heating mats really help regulate soil temps and improve seed germination, especially for seeds like tomatoes that love warm soil temps. If you want faster and more uniform germination + better seedling growth, get heating mats. These are the heating mats we use – cost $24.
Gardening Gift #7: Excalibur Food Dehydrator
We grow thousands of pounds of food in our yard throughout the year (in the fall and winter too). To use all the food we harvest requires canning and dehydrating. Sun-dried tomatoes, fruit leather, smoked pepper powder, etc.. We’ve had an Excalibur dehydrator for over 10 years and it’s worth every penny.
- Price: $199 | Where to buy: Amazon
Gardening Gift #6: Pressure Cooker
Want to safely can anything from meat to veggies to fruit without the risk of getting botulism? Get a pressure cooker. You can safely make tons of delicious canned produce to enjoy throughout the year.
- Price: $228 | Where to buy: Amazon
+Weck Jars - These are the style of reusable canning jars we use that are also popular in Europe. No BPA coated lids and super easy to use and reuse without having to replace the lids on a regular basis. Nice standalone present or add-on present with a pressure cooker.
- Price: starting at $29.99 | Where to Buy: Amazon
Gardening Gift #5: Quality Garden Tools
We’ve purchased or been gifted a lot of garden tools over the years, and boy is there a big difference in quality between brands. Granted we put a lot of wear and tear on our tools since we use them so frequently, but we’ve had garden clippers fall apart within a year under light use and others that have lasted for over 5 years in perfect condition even though they get used a lot. Plus, the cheap tools tend not to work nearly as well as the higher quality, more expensive tools. Tip: if you buy something cheap to save money and then you have to replace it, you haven’t actually saved money (and you’ve wasted time). That’s why we LOVE Corona tools and Fiskars tools. They’re well-made, they work great, and they last a long time (we have yet to have to replace any of our Corona or Fiskars tools).
- Price: $starting at $21.25 | Where to buy: Amazon (some other awesome Corona tools: Orchard Lopper, Compound Telescoping Lopper, Sharpening Tool, Folding Pruning Saw | good Fiskars 3-piece tool set)
Gardening Gift #4: Garden Water Dechlorinator
A teaspoon of healthy garden soil might have as many as ~50 billion microbial organisms in it (that’s why those whacky organic gardeners say “soil is alive”). Those microbes make soil systems function, help feed and water your plants, and help keep pathogens and disease-causing organisms from killing your plants. As you may know, municipal water is full of chlorine that is intended to kill microbes that might otherwise make you sick if you drank them. The problem is that chlorine is a very blunt weapon that does not distinguish between good and bad microorganisms: it kills them all. Watering your living soil with chlorinated water can lead to less healthy, more disease-prone plants. That’s why we use a water dechlorinator in our garden, and recommend other gardeners do as well. Our dechlorinator screws on and off in 30 seconds and works great (we also use it when filling up our duck pond and duck water bowls).
- Price: $56.99 | Where to buy: Amazon
Gardening Gift #3: Bosmere Haws Metal Watering Can
We have a lot of potted citrus plants and other indoor plants that we water by hand. There is a huge difference between a “cheap” plastic watering can and a high quality watering can like a Bosmere Haws. For starters, there’s not telling what the plastic cans are leaching into the soil that is growing your food (BPA and other goodies). The cheap plastic watering cans also don’t water well, e.g. the stream of water is often hard to direct and comes out way to heavy for seedlings. Also, the plastic cans will break down and get holes in them, so you have to replace them after a couple years of heavy use. The Tyrant has been pining away for a Bosmere Haws Metal Watering can for a while now (she loves the copper one), and this may just be the year she gets one.
- Price: start at $55.80 | Where to buy: Amazon
Gardening Gift #2: High Pressure, Lead-Free & Drinking Water Safe Polyurethane Watering Hose
If you’ve ever smelled the first few minutes of water that come out of a standard garden hose on a hot summer day, you might have realized that there is some pretty bad chemical leaching going on in there. That contaminated water is going into your garden, or perhaps going into the water bowl of a pet or your flock of ducks and chickens. Thankfully, there’s a better, safer alternative for gardeners who care about these sorts of things. The Water Right hose shown below is manufactured in the United States using 100% lead-free, BPA-free, top quality, UV stabilized FDA & NSF grade polyurethane. And it works better than any gardening hose you’ve ever used before.
- Price: $117 for 100 ft hose | Where to buy: Amazon
- Price: $45 for coiled 50 ft hose | Where to buy: Amazon
+ Hose Holder Pot - As an add-on gift for the hose. This elegant hose holder pot allows you to store the hose between uses and keep it out of the elements.
- Price: $79.99 | Where to buy: Amazon
+ Gilmore Metal Spot Sprinkler - As an add-on gift for the hose. We love these little sprinklers. We got tired of breaking and replacing plastic sprinklers, so we switched to these years ago. How tough are they? We accidentally parked our car on one and it only dented it.
- Price: $6.80 | Where to buy: Amazon
Gardening Gift #1: GrowJourney – USDA Certified Organic, Heirloom Gardening Seed Subscription
Are we biased? Dang skippy. But we have good reason to be.
We started the GrowJourney Seeds of the Month Club to address real problems we were experiencing AND real problems we saw other gardeners experiencing. The Tyrant (Susan) would spend weeks sorting through catalogues and websites trying to pick out seeds, looking at the labels to make sure those seeds were grown on organic farms, etc. The process took forever and it was stressful. Gardening should relieve stress, not create it.
We also noticed that a lot of the gardening advice we saw on other blogs and in gardening magazines was terrible. If people don’t operate on good advice, they’re unlikely to get good growing results.
And that’s why we started GrowJourney. We wanted to give gardeners a better way to discover amazing organic, heirloom garden seeds that will perform well in their organic gardens. We also wanted to make seed discovery easy and stress-free for new and advanced gardeners. PLUS we wanted to teach anyone, anywhere, how to grow their seeds like a pro using the best, most current organic/permaculture methods.
GrowJourney gift subscriptions make a fantastic present for gardeners and we offer subscriptions for any garden size, from small/patio gardens to standard/large gardens.
- Price: Patio & Small garden subscriptions start at $29 / Standard garden subscriptions start at $44 | Where to buy: GrowJourney.com
- *We also offer a quarterly subscription for Vertical Gardeners (Tower Gardens, Farm Walls, etc.) that’s $21.99 every 3 months (pause or cancel any time).
We hope this gardening gift guide helps make your shopping a little easier!