10 Great Gardening Gift Ideas

Do you know someone who loves to garden? Every year is such an exciting adventure and learning experience. There are some things that make gardening easier and I have compiled this list of my top 10 useful and great gardening gift ideas that I personally own or would love to own. Hoping this will help you choose a great gardening gift for that special gardener in your life.

I started off gardening very small in my, then, small inner city home. I grew a few vegetables in the 18” space beside the side walk. Didn’t take long to catch the gardening bug so when I bought the farm one of the first things was to make myself a huge garden space.

The gardener will appreciate if you spend your money wisely on quality equipment. It may be a bit of an initial investment but they will save money by not having to replace it every year! Trust me I’ve learned that the hard way!

Planner

Planning is half the battle when it comes to gardening. Garden journals are a great way to stay organized. I couldn’t find one that suited my needs so like everything else I created my own! It has 22 pages for you to plan on including tips and tricks for every season, to-do lists, trackers, and budget sheets. It’s also digital so you can print off new pages as needed every year.

Gardening Journal

Garden Planner Journal

 

Gloves

Every gardener needs a great pair of gloves, mud is dirt after all. We’ve all washed our hands overly these past couple years. Protect them! These cowhide gloves available on Etsy are even customizable with the gardener’s name.

Custom Garden Gloves


Custom Garden Gloves

 

Shears

A great set of garden shears is a pleasure to use and I’m just in love with this mini set from Lee Valley.

Garden Shears

Garden Shears

Rake

A good rake that is small enough to get into the tight spots and light enough to use for more than a few minutes is a must.

Garden Rake


Garden Rake

Sprinkler

An all metal sprinkler head is a sturdy and reliable choice. I’ve tried the cheap plastic ones but ended up going through several during a growing season. Not anymore that I’ve upgraded to a metal one.

Metal Sprinkler

Metal Sprinkler

Shovel

For planting, moving plants or turning compost all gardeners need one of these.

Garden Shovel

Garden Shovel

Hand Tools

These hand tools are beautiful and functional for when you need to get up close and personal with your plants.

Lee Valley Hand Tools

Hand Tools

Stakes

Of course they may need help identifying those plants for all those non-gardeners! We make these beautifully rustic handmade garden markers here at the farm. They are sturdy and available in flowers, veggies, herbs and you can even have them personalized. They make a great gift for both the novice and experienced gardener. You can find them in our Etsy shop.

Garden Markers

Garden Markers

Seeds

A reliable and reputable seed company will have so many options for you to choose from! Find something unique for your gardener and their garden.

West Coast Seeds

Seeds

Make it

You could also make a gift for your gardener! Our instructions on making a Twig Heart are simple to follow and if all the connections are made with wire would stand up to the elements and look beautiful hanging in any garden. Handmade gifts are special and almost always appreciated.

DIY Spring Decor Heart

What gardening gift ideas do you have to share? I hope you enjoyed this list of 10 garden gift ideas. At the farm you’ll find the awesome gift ideas that are sure to make great presents and maybe even a few for yourself. Bookmark this page and sign up for our newsletter here if you haven’t already.

We hope you enjoy this gardening season and get growing!

DIY Spring Decor Heart

How to DIY a Twig Heart FOR YOUR SPRING DECOR

DIY Spring Decor Natural Decor Twig Heart These DIY spring decor heart twig hearts are easy to make with some basic free and inexpensive materials. Each one is unique and they look great on the mantel, a shelf, counter or wall. Made with some twigs, wire, hot glue and spray paint they are perfect for spring and Valentine’s day décor!

Mother Nature provides us with a lot of natural and free crafting materials so we might as well make good use of it all. This nature craft uses minimal readily available supplies and is good for adults and older kids who can handle a hot glue gun safely or with supervision.

SUPPLIES FOR Twig HEART

garden trimmers

Any clippers will do but these are my dream clippers from Lee Valley here

twigs

Again any type of twigs will do as long as they are green wood! This means they have some life in them still and won’t break in two when you bend them. I have trimmed up and used the suckers from the crabapple trees, willow branches and even poplars.

craft wire, floral wire OR twist ties

If you want to hang this pretty heart outside I suggest using wire on all of the connections, as hot glue will not stand up to the elements.

hot glue gun and glue sticks

My mini glue glue gun does the trick.

blow dryer

Most ordinary blowdryers get hot enough to use on high heat to get rid of any hot glue webs.

paint

Spray paint is fast but acrylic paint and a brush works too. (Optional!)

Instructions TO DIY YOUR HEART

STEP 1 – Enjoy nature

Get out there and take a walk! Enjoy nature while you use your trimmers and a basket or box to gather up some twigs. You will want thinner twigs for this project about the thickness of a pencil or thinner. Lot’s of branching twigs is good too!

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Step 2 – Forming the heart outline

Grab two of the bigger longer branches and hold them at the thick ends. Wrap wire around them and make sure they are secure. Spread the tops apart where connected with wire to create the bottom point of the heart.

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With the twigs laid out on a flat surface, first bend the right twig towards the middle and secure with wire on the left side.

 

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Do the same with the left twig securing it to the right side.step 4step 5

Move the left and right sides together until it forms a nice heart shape and then use wire to secure the centre where the two twigs meet. You want to wire these in place as they will be under a bit of tension and holding your heart shape.

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STEP 3 – Filling in the heart shape

Trim the overhanging twigs away from your heart shape.

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Arrange the off cuts and more twigs across the heart and secure them with hot glue. Place them first and decide what looks good to you and then hot glue in place.

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You can add as many as you like until you get the look you desire. Secure the twigs where they meet each other and the original heart outline with more hot glue and trim with clippers where necessary.

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Step 4 – clean up the heart and paint

Clean up any hot glue webs by blasting it with your hair dryer on high heat. Don’t move your heart again until it has cooled down or you could dislodge some of the twigs.

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If you like, spray paint your heart your desired colour or to match your décor.

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Pretty, natural and handmade! This pretty DIY spring decor heart adds a little love and nature to your home. Make a large one for the mantel or a teeny one for your tiered tray kitchen display.

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