These gift ideas are intended for people who love gardening. Is there a type? Does a love of beauty and nature translate into material gifts? Let’s find out.
These picks come from Etsy shops. You can find more gift ideas here.
Gifts for Gardeners
I’m calling these gifts for gardeners but they are not items used for gardening. When it comes to garden tools, plants, and seeds, it’s probably safe to say that most gardeners like to make their own selections. After all, gardening is both art and science, and it’s the gardener who chooses much of the palette.
Instead, these are gifts are naturally delightful, and may please the gardener in your life. Or you.
I found everything on Etsy where I am an affiliate (you can view all my favourites here). Please note that I have not bought all these items, nor have I tested them. I cannot vouch for the sellers or guarantee anything.
Consider these ideas a starting point. You know who you are buying for. Dig in and find something you know they will really dig.
Naturally Delightful Gifts for Gardeners
DIY Living Roof Birdhouse
I have been a fan of Rebecca’s Bird Gardens for ages. I love the style, and colours. You buy the birdhouse and add your own plants.
Of all the creative garden markers, these are my top picks. I love written words as art, and, of course, they are functional too.
Botanical Glass Decor
There are a few options for a gift like this. You can buy the glass frame and press your own botanicals (easy instructions here). Or, get them ready made.
Hummingbird Feeder Hanger
These are so pretty in the garden. Use them for hanging feeders and garden art.
I always wear a garden apron. They are perfect for keeping your clothes clean and handy for stashing small tools and plant tags while working.
The wreath shown here is ‘for-evergreen’ (synthetic). Some people love a living wreath, others like the practicality of a realistic-looking synthetic one. You’ll have to decide which is best for your beloved.
Do you know Salley Mavor’s art and books? She’s been a favourite of mine for many years. Have a look at her shop for examples of her work. It’s brilliant.
You don’t need a press like this to press flowers—we all know the old phone book trick—but, a pretty one like this offers a nice way to keep botanicals.
Bumblebee Cushion Cover
Attention fellow bee fans! I have a lifelong fondness for bees, despite being allergic to them. They are endlessly interesting and endearing. Big, plump bumblebees hovering around the flower garden, seemingly defying gravity, are the best.
I love to sew and the gift of quirky garden or nature-inspired fabric is a fun idea. You could find a print or have custom fabric made at a print-on-demand service like Spoonflower.
There are all sorts of jewelery items featuring dried and pressed flowers, leaves, and seed pods. Choose something that has meaning in your life.
Watercolor Herb Prints
Butterfly Terrarium Kit
Ethical suppliers obtain their terrarium butterflies from butterfly farms (after the butterflies have lived their full lives). This is a neat way to display these beautiful creatures.
Crow Garden Ornament
How great are these guys? The choices are endless. Pick an animal that you love. As you can see, they are real standouts in the winter garden.
This will sound (initially) superficial, but a phone case can be valuable. An image like this one, that evokes calm, happy feelings is a wonderful thing to carry with you. I’m so visually-centric, I use things like this like a worry stone. Looking at it immediately dials stress down several notches while sitting in a doctor’s waiting room.
Vintage Farm Pails
If you love vintage garden stuff, old zinc and galvanized pails and watering cans are the best. Prices can vary greatly, but man, what a treasure they are.
Business Card Holder
More pressed flower-mania. If gardening is your business, and you carry business cards, it’s fun to have the holder continue the theme.
Vintage Wood Crate
This is another item where the prices can vary greatly, and the uses are endless. I bought a bunch at an auction sale year ago. They work as plant stands, planter boxes, flower pot containers, and display stands for other treasures.
Gardening in miniature is more popular than ever. If you’re gift-shopping for someone who loves wee gardens, consider some tiny furnishings (make sure they are to scale), or mini plants. You can read all about the best little plants and why scale/consistent proportions is so important here.
I love these. A nice, heavy boot scraper by garden door is a must. Brush dry mud off quickly and indulge in some Scotty dog sweetness. There are also Dachshund ones too—in case you have wide feet. 😉
Not available? See more vintage boot scrapers here.
Succulents are all the rage right now. What better way to get started than rooting a variety of cuttings indoors? Not to worry, you pretty much just stick them in growing medium and slowly they grow.
Empress of Dirt has lost her mind. Many of us battle squirrels at our feeders. Nothing against them personally, for me: it’s just expensive to feed them as they eat a lot more than the birds do. In the spirit of if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em, there is the option of placing a squirrel feeder far from the bird feeder and let them dine in peace there.
I love garden signs, and a little humour goes a long way.
There you go!
To view all these items on Etsy, I create a Naturally Delightful collection.
I hope you found some gift ideas for the gardener in your life. Or yourself.
~Melissa the Empress of Dirt ♛