‘Tis the season of gift-giving. Since colder weather has many of us stuck inside instead of in the dirt, we figured this holiday season is the perfect time to find the best in gardening gifts including gear, decor, reading – and of course, don’t forget some of those extra homesteading specialties.
We’ve compiled over 70 of the top gardening gifts to share. For easier browsing, we’ve added some simple categories:
Gifts For Gardeners:
Garden Tools & Gear
Gardeners always need tools, but these gardening gifts are ones that you don’t just need but actually want. Find the latest, greatest gadgets in digging, planting, testing, and watering.
Hori Hori Garden Knife
A hori-hori knife is a must-have for the avid gardener. This item works great as a gift, including a leather sheaf and whetstone all in an easy-wrap gift box.
Multi-pocket Garden Caddy
This bag-style caddy is designed to carry anything, from small to medium tools or even plants or dirt. Check out all the different pockets and latches.
Gorilla Carts Garden Dump Cart
These dump carts are an amazing alternative to your typical wheelbarrow that tips over so easily. There’s a special release in the handle that lets you dump your cartload, whether it’s hundreds of pounds of mulch or soil or a big batch of firewood. It’s rated for 1200 pounds (!) so this thing can handle some big projects. This is one of those gardening gifts that your family members will appreciate for years to come.
Kangaroo Gardening Bag
Perfect for the gardener who always has way more leaves than they know what to do with in the fall. And when you’re not collecting leaves, this kangaroo bag easily collapses and stores away for the rest of the year.
Fiskars 25-Inch Bypass Lopper
Cutting through unruly brush has never been easier with this 25-inch lopper. Your friends and family will be thanking you when their garden is clear of weeds and ready for the spring!
Giantex Cold Frame
Perfect for keeping plants warm during those frosty winter months, cold frames are a great addition to your special someone’s garden arrangement. Even better, the frames are portable and can be used for years to come.
Classic Hand Pruner
Hand pruners are a must for any garden enthusiast. These classic pruners don’t boast many bells and whistles, but instead, offer simplicity and quality as seen in their many reviews.
Tool-Holding Portable Stool
Consisting of a stool, bag, and five hand tools this package has a little bit of everything. A standout feature for homesteaders is the ability to combine or separate these tools as needed. And check the product listing – this little stool has a solid weight rating, as evidenced by the description and pictures of this item piled with cinder blocks.
Premium Garden Hose
This is one helluva hose! With 500 psi burst pressure, the hose material can withstand temperature ranges from -25 to 160 degrees Fahrenheit. And if that wasn’t impressive enough just check out that craftsman warranty.
3-in-1 Soil Tester
Every gardener has asked, “Why is my plant dying?” at some point in time. The answer could be in your soil. Test it with this put-a-fork-in-it simple digital tester to find what nutrients may be missing.
Rain Barrel Barrel
A rain barrel that actually looks like a barrel. Note the handy water spigot at the bottom.
Fake Wall Rain Barrel
If you want to save water and reduce storm drainage but aren’t into the look of traditional barrels and buckets this is the rain collector for you. This fake wall style rain barrel holds 105 gallons and comes with a brass spigot and diverter kit.
Hats, Gloves, & Garden Boots
We’re guessing you don’t garden in your work clothes, although the Insteading crew has made that mistake a few times. Check out our favorite hats, gloves, and boots for your backyard.
Honey Badger Digging Gloves
In case the title wasn’t enough to get you excited, these gardening gloves kick it up a notch with built-in digging gloves on the left hand.
Muck Boots Chore Boot
Gardening can get muddy, especially in the cold and rainy seasons. This high-end unisex work boot is available in a variety of sizes. Standout features include a waterproof base and breathable mesh upper, as well as the ability to work in a large range of temperature conditions from sub-freezing to 85 degrees Fahrenheit.
