Finding that perfect gift for the gardener in your life can be hard work. Unless they’re a complete gardening novice, your gardening friend or loved one probably has quite a lot of the tools, clothes and seeds that they need. But shopping doesn’t have to be a chore. In fact, we’ve done a significant amount of the work for you.
We’ve put together the below list of unusual, innovative, unique gifts for gardeners who have everything. But there should be gardening gift ideas to suit every level of garden knowledge, from people who you want to encourage into gardening, to those who are starting their journey, to those who are experts.
Our list is also a round up of gifts for garden lovers – they don’t have to be into digging and mulching, they can just love the outdoors, appreciate an excellent planting plan and be enthused by the wonders of botany.
These gardening gifts are a real mixture of things we’ve spotted from our favourite brands, but also gifts that surprised us and charmed us too. Some are for entertaining in the garden, some are for the nitty gritty garden tasks, some just have a gardening theme. We’re certain you’ll find the gifts you’re looking for.
The best gardening gifts in 2021
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.
Emma Bridgewater Ladybird Mug
If you know of someone in need of a new favourite garden mug, this cute option from Emma Bridgewater could be a winner.
It is made from earthenware so it’s suitable for everyday use and it is also dishwasher safe. Holding half a pint, it’s a great option for when you want a big cuppa to take outside.
The sweet and delicate ladybird paintings make this mug a top choice when having a spot of tea and cake in the sunshine.
This seed tin is sure to help out a messy gardener who is in need of some organisation.
The team here at Gardens Illustrated love the simple yet fun design of this seed tin from Suttons. There are internal compartments to help create a neat system so seeds are easy to find. It is made with powder-coated steel and we think it would look super perched on any window sill or greenhouse ledge. The handles also make it easy to carry when on the move.
It is also available in dark grey and cream if you fancy selecting a different colour.
Rob Smith Heritage Veg Selection
Begone plastic novelty gifts, here’s a gardening gift that connects your loved one directly with the earth. The perfect gardening gift for either a person new to gardening or a pro, this veg collection offers a host of seeds for planting in the coming year, something lovely and very, very tasty, to look forward to.
This gardening gift includes bean seeds, cucumber seeds, pea seeds and squash seeds, the heritage veg harks back to more traditional garden growing times: don’t expect any of these newfangled cucamelons. As such, the selection is bound to excite the gardener or garden lover in your life and what’s more, they aren’t difficult to grow either.
These stylish Merino wool boot socks from HJ Hall are the perfect gift when paired with walking boots for countryside strolls and dog walks for any nature lover.
With 135 years in the industry you know that you’re in good hands (or socks!) with HJ Hall’s products. Merino wool is known for its ability to help regulate body temperature making these fashionable socks an appealing choice that should keep your feet comfortable, warm and dry. The socks also come with a six month guarantee.
The Urban Forager: Find and Cook Wild Food in the City by Wross Lawrence
Hoxton Mini Press
Another stylish title from Hoxton Mini Press, this time on the intriguing and enlightening subject of city foraging. If you know any urban gardeners who love nothing more than a day on the veg patch, this would make the perfect garden gift for them. Writer Wross Lawrence, a professional forager, supplies 32 vegetarian recipes, all using ingredients sourced from the city streets and green spaces. Cherry blossom shortbread or nettle ravioli anyone?
With more and more people turning to vegetarian and vegan diets due to the worries surrounding climate change, this is a timely book that would interest many an eco-savvy gardener, or help to reconnect an urban dweller to nature.
Beeswax Wrap DIY Kits
These DIY Beeswax wraps are a great, eco-friendly alternative to plastic wraps for food that will keep your produce fresh in a natural way.
A great feature of these wraps is that they are reusable. This would make a fantastic gift for an eco-conscious friend who is actively trying to reduce their plastic consumption.
The kit contains a set of detailed instructions, three organic cotton fabric squares, two pieces of baking paper, three beeswax blend bars – made with pine resin and organic jojoba oil – and a fairtrade canvas tea towel. To make the wraps, you’ll need an iron.
