Our top ten lawn and garden gift ideas list for 2010 includes a diverse selection of quality products, from gardening tools and gloves to books and binoculars. And with prices starting at less than $5, there’s something on the list for everyone. Here are ten great gift ideas for the gardener on your list.
Gifts Under $20
Seeds of Change
By mid-winter, gardeners are pretty bored, and it’s also the perfect season for starting seeds indoors. Seeds of Change offers 100% certified organic seeds, with over 1,200 varieties of native and heirloom vegetables, herbs, and flowers. With individual packets at less than $5.00 each, these seeds make the perfect stocking-stuffer, or put together collections (such as salad, herb, or butterfly mixes) for a themed gift basket. Available at seedsofchange.com
Nitrile Coated Garden Gloves
Gardeners go through gloves like puppies go through chew toys! These nitrile-coated garden gloves from Atlas combine a tough water-resistant palm and finger coating with a lightweight breathable top. That makes them perfect for potting plants or digging in wet soil. And at less than $10.00 a pair, they’re the perfect stocking-stuffer. Available from gardenbasket.com as well as many retail garden centers.
Square Foot Gardening Book
Organic gardening has never been easier! Everyone, from rural farmers to urban condo-dwellers, can grow fresh vegetables and herbs using the principles of Square Foot Gardening. This system, developed by Mel Bartholomew, uses raised beds and unique planting methods that allow for maximum harvest in small spaces. The latest edition of his book can be found at major booksellers or from the The Square Foot Gardening Foundation for less than $20.00.
Gifts Under $50
Corona Bypass Pruners
A good set of forged steel garden tools will last a lifetime, and no gardener can have too many pairs of hand pruners. These bypass hand pruners from Corona combine a razor-sharp steel blade with an ergonomic angled head design that reduces bending and stress on the hand and wrist. Perfect for cutting flowers and trimming branches up to 3/4” thick in diameter. Available from coronaclipper.com for around $30.00.
Worth Nylon Garden Tool Bag
A good tool storage bag is a must-have for every busy gardener. The Worth Nylon Garden Tool Bag has multiple pockets for tool storage, as well as open storage compartments inside the bag for holding seeds and supplies. The sturdy box-shaped design won’t tip over, and it comes with both handle and shoulder straps. The Worth Garden Tool Bas is available for $30.00 from woodlanddirect.com
Outdoor Fire Pit
Who doesn’t love a warm fire on a cold winter’s day? Help your gardener get through the off-season with a portable fire pit like these from The Home Depot. From deck and patio models to larger versions for the lawn, fire pits are sure to cozy up any garden, especially if you include the ingredients to make s’mores! $30.00 and up.
Gifts Over $50
Ryobi Cordless Chain Saw
Keeping your yard trim and clean is a breeze with the Ryobi Lithium Cordless 18-Volt Chain Saw. This lightweight, easy to use chain saw has a 10-inch blade that makes short work of branches and small trees up to 9 inches in diameter. The long-lasting, rechargeable lithium-ion battery last four times longer than standard NiCd batteries, and eliminates the work of fueling and starting a finicky gas-powered engine. Available for less than $120 at The Home Depot.
Mystic Myster Copper Sprinkler
Gift the gift of functional and beautiful art sculpture with a handmade copper sprinkler from Mystic Myster. These durable sprinklers double as lawn sculpture and add an air of elegance to any garden. When connected to a garden hose, the head spins to release a gentle spray of water that mimics natural rainfall. Perfect for flower or vegetable gardens, lawns, and even water features or ponds. Visit the Mystic Mysters website at levybay.com to explore this year’s designs. $150 and up.
These green, eco-friendly compost tumblers are made of recyclable UV-resistant polypropylene with a galvanized steel frame. Simply fill the Tumbleweed Composter with yard and kitchen waste, then tumble it every few days to product rich compost for your lawn or garden. The steel center axle allows for easy tumbling, and the free-standing design is perfect for any space. Available from eco-outfitter.com for less than $200.
Bushnell Digital Binoculars
A perfect gift for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts! The Bushnell Instant Replay 8×30 digital binoculars combine a powerful optical lens with a 5-megapixel digital camera. It can capture both still images and short video and includes an instant-replay 1.5-inch flip-up LCD screen. Priced under $210.00.