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Garden gifts: clothes perfect for Christmas presents

Published: October 13, 2020 at 9:00 am

A selection of clothes and accessories every gardener should be adding to their Christmas gift list

The right clothing in the garden can be key. As Christmas gift inspiration we've rounded up a few classic items of clothing, for men and women, that we think are worth wearing in the garden and out, come rain or shine. For more options on Christmas decorations, gardening ideas for kids and kit, head to our Christmas hub page.

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From top gardening brand Niwaki comes the Kojima work jacket. You can move about freely in the Kojima thanks to the 2% stretch incorporated into the design with indigo selvedge denim, sourced from Kurashiki. You can lop trees, climb ladders and prune with comfort and ease. The deep lined pockets are ideal for storing tools and gloves in. The loose fitting nature of the design will also help keep you cool during warmer months. It’s stylish enough to dress up for a modern, off-duty look. The jacket can easily be stored away by simply rolling up, and an included denim tote bag comes with it for extra storage.

Wool fedora

RAG & BONE Floppy Packable Wool Fedora

Functional yet smart, the wool fedora is a familiar favourite. It serves the dual purpose of both keeping the summer sun or winter chill at bay, while adding the finishing touch to your outfit. 

We love this fedora for its 100% wool construction and leather strap detail. It’s also lightweight and floppy, so it should be easy to stash in your bag while you’re not using it. 

Choose between brown, green or cool blue. 

From £115, Rag & Bone

Belstaff Fieldwood

Belstaff Fieldwood

Belstaff’s Fieldwood is their classic outdoor jacket. Dropping to below the hips it gives that little bit more coverage against the cold and wet and despite its business-like, almost dress suit outline, it’s actually a lightweight and functional softshell jacket.

The four pockets are not only practical but lend this classic a military air that shows that the wearer means business. And it’s resolutely wind and water resistant – being 96% polyester – for all it’s looks it remains lightweight to wear or fold up and carry.

Wear fastened top to bottom for a sleek profile and maximum protection, or wear loose and open for peak agility and stretchability.

MS9 Mens Cargo Combat Work Trouser

MS9 gardening trousers

With the comfortable, familiar cut of jeans but with all the sculpting and stretching you need for kneeling and crawling, these cargo combat trousers from the experts at MS9 are sure to get the job done.

There's a pocket of every shape and size here with extra large cargo pockets on one side and smaller ruler and tool pockets elsewhere. Edges are defined with reflective tape – so even given their dark, dirt-hiding colour, you'll still be visible to workmates when the dusk starts to fall.

They're 65% polyester and 35% cotton so they're extra hardwearing with the industry standard YKK zips and triple stitch seams where it counts. And they're simple and easy to care for – just sling them in with your wash.

Ladies Boot Socks

Gardening gifts: Outdoor Boot Sock

These stylish and cotton rich boot socks from HJ Hall are the perfect gift when paired with walking boots for countryside strolls and dog walks for any nature lover.

As a part of their outdoor range, the boot socks are made from a high cotton rich blend for guaranteed strength and comfort which are tested to a high standard. With 135 years in the industry you know that you’re in good hands (or socks!) with HJ Hall’s products.

The socks have a reinforced heel and toe to increase the durability in easily worn areas providing the comfiest cushioned padding for your feet. This style of sock is also available in men’s and they are covered with a six-month guarantee.

Cost £7

Buy from HJ The Sock Specialists

The Chelsea Chop Boot in Pumpkin Orange

Chelsea Chop boot

These reliable little welly boots would make a wonderful gardening gift for a practical and style-savvy gardener. Comfortable, stylish and waterproof boots are hard to come by, but Poddy & Black tick all those boxes. Their vegan friendly boots are made from soft yet strong natural rubber and have great flexibility. With a cosy cotton jersey lining, feet will feel warm and snug and its ankle length style is versatile and stylish. They even come with a Poddy accessory for you to customise your boot.

Great all-rounder boots, The Chelsea Chop Boot works just as well as gardening boots as they do dog walking boots and welly boots. It’s a pretty and practical gardening gift that will last for years.

Cost £80

Buy from Poddy & Black

Women’s Iris Jersey Lined Wellington Boots

Gardening gift: Le Chameau wellies

For a higher-end welly boot, look no further than Le Chameau. Their Iris wellington boot is made from the French brand’s famous Chamolux rubber, a durable and weatherproof material which provides the wearer with a flexible rubber boot that can withstand all nature has to throw at it.

These are great transitional welly boots that work just as well in summer as they do in colder months due to the breathable jersey lining and lightweight sole. They come in a range of colours, from green to pink to blue so there’s plenty of choice. The Iris Jersey Lined Wellington Boots would make the perfect gift for nature lovers or for that special gardener in your life!

Cost £100

Buy from Le Chameau

Check out our favourite welly selection here

City Cooler Basket

Cooler bag

Holding up to 25 litres, this is a versatile cool bag that will fit a hearty picnic in easily. It's stylish and easy to carry, with a reinforced handle and has velcro to keep the top in place. But what we love most about this hamper is that you can fold it up when the food is gone: perfect for garden walks and visits, or that regular all-day trip to the allotment.

£26.20, Nordic Nest

Canvas Garden Apron

Canvas garden apron

If you know someone that spends most of their time in the garden, often with damp soil on their jeans and hand wipe marks on their top, this waterproof canvas apron from Garden Trading is the perfect gift for them.

Designed to ensure that their clothes will stay dry and clean underneath, ready for a full day of gardening, the apron is a practical piece of kit. The waist strap is long enough to tie at the front of the apron for an even better and closer fit. In addition to this, there is a handy front pocket for keeping gardening tools close to hand which is separated into sections for better organisation.

Cost £28

Buy from Garden Trading

Merino Gardening Warmer set


An autumn and winter staple gift for new gardeners is this 100 per cent soft merino wool set from Genus. Designed not only with warmth in mind but with comfort too. It can be tricky finding gloves that fit under your gardening gloves without crinkling or bundling up underneath, but the wrist warmers in this set will avoid just that. While the hat and neck warmer keep other exposed parts of your upper body insulated from the cold.

The set is machine washable and come in two sizes – small/medium and medium/large.

Cost £80.00

Buy from Genus

Burgon & Ball Tweed Gardening Gloves, Medium Grey LVW

Gardening gifts: Tweed Gardening Gloves

Great for protecting every gardener’s most valuable tools, these stylish gloves will not only keep busy hands safe when working in the garden but also warm during the colder months. The gloves have an adjustable strap allowing for maximum comfort and are recommended for people with medium-sized hands. The strap itself is a rip-tape fastener so the wearer will be able to tighten or loosen the gloves with ease.
They feature some padded protection with a soft felt liner in the palms and fingers which won’t stiffen when the gloves are dried. There is also a breathable mesh that will ensure that fingers are kept cool with improved mobility.

Cost £18


Buy from Farrar & Tanner

For more Christmas ideas and inspiration, head to our Christmas page


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