It’s a cliche. But Christmas really has come around fast. Doesn’t seem like five minutes since the last one. Maybe because my family and I moved house in the summer, the year has just flown by. Too much to do and not enough time to do it seems to be my mantra at the moment.
So, when it comes to Christmas presents, I’m not one of those that leaves it until Christmas Eve for a mad dash around the shops. Nor am I super organised with all my shopping done, wrapped and ready for the big day by the start of November. Nope, end of November and I’ll make a start, with the bulk of my shopping done online these days.
Therefore, it makes sense to publish this article now. If you have a special green-fingered someone in your life, then Lazy Susan is on hand with some of our favourite garden gifts for Christmas. And you’ve got just enough time to get them ordered, delivered, wrapped and hidden away. No last minute panic buying, get them something they’ll not only love, but use.
Happy Garden Box
The happygardenbox.co.uk has to be your first port of call if you are looking for a great gift for those who love to garden, or even those you’d like to encourage to start. They have some of the most thoughtful gardening gifts, perfect for gardeners, allotment lovers, whatever your green-fingered persuasion may be.
Their website has a brilliant selection of handmade high quality UK sourced gifts, all aimed at getting us outside and enjoying our gardeners, whatever our level of horticultural skill. Their subscription boxes and gift sets are high on my shopping list, this is the perfect gift for that special green-fingered someone in your life. It includes all you need to keep organised and your hands soft and smooth after a hard day toiling on your plot.
The set includes a 100% naturally soothing lavender hand cream, matching all natural lavender soap, high quality nail brush, a pair of fab patterned gardening gloves, handmade teak herb markers and a pocket notebook so you can keep track of all gardening tasks. The presentation box is beautiful, and for only £30 it’s a must buy for me.
With the allotment subscription pack though, you’re giving the gift that keeps on giving. If you order now for January, you can make 2019 the year that special someone starts growing-their-own. Each monthly subscription box comes with 3 x packs of seasonal seeds to grow your own fruit, veg or herbs, 1 x monthly planting and harvesting guide and expert tips, tricks and information to help your current crop grow. It is sent through your letterbox at the start of each month, and there’s an option to 1, 3, 6 or 12 month subscriptions.
Personalised Gardening Tools from Not On The High Street
Not On The High Street is one of, if not the, best places to go if you’re looking for something a little different, a special gift for a loved one. Things they’re not going to find in the large national changes, unique items that really stand out. Gardening tools are maybe not the most imaginative gifts, but get someone who loves gardening some personalised tools, and I am sure you’ll make them smile.
These personalised gardening tools from Not On The High Street make for one of the most perfect gardening gifts for Christmas.
2019 Calendar with Seeds
A good calendar always makes for a great christmas gift, but this one has a lovely little twist. It is guaranteed to keep your garden looking beautiful as well as looking stunning hung inside the home. Each month is beautifully illustrated and accompanied with a variety of wildflower seed packets. The stunning botanical-style seed packets are set against the side of the calendar, and the seeds relating to each month are sorted by the month of sowing.
Along with the illustrations and seed packets, you get a wonderful description of each flower, ideal growing conditions can be found on the reverse of the calendar. This is a hand assembled A4 wire-bound calendar printed on a 200gsm paper stock. It also comes to you in a protective envelope. The 12 packets of seeds include some of the following varieties: Oxeye Daisy, Marigold, Cornflower, Poppy, Agrimony, Yarrow, Corn Chamomile, Ragged Robin, Campion, Meadowsweet, Marjoram, but the seeds will vary from calendar to calendar.
Visit to Kew Gardens with Virgin Experience
I love Kew. My family and I went last Christmas. The lights were spectacular. This is a gift I can definitely recommend. I’ve received a few different Virgin Experience vouchers myself and they’ve all been brilliant. The kids and I did a candy making class in London earlier this year, it was great fun, and very well organised.
This is a great opportunity to give somebody who’s maybe never been an opportunity to explore one of the most beautiful attractions in London. A 326 acre UNESCO World Heritage Site, with possibly one of the most diverse plant collections in the world. You’ll have access to the world famous Glasshouse, Royal Kitchens, Rose Garden, The Princess of Wales Conservatory and much more.
Then when its time for a little light refreshment, this Virgin Experience enables the recipient to head to the Orangery for a self-service cream tea for two. I’m sold. There’s a choice of scones with jam and cream or a slice of cake to enjoy in the perfect setting to relax and reflect on the day. Also, make sure you don’t miss The Hive. A real highlight of our last visit. Designed to be an immersive, multi-sensory experience inspired by the bee, the lights and sounds are truly spectacular.
Gardeners Hamper from Smart Gift Solutions
Instead of just one gardening gift for that special green-fingered someone, how about show-stopping basket filled with treats for that beloved gardener? And where Smart Gift Solutions really get things right, is they have several different hampers depending on what the person you want to give this to likes.
Take the Ultimate Gardeners Hamper for Him. This luxury hamper is full of gifts designed especially for the man who likes to spend his time tending his plot. It includes Pippa Greenwoods excellent ‘Gardeners Year Book’, Restoring Bath Herbs, Stainless Steel Trowel, Plant Markers, Tea and Biscuits, a Potting Shed Mug and so much more. The Ultimate Hamper for Her on the other hand comes with Gardeners Shea Butter, Wooden Nail Brush all packaged up in stylish wooden true. It is sure to please any lady (or man, who says you can’t give her to him and him to her?) who likes to spend time in their garden.
