Garden Gear - Gardening Gifts

Garden-inspired gift ideas

Hip, helpful, homespun and just plain pretty suggestions for the gardeners in your life

To borrow a thought from the 19th-century English designer William Morris, “Give nothing that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” So here are dozens of hip, helpful, homespun and just plain pretty suggestions for the gardeners (or garden lovers) in your life.

1. Dressed-up jars of homemade jam, pickles or relish from produce you grew yourself

2. A gardening video, such as English Cottage and Country Gardens, Attracting Butterflies to Your Backyard (both or Jerry Baker's Gardening Wisdom (

3. A glass cloche

4. The Ho-Mi (meaning “little ground spear” in Korean) digger, a multi- use hand tool first made during the Bronze Age. From $20 (Lee Valley Tools; short-handled $19.50, long-handled $36.50)

5. Garden journal or notebook

6. Labelled seeds from your garden, with instructions on how to grow them

7. Fabulous flowery dishes, around $180 for five-piece place setting (Try “Volupté” from the Gien tableware collection)

8. Small, portable greenhouse with zip-off sides

9. Colourful, well-designed gardening gloves (Store suggestions: West County Gardener, Dig This, Rittenhouse Since 1914)

10. A day's worth of labour in the garden

11. Botanically inspired pillows for your weary head

12. Folding hand truck (hello, a dolly for people short on space)

13. Hand-knit, pure wool, fresh-as-a-daisy sweater, like those at World Folk Art Imports

14. Exotic plant, such as a potted orchid or lily of the Nile (Agapanthus spp.)

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