Muck Boots Gardening Clog
A lighter option for those who don’t want full work boots, these gardening clogs have a rubber waterproof exterior and stretch-to-fit top. The unisex shoe features the TracTol outsole and can withstand the same wide temperature variance of the heavy duty Muck boots.
Atlas Nitrile Garden Gloves
These affordable and versatile gloves are the top choice in gardening gloves from Sweet Home. Standout features include solid hand protection without sacrificing flexibility and grip.
Afternoon Adventure Gardening Hat
This hat from Amazon won the editor’s choice in sunhats by Outdoor Gear Lab. The hat boasts a UPF 50 rating and comes in cream and sand colors.
Outdoor Research Sun Runner Cap
Chosen as Top Pick by Outdoor Gear Lab, this hat may look a little funny but it sure gets the job done. From the makers at Outdoor Research, this cap has a removable cape and rates a 10 out of 10 in comfort and protection.
Birds, Bats, & Backyards
When speaking of backyards, homesteaders know that an ecosystem goes beyond a few plants. Find gifts for the everyone on your homestead including the birds, bats, and your backyard.
Humane Backyard Pledge & Sign
Pledge to create a humane backyard by providing basic needs for local wildlife including water, food, and shelter. This pledge applies to locations large or small. Donations benefit the Humane Society of the United States, and as a bonus, you’ll get a frameable pledge, backyard sign, and gardening gloves.
Certified Wildlife Habitat
Give the gift of habitat this holiday, by becoming a Certified Wildlife Habitat. Not limited to backyards, your workplace, balcony, container garden or roadside space can help support the declining habitat for local pollinators, birds, and amphibians. A $20 application fee supports the National Wildlife Federation’s programs, state affiliates, and gets counted towards the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge. By meeting the challenges of certification, you’ll also be rewarded with a certificate and magazine subscriptions, plus some cool gear discounts.
VW Bus Birdhouse
Whether you’re just looking to give the backyard birds some style, or gift-hunting for a really awesome old hippie – this VW bus-shaped birdhouse provides a unique look in all weather.
Simple Western Red Cedar Bat House
Looking for a simpler, traditional design? Check out this bat house made of Western red cedar and made in the USA.
Adirondack Chair Squirrel Feeder
This one is sure to get a laugh. The Insteading crew is already fans of Adirondack chairs, so we figure everybody else must love them too. By everyone, we mean squirrels – it’s just so silly!
Planters & Potting Gifts
Not all plants will go straight into the garden. Treat your favorite homesteader right by helping them expand their garden into these great planters and pots.
Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Planter
For many of us, indoor plants aren’t just plants, they’re decorative, too! This mid-century modern planter is available in green, black, salmon, and white and will give your plants the home they deserve.
Ceramic Hanging Planter With Geometric Details
A bit on the smaller side with a diameter of 3.5 inches, this ceramic hanging planter is best suited for a small succulent or cactus. Hand-formed and hand-glazed, this planter is designed for indoor use.
Set Of Owl Planters
Perfect for the person in your life who is just totally obsessed with succulents! These little planters are perfect for one plant a-piece and are sure to bring color and joy to any room they occupy.
Leather Hanging Planter
The Etsy seller describes this product as clean, simple, and modern. I’d have to say I agree! Made out of natural cotton and real leather, this hanging planter will add a bit of class to your home decor. If you go with this option, though, be sure to rotate the planter every once in awhile to avoid darkening of the leather from the sun over time.
Woven Willow Raised Bed Kit
For raised beds that go beyond wood planks, check out this woven willow raised bed kit. The kit includes eight willow panels, cedar stakes, and wire ties.
Ceramic Tiered Hanging Planter
Why have your indoor plants sitting on a table when they could be displayed in a hanging pot? This planter takes hanging plants to a whole new level. With three different individual pots, this is sure to become a centerpiece.
Galvanized Metal Hanging Planter
These rustic-style galvanized planters have a unique shape that makes them a good fit for backyard porches and balconies.
