'Tis the season to start thinking about gifts. As you prepare to surprise your favorite gardener, visit Lowes.com to discover all kinds of green thumb gear. If you lack inspiration, try a few of these ideas:
Don't Bust Your Budget
Start with low-cost but useful gifts such as garden gloves, above. Gardeners need multiple pairs and multiple types. Nitrile-coated gloves are my go-tos for everyday chores, from weeding to deadheading. The knit shell washes easily and dries in a snap.
For tougher tasks, for example hauling rocks or wrestling thorny stems, I grab leather garden gloves. Durable, machine-washable alternatives to leather are Womanswork microsuede gloves.
Color Your World
Add budget-minded, eye-catching color to your garden. Comfy resin Adirondack chairs offer quick, easy-care seating in splashy hues.
Other equally colorful and tough-to-wrap gifts include the striking Blue Talavera birdbath, which delivers the season-long hue most gardeners crave. A classic gazing ball also brings steady color to plantings - and glows after dark.
As winter arrives, nothing lifts spirits like fresh flowers. Amaryllis bulbs boast striking blooms for little effort.
Paperwhite narcissus bulbs open fragrant, goofproof blossoms. Or consider giving orchids as gifts. The exotic flowers linger for weeks and infuse Mid-Atlantic scenery with a tropical touch.
Well-stocked bird feeders - such as squirrel-resistant or suet feeders - encourage birds to visit your yard for winter feeding. Keep them coming by providing fresh water.
Try New Tools
It's not romantic, but a Round-Up pressure sprayer takes the work out of weeding.
Look for a 1- or 2-gal version. You also can purchase replacement parts when needed. A hand sprayer is another great gadget to have around. I have several - one is always filled with weed killer.
Score Big with Great Gifts
Those are 15 gift ideas any gardener would be thrilled to receive, and you can get them - without battling crowds - on Lowes.com. That's a recipe for a jolly holiday season.