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Garden gifts for kids: christmas presents

Here's the garden-related gifts to buy for the kids this Christmas, to help promote green fingers

Getting kids into gardening is no easy task. So try and inspire the children with this range of gifts for the children Christmas. Below is a range of things we love for a variety of ages that can be made into enticing Christmas presents, and all of them will help to pique their interest in the outside world.  Don’t miss our other gift guides on games, memberships and furniture for gardeners too.

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Sprout Pencils

Gardening gifts: Sprout pencils

If you’re looking for an unusual gardening gift that they won’t expect to receive this Christmas, these plantable graphite pencils from Sprout are a great gift idea.

Once the pencils are worn and too short to use, you plant them upside down in soil and wait for them to grow. The pencils can grow into luscious flowers, fragrant herbs and even fresh vegetables.

They are made from sustainable and certified wood and are 100 per cent natural and non-toxic. This packet of eight pencils features a range of seeds, with each pencil indicating what plant it will grow. A brilliant and unusual gift for the gardener who has everything.

Cost £10.95

Buy from Amazon

Bee Brick

Gardening gift: bee brick

If you’re stumped for gardening gift ideas, this Bee Brick would make a fail-safe choice. Designed by Green and Blue in Cornwall, the Bee Brick is an innovative concrete block, created to support the declining bee population. The concrete brick can be left as a freestanding bee home in the garden or it can be built into a wall for an integrated look.

The bee bricks contain cavities for solitary bees to lay their eggs in safety; their offspring emerge the following spring and the cycle begins again. It’s an eco-friendly gift that would be perfect for a sustainable gardener or a bee-lover.

The bee brick comes with high praise too; it won the Soil Association’s 2014 Innovation Award, sponsored by the Duchy Future Farming Programme.

See here for more tips on how to make a bee-friendly garden

Cost from £17.99

Buy from Crocus

Tree Vision: Know Your Trees in 30 Cards by Tony Kirkham and Holly Exley

Gardening gift: Tree Vision cards

Laurence King Publishing

If you’re looking for gifts for young gardeners or just gardeners wanting to know more about trees, look no further. Both a gardening gift and an educational gift, the card game format will help players learn about a tree’s leaves, seeds, flowers and more in an accessible and fun way. Ash, beech, birch, cedar, hornbeam, juniper, lime, maple, oak, pine, spruce, sycamore, yew are just a few examples of trees that players will soon be able to recognise in a flash!

Each card is beautifully illustrated by Holly Exley and the text is written by Tony Kirkham, Head of Arboretum, Gardens and Horticulture Services at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, so you can rest assured that you’ll be learning from an expert.

Cost £14.99

Buy from Waterstones

A Bee Grow Bar

Gardening gifts: bee grow bar

No, this isn’t something to help your grow bees, instead it’s the gardening gift for people who care about wildlife but aren’t expert gardeners. Grow Bars makes planting extra easy and curates a series of seeds around themes. This one is catered for making bees happy – and who doesn’t like doing that?

All you do is put the bar in a container, keep it watered and place in a sunny position and eventually the seeds should start to germinate. Once they’ve grown up a bit, you can plant them around the garden. Easy.

The seeds include hyssop, verbena and lavender. A perfect gift for garden lovers and an unusual gardening gift too.

Cost £12
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Leather swing

Butterfly seedbomb

Seedbomb

A fully biodegradable and very fun gardening gift for kids which is a perfect way of encouraging them to think about the natural world. The bomb holds a host of seeds that butterflies will love; a wildflower mix of plants including Musk Mallow, Birds-foot Trefoil, Yarrow, Oxeye Daisy, Forget-me-not and Red Campion. You can throw the bombs on bare soil and once it has fallen make sure it has natural light and keep it damp.

£3.95, Buy from Amazon

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Children’s gardening tools

Children's garden tools

Miniature versions of the real deal, these children’s gardening tools are made from stainless steel and have strong wooden handles to make them light yet sturdy. The spade and forks (13.5cm x 17cm with an overall length of 85cm) are suitable for 6-plus ages and the hand fork and hand trowel (6cm wide head and an overall length 22 cm) for four-plus ages.

From £9.38 to £28.66, Buy from Harrod Horticultural

We Are the Gardeners

We Are the Gardeners book

A book that’s perfectly suited for ages 4 to 8, We Are The Gardeners chronicles the adventure of a brand new family garden. The book is a charming and realistic portrayal of the ups and downs of gardening and how it is often hard work but always rewarding. A New York Times bestseller.

£12.99, Waterstones

Seed kit for kids

Seed kit for kids

A perfect gift for budding gardeners, which includes sunflower seeds, wildflower seeds, cress seeds, pea seeds. There are four packs of seeds and around 100 wildflowers as part of the pack. You can also expect wooden plant markers, compost discs, activities sheet and a twig pencil. This is a fun and educational kit that’s perfect for gardening beginners and will teach your kids about seed germination, the different parts of a plant and more.

£13.95, Buy from Etsy

The Botanist’s Sticker Anthology

by DK

Botanist Sticker Anthology

Gardening is one of the most mindful activities you can do, but over the winter we have to find other activities to keep us busy. If you’re looking for a gift for a busy gardener, a young gardener, or just an arty, nature lover, this sticker anthology should tick your box. Mindful and pleasing on the eye, this sticker anthology is packed full of vintage, intricate botanical drawings; including flowers, ferns, exotic plants and fungi.

Perfect for scrapbook lovers, or gardeners in need of some plant escapism during the colder months, this is a gardening gift that brings nearly as much joy and mindfulness from the act of gardening itself.

£19.99

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