Handmade Concrete Planter
Concrete provides a simple and durable design, and we love these geometric shapes. Just remember, these planters should stay indoors.
Vertical Succulent Planter
Succulents require different care than traditional leafy plants. Show that uniqueness with a different kind of planter like this vertical wall frame.
Rattan Hanging Planter
Supported by a strong, galvanized steel frame, this rattan hanging planter is lined with plastic to allow for indoor or outdoor use. A fern would be especially well suited for this planter!
Geometric Glass Terrarium
Called the “Cuboctahedron”, this indoor geometric planter combines metal and glass. Choose your finish in black, silver, rustic or bright copper.
Unique Garden Decor
Almost every gardener loves unique decor, but it’s often something we forget to buy for ourselves. Here are some of our favorite picks in garden decorations.
Resting Hippo Lawn Sculpture
This happy hippo is 27 inches long and created from concrete and fine-grain sand. If you think he’d be lonely resting in your grass, check out his 17-inch friends available too.
Copper Garden Poppies
Your garden will bloom even when flowers aren’t in season with these handcrafted copper poppies.
Wine Bottle Wind Chimes
Turns out wine really can make things beautiful. These recycled wine bottles attach to a chain as they chime in the breeze.
Mother Hen & Chicks Country Garden Sculpture Set
Chicken keepers need garden decor too! Made of metal, this sculpture set is under a foot tall and will be the talk of the garden.
Spoon Garden Markers
Garden markers are created from hammered silver-plated spoons, then stamped with labels. Choose from 38 different plant labels.
Copper Garden Labels
Customize your own labels with these 9-inch copper garden stakes. If you’d prefer a different look, brass and aluminum are also available.
Unfinished Adirondack Chair
This comfy chair, made from fir, comes unfinished so your giftee can stain or paint it however they’d like. (Or, go the extra mile and offer to do it yourself.)
Wide Hammock Chair
Know someone with a tree, porch, or patio? This capacious hammock can hang in any of those places.
An eco-conscious gardener will love getting this chair made with natural materials – rather than another hunk of plastic destined to spend 10,000 years in a landfill.
Aluminum Tulip Bistro Set
Not only is this bistro set aluminum and incredibly sturdy, but the tulip design is a perfect match for the garden. An antique copper finish brings a rustic feel to the set.
Best Urban Homestead Reading
If you can’t get outside, you can still plan for spring. Check out our favorite homestead and garden reads.
The Urban Homestead
Described in full as, “The Urban Homestead (Expanded & Revised Edition): Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City” this book is a part of the Process Self-Reliance Series.
The Weekend Homesteader
The “Weekend Homesteader: A Twelve-Month Guide to Self-Sufficiency” provides monthly projects to add to your urban homestead all year long.
Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on a Quarter Acre
This #1 best-selling book provides tips and advice for dwellers on standard-sized city lots (1/4 acre). The book describes ways to provide 85 percent of your family’s food on these small farm plots.
Going Off The Grid
Author Gary Collins shares his experience of going off the grid and outlines steps for how you can do the same.
Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving
Canning experts from Ball provide canning advice and handy recipes for chutneys, jams, jellies, pickles, preserves and more.
Self Sufficiency For The 21st Century
Focused on reducing waste, growing your own food, and transitioning to solar and wind power, this book is a good manual for anyone who is interested in sustainable living.
An ideal permaculture guide for those new to sustainable agriculture, this guide provides technical references and eliminates guesswork.
Garden Gifts For Apartment Dwellers
For those gardeners who don’t have a larger space, these garden gifts for apartment living can come in handy. Enjoy these space-saving ideas for urban gardeners.
Deluxe Kitchen Sprouter
Proof that you don’t need space to eat fresh, this 4-tray seed sprouter is small enough for any apartment. Add these tasty alfalfa sprouts to salads, sandwiches, and soups.
