Gifts for the Growers

If you’re like me, you are currently scouring gift lists trying to find that perfect (read: as good as I can afford) gift for the last few people on your list. Or perhaps you have a raging case of “Oh shit, I haven’t done any shopping! Quick! Buy all the things and match them to people later!” To each his own. 

To my dear readers and frantic shoppers, I will be gifting you with three gift guides: Growers, Makers, and Eaters. While we all know gift guides are really just a wish list for the author (hint, hint), I’ve done my best to include tried and true items; smaller, affordable bits; practical bobs; and of course, a few pricer splurges. 

If there is a gardener or gardener wanna be on your list, I hope this compilation gets the wheels turning. 


Soil KnifeLeonard Deluxe Soil Knife and Sheath Combo – I received this as a gift earlier this year and I use it every day in the garden. Not only is it a soil knife (with a handy ruler for burying bulbs) but it has a serrated edge for sawing roots, a flat sharp edge, and a twine cutting notch. This is the only tool that I consistently carry with me in the garden.

 Crocs Shayna

 Crocs Women’s Shayna Mary Jane Style – Crocs are amazing garden/lawn footwear. This style in particular stays securely on your foot while not being too hot or sticky. They rinse off easily, allow puddle/hose water to drain quickly, and come in tons of fun colors. I might even be known to wear these to the hardware store. Just make sure you know the recipient’s shoe size.


Rainbow Starter kit

Seed Mixes – I’ve selected two fairly easy to grow seed mixes. The first link (and above photo) is from one of my favorite seed sources. Southern Exposure has a few different seed groupings and bundles for the beginner to advanced gardener. This particular bundle has vegetables and flowers – 30% goes to charity too. They also carry some of the harder to find heirloom varieties.
My second seed selection is a good add-on gift to a garden themed present – Wildflower Hummingbird Mix. Wildflower mixes are great for building a gardener’s confidence – just sprinkle the seeds, water, and wait. David’s Garden Seeds (on Amazon) is a very reliable source for most standard seeds as well.

 Tote and seatGarden Tool Set With Tote And Folding Seat – This tote and seat in one eliminates the need to lug multiple things to or around the garden. It’s also a great idea for a gardener with little to no storage space. If you have a city, roof top, or container gardener on your list – this is the gift.


RichsTerrariumsRich’s Terrariums – This is a local (Richmond, VA) gem currently available for sale at Ellwood Thompson’s. Terrariums are plants for people who think they can’t keep plants alive – and these are some pretty and fun ones. Rich even has hanging and ornament versions to keep it festive. Prices start around $10.


lavander and laceWith Lavender and Lace Flowery Phone Cases – Maybe your garden lover is more of a hands-off type. Help them bring some garden beauty to their everyday life. Just make sure you know which phone they have first.



Crabtree & Evelyn Gardeners Hand Therapy – Pamper them! Digging in the dirt can dry our hands out and rinsing them in the hose doesn’t help either. Soothe your gardener’s aching paws – they might just reward your kindness with veggies or flowers come summertime. 



 Fiskars Pruning Shears – In my opinion, a gardener can never have too many pairs of shears. Inevitably, shears get tucked into bags, left along bushes, or sadly, thrown out in a bushel of trimmings. Give the gift of a back up!



Gnome for the Holidays – Help bring a little garden whimsy to the Christmas tree! Local potter, Tasha McKelvey’s adorable little garden gnome ornaments are sure to bring a little summer fun to anyone’s tree.



Gardening Gloves – Here is another item you can never have too many of as a gardener. This is a reinforced pair for working with thorny plants or sharp objects. These are great for roses, thorny berries, and even pokey eggplants. 


floppy hat

Floppy Hat – I love a big floppy sunhat. This one I’ve chosen since it has the additional strap to allow you to hang it up more easily. 



The Old Farmer’s Almanac 2015 – An oldie, but a goodie. This is a great stocking stuff or add-on gift. There is also a page a day calendar version now too – but I’ll stick with the book. 


Happy grower gifting and let me know if you have more gift suggestions in the comments below. Stay tuned Tuesday and Wednesday for the Makers and Eaters guides!


P.S. Shameless plug gift:



Gift for Baby Growers – My full time business, Itty Bitty press, has two cute onesies for the newly sprouted. An adorable way to say Merry Christmas.

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