If you're wondering what to give the gardeners in your life this holiday season, I've assembled a collection of garden gear worthy of giving to even the most discriminating of garden-lovers on your list. These are tools and hardware that I rely on and use in my own garden everyday. Note: if you buy via my affiliate links, I make a small commission.
MY TOP PICKS FOR EVERYDAY TOOLS
JAPANESE FARMERS KNIFE: Perfect for weeding and planting / transplanting small plants. The blade is sharp enough for dividing plants and strong enough to pry rocks from my soil.
DIGGING TROWEL: Though I dearly love my Japanese farmers knife, this tool is quickly becoming one of my go-to tools. It's kind of a cross between the farmers knife and a trowel. Great for planting small plants in prepared soil.
HIGH QUALITY PRUNING SHEARS: Felcos are the gold standard of hand-held pruners. They're made to last and replacement parts are available to keep them in great shape for a lifetime of gardening.
LOPPERS: When your hand pruners don't cut it (wink, wink) these loppers will make bigger cuts with ease. Perfect for pruning larger shrubs.
FOLDING PRUNING SAW:Essential tool for cutting thick, woody branches.
POLE PRUNER: Extend your reach without throwing out your back—this lightweight telescoping pole pruner makes it so much easier and steadier to extend my reach into small trees, large shrubs, and climbing vines.
LIGHTWEIGHT GARDEN HOSES
Lugging heavy hoses in high summer is one of my least favorite activities. Plus, bashing plants as you pull hoses around the garden is a royal pain. Though I resisted for a while based on price, I've really come around on these--I'm not getting any younger or stronger. So go ahead and splurge, make the beloved gardener in your life (or yourself) very happy!
LIGHT DUTY BLOWER FOR SWEEPING
BATTERY POWERED SWEEPER Though I hate the super-noisy gas blowers often used by landscape crews, I love my little battery powered sweeper. Much, much, much quieter yet still quite effective. Though it is NOT as powerful as a "traditional" blower, so keep your expectations in line.
THE BEST BASICS
GLOVES This is my everyday glove and I keep a supply on hand.
SLUGGO: Nothing says "I love you" more than helping your friends and family get rid of their slugs and snails.
TRUGS I love my trugs and have several in play at any given time.