Holiday Shopping for Gardeners

What does that special gardener want from Santa this year? This gardener wants new gloves, potting soil, colorful pots and more exotic vegetable seeds. But another gardener may want orchids, clay pots, or fertilizer. And yet, another gardener will want more holiday-themed plants like a Christmas cactus, poinsettias, or a red, green, and white arrangement. Then there is all the garden art and gardening literature. So many choices, and if you happen to not be of the gardening circle, you may just throw in the towel and hand the gardener on your list a gift card. Though, for some gardeners this may be the best route, I’d like to think we all like to open gifts. So let’s have a little fun and explore some fun gardening gift ideas.

Here are some of my favorites:

1. Vegetable seeds. Give the gift of heirloom seeds this holiday season. Many gardeners like heirloom seeds for reasons such as better nutritional value to being open pollinators, which means you can then save the seeds and replant.

2. Tillandsia holiday arrangement. One of my favorite new plants are tillandsia. They are air plants and can be displayed is so many different ways. They require very little care and create an exotic, tropical appeal. This could make for a great homemade gift.

3. Poinsettias. I’m a big fan of these Christmas flowers, and you can grow them outdoors in Florida after the holiday season. Many stores sell them in beautiful arrangements.

4. Garden decorations. I’m kind of a sucker for gardening decor, and my garden is my zen, so I thought these cute Buddha monk fairies were precious.

5. Growing cocktails? Why not? This gifts is unique and can be paired with an appropriate beverage.

6. Tools and gloves. Let’s get practical. Sometimes tools and gardening gloves wear out and need to be replaced. You can easily make this practical gift fun with color or patterns.

7. Gifts that have nothing to do with the actual garden, but still inspire planting. This link has so much gardening fun from coffee mugs to t-shirts.

8. Gardening books. This is one of my most used Florida gardening books.

Inspire a gift that can grow all year!

I do some of my best thinking while pulling weeds. ~ Margaret Smith


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