The easiest people to have on your gift-buying list are those who have a clear
obsession passion. You know who I’m talking about, those friends and relatives who are totally in love with a particular hobby, theme, or pastime.
Zealous coffee drinkers, fervent cat people, adventurous world travelers, and… (my personal favorite) impassioned gardeners. You know what they care deeply about in this world, and you love them dearly for it.
We gardeners can be a little intense about our gardens. As soon as the garden season is over we’re already curled up in our cozy reading chairs salivating over the seed catalogs and counting down the days until spring.
That’s why gardeners are one of the easiest groups of people to buy gifts for! We love anything and everything that reminds us of our favorite pastime – vegetables, flowers, nature, insects, chickens, bees, butterflies.
Recently, I looked around my house at all of the amazing garden-themed items I’ve bought myself over the years and realized that many of them would make unique garden gifts for other gardeners as well.
So, if you have a dear friend in your life who’d adore an unusual garden gift, here are my absolute favorites.
I own and use the many of the things on this list in my own home and garden. Many of them are handmade by artists and makers and most of them are made in the US.
And, I highly encourage you to add as many as you want to your own birthday, holiday, treat-yourself-someday wish list!
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The Best Unique Garden Gifts For Passionate Gardeners
#1: Gardening T-shirts
I’ve been gardening for 20 years and have always struggled to find gardening t-shirts I like. So, I decided to partner with women artists and designers to bring to life my ideas for gardening t-shirts I would wear myself!
I recently launched a line of gardening t-shirts that feature one-of-a-kind designs you can’t get anywhere else, which is why they’re #1 on this unique garden gifts list! There are t-shirts for women, men and kids in four different designs and lots of bright colors.
#2: Garden Flags
These vegetable themed flags are hand-printed by an artist in Seattle, WA. They can be hung inside the house to brighten up a dark corner or strung along a garden arbor or fence outside in your yard.
I love mine so much I brought them along on my 12-month sabbatical where they lived over the dinette in our travel trailer and cheerfully reminded me of my garden every day.
You can also choose from a few other designs like flowers, chickens and bees.
Vegetable Garden Flags by Windsparrow Studio
Gazing out at the Grand Teton mountain range from the dinette of our travel trailer.
#3: Fruit & Vegetable Prints
This pair of prints of original illustrations celebrate the summer garden and farmers market season. I actually bought all four seasons for my house I loved them so much.
They’re made by a designer/illustrator from Minneapolis and all of their paper products are printed locally on 100% post-consumer waste paper and assembled by hand in their studio. They also use a minimal amount of packaging for shipping.
She also has super cute cards, puzzles, and tea towels with yoga, wine, and beer themes.
Fruits and Vegetables Print by Redcruiser
#4: Nature-themed Doorbell
A few summers ago I spent many months updating the color of our house siding from 60’s mint green to a more modern slate gray. It was a big job and in between long stretches of painting I had to take breaks to do fun things like order and install a new doorbell to accent my new house color.
After searching Etsy for awhile I settled on the solid red version of this oak leaf doorbell. It’s just the pop of color I wanted for the entrance to our cozy home. Made by an artist in New Hampshire.
Leaf Doorbells by Stoneleaf Doorbell Shop
#5: The Best Garden Trowel Ever!
Wow! There are so many different trowels out there and I’ve tried many of them. During my garage cleaning frenzy recently I got rid of every single trowel I owned except for this one. It’s the best, hands down.
I will never buy another trowel again. And in fact, I’ve had this one for over 10 years and it’s holding up great.
I like that its stainless steel and not plastic. I prefer a more narrow trowel instead of the wide models. The red handle makes it easy to find in the garden when I inadvertently put it down somewhere random. I use it for everything from planting seedlings in spring to planting flower bulbs in fall. Made in the US.
#6: Hand Pruners
For tasks as diverse as cutting the roots from onions and garlic, to harvesting eggplant, to trimming back perennial plants, the other indispensable tool I use in my garden every single day is my pair of Felco hand pruners.
They basically live in my back pocket when I’m working in the garden!
All Felco tools are very high-quality and made of aluminum and steel in Switzerland. They have a lifetime guarantee and all parts can be replaced.
#7: Bucket Caddy
How many times do you run back to your garage or garden shed to grab a tool you forgot? For me, it used to be something like… a million times a day?!
Now I have this nifty bucket caddy that stores all of my small garden tools like my trowel, measuring tape, clippers, sharpies, and twine. I just grab the whole thing when I head out into the garden and now I make way fewer trips back to the garage. I also treated myself to a new black bucket to hold the caddy
#8: Harvest Basket
When I head out to my garden to harvest herbs, flowers, or veggies I always grab one of my various baskets and bowls to hold the bounty. And as you may notice in my photos, my baskets also help me arrange my harvests into beautiful vignettes that I photograph and use on my website, books, workshops, etc.
