Last Updated Dec 11, 2017 · Written by Craig Gibson
Then take a scroll through our gift ideas for the home gardener in your life. From the best garden gloves to quality tools, and vertical gardens - there's something here for everyone and all budgets.
If you want something different to gift a home gardener, then put heirloom seeds on your shortlist. They are old varieties of veggies, fruits and herbs that hark back to a day when misshapen and slightly crooked was normal. They also have intriguing names like ‘Windsor Long Pod’ beans or ‘Cosmic Purple’ carrots, which is a refreshing change from the bland tasting supermarket options.
Cost: from $5
If your giftee needs to do a lot of trimming, pruning and general tidying up in the garden, then a good quality pair of secateurs or hand pruners is essential. To get a clean cut you really need to look for a pair that uses a bypass action, which works just like scissors, and limits damage to the plant. There are all sorts of grips to choose from, with rubber, stainless steel, aluminium and this gorgeous vintage inspired wooden pair.
Cost: from $30
Working in the garden can be tough on those green fingers and hands, so make sure your special person takes care of their skin. Hand balms and lotions make a perfect gift, and won’t break the bank. Look for soothing and protective ingredients such as botanicals, shea butter, beeswax and wheat germ oil.
Garden art or ornaments can really transform any size garden, and add a creative finishing touch to your special person’s outdoor area. Our recommendation is to source a handmade item fashioned by a true artisan, rather than opt for a mass-produced version that garden centres and nurseries stock.
Cost: from $30
If the special person in your life does not have a bonsai, then this is one gift that can last a lifetime and then some. Japanese white pine bonsai have been aged at 500+ years, so you can pass this precious gift down the generations. You do need to make sure it gets watered, has its roots trimmed and is repotted occasionally.
Cost: from $50 to many thousands of dollars
What is not to love about succulents? They make a perfect gift, coming in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colours. They also need hardly any water and don’t mind being ignored for weeks at a time. Succulents are versatile enough to grow indoors in a pot, or start a collection and wow visitors with a dedicated succulent garden or plant them in a tabletop terrarium.
Vertical gardens take some work to keep alive, so you need a dedicated gardener for this, but they look stunning and come in all sorts of sizes, styles and price points. You can also choose what sort of plants you want - anything from veggies, to herbs, ferns or succulents all will work. And if you are handy you could even make this for your special person.
Cost: from $100
If your gardener spends a lot of time outdoors doing their thing, then gumboots or wellies are a must. We love this white pair, but they may prove hard to keep clean. Look for a pair with solid construction, decent soles and a design that matches the personality of your giftee.
Cost: from $25
Terrariums and florariums are the perfect gifts for a space-constrained home, where they can easily sit on a shelf or windowsill. You can also tweak what plants you put in, depending on the amount of time the person has to dedicate to their installation. This could be anything from succulents to ferns and flowering plants - or a combination of these.
Cost: from $60 depending on size
And if your giftee has everything a home gardener could ever want, then you can always get them a gift card, and allow them to choose exactly what they want. Your local nursery or Bunnings should be able to help fill this one.
Cost: As much as you want to spend.