a gardener’s gift guide

December 5th, 2013
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I’ve been told that I am hard – sometimes even impossible – to shop for. Of course, I disagree.

I’m merely…..specific. I like what I like. Which, in my mind translates to being a very easy person to shop for. You with me on this?

And there is no more “specific” gift-getter than the gardener. We love our tools and accessories, using and tending to them with the utmost care and attention. And the gardener is probably the most challenging person to shop for – especially if you yourself don’t garden.

I’ve gathered up my favorite – totally giftable – gardening must-haves, perfect for a teacher, neighbor, friend or hostess. And a basket of all of them would be the most perfect and appreciated present for someone who is just starting out.

felco 2 pruners

Felco #2 pruners

The single most important gardening tool in my collection is my hand pruner. There are many brands out there but in my opinion, nothing beats a Felco. And I love the simplicity of the #2. You can find cheaper brands, but they don’t last as long or work nearly as well.

pruner care kit

lubricant spray/alcohol swabs/sharpener

If your recipient has a good pair of pruners, I can guarantee that she will love a “pruner care kit”. A can of lubricating spray, a box of individually wrapped alcohol swabs (for cleaning and sterilizing) and a good sharpener would be a fabulous and unexpected gift.

waterproof pad and pen

weatherproof notebook/weatherproof pen

One of my favorite gardening gifts ever! I’m always taking notes in the garden – where, invariably, things get wet and dirty. This genius notebook and pen allow you to write clearly – without smudging – even in the rain!  A perfect stocking stuffer.

joyce chen scissors

scissors

While I clearly love my pruners, they are sometimes “too much” for the job at hand. If I’m cutting flowers to bring indoors, or doing a little deadheading,  a pair of small, sharp scissors is just what I need. Since the onset of arthritis in my hands I especially appreciate how lightweight these are – I can work in the garden for longer periods of time with less pain and fatigue.

foxgloves l'occitane hand cream

gardening gloves/hand cream

Pity the hands of a gardener. Subjected to the harshest conditions, they take a beating all season long. For years I avoided wearing gloves – which only made things worse – because I couldn’t find a comfortable pair that allowed me the dexterity I was looking for. Foxgloves are THE BEST gardening gloves out there – you can read more about why I love them in a post I wrote a while back.

And what better to pair with these gloves than a good hand cream? As you know, this one is my very favorite – non-greasy, very effective and smells heavenly.

And you can “upgrade” any of these with the addition of a gift certificate for a manicure……

See? That wasn’t so hard now, was it?

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