Give the gardening gift of a lifetime this season, with this apple bramleys seedling – the ultimate English cooking apple. This particular version Is on dwarf rootstock, which means it’s the perfect gardening gift for smaller gardens.
Autumn and winter are the perfect seasons to plant a tree, something that we should all be doing much, much more of in order to support the wildlife and local eco system. These apples can be harvested from October, and ideally you’d grow this tree near another apple tree, as it isn’t a self pollinator.
We’d class this as one of the of garden gifts which is good for the gardener in your life, but also nature, birds and bees too. Plus you could also be on the receiving end of some very tasty apple pie. This apple tree needs to be planted in a sunny border in well drained soil. For more on how to plant a tree, head to our guide.
- From £19.99
While everyone has their own sense of garden aesthetic, giving these metal planters as a gardening gift is a versatile option that would suit the gardener who has everything. The reason being? There’s always space for more planters.
These trough metal planters have a contemporary look about them and are easy to place in the perfect spot in a sunny patch. They are made to last all weathers, in galvanised steel that can be easily washed down if needed. There are three sizes available, to suit all garden or balcony needs.
A sturdy pair of steps can be an absolute necessity in the garden. And we’d wager this is the sort of gift the gardener who has everything would love. These are particularly funky, with a see-through design and non-slip steps – for extra safety.
Made from polycarbonate and metal, these aren’t the sort of steps you leave out, however, but could be used for pruning high spots, picking fruit and more. They are available in lots of different colours too, in case you want a particularly unusual gardening gift.
Haws Copper Indoor and Seedling Watering Can
As attractive as it is useful, the Haws copper watering can would make a great gift for those who take great pride in caring for their beloved indoor plants.
It is particularly suited for greenhouse use too, so it is a solid option for a friend who has lots of greenhouse seedlings to look after. The watering can can be polished to retain the sleek finish or if left alone, it will eventually turn green, giving it a more rustic look.
It is 16cm in height and 36cm in length and can hold 1 litre of water.
Niwaki Tool Roll
Niwaki tools are some of the best in the business and we’d recommend this as a gardening gift for the gardener who has everything. It’s a handy tool roll, with five lined pockets for all your essential tools. Made from weatherproof canvas, you could fit anything in it from pruners to cutlery for picnics. The linings are for the sharp items, so you won’t cut through to your clothes and it wraps easily and neatly round the waist for ease of transportation. A perfect gardening gift.
Sicilian Lemon Garden Clogs
A lighter alternative to a pair of full wellington boots, these funky garden clogs from Crocus would make a fabulous gift.
The slip-on nature of the shoes make them incredibly easy to pop on quickly and because they are waterproof, gardeners won’t be caught out if it starts to pour when they’re pottering about outside.
They also have removable insoles so they should be nice and comfortable to wear.
Evercreatures Raspnavy Tall Wellies
A top pair of wellies are an essential piece of garden gear.
The unembellished yet attractive design makes these boots from Evercreatures easy to wear with a range of different items, whether it’s a mucky pair of overalls or a nice pair of jeans. As well as running along the bottom of the boot, the red raspberry stripe can be found at the back too.
For a very reasonable price, these reliable wellington boots are a practical gift that your outdoor loving friend is likely to make great use of.
Burgon & Ball Tweed Gardening Gloves, Medium Grey
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.
The Almanac: a Seasonal Guide to 2021
An Almanac is something no gardener should be without and as they change each year, it will be unlikely that even the most seasoned gardener will have purchased the latest version. We’d absolutely recommend Lia Leendertz’ Almanac, which compiles all sorts of interesting lore and tales of the natural world, as well as the moon’s phases, tide timetables, sun rises, seasonal recipes and gardening tips.
The theme for 2021’s version is movement, migration and pilgrimage, and you’ll find information on how to navigate using stars, sun or moon. An informative joy.
Seedlip has been busy in the garden developing a new range of non-alcoholic spirits inspired by botanicals. The spirit garden option is infused with the taste of hand picked peas and homegrown hay and will likely transport you to the countryside at first sip. Other flavours include citrus grove, spice and the drinks are sugar and sweeteners free, calorie free, without allergens, artificial colours or flavours.
