We had our first snowfall of the season last night and it’s put me in the Christmas mood. So I asked my fellow members of The Garden Charmers Facebook group to come up with some gift suggestions for the gardeners in your life.
But first, here’s mine!
1) Lee Valley Gardening Journal: I’ve had a couple of these over the years and love writing down the weather, what’s blooming and birds in the garden – helps me keep track of successes (and failures). Mine sits on the sideboard in the kitchen and I try and write in it every day. I love comparing one year to another as it has space for 10 years.
2) A Gardening Apron: I’m a very messy cook and won’t go in the kitchen without my apron. I’m also a very messy gardener who gets dirt on just about everything. I would love an apron like this to don when heading out to week – with pockets for some smaller tools, a notebook and pen for jotting down notes.
3) A Peanut Bird Feeder Wreath: The blue jays love peanuts and this type of feeder keeps the nuts inside the wreath and not all over your garden. I love how the birds are framed when feeding.
4) Japanese Hori Hori Knife: Absolutely the best knife for cutting small branches, splitting perennial roots, trimming and even planting as it has a ruler etched into the side of it’s curved blade. I got mine from Lee Valley last spring and love it!!! It even has a protective leather case with a belt loop built-in so you don’t lose it when working in the garden.
5) A Good Pair of Gardening Gloves: Every year, I go out and buy a cheap pair of gloves and by July they are just about done. So this year, I’m asking Santa for a good set of gloves. These ones have a gripping texture on the fingers and palm but are soft and breathable for gardening in the summer heat. And I love the extra length for those nasty pruning jobs so I don’t come out of the bush looking like I lost the battle.
Now let’s see what The Garden Charmers are suggesting for the gardeners on your Christmas list:
|For the artists out there, why not make a decorative gourd for your gardening friend. Lynne from Sensible Gardening shows you how.|
|Jacki at Blue Fox Farms has a whole selection of rustic homemade gifts, one of which is sure to please that picky gardener on your list.|
|The Empress of Dirt must know what’s on my wish list and suggested this bird cam. I’ve been secretly yearning for one to capture the cardinals and blue jays in my yard. How did you know, Melissa?|
|To give or keep, these terracotta jingle bells created by Carol, The Gardening Cook, are super easy to make.|
So there you have it, a great list of ideas to help you with your Christmas list. Some homemade, some inexpensive and all fabulous!