Is it just me, or am I the only person that goes mentally blank, like into a deep dark abyss blank, whenever someone asks what I would like for Christmas? I don't know what it is but I immediately go into, "I don't know", "I don't need anything" or "Really, It's already time to do Christmas shopping?!". The procrastinator in me is always caught off guard this time of year.
The fact of the matter is, I really don't need anything and more than likely, you probably don't need anything either. But I get it, gift giving is fun and actually is truly joyous for some people, so if you're searching for something to buy for the gardener in your life, here's just a few ideas to get you started.
Top 10 Gift Ideas for the Gardner in Your Life
For the Kitchen Gardner1. Who wouldn't want fresh cut herbs year round right in your kitchen and a slap happy fish to go along with it? Truth be told I'm considering one of these Aqua Farms because it's just so darn cool (nerd alert)!
Serving Up the Harvest is one of my go-to's in the kitchen through each season. Easy recipes for multiple veggies harvested out of your earth.
For the Bookworm Gardner
3. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. Hands down, just a good all around book to get your head wrapped around the idea of local sustainable food. Read it!
4. Last Christmas I received a year long magazine subscription to Urban Farm and loved it! I have a hard time sitting through a whole book of just gardening ( I get bored easily), so having a monthly magazine with plenty of gardening article variety was good for me. If your gift receiver is also into all natural living as a whole, a subscription to Mother Earth Living would be good too!
For the Tool Collecting Gardner5. For that gardener who just can't keep their hands off harmful sprays but wants desperately to move into organic gardening...purchase them some packets of Sea Magic Plant Growth Stimulant. It's a "fertilizer" but won't harm your beautiful insides. All natural sea weed "magic" made our greens extra green and yummy this year.
6. You know how I feel about a good hoe...every gardener should have one. Here's a link to the one we use.
For the Social Activist Gardner7. Support a non profit who already is making a difference. Brittany's Hope who works with abandoned children worldwide supports orphanages in Vietnam, Ethiopia and Kenya. You can purchase fruit trees to be planted at these orphanages so the children can have wholesome fruits and a sustainable food source for years to come. Or another good option is purchasing seeds for a family in Africa through Compassion International. When I was in Kenya, I saw first hand how important it was for people to have access to seeds and growing their own food. These two organizations are providing sustainably and making a difference!
8. So this is technically a book but I figured it's a good primer to get you excited to help others garden in underdeveloped countries. Consider purchasing, Sowing Seeds in the Desert: Natural Farming, Global Restoration, and Ultimate Food Security and start a gardening revolution.
Just for Fun9. Everyone needs a good garden sign to hang in their home. Gotta love Etsy!
10. Purchase some last minute garden markers. Every year I say I'm going to make or buy markers because inevitably, it makes it easier to decipher which plants are popping up first and gives that garden a homey feel!
So there it is! Happy gift giving and Merry Christmas!