Burgon & Ball Gardening Gloves
When it comes to looking stylish in the garden, Burgon & Ball’s award-winning Love The Glove ladies’ gardening gloves are quite simply the Bentley of gardening gloves. Their Love The Glove collection is available in a selection of on-trend designs and colourways, and includes classic fabrics such as denim and tweed.
Among our favourites are the fabulously lush and leafy ‘Tropical’ glove, which feature the gorgeous palm prints that seem to be everywhere at the moment, from cushions to the catwalk, and my youngest daughters bedroom. The Love The Glove collection is about much more than looking good, though. Burton & Ball have combined high fashion with high performance.
Their gloves incorporate a range of technical construction details to make them superbly comfortable to wear. They’re washable, too, so you can keep them looking smart, and include genuine leather trim for that touch of luxury. This is truly a beautiful and thoughtful gift for a gardening loved one, you can’t go wrong with these fab gloves.
Aluminium & Glass Cloche from crocus.co.uk
Now this may appear at first glance a little like the old cliche buying your partner a drill or food processor for Christmas. However, I can assure this Cloche packs in beauty and function. And if your partner, loves their garden, then I can assure you, they’ll love this. Plus, if you really wanted to spoil them, you could fill it with their other christmas presents, like a little gift house.
This hexagonal lidded cloche is constructed from rust-resistant cast aluminium and glass. With a contemporary design and classic white powder coating, this elegant cloche is only improve with age.
The sturdy frame and solid glass panels will provide heavy-duty protection against pests and frost, and create warm and humid ‘greenhouse’ environment that will stimulate growth. The lid can be removed or rotated as needed for watering and ventilation. The cloche comes delivered in two parts with no assembly required.
Crabtree & Evelyn Gardeners Hand Therapy
A day in the garden can play havoc with your hands. Especially at this time of year. Even with a good pair of gloves on, the skin can be left dry and rough. So after a day of toil, give that special someone a gift that will let them treat their hands.
This 60-second intensive treatment from Crabtree & Evelyn, is the perfect solution to dry or rough skin. The 3-in-1 rinse-off formula contains mineral salts with lavender oil that will gently exfoliate, but also emollient-rich ingredients that at the same time will condition new skin and create a barrier to protect against moisture loss.
Orla Kiely Potting Gloves
If like me you will get out in all weather, all year round, then you need to keep those green fingers protected whilst you potter. These lightweight canvas gloves feature an iconic Orla Kiely designs and are fully lined. An elasticated section at the wrist also means they’re guaranteed to stay put, no matter what task you throw at them. These gloves should be on every gardener’s Christmas wish list.
Made from 100% cotton canvas, they feature Orla’s instantly recognisable Striped Tulip print in Pine with a vibrant emerald trim. Both stylish and practical, they are guaranteed to bring a smile come Christmas morning.
These are quite simply the Rolls Royce of garden shears. Much like the cloche, you could argue this is a pretty uninspiring gift, but if your partner knows Okatsune, then they will love these shears. To a gardener this is the equivalent of a footballer buying his wife a Hermes handbag. And trust me, if they don’t know them, once they use them they will be shocked to that they didn’t know the real pleasure of pruning until they’d wielded them.
The long 8” blades and wooden handles of these Shears provide perfect balance for detailed topiary work, whilst being tough enough for hedge pruning and some of the more brutal work. They’re ideal for box clipping, cloud pruning, yew hedges, bay standards, holly dumplings and just about any other type of pruning you can think of.
They have a beautiful balanced feel, light but with enough weight to feel the quality of materials and construction. And don’t get me started on the fantastic swishy snippy sound they make. They are the epitome of high quality simple design at it’s best. With excellent balance for an effortless cut, the Izumo Yasugi steel blades have a Rockwell Hardness of 60.0 – 61.0. No wonder they are the No.1 choice in Japan for gardeners and landscapers, they should be in the UK too.
RHS Burgon and Ball professional compact bypass secateurs
The RHS is another great place to look for a great gift for green-fingered friends and loved ones. They have a great range, from books and gift certificates to tools likes these RHS endorsed Bypass Secateurs from Burgon and Ball.
With a shorter handle and smaller blades with ergonomic blade profile, they make this tool ideal for smaller hands and working amongst dense stems. They have a super smooth action with finely tuned tension adjustment, and come supplied with a tensioning tool. Rubber cushioned handles minimises jarring, whilst the wire cutting notch preserves the blades edge. Supplied with a 10-year guarantee, this is another gift that is guaranteed to please.
Garden Divas Aprons & Tool Belts
Garden Divas is another fantastic website that is stocked with some great green fingered Christmas gifts. Things that are a little different but are sure to please any gardening enthusiast. Their stylish gardening aprons are perfect for protecting clothes when working outdoors. And they have a range of designs and fits so that means you can choose something to suit their personal style.
If you don’t think a full length apron of for them, then take a look at the lightweight tool belts or their practical holster for keeping secateurs to hand ready for a spot of snipping and clipping.
At Lazy Susan, we love the Garden Girl Wrap Skirt. You can wear it over jeans as a stylish all round gardening apron or on hotter days on its own as a cool skirt. This skirt is part of a collection of accessories designed by Garden Girl of Sweden, who are most definitely bringing a little style and glamour for women gardeners.
Happy Christmas shopping!