So you have plenty of gardening friends but you're fresh out of ideas for holiday presents? Relax - a sleigh full of ideas is at your fingertips.
If Uncle Mickey lives for his vegetable garden or Aunt Minnie would die for her roses - or vice versa - just log onto Lowes.com. The season is gift wrapped for loved ones, little ones, needy ones and you too. You're allowed to spoil yourself.
I, for instance, am always on the prowl for new trowels. Lowe's offers a stainless-steel OXO model with a gel-cushioned handle, and serrated edges that make opening bags of potting soil a breeze (Item #392981; $21.97).
Or if you have a penchant for trimming and pruning, you can find pruners for all purposes, from reshaping the hydrangeas hiding your picture windows to snipping unruly branches off the butterfly bush. Check out the red-handled and rustproof iconic Felco 2 (Item #393297; $71.69), or the ergonomically redesigned classic Felco 7, with rotating handle (Item #392959; $95.40).
Use either and you'll feel like Edward Scissorhands.
And it's hard to go wrong with gardening gloves. You can choose from cowhide gloves, canvas gloves, rubber gloves and latex-coated gloves. I'm partial to gloves that are pretty as well as practical, which is why I like the paisley print microsuede pair by Womanswork. They feature pull cords so you can tighten the gloves around your sleeves (Item #393092; $27.68).
If you've got bird lovers on your list, good ideas virtually fly off virtual shelves such as birdhouses, birdbaths and bird feeders of various shapes and sizes. Standouts include a rustic tube feeder decorated with intricately designed leaves (Item #193409; $19.96); and a peak-roof green metal house with a 12-lb seed capacity and enough room to host a daily banquet for your feathered friends (Item #335572; $34.98).
Both feature a weight-activated system that prevents pesky squirrels from crashing the party. I don't know about you, but I have enough to do to keep squirrels out of my tulip beds without having to shoo them off the bird feeder.
If you want to give your favorite gardener a real treat, wrap up a hummingbird feeder. One of the prettiest I've seen features an antique glass bottle, with a copper-finished base that provides four feeding ports to lure the gossamer-winged creatures (Item #184345; $17.98). Or put a bat house under the tree; start with a single-cell cedar model that holds 12 to 30 bats (Item #392483; $62.72). Don't be nervous: the bats won't get in your hair or your belfry. But they will gobble up mosquitoes.
And if you'd like to make life easier for those who find it easy to get down to earth but hard to get up, you'll find sturdy, easy-to-maneuver yard carts, long-handled weeders and my favorite: a cushioned rocking garden seat (Item #102713; $21.98).
Don't forget decorative objects and whimsical elements. Like many gardeners I think less is more when it comes to such things. But I'm no puritan. I like gargoyles and armillaries. You can find everything on the Lowe's website, from jazzy solar plant stakes to colored gazing balls, not to mention statues of winged pigs, howling coyotes, surfing cats and fishing bears. And if there's a gardener with a sense of humor on your list, two particular pink flamingos might bring a smile (Item #352211; $19.97 / Item #352398; $19.97).
No matter what, the gift possibilities are endless. Hey, you'll even find plants: ponytail palms, peace lilies and lucky bamboo (Item #102168; $39.98).
And amaryllis bulbs - the real things already started or in plant-it-yourself kits, although you have to go to a store to buy them - or the glittery kind, like these silver and white shatterproof ornaments (Item #388606; $8.97 per four-pack).
And orchids. I mean, who wouldn't be delighted to receive an orchid as a present in December?
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