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Last minute gifts for the constant gardener

By Robin Trott - U of M Extension Educator

Do you have an avid gardener on your Christmas list? There’s still time to shop for that special, gardening Christmas present.

Many local businesses carry items that would appeal to your gardening friends and relatives, including hand tools, garden gadgets, house plants, bird feeders, books and natural soaps and lotions.

Here’s a list of suggestions for those of you still pondering that age-old question: “What in the world am I going to give for Christmas?”

Garden clogs and deer skin gardening gloves – Rubber clogs and high quality gardening gloves provide comfort and convenience.

Hand tools – Quality hand tools with comfortable handles make great gifts. Some have been ergonomically designed for the handicapped or arthritic gardener.

Containers – Baskets and decorative pots make wonderful gifts. For an added touch, fill them with decorative moss and gardener’s soap and lotion.

Raised garden bed kits – These easily assembled kits are made of rot resistant material and can be used on decks, in existing gardens, and in formerly un-gardenable spaces. They come in a variety of sizes, heights, materials and prices.

Decorative fountains – Fountains make a wonderful Christmas gift. Paired with healthy house plants, they add style and whimsy to indoor garden space.

Books – Check out the new and used local bookstores, and select from a variety of topics including garden design, northern gardening, herb gardening, organic gardening, vegetable gardening, perennial gardening, flower gardening…the possibilities are endless.

Statuary – Angels, animals, faeries… whatever tickles your gardener’s fancy is available in a range of prices, styles and sizes.

Gardening magazine subscriptions – One click of the mouse can get your loved one a subscription to a magazine full of wonderful gardening suggestions to fill the cold winter months. Northern Gardener, Fine Gardening, and Garden Gate are some of my favorites.

Membership – A Minnesota Landscape Arboretum membership is a wonderful way to share your gardener’s passion for the outdoors. A membership to the Minnesota Horticultural Society comes with a subscription to Northern Gardener.

Bird feeders – There are many decorative styles of feeders to attract any bird that might visit your winter garden. Pair with a bird identification book and binoculars to thrill the avid birder.

Herb or mushroom garden kit – Garden kits are a fun and delicious garden gift. Just plant according to directions, and soon your kitchen will be full of fresh herbs and tasty fungi.