These could be a tasty, refreshing gift for a thirsty gardener who wants a drink but doesn’t want to be distracted from the job in hand. Perfect for entertaining in the garden.
Sussex Garden Trug
This handcrafted trug is perfect for those of your gardening friends who enjoy spending an afternoon picking delicious fruit and vegetables.
It is made with naturally rot-resistant wood and comes with a five year guarantee making it a durable item for anyone’s garden gear collection.
It can carry 25kg worth of fruit and vegetables so it’s sure to hold whatever needs to be picked- whether it’s herbs, long delicate flowers, apples or potatoes. The trug is 53cm in length so it should be suitable for longer produce such as leeks and asparagus.
Succulent Plant Food and Atomiser Set
Most of us have built up a healthy house plant obsession over the last year, and succulents, which were absolutely in vogue before 2020 hit, are still high on the houseplant list for many people. Even if your loved one is a seasoned gardener, we’d wager they probably don’t have something as stylish as this food and atomiser set, which will help keep you succulents looking and feeling healthy.
The ingredients are 100 per cent natural and 100ml is designed to last roughly one year. It’s a lovely and thoughtful gift from Norfolk Natural Living for the gardener who has everything.
Buy from Trouva
Brass Cocktail Measuring Cup
We all know that gardening and cocktails are an exceptionally happy couple. With that in mind, this could be the perfect gardening gift, especially for the gardener who has everything.
Making sure you have your measures right is important for to ensure a proper infusion of flavours. Perhaps you’re using ingredients direct from the garden? Either way, this measuring cup is a stylish addition to anyone’s botanical drinking experience.
Looking for more ideas around cocktails? Why not check out our list of the best botanical gins.
Garden Birds Letterbox Biscuits
Biscuiteers specialise in lovingly crafted and very tasty biscuits that can easily be delivered straight to your door. This particular collection could be the perfect gift for that gardener who has everything: it’s a selection of garden birds in biscuit form. You get four hand-iced biscuits which have a hint of lemon and come in one of the company’s lovely gift boxes.
Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin
We tasted this gin as part of our quest to discover the best gin with botanicals (the results of which you can see here). It’s called Monkey 47 because there are a whopping 47 botanicals listed, including lingonberries, locally sourced near the distillery in the Black Forest.
It has a gorgeous nose and a bottle that we love – think apothecary aesthetic and there’s a great story behind the company, which was originally started by British RAF officer Montgomery Collins who was posted to Germany after the second world war and stayed for good.
Habitat Country Hideaway Woven Throw
To prevent an outdoor party from being cut short, it’s always a good idea to have a cosy blanket close by.
This woven throw from Argos’ Habitat collection can be chucked in the washing machine, making it a suitable choice for outdoor use. Whatever the deco, this mustard number would look fabulous in any garden.
And if the weather is making it difficult to socialise outside, it could be draped over a sofa or a bed to add a fun splash of mustard to brighten up a room.
Epicurean Herb Melamine Picnic Rectangular Serving Platter
This serving platter does a grand job of holding tasty treats for hardworking gardeners in need of a break.
You’ll find dill, parsley and thyme printed on this rectangular tray so it’s another item on our list for the herb growers in your life. It is made with shatter-resistant melamine so it’s appropriate for outdoor use and it’s also dishwasher safe.
Whether it’s for a picnic or a party platter, this is a gardening gift that is sure to be used.
Stoneware Plant Labels Set of Four
For gardeners who are well into their herb growing, these little labels are a thoughtful and handy present.
The stoneware plant labels from Oliver Bonas allow herb growers to organise their produce so they know exactly what they have planted and where.
There are four sticks in the pack with markings for rosemary, thyme, mint and sage.
Stoneware Flower Pot
If you’re looking for a smaller gift to accompany a larger one for an avid gardener who already has all the tools, this lovely little stoneware flower pot from Arket may be what you’re looking for.
