10 Low Cost & Useful Gifts to Buy Gardeners this Christmas
It’s the holiday season again, which means it’s time to start checking off your list of gifts you need to buy before Christmas! We know that sometimes, people who like to spend a lot of time in their garden can be hard to shop for. If you’ve got to get a present or secret Santa gift for someone this Christmas who’s difficult to shop for and likes to spend time in the garden, you’re not the only one. That’s why we’ve created a list of 10 gifts for keen gardeners that won’t break the bank.
A composter or compost caddy is the perfect gift for many keen gardeners to take their garden to the next level without breaking the bank. This is a great gift that any garden fanatic will love to receive as it adds so much extra nutrients back into their home-grown plants. Furthermore, a compost bin is great as a present over Christmas time because it’s bound to save green thumb’s some extra cash because they won’t have to buy compost from their local gardening shop. Instead, they can put their vegetable scraps and garden trimmings into compost and reuse it to make their garden even healthier and stronger than it was before. If you’re not too sure whether they’ll want to start composting quite yet, check out Bob’s Basics of Composting book as an alternative option.
Starter kits for seeds or propagators are great in Ireland because many plants struggle starting as seeds with harsher weather conditions if you plant them directly into the ground. By growing them into small plants (called seedlings) before sowing into the ground (where they will stay until harvest), this allows the plants to gain more strength, which makes more resilient and healthier plants. This can produce greater yields in harvests and less chance of plants being negatively affected by undesirable weather.
Bird feeders are great for gardeners because they’re likely to take pride in their backyard- by having an abundance of wild birds in their backyard, they’ll feel like they have their very own haven. Find a bird feeder that caters towards wild birds around Ireland if you want a backyard which feels even more special.
Aloe Vera plants are the perfect gift to get someone for Christmas because they make a great addition to any household. They are incredibly resilient and can take place on any kitchen windowsill. Aloe Vera are also known to be beneficial to use as a natural antibacterial gel and help sooth minor burns from the heat and the sun.
5. Frost Net
Frost nets are an awesome addition for any gardener to have in their storage- especially around Christmas time where winter is settling in! They are also a great and easy way to protect your plants from many types of insects and a good way to prevent overheating over the summer months, making this a great addition to any green thumb’s collection.
Slugs and snails are very small and may not seem like a big concern to many who don’t have their own vegetable or flower garden, but they can make a huge impact to the health of any type of garden. These garden pests will chew holes into the leaves of a variety of leaves and other plant matter, which can cause considerable damage to the amount of yield a vegetable garden may produce over a season. A slug and snail trap is a cost effective way to control these tiny pests in any garden, which is why it makes such a great Christmas gift for gardeners.
A small planter box for herbs is a great gift to get for gardeners over the Christmas period because they’re so versatile and give extra planting space that can be moved to areas around the home which suit conditions for whatever type of plant or herb to grow. You can find a range of colours, shapes and sizes for planter box to suit any needs- some even come with legs on the bottom (so you don’t have to be kneeling all the time!).
This book makes a great, quirky secret Santa gift for any of those people that love to spend their time tinkering on DIY projects over the holidays. This book is beautifully illustrated and has an abundance of boredom busters for the hands on person. Gardeners will love a book like this to keep them occupied in their shed when the weather is bad outside!
A peace lily (otherwise known as Spathiphyllum ‘Lima’ is one of the most resilient houseplants, which means it makes a great first indoor plant if your gardening fanatic has only tried growing their plants outdoors so far. This is the perfect gift to give over Christmas because they are very reasonably priced and will flower beautiful white lilies when spring finally rolls around!
10. Decorative Garden Features
If you know that the person who you’re shopping for loves to spend time in their garden, a decorative garden feature may be the perfect Christmas present for them. Whether you’re trying to find something humorous for the garden or something to add more elegance like a weather vane, they’ll definitely appreciate you thinking about where they spend so much time!
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