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Gift Ideas for Gardeners

Holiday ornamentsThe holidays are here—and these are the busiest shopping days of the year!

Selecting the right gift can be a challenge sometimes. It’s nice to know that many of our friends enjoy gardening. Here are a few gift ideas to consider:

Let’s start with a beautiful flowering houseplant. The delicate blooms of a cactus make it a special gift. Poinsettia and azalea also add dazzling color to the holidays.

Foliage houseplants make a nice gift that can provide for years of pleasure. Put the plant in a colorful ceramic pot to add a special touch. Give them a Norfolk Island pine (which looks like a tiny Christmas tree) and decorate it with ornaments.

A potted amaryllis is fun to grow. Your friend will be amazed on its rapid growth and fabulous flowers.

A dried flower arrangement is another colorful gift idea that provides long-lasting beauty.

A paper pot maker can turn old newspapers into seed starting pots. Soil block makers are another way to make your own plant pots. A heating mat can get the transplants off to a strong start this spring. 

Good pruning tools are always appreciated. A new shovel, spading fork, or quality hoe may not seem like a showy gift, but it will touch the heart of a true gardener.

Consider giving some accessories such as a pocket knife, pair of gloves, or a kneeling pad. Maybe add a set of automatic watering globes—they even look like Christmas ornaments!

Other thoughtful gifts include a rack that dries herbs, a scissors that minces herbs, and crocks for pickling.

Give a subscription to a gardening magazine and they will remember you all year.

Thermometers, soil thermometers, and rain gauges provide valuable information to a gardener.

Hand scrubbing lotions are available that clean and moisturize the best tools of gardeners: their hands.

For the gardener who seems to have everything, wind chimes and spinners can add pleasing sounds and movements to a landscape. Gnomes and other gardening ornaments may be a risky gift, but such gifts can bring the biggest smiles!

Happy holidays!

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