The flower pot features a matt surface with a lovely glossy glazing on the inside and a unique scalloped design on the outside. It can easily be styled alongside other neutral colours for an industrial yet elegant look that’ll fit perfectly onto any indoor shelf.
The pot itself is 113mm in height with a 100mm diameter, great for planting small succulents or a prickly cactus.
Gardener Man Illustration
A beautiful and unique illustration, hand drawn digitally using an iPad Pro by artist Emily Lou Holmes, her print ‘Gardener Man’ is a wonderful piece of art that will make a brilliant gift for a gardener who already has everything.
The illustration print is available in sizes A2 and A3, but also as a greeting card and can be gift wrapped if desired.
It is part of a series of illustrations by the artist where she found inspiration from British gardeners and lovers of the outdoors. We think that it’s a lovely piece or art that would make a brilliant gift for any passionate gardener. There is also a female version of the print called ‘Gardener Woman’ available to shop on Etsy.
Kikkerland Shovel Bottle Opener
Perhaps a gift for the gardener in your life who likes to round off a hard day’s work outside with a refreshing drink. A subtly themed and beautifully designed item which could also be classed as an essential tool.
With a copper plated finish, this is 17.4 cm in length and is part of John Lewis’ smart copper’ series. A great novelty gift for a gardener.
Tree Vision: Know Your Trees in 30 Cards by Tony Kirkham and Holly Exley
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.
An absolutely necessary gift for the intrepid gardener, a year’s subscription to Gardens Illustrated will be absolutely worth you while. Yes, we’re biased, but we are confident that gardener in your life will love the mixture of beautiful photography, inspiring gardens, practical advice and plant expertise. Make sure they never miss a copy by getting it delivered direct to their door each month.
What’s more there’s always a fabulous offer or two available…
- 6 issues for £19.45
Seasonal Vegetable Prints
A celebration of all things vegetable and growth in the form of four handy posters. These prints would make a lovely addition to a garden shed or kitchen. They act as a handy reminder for your shopping list and could also help inspire those wondering what to make for dinner!
You can buy each print individually which works well if the gardener in your life has a favourite season for growing produce, or you could gift all four as a complete set.
The prints come in three different sizes – A2, A3 and A4 – and are unframed.
National Trust Membership
2020 was, to put it mildly, a tumultuous year. But one of the key things many people took away from the last few month was a greater appreciation of nature, open spaces, trees and greenery. What better way to continue the connection throughout 2021 than by investing in a membership for the National Trust, which does vital nature management work up and down the country and conserves historic, fascinating buildings and gardens for the country.
The charity, as with many charities, suffered during lockdown, having to content with decreased visitor numbers, so supporting the organisation goes some way to helping with that.
- From £72 a year
Become an RHS Member
The vital work the Royal Horticultural Society does throughout the UK is a huge part of the country’s world-beating reputation in horticulture and gardens. There are four RHS gardens, soon to be a fifth, alongside 218 RHS partner gardens, all of which have something unique and exciting to offer.As the world continues to change and understanding about nature, wildlife, the earth and growing becomes vital to all of us, the RHS stands as a place for experimentation, research and education.
- From £49.95
A gift for gardeners who have everything. This is a 12 in 1 pocked sized tool that works a little like a pen knife, but with more of a gardening focus. Included in the multi tool is a pruner, a knife blade, a Phillips head screwdriver, a can opener and a ruler.
This product is designed by Kikkerland Design, a New York based company with a functional and practical focus. It’s the perfect gardening gift for either a beginner or a pro and fits easily away into the gardener’s pocket for easy of transportation. The gardener in your life may have all these tools separately, but do they have one nifty tool that acts as each? A space-saving gardening gift idea.
Buy from Not-Another-Bill
An Opinionated Guide to London Green Spaces by Harry Ades and Marco Kesseler
Hoxton Mini Press
Did you know that half of the area of London is made up of green spaces? With a staggering 3,000 parks, London is one of the greenest cities on the planet. In this beautifully photographed book, Harry Ades breaks down the city’s top 50 hot spots when it comes to natural, green areas. Urban parks, canals, woodlands and stately gardens are just a few examples of what London has to offer.
