Winter can be hard on gardeners. There is less work to keep them occupied outside, and, if there are few houseplants, no good way to expend their gardening energies indoors, either.
If your gardener is looking forward to that pruning time of year (coming soon!), a comfortable yet sturdy pair of garden-work gloves (I have a pair from GardenWorks that fit well), would be a great gift, along with — if your gardener doesn’t already have one — a small folding, pruning saw, like this one from Corona, that fits in nearly any tool bag/box/bucket and is easy to use.
For veggie-gardeners suffering from the wintertime blahs, a gift option that can keep them growing through the winter is everything-needed-to-grow-sprouts. This is easier to get together than you might think.
A set that you can assemble yourself could include inexpensive Econo-Sprout Toppers (special “sprouting” lids that fit on Mason jars — I use a set of these at home), a collection of Assorted Organic Sprouting Seeds Mixes, and a book that includes instructions and recipes, like The Complete Guide to Growing and Using Sprouts.
If your pockets are a little deeper, a small, indoor hydroponics system to play with would be a great option. One of my friends has one, an AeroGarden, and she loves it. I think she has the mid-sized version, the AeroGarden Classic Six, that is designed to grow six plants, but there is a less expensive, smaller version, that a gardener could have a lot of fun with.
For gardeners looking for more ways to support our native pollinators, a mason bee house, like this one from Welliver, for which replacement tubes are available as refills for next year, is a good choice. If your gardener might prefer something that could provide refuge for a wider range of insects, the Insect Palace Bee and Bug Home , which looks similar to an insect house I saw in Austin, TX, is another way to go.
For organic gardeners who love to read seed catalogs, a copy of Baker Creek’s 2018 Whole Seed Catalog would also be an excellent, and very affordable, choice. Last year’s Whole Seed Catalog not only listed and described hundreds of garden seeds/plants, it also included great articles about seeds and gardening.
If your gardener is interested in mushroom foraging or growing, check the Gifts for Gardeners (and Budding Foragers) post at Atlanta Veggies. If none of these ideas seems right for your gardener, check out the gift lists on the sites of some of my gardening friends (all of whom have more elegant-looking sites than mine):
Marianne, at The Small Town Gardener