Christmas is stealthily approaching and before you know it you’ll be wallowing in wrapping paper, eating turkey sandwiches and watching too much tv.
If panic has set in at the mere thought of Christmas and you haven’t a clue what to buy for your loved ones, I’ve compiled a handy list of the best gardening gifts out there, or at least, they’d be what I’d want to receive, being a gardener! I’m not one for anything too gimmicky, so I’ve picked the gifts I think most gardeners would love to receive.
First up: Garden Trading - a treasure trove of scandi-style goodies for home and garden in varying shades of cream, green and blue. Prices are nice round numbers and to suit all budgets. Here are few of my favourites but the site is well worth browsing on a cold day.
Next up Crocus: gardening website of the year 2014. Alongside a wonderful array of plants and bulbs Crocus stocks some great products such as these. I’d love to have a shed full of pretty coloured twine; I covet a nostalgic sussex trug; hands get pretty grubby and need some extra attention; and all gardeners love new tools.
Cox and Cox have the most beautiful website and I indulge in just window shopping on occasion… Again very Scandi in feel (this years home crush) so expect lots of grey and whites.
You could go for something a little different, for the gardener who has all the ‘stuff’ and might need to take it a bit easier and get them a magazine subscription. Gardeners’ World and Gardens Illustrated both offer these.
If a once-in-a-lifetime gift suits you better, tickets to any of the RHS shows must be at the top of the list. Chelsea isn’t for everyone (although it is for me!) so you have a good crop to pick from with Hampton Court, Tatton plus the smaller regional shows which are all full of treasures. To book tickets click HERE. You could also gift them a annual membership of the RHS giving them access to some of the most beautiful gardens. For membership details click here.
If you’re looking for an unusual but special gift for the more practically-minded, I love these ‘stone’ globe lights which were a finalist for SGD product of the year in 2014; elegant but practical. Buy them here.
And for the gardener who has everything but maybe need a little help in the garden there are some great gardeners and designers who offer a garden consultation service (I’m in this one..!) If you search on the internet for garden designers you’ll find many of them offer one-off design consultations alongside the full design packages and these make a great gift. If you live in the Bristol area you can hire me! See my advice page for more info and take look at the blog.
I shall no doubt keep adding to the list so please have a look at my accompanying Pinterest board for more tantalising recommendations, and HAPPY CHRISTMAS! I hope 2016 brings us all a wealth of love, peace and happy gardening. xx