This aesthetically pleasing and informative book would make a fab gift for style-savvy urban gardeners or for those wanting to discover more about city gardens and beneficial public green spaces.
Great Trees of London Map by Blue Crow Media
We are slowly understanding more and more about the wonders of trees; Judi Dench’s documentary My Passion for Trees and Richard Powers’s book The Overstory are just two recent examples which have contributed to society’s rediscovered fascination for them. If you know a tree-lover, this specialist tree map would make a fab gift choice for them. It focuses on 50 trees throughout our nation’s capital, from magnificent English oaks to delicate cherry trees.
Each tree has a description from Paul Wood, the founder of the Urban Tree Festival and Tree Talk. The map is printed on recycled paper and comes with a protective band, helpful for when you are carrying it out and about.
Indoor Herb Growing Kit
One of the best gifts for gardeners, especially those who don’t actually have much space outside. This zesty herb kit from Plant Theory comes with everything you need in order to grow your own herbs. The seeds and compost are organic and vegan and the kit is 100 per cent plastic free.
There are five classic cooking herbs in the kit, basil, chives, oregano, parsley and thyme, alongside biodegradable bamboo pots, wooden plant labels, vegan, peat free compost, a pencil, tweezer, jute bag and instructions. A whole series of gardening gifts in one, and even those gardeners who have everything will likely put these to good use.
A 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.
The Botanist’s Sticker Anthology
Published by DK
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.
If you’re looking for an unusual gardening gift that they won’t expect, 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.
Jute Rope Flowerpot
The perfect way to add a touch of style to large house plants in plastic pots and grow bags, this jute pot is both flexible and sturdy.
We love the rustic appearance of this handmade item and feel it would look gorgeous in a bright, sunny porch or even a corridor to help create a relaxing feel to the space.
When it’s not filled with beautiful plants, it can be used as a storage basket – perhaps for vegetables or gardening overalls – so this is a handy gift any gardener could make use of. The handles mean it can be easily carried and moved from room to room.
It is 28cm in width and height and best fits a 25cm flower pot.
Felt Koala Decoration
This charming decoration would make a fab garden-themed gift and will definitely be a winner as a gift for nature lovers. Handmade in Nepal, Kenny the Koala looks nice and content with his generous helping of eucalyptus.
Hung either as a decoration or a pram-pleasing buddy, it’s hard not to warm to this adorable Koala decoration, particularly if you’re a wildlife lover. You could even hang him from a eucalyptus wreath or amongst a botanical garland for a full, nature-filled scene.
Kenny the Koala measures 9cm in height and 5cm in width.
Terrarium Bottle and Extending Tool Set
Terrariums may be all the rage, but there’s a reason for that: they’re beautiful and easy to maintain too. If you know someone who’d be great at experimenting with growing their own this 5 litre glass bottle terrarium is an excellent place to start.
There’s a telescopic shovel and rake for you to help adjust your curated ecosystem, but note: this gardening gift doesn’t come with the soil, pebbles or plants themselves. Those will need to be sourced separately. For tips on how to plant a terrarium, head to our guide.
Large Indian Fire Pit Bowl
This striking fire pit would be ideal for a gardener who loves hosting outdoor gatherings.
Suitable for both logs and charcoal, this large fire pit is made with recycled iron making it a great present for those who are environmentally conscious.
The pit from Crocus comes with a fire starter dome which should help create a blazing fire. It measures approximately 40cm by 80cm and can be left outside all year round. .
Lexon Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
A wireless bluetooth speaker may not seem like an obvious choice when it comes to gifts for gardeners, but these handy gadgets are a joy for those working outside for long periods, wanting to listen to music or a podcast hands free and without the faff of earphones or headphones.
When the weather is warmer, they’re also a great accessory for garden parties and entertaining in the garden. This particular bluetooth speaker has a battery life of three hours, and takes only an hour to charge. Simply stream your music, podcast, audiobook or radio station via your smartphone or tablet.