There are a lot of simple things you can do to infuse your gardening tasks with more joy and pleasure. I think having an attractive harvest basket waiting next to your door is high on the list!
This basket in handmade in North Carolina and named after the maker’s father.
#9: Seed Storage Container
I used to store all of my seeds in a plastic bin and always had trouble keeping them organized. Then, I saw a few other gardeners on Instagram using this storage container and immediately ordered one for myself. It’s technically made for photo storage, but it fits seed packets perfectly!
I ordered two and keep my direct seeded vegetables in one, so I can grab it when I go out to plant in the garden, and the other one stores the vegetables and flowers I start at home in the winter. I love how organized my seeds are now!
#10: Garden Sign
The garden signs created by Wirtheim Design Studio would make unique garden gifts for wildlife gardeners, bird watchers, and those who delight in the animals and insects that are part of any healthy garden ecosystem.
Their designs are inspired by the victory garden posters from the 1940’s. Check out their shop to find signs, cards, patches, and more.
Made by a small design studio in Portland, OR.
Pollinators Welcome Here Sign by Wirtheim Design Studio
#11: Flower Art Print
When the weather turns cold and gray outside you can still be surrounded by the colorful vibrancy of your garden if you choose decor that reflects your favorite hobby.
Garden art, coupled with a huge amount of houseplants, keeps me from succumbing to garden withdrawal during the long, cold Wisconsin winter.
If your favorite gardening friend is a flower gardener, a unique garden gift for her would be one of these bright and vibrant prints from Katie Daisy, an artist in the Pacific Northwest. She also has notepads, canvas prints, books and calendars.
Wildflower Heart Art Print by Katie Daisy
#12: Garden Markers
I’m not a big fan of plastic in the garden, so these metal garden markers caught my eye. They won’t be degraded by the sun and rain and should last forever!
Stainless Steel Garden Markers by Burnett Metal Art
#13: Gardening Books
I’m a huge book lover and I’m constantly reading, but I don’t actually own a lot of books because I don’t like clutter! That means the few books that actually make it onto my bookshelf are the best of the best.
Of course, I have my own gardening books on my shelf. My most recent book is Smart Start Garden Planner, which helps you construct a personalized blueprint for what a successful season in your garden looks like.
And my first book, Super Easy Food Preserving, teaches you how to fill your pantry with garden produce without spending any time canning. You’re learn how to use your basement, fridge and freezer instead.
You can find lists of some of my favorite gardening and cookbooks here on Bookshop.
And if you love cooking as much as gardening, check out this post:
#14: Fermentation Supplies
Fermented foods are all the rage these days. You can find them everywhere – farmers markets, grocery stores, restaurant menus, and even on your friend’s kitchen countertop (that is if you’re friends with me!).
The good news is that fermented foods are extremely healthy for you, but the bad news is some of the specialty fermented foods can be pretty pricey at the store. Luckily, even though fermentation might sound like a fancy and difficult process, it’s actually incredibly simple to make your own fermented vegetables at home.
If there’s someone on your gift list who’s interested in learning how to ferment their garden vegetables, there’s not much they really need to get started – just a book that explains the process and features great recipes and a starter kit.
I’ve been fermenting for a few years and the best book I’ve found is Fermented Vegetables, by Kirsten and Christopher Shockey.
To begin fermenting you also need airlocks, which allow the CO2 to escape, but don’t let any air into the ferment which could ruin the batch. They’re pretty much a necessity for a successful and easy fermentation.
I’ve tried many different lids over the years and the ones manufactured by Masontops are one of my favorites. I would definitely recommend this starter kit along with the book above as the perfect gift for an aspiring fermentista.
#15: Online Class
If you know the garden lover on your list relishes learning new things and building their skills around their favorite hobby, a gift of an online gardening class would be a thoughtful and useful gift.
Most people are incredibly comfortable learning online nowadays, and the benefits of video classes mean they can watch it at their own pace and even re-watch the lessons over again if they want.
I’ve filmed seven how-to video series in my garden over the years covering topics like garden planning, seed starting, food preserving and herb gardening.
I hope this list of unique garden gifts has gotten your creative gift giving juices flowing! It’s easy to run out to the local big box store and grab a generic garden gift.
But, taking the time to search out artistic, handmade garden gifts allows you to support a real person (instead of a faceless, nameless corporation) and impress the recipient with your thoughtful and meaningful gift.
You can browse my entire collection of favorite handmade unique garden gifts on Etsy here.