Gardeners are some of the easiest people to buy gifts for---they love anything and everything to do with their gardens. Creating a garden as a special place apart from the rest of the world takes time and effort, and any gift you buy for gardeners makes the job easier and more enjoyable. A packet of seeds tucked into a card or a $600 garden fire-pit would both be equally appreciated.
While it may seem an obvious gift, in fact, a special plant makes the perfect gift for any gardener. In fact, the No.1 top-selling gift on the Amazon.com top garden gifts website is an upside-down tomato plant, closely followed by a kit for growing culinary herbs. In addition to herbs for a gardener who also loves to cook, choose a dwarf Meyer Lemon or a pomegranate. Or choose a plant that is somewhat rare or unusual that your gardening friend would not normally buy for herself, such as a sweet-smelling witch hazel or a brilliantly colored lily. If your budget allows, splurge on a tree peony, which Eleanor Perenyi, the author of "Green Thoughts---A Writer in the Garden," calls "among the world's loveliest flowers."
Filling a gift basket with an assortment of small garden treasures provides you with the fun of gathering all sorts of gifts together and provides your recipient with useful and pleasurable items. Begin with a new pair of sturdy garden gloves or a new trowel, tools that constantly go missing for most gardeners. Next, add a small plant like a viola or colorful pansy. Tuck in some seed packages too--all gardeners have a spot they can broadcast poppies or forget-me-nots. Finish the basket with a classic gardening book, such as Vita Sackville-West's memoirs or Henry Mitchell's essays.
High quality, durable tools, whether large or small, make gardening a pleasure. According to Mother Earth News, clippers and garden shears made by Felco are among the best. If your budget allows, upgrade your gardening friend from manual tools to electric or gas models. Most tools are available in either version. Finally, let the gardener be your guide. If he frequently complains about a rusty wheelbarrow or you know that she dreams about a small rototiller, your gift-giving choice is obvious.
Among the top-selling gifts on the Fine Gardening website, unusual specialty items stand out, such as wind chimes, plant stands and vases. Any nursery or gardening shop has scores of other items, including solar and gas lights and lanterns and small water fountains that can be used either indoors or out.