Gardener's Gift Guide: Garden Favorites​

Gardening doesn’t have to be complicated. I’ve come to rely on several basics in my garden. These are my garden favorites. My choices for this year’s gardener’s gift guide are the things I can’t do without in my garden.  

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Gardener's Gift Guide: Garden Favorites

Gardener's Gift Guide: a reliable planting guide

Planting at the right time is one of the most important parts of gardening. My perpetual planting calendar, created for the low desert of Arizona, shows exactly what to plant each month.

This perpetual calendar also has pictures from my garden of what can be harvested each month. A practical gift that is also well-made and will last for years. 

Gardener's Gift Guide: garden pruners

When I head out to my garden each morning, I take one tool with me — and this is it. These Felco garden shears are a garden favorite for sure. This tool handles all but the biggest jobs in my garden. I feel out of sorts if I’m in my garden and don’t have this tucked into my back pocket. 

Gardener's Gift Guide: a practical gardening book

I like to keep things simple and easy to understand. That’s exactly what I tried to do when writing this book. How to Grow Your Own Food – An Illustrated Beginner’s Guide to Container Gardening identifies 50 common, easy-to-grow edible plants from herbs to vegetables, along with detailed care instructions. 

You’ll find everything you need to know about building your container garden including:

  • How to choose the right size container for each plant.
  • How to water (and feed) your plants for optimal growth.
  • When to harvest your crops for the best flavor.  

Available for preorder on Amazon and Barnes & Noble(Release date: May 18, 2021

Gardener's Gift Guide: Ollas

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know I love ollas for watering containers. Give your gardener the gift of time with an olla from Growoya. The vessel is buried underground and you keep it filled with water, which saves water and time to grow better plants. Although they’ve been hard to come by, ollas from Growoya are finally available again.Use code GROWING for a small discount.

Gardener's Gift Guide: Joey harvest apron

Harvests happen year-round in my garden. This harvesting apron holds harvests big and small, without being bulky or hot during the warmest months of the year. I love filling it up and dumping it into a favorite harvest basket before I snap a quick photo for the ‘gram

Gardener's Gift Guide: soil testing kit

Testing your soil used to be expensive, time consuming, and complicated. Not anymore. This soil testing kit is a game changer. I love it when innovation and good ideas make my life easier. Testing my soil at least once a year has made a huge difference in the health of my garden. Soil testing gives you knowledge you can’t come by any other way. It takes the guesswork out of when to add fertilizer to your garden.

Gardener's Gift Guide: watering grids

I remember when I first saw the garden grids from Garden in Minutes on my Instagram feed. I was struck by what a good idea it was. Garden grids solve the problem of even watering and dividing your beds for square foot gardening. All these years later, I’m still adding them to every new raised bed I install and recommending them to all my friends and clients. I love these watering grids

Gardener's Gift Guide: cedar raised beds

Raised bed gardening is a great way to get started gardening quickly and easily. Through the years, I’ve slowly added more and more of these deep-root cedar raised beds from Gardener’s Supply to my garden. They come in several sizes and have held up well. A garden favorite for sure. 

Gardener's Gift Guide: wooden dibbler

From planting onions and garlic to planting seeds, I use my wooden dibbler ALL THE TIME. Definitely a must-have at planting time. 

Gifts for Gardeners: raised bed mix from Arizona Worm Farm

This gift may not fit in a stocking, but I can guarantee the gardener in your life will love it. I’ve spent years mixing my own soil, and I couldn’t be happier that Arizona Worm Farm now does the mixing for me. I partnered with them to create this mix. The best part is the soil contains their famous compost. If you live in the Phoenix metropolitan area, they are definitely worth checking out. They offer pick-up and delivery. 

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168 Comments on Gardener’s Gift Guide: Garden Favorites

  1. I would love so many of those on your list!!
    A growoya, the root apron looks so handy, and u have never tested my soil that would be a great little gift!

    Great list of ideas, thank you for this!!

  2. I would love to gift a Joey garden apron. My whole Christmas list was from this year. I love it! Thank you for your tips on great gifts.

  3. The Roo harvesting apron would make a great gift for a friend of mine. We just met for coffee to discuss our 2021 gardens and seed orders.

  4. Wow, this is a great gift list! I’m buying my mom a gardening tool belt this year as she is always losing her trowels and clippers in the yard

  5. I would love to add some specially created soil mix from Arizona worm farm. But, all the gifts are so thoughtful and well put. Love to gift my friend those pruning sheers which is always useful.

  6. I have 4 of your perpetual calendars that I have given to my family and friends. They are amazing! Thank you for all your inspiration.

