I know it’s a bit of a cliche, but where has 2015 gone? It doesn’t seem like 5 minutes since it was last Christmas. But here we are at the start of December and Christmas is just a few weeks away.
And if you’re like me, you’ll not have even started your Christmas shopping, leaving everything until the last minute. Spending the week before running around the shops, battling the festive rush, trying to find original and exciting gifts for your friends and family.
Gift ideas for the garden
Well if you have a gardener who needs a gift, and trust me us gardeners are a fussy bunch, then this is the post for you. We’ve scoured the internet, picking a selection of our favourite gardening gifts and gadgets for that green-fingered special someone in your life.
Plant Theatre Grow Your Own Cocktail Garden
This fab little kit contains everything you need to grow your own cocktail garden, along with 18 original cocktail recipes you can mix up with said cocktail garden plants. Quite simply this is the perfect gift for the gardener who enjoys a tipple.
Plant Theatre brought on board an award-winning mixologist to help create an exciting selection of original drink recipes that combine things like Cucamelon Seeds, which look a little like grape sized water melons, taste of cucumber, and pack your drinks with a zesty crunch.
You can order your Plant Theatre Grow Your Own Cocktail Garden from the good folks at Not On The High Street.
Netatmo Weather Station
The Netatmo Urban Weather Station evaluates indoor air confinement by measuring CO2 concentration inside the home. When CO2 reaches an excessive level, you’re alerted directly on your iPad or iPhone. You can then take action by ventilating your home.
Take the Weather Station outside and it gives you real-time weather information. No longer do you have to trust the TV weather presenter. Data such as Temperature, Humidity, Air Quality and Barometric Pressure can be gathered right at your doorstep.
Teacup And Saucer Bird Feeder
If the shabby chic look is what you’re looking for, then why not bring it outside to the garden with this charming hanging cup and saucer bird feeder. The pretty, mis-matched floral prints on the cup and saucer are finished with a gold gilt rim and chain. Perfect for anyone who loves feeding the birds!
The Teacup And Saucer Bird Feeder can be purchased from Not On The High Street.
Eco Outdoor Wall Clock And Thermometer
The Eco Outdoor Wall Clock And Thermometer is the perfect gift for inside the home or out in the garden. Designed to be completely weatherproof, it’s ideal for checking the temperature in summer, or more likely seeing just how cold it is. Made from recycled paper packaging, it has an almost slate-like look and feel to it.
The Eco Outdoor Wall Clock And Thermometer are also from Not On The High Street.
Igloo Hedgehog Home
If you know somebody who’d think nothing of providing a little shelter for hedgehogs and their baby hoglets, then this Igloo Hedgehog Home is the perfect way for them to do it. All they’d need to do is pick a quiet spot in their garden, cover the house with twigs etc, spread a few leaves inside, and you’ve got the perfect Hedgehog family home!
The Igloo Hedgehog Home is only £24.99 from Find Me A Gift.
Sleepyheads Personalised Garden Trowel And Fork Set
As a gardener, it can be hard to switch to new tools. You get used to that trowel you’ve used for years with the cracked handle. But trust me the the quality of this Sleepyheads set will make you want to throw it away. Constructed from superb quality ash wood and epoxy coated carbon steel, it comes with your own personalisation engraved on each handle and a lifetime warranty.
Sleepyheads personalised gardening tools can also be found on Not On The High Street.
Pippa Greenwood Grow Your Own Kit
Year on year we’re seeing more of these grow-your-own kits coming on the market. But for us, nobody does them as well as Pippa. You simply choose the crops you’d like to grow (with a little help from Pippa if you need it), and then, at the perfect time for planting, the young plants you selected will be sent to you (beautifully packaged I might add too). Pippa will then email you each week, with all the advice and tips you need to grow them.
There’s tonnes of great advice and information on Pippa’s website and the kits can be found in the Grow-Your-Own section.
Lazy Susan Garden Bench
Why not give something a little different? A garden bench might be for life and not just for Christmas, but it is definitely not the gift they’d expect. And trust us, nothing finishes a garden off like a well placed 2 seater bench. At Lazy Susan we have a great selection of classically styled metal garden benches available in antique bronze and white. Plus there’s free next day delivery available on all orders placed before midday.
Delightful Living Garden Kneeler
Made in Wales from recycled wool from the tweed industry, this outdoor cushion is super stylish, as well as being comfortable and practical. Backed with a hard wearing waterproof fabric, its finished with a large loop for easy carrying and storing. And whilst it’s perfect for picnics, festivals and days at the beach etc, we thinks its just perfect for protecting knees when tending borders!
The Garden Kneeler can be purchased direct from Delightful Living.
Flymo 1200R Robot Lawnmower
At Lazy Susan we love a bit of tech. And what could be better than a self-mowing lawnmower? It has to be the future. The innovative Flymo Robotic Lawnmower 1200R does all your mowing for you, and can mow a lawn area up to a maximum of 400m².
Take a look at the video below to see the 1200R in action and you can order it from Amazon.co.uk.
The Gluttonous Gardener’s Go Sloe Gin Set
I just love sloe gin. Actually, I tried a sloe vodka the other week, and that was delicious too. Anyway, this gift set from The Gluttonous Gardener is the perfect gift for any gin enthusiast who fancies having a go at producing their own sloe gin.
The set includes three young sloe bushes that are ready to plant in the garden. To give them a hint of future harvests the kit comes with a lovely bottle of Sloe Gin to enjoy while they wait for the bushes to grow too.
You can order the the Go Sloe Gin Set along with a whole host of other garden growing related gifts direct from the Gluttonous Gardener.
I’m not sure I’d want to break it open, but one things for sure, these Flower Grenades are sure to go down with a bang in your garden. All you have to do is stand on your patio or lawn and hurl them towards a patch of land that looks a little dull, return in a few months and you’ll see a mixture of Ryegrass, buttercups and poppies.
The Flower Grenade is only £11.99 from Find Me A Gift.
Vertex Garden Rocker
This ergonomically designed gardening seat moves with you as you bend and stretch. The curved base reduces strain on knees & lower back but still giving you the full range of motion needed for Gardening.
You can purchase the Garden Rocker and load of other innovative gardening gadgets direct from VertexProducts.com.
Deluxe Tractor Scoot with Bucket Basket
Following from the Vertex Rocker, is this super practical Tractor Scoot. Gardening is easier when you can sit and swivel to move around. This back-saving Gardener’s Supply Tractor Scoot lets you work from a seated position virtually anywhere in the garden. While the long handle allows you to pull the Scoot behind you like a wagon with all your plants and tools etc in it.
The Deluxe Tractor Scoot is available from Gardener’s Supply Company in the US for only $89.95 plus shipping. However, if you want it delivered to the UK, they advise you give them a ring on 1-800-876-5520 and place the order over the phone.
RSPB Ultra High Resolution Nestbox Camera
Designed to be super easy to set up, this great nest box camera kit comes with everything you need to obtain amazing live images on your TV or a computer. It can be positioned away from your house, without the need for a power source in the garden, and the generous 30m of cable will connect the camera directly to your TV.
You can buy the Nestbox Camera and various accessories direct from the RSPB website.
Black + Decker 3-in-1 Strimmer
The Black + Decker STC1820-GB 3 in 1 mower is designed for small gardens or gardens with steep banking. It allows you to mow, strim and edge your lawn, all in one compact easy to store piece of equipment. The streamer is simply slotted into the mower base to be used as a lawn mower. When you have finished mowing the lawn it can be taken out of the base and then used to strim the edges of the lawn.
The video below shows the STC1820-GB in action and you can buy it from Amazon.co.uk.