Gardening is a popular pastime here in the UK, and lots of us have a loved one in our lives that enjoys getting stuck into some planting and growing.
But with all the different tools and products out there, choosing the right gift for your green-fingered friend or family member can be tricky, especially if you’re not a gardener yourself.
Below, we’ve pulled together 20 Christmas gifts for gardeners for a range of budgets.
1. Paper Pot Maker
If one of the gardeners in your life is constantly nurturing seedlings, why not pick them up this Paper Pot Maker from Burgon & Ball?
With this simple kit, it’s quick and easy to make three different sizes of pots from nothing more than recycled newspapers – which is a cheaper, greener option than buying plastic ones.
2. Backdoorshoes Slip-on Clogs
As a gardener, you want to be able to pop outside at a moment’s notice – whether that’s to admire the progress of your tomato plant one more time or to shoo pesky squirrels away from your crops. And these slip-on clogs from British brand Backdoorshoes are ideal for just that.
Easy to take on and off, and completely waterproof, these outdoor clogs are a gardener’s best friend. No longer will they have to fiddle with their laces when they decide there’s just one more job to do. Plus, they come in plenty of styles, so you’ll be able to find the right pair for your loved one!
3. Sprout Pencils – Spread the Love Edition
Looking for a unique gift for someone who loves to grow things? Sprout Pencils are the world’s first plantable pencils. After you’re done sketching, writing, or doodling with them, you can turn them upside down, stick them in soil, and watch them develop into beautiful plants.
There are loads of different packs to choose from, and each pencil in each pack will become a different plant, but this Spread the Love Edition is one of our favourites; featuring fragrant herbs, colourful flowers, and even a cherry tomato plant.
4. RHS Chelsea Flower Show Tickets
Price: From £48.85
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show has been the go-to place to see cutting-edge garden design ideas here in the UK ever since its inaugural show back in 1912.
Held each year on the grounds of the Royal Hospital, you can find talks from gardening experts, exhibits promoting the latest developments in horticultural science, and, of course, plenty of stunning floral displays!
In 2023, the show is running from 23rd-27th May, and tickets are on sale now. It’s the ultimate day out for any avid gardener in your life. If you can’t make these dates, the RHS also runs other spring and flower shows, which you can find out about on their website.
5. The Urban Forager
From plant identification guides to gardening manuals, there are plenty of books out there for those who love to get stuck into green-fingered activities. But if you’re looking to give a gardener in your life something a little different this year, check out The Urban Forager.
The Urban Forager is essentially a guide to foraging in the city. It’ll show you how to find wild food in places you might not expect, and give you examples of recipes you can make with it. If someone loves growing their own food, the odds are, they’ll be interested in sustainable ways to find it too!
6. The Kew Gardens Collection Gardening Tool Gift Set
Know a gardener whose tools are due for an upgrade? Or perhaps there’s someone in your life who’s looking to get into gardening and is in need of their first pieces of equipment. Either way, this three-piece set from Spear & Jackson will make the perfect gift!
Featuring a weed fork, hand trowel, and transplanting trowel, this set will provide your recipient with everything they need to get planting! And while they’re made of Neverbend stainless steel, if you buy this set with John Lewis, you’ll also receive a 10-year guarantee – making it a great investment.
7. Grow Your Own Mushroom Set
If one of your friends and family loves to grow their own fruit and vegetables, they’re sure to relish the chance to grow their own mushrooms!
This Grow Your Own Mushroom Set from Fungi Features helps you to grow pear oyster mushrooms at home.
Using nutrient-rich recycled coffee grounds as compost, it’s as simple as positioning your kit on a shady windowsill or kitchen counter, cutting a hole in the bag, and misting it each day. Fourteen days later, you’ll have lots of beautiful mushrooms to add to your cooking! You can even repeat the process a second and third time.
8. Window Bird Feeder
Planting and growing are only part of the reason why many of us love to garden – and one of the other big draws is that it gives us a chance to spend time outside amongst nature. So if you’ve got an avid gardener in your life, chances are they’ll also love this clear window bird feeder from Nature’s Hangout.
Stick it to the outside of your window and fill it with seeds, mealworms, or whatever you like, and you’ll be able to sit back in the comfort of your own home and admire the birds of your neighbourhood up close.
9. Flower Press
If you know a gardener with an artistic side, why not give them a flower press this Christmas?
Flower pressing involves drying and flattening leaves, petals, and entire flowers. The process removes moisture from the plant and helps to preserve it. It’s often used in art and craft projects, such as creating laminated bookmarks or greeting cards.
Although you can press flowers with books using the method in the video below, these large flower presses from Studio Wald will make things a lot easier.
10. Canopy Recycled Glass Terrarium
Terrarium gardening involves making a fully-functioning ecosystem in a glass container. Terrariums are usually self-sustaining, as they water themselves through processes like transpiration and condensation.
This not only makes them a relatively fuss-free form of gardening but a good option for green-fingered growers with little space. Plus, terrariums will inject a lively bit of green into your home’s interior.
Inspired by the Eden Project in Cornwall, this terrarium from LSA International will make a lovely starter present for someone who you think might enjoy this type of gardening.
