When purchasing a gift for a vegetable gardener, choose something she can use that is of high quality. Vegetable gardeners spend a lot of time in the garden. She may be weeding, fertilizing, watering, spraying for bugs or harvesting vegetables. A vegetable gardener also spends time preparing vegetables after harvest by cleaning and preparing the vegetables for storage or cooking. All of these activities allow a friend or family member to come up with some great ideas for a gift for the vegetable gardener.
A basket that holds vegetables during harvest is an important tool for any vegetable gardener. Strong wicker baskets are lightweight and make harvest easy if they are large and open. If the basket is waterproof and durable, it can be used for washing vegetables and for carrying small tools.
Vegetable gardeners use hand tools to keep the garden free of weeds and to help plant seeds and seedlings. Most hand tools are cheaply made, do not last long and get lost easily. A set of hand tools, or simply a high-quality hand shovel, can make a practical gift for the vegetable gardener.
Kneeling pads are made of a soft material with a rubber backing. They are used to sit or kneel on while weeding or planting in the garden. They can be rolled up for easy storage and most are made of long-lasting material. They can also be used to keep a table clean when potting plants or cleaning tools.
Garden gloves are an invaluable part of the vegetable gardening experience. They protect the hands from abrasions and infection. There are several types that range from the lightweight gloves made of rubber or cloth used for light weeding to the heavy-duty leather gloves used for more difficult work. Nearly every gardener needs a good pair of garden gloves. Garden gloves are an inexpensive gift and are always appreciated.
Every vegetable gardener knows how important birds are to the garden for insect control. Providing birdhouses is a way to keep them around the garden. Purchase birdhouses that are for specific birds, such as owls or bluebirds, rather than novelty birdhouses. There are many types of birdhouses in all price ranges.