The Edible Balcony: Growing Fresh Produce In Small Places
While it may be difficult to have a full vegetable garden at an apartment, having a smaller balcony garden is certainly more reasonable! This book will help all the apartment-dwellers in your life gain some self-sufficiency.
Pendant LED Grow Light
Not all apartments come with gardener-friendly windows. Don’t leave your friend in the dark, instead, buy them this grow light to provide their plants with the full spectrum needed for photosynthesis.
Easy Reach Plant Pulley
Combine this gift with your favorite hanging basket for your local loft-dweller. In apartments that have more vertical than horizontal space, this pulley will ensure their plants get watered ladder-free.
Stackable Food Dehydrator
Hamilton Beach offers this highly rated food dehydrator for the best DIY snacking around. For those without larger gardens, this is a great way to bring home and preserve produce from the local farmers market.
The Dehydrator Bible
What’s even better than a food dehydrator as a gift? Knowing how to use it. Make sure to include this 400-recipe-strong reference in your kitchen gift package.
Garden Gifts For Children
Gardening gifts aren’t just for adults. Cultivate a love of things that grow with these gardening ideas for children.
Toysmith Deluxe Root Viewer
Generate garden excitement for your kids before spring arrives. The Deluxe Root Viewer lets children plant and grow indoors providing both fresh produce and a neat learning experience through the clear root viewer. The kit includes seeds for radishes, carrots, and green onions.
Set of 8 Seed Bombs
These urban gardener-themed seed bombs are an innovative way to involve kids in habitat creation. This 8-pack seed bomb set includes Italian Garden, Bee’s Feast, Wild Herbs, Summer Meadow, Daisies, Sunflowers, Butterfly Delight, and Cornfield in Bloom.
Kids Gardening Wagon
We really see this as a multi-use product that can be enjoyed by the whole family whether gardening or simply having fun. What makes this specific wagon garden-friendly is the offroad style tires and the slatted sides for easy dirt removal.
My First Garden Kit
Featuring organic, non-GMO daikon radish seeds and soil mix, this first garden kit for kids truly is a garden-in-a-box! This kit will give your kids a great introduction to gardening and teach them that patience will pay off.
Oh Say Can You Seed
What kid doesn’t like Cat In The Hat? Children will learn all about the concept of starting seeds, at a level that they will understand.
Organic Mushroom Farm
Described as a gift lasting months “for kids, families, foodies, and chefs,” this mushroom kit will produce organic oyster mushrooms in just 10 days. The simple process just needs a little misting and you’re already started.
Gifts For Chickens Keepers
Going beyond the garden we had to add an urban homesteading twist by making sure to list some great gifts for chickens – and their owners too.
Chickens At Play Warning Sign
There’s really no description needed for this one – it speaks for itself.
Chicken Whisperer’s Guide
Fully titled, “The Chicken Whisperer’s Guide to Keeping Chickens: Everything You Need to Know… and Didn’t Know You Needed to Know About Backyard and Urban Chickens,” this book has everything. Authors Brigid McCrea and Andy Schneider will teach your favorite chicken hobbyist about coops, runs, brooding, and ‘eggspecting’.
Chicken Alfalfa Wreaths
The Chicken Chick has a great option if you’d prefer to add that personal touch and make your own gift. Mold some alfalfa cubes, mealworms, bananas, and other chicken delicacies into a festive holiday wreath with this recipe.
Presents For Beekeepers
As we understand the importance of pollinators, it’s clear that beekeepers deserve some extra attention. Check out these great presents for bee lovers.
This handy journal is an efficient way to organize the inspections of your hive and track health, observations, and more. A great gift for someone who wants to record their hive and keep their thoughts, illustrations, and ideas all in one place.
Authors Richard Jones and Sharon Sweeney-Lynch produced this #1 best-seller to provide the ultimate guide to the practical essentials of beekeeping. This comprehensive guide is described as, “part history, part handbook, and part book cookbook.”
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