Gift suggestions for gardeners

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Last Updated: 
December 9, 2011

CORVALLIS, Ore. – If you have a gardener on your gift list this holiday season, you're in luck. Garden accessories are popular items in many stores and nurseries. Here are 38 gift suggestions for your green-thumbed family and friends.

  • Gardener’s journal to record planting dates, varieties, successes from year to year;
  • Gift certificate for 'x' hours of help in the yard;
  • Hand soaps and creams designed especially for extra dirty, chapped hands;
  • Colorful and interesting flower pots;
  • Leather gardening gloves to prevent injury and chapped, rough skin;
  • Flexible, rubberized cotton gloves that keep fingernails clean and hands dry;
  • Water timer for hose-fed sprinklers for carefree watering;
  • Bouquets and wreaths of dried flowers;
  • High-quality pruning saw to make winter pruning a pleasure;
  • Easy grip or smaller hand tools for gardeners with arthritis;
  • Worm compost bin to recycle kitchen waste;
  • Small, beautiful vases to display single blossoms;
  • Long spouted water pot for easy house-plant care;
  • Ever-sharp garden scissors for snipping herbs and flowers;
  • Hand-woven basket with a handle for gathering herbs and vegetables;
  • Large garden cart to carry tools and soil amendments to the garden in one trip;
  • Knee-pads or gardening stool to make weeding and low work less of a strain;
  • Metal supports for tall spring tulips and later to support tomato plants;
  • Permanent tags to mark the sites of your perennials and bulbs or rows in next spring’s vegetable patch;
  • Seed sower to easily set tiny seeds into soil at exactly the proper interval;
  • A heavy apron with pockets to keep gardening tools handy or a caddy with pockets for your garden bucket;
  • Pocket-size thermometer to measure soil temperature, vital for spring planting;
  • Small soil home testing kit to test for plant nutrients essential for growth;
  • Long-handled bulb planter to make digging small deep holes for bulbs a cinch;
  • Gardening books;
  • "Trees to Know in Oregon" from OSU Extension, $18 plus shipping and handling:;
  • Bulbs to plant in bowls and vases for early indoor bloom;
  • Gift certificate for plants or tools from a favorite nursery;
  • Children’s gardening tools to encourage young folks to start gardening;
  • Presents for wildlife such as bird feeders or baths, or even bat houses;
  • A check to pay for online OSU Master Gardener training;
  • OR a gift of money to attend the next master gardener training in your county;
  • Fingernail brush (and perhaps a garden-scented soap);
  • Small compost container for under or on top of the counter;
  • Stationery kit of blank paper, floral or garden rubber stamps, and embossing powder;
  • Garden or nature related notecards;
  • Aluminum plant tags (write on them with a pencil) to hang or attach to woody plants;
  • Just for fun: the new OSU publication on worm composting, free of charge online.
Author: Judy Scott
Source: OSU Master Gardeners