If you have a keen gardener in your life here is some inspiration for their perfect Christmas present!
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Sharpening tool – if you look after your tools, your tools will look after you. Keeping your secateurs sharp is key to efficient pruning and to stop gardeners getting tennis elbow, from too much straining. A handheld sharpening tool is a practical, small and handy gift that would be perfect as a stocking filler. I like this one by Speak & Jackson which is easy to hold and use: https://amzn.to/3ZSuqaQ
Wilding by Isabella Tree – this book is astounding. It tells the story of the Knepp Estate in West Sussex. Over the last decade they have let the farmland go – literally go – to see what it might return to. It is a fascinating read, and once you’ve finished it, you will want to go and visit it is not too far away from me in Surrey and it’s on the list to visit in 2024: https://amzn.to/46ul5sr
Hand cream – I love the gardener’s hand creams from O’Keefe’s or Crabtree & Evelyn. Completely different packaging on each, appealing to two varieties of gardener! And if you have some really sore hands I can recommend the Tamanu Balm from Tropic Skincare. I put it on before bed after wreathmaking and it does its magic overnight!
Wildlife camera trap – many a gardener and keen naturalist would love to see the nocturnal wildlife that lives in their garden. A camera trap records night footage you can review the next day, to discover what goes on in the dark in your garden.
Bird feeders and supplies – I’m always keen to encourage birds into the garden for me to watch, but also to help with pests. Practical or decorative, whatever you choose will be warmly received, I’m sure.
A really thick kneeling pad – I’m very much a kneeling gardener. Mainly for weeding, but also for planting, I find kneeling much easier on my back. A really thick kneeling pad makes this work much more comfy. This one is plain but does the job: https://amzn.to/46G2Dgc
A rose, named for someone or somewhere special – I’ve always fancied the job of being an imaginative plant-namer! Roses, in particular, have some beautiful names including place names. Browse the David Austin and Peter Beale websites for inspiration: you are bound to find a rose whose name has special meaning. Some of my favourites are Olivia Rose Austin, Hot Chocolate and Scarborough Fair.