Getting kids into gardening is no easy task. So try and inspire the children with this range of children's gifts for 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.
From an old-school flower press, grow-your-own kits and bee bricks, our selection of gifts are fun and educational, no matter how big or small your outdoor space is.
Gardening gifts for kids in 2022
Get Me Gardening watering can
A classic. Every child with a bit of outdoor space or a couple of containers to look after needs a watering can. Kids love water, so if the plants don't get a proper soaking, it's quite likely that they will. The sunny yellow shade of this watering can from Suttons is appealing too, and it comes with a rose attachment to help soften any erratic watering techniques.
Designed in collaboration with the National Trust, it's a piece of children's gardening equipment that's made to last. The can itself is made from rust-resistance galvanised steel with a powder coating. And, with a capacity of 1 litre, children can carry their can quite comfortably.
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.
Burgon & Ball National Trust trowel and fork set
Burgon & Ball is the brand behind lots of high-quality gardening equipment for adults, so it makes sense to turn to it for children’s tools as well. This set has been designed in collaboration with the National Trust, as part of its selection of kids’ gardening gifts.
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This durable trowel and fork set is finished in cheerful colours to keep things interesting. It’s made from rust-resistant high-carbon steel and FSC-certified ash wood.
Little Tikes Growing Garden Large Tool Set
You can only get so far with hand tools, so larger options like shovels, rakes and hoes also make useful gifts. These ones are scaled down, with a total length under 77cm, and made from lightweight metal and wood, so they’re perfect for children aged three and over.
This set comes with a book of gardening tips to help youngsters get started and gain confidence outdoors.
The Den Kit Company Make Pizza For The Birds Kit
This fun gift set from The Den Kit Company makes it easy to create tasty snacks for your local birds.
Inside you’ll find two ‘pizza bases’ made from wooden discs taken from trees native to Shropshire. Load them up with the mixed seeds and peanuts included in the pack, which are designed to attract a number of different bird species.
Children will also be able to find out about the peckish creatures enjoying the ‘pizzas’, thanks to the illustrated information cards included in the set.
Children's hedgehog gardening gloves
Keep their hands free from scuffs and scrapes with a pair of gardening gloves. A lovely Christmas stocking filler for a child of any age, a pair of gardening gloves sets them up for the task at hand.
This blue and orange pair from the National Trust features a hedgehog illustration. They're soft, durable and machine washable. So, it'll be easy to keep the gloves looking cheery and bright.
- Buy now from Crocus (£20.99)
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.
Mud & Bloom Box subscription
One of the best ways to get children interested in gardening is to create fun activities - which is just what this subscription box provides. It’s designed for kids between three and eight years old.
Either buy a one-off pack or opt into a three, six or 12-month subscription.
Inside, you can expect to find everything you’ll need to take part in gardening, foraging and wildlife-spotting activities.
Each box is created by qualified teachers, and packed by workers earning at least the Real Living Wage. They’re also fully recyclable and free from plastic wherever possible. What’s more, most of the seeds included are organic and biodynamic, and the compost pellets are peat-free.
Mini Flower Press
Combine outdoor adventures with artistic fun in 2022. With a flower press, children can learn how to create beautiful images from flowers and foliage growing in the garden. This one is small and would easily fit into a backpack. Handy for when you need to find ways to entertain them on a Boxing Day walk.
If they already love growing in the garden, this is a fun way for them to preserve their hard work. The set includes a wooden front and back board, 10 sheets of card, 18 blotting paper sheets, and the bolts and nuts needed to hold it all together. The wooden boards at the front and back are left plain, so your child can decorate them however they like.
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.
Tree Vision: Know Your Trees in 30 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Botanist’s 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.
Children's gardening tools
- Buy now from Harrod Horticultural (£10.95)
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.
Alice is a digital writer with a knack for tracking down the most innovative and exciting products to hit the market. Working across several of Our Media's special interest brands, she's written for publications including Countryfile, Gardens Illustrated and Science Focus. Outside of work - and lusting over homeware and gardening products - you’ll find her rambling in the great outdoors or watching an old film.
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