Buying a great Christmas gift for a gardener can be a tricky. They are usually pretty sulky at this time of year – the allotment has frozen over, the perennials have died off and it's been at least a month since they saw the inside of their shed. So put a smile back on the face of your green-fingered friends with our round up of the best gifts for gardeners...
Then check out all the other Christmas loveliness we've stored up for you.
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1. A practical (and stylish) outdoor shelf
The industrial trend isn’t just limited to our interiors, any style conscious gardener will tell you it’s seeping into our gardens too. This outdoor shelving unit from Cox & Cox not only looks gorgeous but is also a very practical way to store potted plants, herbs and gardening paraphernalia.
2. Satisfying slate tags
Is there anything more satisfying than a well organised shed? Okay, well for you there might be, but for your green-fingered friend few things are more pleasing. These slate tags from Garden Trading are the perfect way to keep potting sheds and greenhouses neat and tidy.
3. A winter gardening essential
Keep their cuppa warm while they battle with the unruly buddleia with this Orla Kiely flask.
4. A copper watering can
You don’t have to be a gardener to appreciate this gorgeous copper watering can. But while us magpies may just be thinking how great it would look on our kitchen shelves, this watering can is the real deal. Made by Haws, who have been handcrafting watering cans in for 130 years, the quality is top notch.
5. An on-trend bird feeder
A bird feeder and a super cute garden decoration in one! Wildlife's happy eating from it, we're happy looking at it, what's not to love?
6. An easy way to bring the outside in
If you’re buying for a gardener who is also a bit of a home lover, these terrariums from Garden Trading are a great way to bring some of the garden inside. Fill them up with succulents and they become a pretty low maintenance, mini hot house, just stick them in some indirect sunlight, give them an occasional spritz of water and you’re sorted.
Find more gifts for home lovers and follow our guide to creating a Christmas wreaths with succulents.
7. An actually quite fashionable hand rake
Maybe the more seasoned gardener won't be interested in the fact that this Burgon & Ball hand rake was designed by Sophie Conran, but we promise you they will appreciate the name Burgon & Ball who have a bit of garden tool making mileage. Plus you can make this gift extra special by having the handle engraved.
8. A garden inspired weekly planner
Help the gardening enthusiast in your life get super organised with this beautiful floral desk pad from Ohh Deer.
9. An impressive veg patch print
This vintage veggie print from Trouva is either going to fill them with envy or just encourage them to plant yet another variety of bean down at the allotment. How many times can you pretend to look excited about another basket of a Borlotti beans?
10. A spade
It may not be the most exciting gift but a good digging spade is an essential. This super tough spade from Burgon & Ball is endorsed by the Royal Horticultural Society, (for all you non-gardeners that's basically the ultimate accolade in the gardening world).
11. Some classic gardening gloves
If you want your friend’s gardening gloves to match their bedroom wallpaper, this Morris & Co pair are a winner. Obviously we are just all about the lovely classic print but these gloves also have plenty of gardening credentials – lightweight, but still durable with an adjustable strap for secure fastening. They also come with a Shea butter hand cream, which we know might be pretty generic but no true gardener can ever have enough hand cream.
12. A load of explosive seeds
Chuck this biodegradable Pollinator Beebom into any corner of the garden and see this buzzing mix of wildflower seeds grow into colourful, nectar-rich flowers to entice bumblebees and honey bees.
13. A living calendar
We just love this idea. This beautifully illustrated calendar provides gardening tips each month, plus a packet of seeds and information on the insects that they will attract to the garden. The perfect gift for nature lovers.
Find out how to create your own wildlife garden.
14. A life saving plant topper
For the gardener whose fingers are more black than green, give their plants a better chance with this copper plant topper.
15. A pair of gardening boots
Upgrade from the standard countryside green wellies to these Hunter gardening Chelsea boots. Designed in collaboration with the National Trust, these boots are lined with neoprene, incredibly durable yet very flexible.
16. A copy of Period Living magazine
If you know someone who loves looking at beautiful gardens, grab them a copy of Period Living magazine, which features different plots every month, plus lots of inspiration and advice for keen and casual gardeners. In the shops now – or get a better deal with a subscription and treat them to an issue every month.
17. A warming fire pit
Treat someone who loves the outdoors (but hates the cold) to a warming fire pit that will keep extremities from turning into icicles on crisp winter evenings and become the centre of garden parties in the summer. This cast iron fire pit from Waitrose (literally what can't you pick up from there nowadays?) is beautifully simple in design but large enough to hold a pretty stealthy fire.
18. A membership to inspire
For a gift that keeps on giving, get the gardener in your life a membership to the National Trust. The membership includes free entry to over 500 places, free parking at most National Trust car parks plus a subscription to the inspiring National Trust Magazine.
19. Help get their seeds organised
How about replacing that ugly trug your gardening friend lugs around the garden and get them a stylish (but of course practical) gardening caddy? This is perfect to just keep by the back door with a couple of tools in it, you could even treat them to the matching twine dispenser.
20. A botanical illustrated diary
Keep them organised with this botanical diary, plus it's filled with lots of useful gardening tips and bits of information about the Royal Botanical Kew Gardens.