In this most challenging of years, we all want to let our loved ones know how much they mean to us. The likely travel restrictions mean that we might not be able to meet fact-to-face at Christmas, but even if we’re not expecting to travel to see friends and family this year, it doesn't mean that Christmas is cancelled. It’s easy to arrange to send gifts by post. And of course, if you’ve been tasked with buying yourself ‘a little something you fancy’ by someone who you' won't be able to meet, you might find that you're keeping your eye out for a festive treat for yourself.
This year it feels like we all need a bit of a pick-me-up. What could be nicer than helping that special someone get gardening? Whether you're buying for a houseplant lover, for someone new to gardening this year, or for experienced green fingers, we hope you'll find something here to inspire you.
Here are our top picks for Christmas gifts for gardeners 2020.
If ensuring a plentiful supply of firewood and kindling falls to the gentleman of the house, our RHS-endorsed hatchet could be the perfect gift. With a forged steel head to hold its edge and a traditional hickory wooden handle for excellent shock absorption, this hatchet is a thing of beauty.
A very stylish gardening glove for the discerning gentleman gardener. A padded palm and fingers for protection, a wrist strap to avoid debris dropping into the glove and mesh between the fingers for keeping cool, all combine to make a glove of distinction.
This eye-catching hand tool is such a useful addition to the shed. Perfect for delicate tasks like transplanting seedlings, ideal for digging in tight spaces or planting bulbs, and invaluable when extracting long tap-rooted weeds like dandelions. He’ll wonder how he managed before!
From our US sister company Corona Tools, this Classic Cut pruner has a real heritage feel. Superbly engineered in forged steel and with a lifetime warranty, Corona’s Classic Cut secateurs have a reassuringly solid feel and a very satisfying sound to the ‘snip’. A pruner for life.
For the junior gardener in your life! From our new National Trust ‘Get Me Gardening’ range of children’s gardening tools and accessories, this hardwearing steel bucket is designed to last. Bringing the garden to life for youngsters, it’s also perfect for collecting bugs on a mini-beast safari!
Our latest RHS Gifts for Gardeners collection, the British Meadow design features native British wildflowers, reflecting today’s love for a more natural style of gardening where nature can find a home. These gardening gloves have a padded palm for protection and a wrist strap to keep out debris. Practical and gorgeous!
Slightly smaller and lighter than some, this spade is great for digging in tight spaces, or for those gardeners who just prefer a more controllable digging tool. The T-shaped handle is useful for using a double-handed grip – handy for extra digging power. In light FSC-certified ash wood and mirror-polished stainless steel, this is a perfect combination of form and function.
One for the junior gardener, our National Trust ‘Get Me Gardening’ children’s gardening apron keeps clothes clean when out in the garden, with handy pockets to carry all the essential bits and bobs. Fully washable, it’s ideal for crafting, baking and painting, too. And with a cheery hedgehog design, it couldn’t be more adorable!
This innovative secateur easily cuts stems up to 2cm in diameter and has a non-stick blade for smooth cutting performance. The really novel feature, though, is the central dial, which allows you to set how wide the handles open. Perfect for smaller hands, different sized hands in the same household, and different gardening tasks. How clever!
This adorable set of three petite hanging pots is just right for the hot interiors trend of hanging plants. In toning shades of blue, aqua and greige, these tiny pots are just 7cm in diameter. They’re perfect for showing off those small-but-perfectly formed succulents, either singly or as a group. Imagine them with a dainty String of Hearts plant tumbling from them – just gorgeous.
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This charming feeder is a feeder and garden decoration in one! Adding a touch of Sophie’s designer style to the garden, it gives wildlife a helping hand, too. Place an apple or pear on the spike to make a healthy addition to wild birds’ diet, and hang from tree or feeding station using the natural leather hanging cord.
Such a handy accessory for any gardener who likes to grow from seed, these set of two cell tray trowels is really useful for filling cell trays with compost, pricking out seedlings, transplanting young plants and whole host of other potting shed tasks. Combine with other items from our Essential Tools range for a personal pick’n’mix present.
Not just a gift but a whole new hobby! Ibekana is the art of Japanese-style flower arranging, and the Fuji gift set is the perfect way to get started. Containing an ikebana bowl and a metal ‘frog’ (spiked disc) to hold the stems, the Fuji bowl will help the recipient enjoy a moment of mindfulness as they create elegant flower arrangements for their home.
If she loves indoor gardening, this set of three tiny tools is just the thing. These dainty tools feature compact tool heads for working with smaller plants, transplanting offsets from succulents and creating closely-planted displays. The long handles allow access to deeper terrariums, or containers with narrower openings.
The design of this little dish will appeal to lovers of the Boho Eclectic look, a hot trend in interiors which builds on the love for everything vintage. This dainty dish has been created to display air plants, which are hot on the heels of succulents for the crown of ‘most coveted houseplant’. It makes a handy trinket dish, too!
We hope you've found something here to inspire you in your search for the prefect present. We can't pretend it will be a normal Christmas this year, but we wish you, as always, a peaceful, safe and happy time.