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Picking a present for a gardener ought to be easy. Whether they are a novice or an expert, you’ll find the holidays are the ideal time to give them gifts they will enjoy. When spring rolls around, they’ll have had plenty of time to decide how and where to use the gift you’ve given them.
You won’t have to go far to find the great gift. You probably have a gardeners’ catalog in your mailbox, a garden supply store nearby, and access to the Internet. There are many websites for wonderful selections.
Giving Practical Gifts
Your local hardware store or garden supply should have a good selection of practical gifts. For the gardening beginner, gifts such as a shovel or trowel, garden hose or other digging and planting tools are ideal. Perhaps your gardener would like to attract butterflies and hummingbirds. There are certain flowers and plants that will draw them to a garden, and you can probably find them at your local garden supply. Not too sure about buying plants? How about a gift certificate to a garden supply store?
Gifts By The Basket Full
Another great gift present is a basket full of great “stuff” for the gardener. You can buy one already assembled, or find a basket you like and fill it with some of the many items you will find in a garden shop. A basket with just essentials is a great choice for the beginner. It could include gloves, poison oak/ivy medication, flower seeds, plant food, a rain gauge, a Farmers Almanac, and special hand cream.
Gardening Books Are Nice
Books about gardening can be a treasured gift for the gardener on your list. Any bookstore will carry books covering a variety of gardening topics. Select among specialty garden books, such as wildflower gardens, vegetable gardens, or drought-tolerant gardens. Buy them a book on the subject of perennials and annuals. Which flowers are best suited to their climate? How do you select plants that grow best in their type of soil? These and countless many more questions are answered in the many books available on gardening. You’ll find that some of the larger bookstores have whole sections devoted to gardening.
The Garden Stone: An Enduring Gift
A garden stone is another perfect gift for gardeners. Garden stones can be found in unusual shapes, or inscribed with famous quotations or poems. Kits are available to make garden stones with a child’s handprint and name added to it. That’s the making of wonderful memories for the child and for the gardener. You can also buy a garden stone and personalize it by putting your favorite gardener’s marriage year, or the year the garden was established. Personalization can turn a simple gift into something unique.
On the more practical side, there are hundreds of gifts to choose from. Hose carts and attractive containers for storing garden hoses out of sight are easy to find. Water sprinklers and fertilizer sprinklers are also good gifts. You can find whimsical water sprinklers, such as one in the shape of a John Deere Tractor.