The best gifts satisfy a need or desire in the recipient. For a gardener, the choices are many. I adore the hose and hose reel I received last Christmas. I was grateful all summer.
When I wrote this column last year, I asked Santa for a Fiskars reel mower (Item #317736), but he wasn't reading. So I stepped up to be my own Santa, and I can attest that my insightful gift to my garden was perfectly chosen. There's no oil or gas required, no cranking, and the mowing is quick and easy. It was a good year for my lawn.
So what's on the list this year? Here are a few ideas:
- A consultation with a landscape designer has the potential to transform a garden. Just give an hour or two with a local designer.
- A plant or two from the Lowe's garden center will look great with a big red bow tied around them.
- Good tools are always welcome. Take a look at the tool storage area to figure out what he or she may need. A sturdy pair of clippers such as Felco #2 (Item #393297) is always a good choice. So is a heavy duty, steel-tined digging fork (Item #393205) with a circular handle made by Radius to relieve hand fatigue. I have used both of these tools for several years with good success.
- Short on cash and long on heart? Give a day of labor, weeding, planting, pruning, or whatever. Best of all, you'll spend that day together.
- Good things come in small packages. That's all you need for a membership to a local botanical garden. There are also garden membership organizations, such as those focusing on a favorite group of plants. These make thoughtful gifts.
- Garden magazines are gifts that arrive all year long, and a well-chosen garden book will endure. Look for a new title to be sure it isn't already on the shelf.
- Finally, I want to start a new tradition in my house, one where I hang my favorite garden gloves (Item #184089) in lieu of a stocking. Gloves are small, but they can hold good things. A small pair of clippers (Item #53096) and a few packages of seeds (Item #147216) would make me happy, as would an amaryllis bulb (Item #17800) pushed into the stretchy palm of a glove.
And Santa, did I mention that a Lowe's gift card would slip in there too?
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