To find out more about terrarium gardening, check out this article from Terrarium Tribe.
11. Wood And Steel Personalised Secateurs
Giving somebody a personalised gift for Christmas adds an extra layer of thoughtfulness to the gift-giving experience. But you also want to make sure that the gift itself is something your recipient will use and treasure. So if you’re looking to get a gardener in your life something extra personal, why not consider these secateurs from Hunter Gatherer?
Secateurs are one of the key tools in a gardener’s arsenal, and your loved one will always need a pair to make sure their garden is in top condition. The unique, rustic design of these snips also means that even if they have a decent pair already, they’ll be able to appreciate these ones differently.
12. Bloom & Wild Flower Subscription
Know someone who can’t get enough of vibrant floral blooms? Bloom & Wild’s range of monthly flower delivery subscriptions are ideal for those who love to add a pop of natural colour to their home.
From the ‘A Year of Flowers’ subscription – which involves a new bouquet every month for a year, featuring some of Bloom & Wild’s florist’s favourite stems – to the ‘3 months of Christmas Plants’ deal – which features a mini Christmas tree – you’re sure to find the right plan for your loved one.
13. Spear & Jackson Steel Watering Can
Every gardener deserves a stylish watering can – but it’s not necessarily something that you’d buy yourself. This makes it a great gift for almost any green-fingered person in your life!
The timeless and understated design of this steel watering can from Spear & Jackson will feel at home in anyone’s garden. And it goes to show that tools can be good-looking, as well as useful.
14. Bee Brick
As you probably know, our bee population is declining. And part of the reason for this is a loss of habitat due to things like urbanisation. So if you’d like to do something to help protect these all-important pollinators this Christmas, why not give someone a Bee Brick?
Bee Bricks provide a nesting site for solitary bees. They’ll make a unique feature of your garden when stacked up on top of each other, or they can even be worked into a construction project like a regular brick! Plus, having more bees around will be good news for your flowers!
Solitary bees aren’t aggressive and won’t sting you, so you also won’t have to worry about encouraging a painful interaction.
15. Kew Gardens Planting and Weeding Knife
If you’re looking to make an addition to a seasoned gardener’s tool chest this Christmas, why not consider this Kew Gardens edition planting and weeding knife from Spear & Jackson?
Think of this as a weeding and planting multitool. It’s got a serrated edge to easily saw through weeds, a pronged blade for removing things like dandelions, and ruler-like markings to gauge depth when planting. It’s even got a chamfered notch which you can use to cut twine!
16. Herboo Balcony Grow Box
Know a gardener with very limited space or a city-dweller who’d appreciate a splash of natural colour in their living space? If so, then check out this Balcony Grow Box from Herboo.
This kit makes growing your own colourful plants easy and entertaining. It includes seeds for sweet peas, nasturtiums, rudbeckia, and cosmos flowers, as well as Moroccan mint, which your recipient can add to their cooking.
This set comes with full instructions, so it’s even a good gift for someone with no gardening experience.
17. Burgon & Ball Kneelo
Gardening is a fulfilling and meditative pastime, but doing tasks like weeding and planting at ground level can put pressure on our knees – particularly if we don’t take steps to protect them.
If you’d like to give someone a little bit of comfort and relief this Christmas, this Kneelo garden kneeler Burgon & Ball is a really useful product. Just place it on the floor and kneel on it, and the supportive memory foam cushioning will protect your knees and help make the experience more comfortable.
Pictured above is the meadow print pattern, though there are others available, so you can pick one to suit whoever you have in mind.
18. Burgon & Ball Love The Glove
Like watering cans, gloves are another gardening product that tends to prioritise form over function. However, there’s no reason why your gloves can’t be sturdy, comfortable, and well-fitted, all while looking smart – and Burgon & Ball’s Love the Glove range is a perfect example of this.
From denim (pictured above) and tweed to printed designs, this stylish range of gardening gloves for women surely has something to suit whoever you have in mind.
19. Gardeners’ World Magazine Subscription Bundle
If you know someone who’s always on the lookout for gardening tips, tricks, and inspiration, then what better place to find it than the UK’s most beloved gardening magazine (other than the gardening section of the Rest Less website, of course)? And right now, there’s a special Christmas subscription deal.
For just £49.99, you’ll not only get a whole year’s subscription for your loved one, but you’ll also receive a pair of Niwaki Sentei Secateurs and a Gardeners’ World Gardening Guide. This is good value for money, and the special gardener in your life will be able to enjoy your gift all year long.
20. Personalised Green Canvas Gardening Carry Bag
Have you ever found yourself shuttling tools across the garden, or precariously balancing them under your arm as you make your way to the patch of soil you’re working on? If so, the odds are some of your friends and family have as well.
This green canvas carry bag is the stylish solution to all of our tool-carrying and storage problems. You can even personalise it, to give your gift an extra thoughtful touch.
Whether it’s something they can use to help them do jobs like sowing, planting, and weeding, or a gift that’ll help them to connect with the wildlife in their garden, we hope this list has given you some inspiration for what to get the gardener in your life this Christmas.