Who else is watching children dream about Christmas morning, circling their gift wishes in the big catalogs of toys? I get that same feeling every year when Baker Creek sends me my very own copy of their massive seed catalog. I’m wishing and dreaming, circling, and starring every beautiful, colorful, tasty possibility that catches my eye. Do you need some help coming up with useful gift ideas for friends and family who garden? I’ve got you covered.
Call it being lazy or being efficient, but I like to make things easier. When something is hard or tedious, I tend to procrastinate, even when it’s something I want to do. So, needless to say, I have an ever-growing list of tools that would help me get stuff done in the garden. I’m sure the gardener in your life would find one of these gift ideas super-useful, as well.
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Holiday Gift Wish List
It happens more often than I’d like to admit: I have a few armloads of crap to haul to the garden so instead of making several trips, I end up stuffing everything in the boys’ plastic radio flyer wagon, so I can make just one trip.
Ideally, and for about the same cost, I’d have one of these babies. It’s far more industrial, but doesn’t come with a cup holder. Pros and cons, right?
Seriously, what am I doing out there in my Crocs? This is not some tiny hobby garden. I’m going to turn an ankle out there! As much as I detest feeling dirt-grit on my feet and seeing mud smears , why on Earth have I not spent the money on some decent boots?
I’ll take an 11 Wide. I’m sure they have it in stock.
Call it lazy or eficient, but I just don’t like hauling the same tools out 250 feet to the garden over and over. So I leave my shovels and rakes out in the weather, knowing they are deteriorating at a faster rate than necessary, and that my children have the potential to pick them up and cause injury to one another.
If I had one of these outdoor cabinets, I’d be sure to put every last lovin’ rake and shovel away every time! (Maybe.)
I’d like to think I would, anyway.
Drip Irrigation System
Lazy or efficient? Last year I stood at the side of the garden, individually watering each individual plant, getting eaten up by mosquitoes. How about automating that to save time, effort (and skin!)?
Also saves the garden when you’re on vacation out of town during a dry week in the summer–nobody wants to come home to veggies fried on the vine!
Now, I’ll admit, buying a planner for someone is like buying them underdrawers–it’s a little personal. But if someone has an affinity toward fancy planners, like yours truly, it really is a gift that will be appreciated (AND USED) on the daily. You probably want to discuss this with them beforehand to make sure they actually want one…
Additional bonus: No clutter! A planner in use never has to be dusted like that Hummel over there–no offense to collectors.
Gardeners can use planners for keeping garden records, noting reminders of future tasks, projected harvests, plans for said harvests, documenting successes and failures.
As far back as I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with paper planners. Before this year, I had only used At-a-Glance, Steven Covey and Dayminder-type planners. This year, I tried bullet journaling, but found I kind of missed some of the structure the old planners provided. This year, I’m going to start off with a 90 day Panda Planner, and if I catch a sale, I’d also like to try a Passion Planner. The Living Well Spending Less planner is tempting, too.
As many bananas as we lose in this household, you’d think I would have more ideas for using up bananas than I do. I’d like to think I’d bake more if I could make some cute tiny loaves, instead of the larger ones, because I can’t see myself cutting a loaf into thirds to give to friends, but how easy would it be to package banana bread mini-loaves?
Also, these mini-loaves provide portion control. I’ve lost 76 pounds in the last twelve months and minding portions has played a significant role.
I know you’ve seen these on TV. Is it just me? Am I the only person out there hauling around a lot of stuff? Am I the only person this commercial is speaking to, lulling me to believe it’s the solution to my shlepping?
There’s my purse, which has anything I might need, plus the essentials: my planner, reading material, coupon bag, my meal prep for the day (or week), a sweater, and usually something else I’m shlepping to work or back. If I had one of those trolly dollys that’d go up and down stairs, I think I’d be in business!
What’s next on Burton Farm?
Ball Canning Jars
Seriously, what gardener can’t use more of these!? Canning jars can be used for all kinds of things on the homestead. They’re inexpensive, sturdy, and re-usable!
Great gift ideas for gardeners: Canning jars, garden carts, garden planners, Trolly dollies…Owning Burton Farm has you covered with ten great gift ideas for the gardener in your life! Find other great gift ideas by clicking through or pin for later. Great gift ideas for gardeners: Canning jars, garden carts, garden planners, Trolly dollies…Owning Burton Farm has you covered with ten great gift ideas for the gardener in your life! Find other great gift ideas by clicking through or pin for later.
Forget candy. Fill my stockings with Ball canning jars and lids. I can’t wait for the bounty of summer to be back upon us! Definitely going to put up more pepperoncini and expecting to improve my tomato harvest.
In the meantime, don’t mind me while I’m decanting rice, beans, and popcorn kernels into my canning jars this winter.
I use it to dry pears into pear chips, vegetables and tomato skins to grind into powder for vegetable stock, anything.
It saves fruit from ripening into oblivion. I even use it for drying my seeds before storing them.
This is the one I have–it’s just four shelves, collapses to save space, and is simple to use.
But….If I were to upgrade it, this Excalibur dehydrator is the bee’s knees to me.
It has a sleek, industrial look and NINE shelf capacity. I find that I have to split my prep-time due to the small capacity of my current deydrator. Of course, there’s always the option of purchasing extra stack trays, but one day…
Seed Bags and Labels
Avery makes all kinds of labels to slap on there and their website makes it easy to design and print them. As an office supplies junkie, the idea of making my own stickers makes my head explode with glittery joy. Do you also have an office supply junkie on your gift list?
So there you have it–ten great gift ideas for the gardeners in your life. Have a comment or another great gift idea? Tell me in the comments below.
Talk to you soon!
Bonus gift idea, since we’re wishing…I’ve been dreaming about a new washer and dryer with a king size capacity and a lift kit. Anyone who knows me knows I don’t like to bend over, and so those drawers boosting the units sound like the bee’s knees to me. Having a king size washing machine would make it easier for me to wash our comforters better and more often.
Hello? I live with boys.
King Size Washer and Dryer
Then we could move the current set down to the garage, so Clint could wash his greasy rags and towels. Or he could re-work the washer into a chicken plucker for processing our own chickens at home. We can grow and process our own hormone-free chickens at home for about what it costs to buy organic chicken at the store.
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