  7. Is this where you comment to win the gift card? Hope so! I’m new to gardening and could use all the help I could get!

  8. My sister requested “plants I cannot kill”. She might have been thinking fake plants, but I’m going to gift her some house plants I’ve had luck with: pothos, ZZ, and snake plant.

  9. Thank you, what great gift giving ideas! For my non gardening husband I’m giving him a watch. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  10. I love this gift guide. So many of those items are on my wish list. Money is tight this year so I am making my gifts. I’m making a seed box from a tin(altoid size) which I will fill with an assortment of seeds and markers in a theme. For example a herb garden or a tea garden. This will be for some my garden friends.

  11. I am gifting planters and seeds this year! Growing things has been such a stress reliever this year. I love the Growoya as a desert planter’s gift too!

  12. Ooooo it’s so difficult to pick just one! I want them ALL . It would be down to the cedar raised beds or watering grids for me!

  13. Oooo it’s so difficult to pick just one! I want them ALL. It’ll be down to the cedar raised beds or watering grids for me! Even though that apron and the book is pretty sweet too!

  14. Being a new gardener myself, I’ve lived on the motto, trial and error. Do I always know what I’m doing? No. But I figure if I don’t try and either fail or succeed ill just keep waiting and waiting to plant seeds, or start composting, or try new arrangements in the garden. No one else in my family gardens, so I have come to truly rely on the outside gardening community. I started with instagram and found multiple websites along the way. Since I live in arizona and I havent been here my whole life i have come to rely upon this site and already have your grow calendar. I have been eyeing the squash tunnel from gardeners, and I am planning on giving that to myself for the holidays. I have realized that my cucumbers and green beans need more space to grow and since my space isn’t the largest, it seems like the best choice. Sure I’ve given other gifts to my family, but this tunnel is something that will allow us to grown more, and when we eventually move, you bet its coming with us. Thank you for all your advice and hard work that has allowed me to learn so much. Happy holidays!

  15. I would love to gift my husband watering grids this Christmas. My husband started a garden this year and our drip line system wasn’t fully watering our plants. He would go out and tend to what was missed. He enjoyed it, but it was very time consuming!

  16. Gifting my kids and hubby tools for the garden! We love to be outside together :). And lots of Legos for the kids too, of course!

  17. I’ve had a Roo apron on wishlist for quite some time! I have yet to buy gifts this year, but I will undoubtedly have a gardening item for my dad, a bonsai hobbyist and new master gardener.

  18. I think the ollas would be a great gift for my daughter who has just started gardening. Also the garden grid would be great for a beginner gardener. Thanks

  19. Loving the list! I’m giving a friend a galvanized watering can and mini hand gardening tools for seedlings and transplants!

  20. Wow! All these gift ideas are so perfect for the avid gardener! I would love to gift or receive the harvest apron , the watering grids, your planting guide calendar is definitely on my wishlist too! Thanks for sharing all these wonderful items I will be sending my mom in Tennessee some rare seed packets so we can both enjoy gardening together even though long distance! Season’s greetings!

  21. I’m gifting my mom a zz plant since her new house has zero good plant windows and I got my hubby the smoker he’s been very patiently waiting for. Now I’ll just send him over the link to this list for myself

  22. Such good gift ideas! I’m already getting my father in law a stand up weeder tool so he doesn’t have to bed over to weed!

  23. I sent the holiday gift guide link to my hubby! Thank for all the information you share. I started a garden this year. And I bought 4 of the books you recommended on one of your post. Thank you!

  24. I got my husband’s grandma an amaryllis bulb from Gardener’s Supply this year! Also for my mother-in-law (who is a lefty) and just had carpal tunnel surgery, I got her a pair of Felcos from their ergonomic line!

  25. I’m giving herbal gifts that I’ve made from plants I grew this year – bath teas, herb-infused lotions, and dream pillows.

  26. I’ve asked for hose on/off valves and fogg it sprayers for my 3 hoses. I’m sending gifts from my garden to family.

  27. Hi Angela. I’m planing to give raised bed mix from Az worm farm and lettuce seedlings to my three grandchildren and off course toys.

  28. Definitely picking up a pie of Felco’s for my husband (mostly for me!) The watering grids will be an awesome solution to his watering issues!

  29. I am the only gardener in my circle so far so I don’t have anyone to gift to. However, it’s been a hard year and we haven’t been able to get started on the expansion we built in our garden. I asked for Growing In The Garden soil mix from AZ worm farm for Christmas and my generous parents had 4 yards delivered this week as my Christmas present! Expansion is getting planted now. Better late than never!

  30. I really Enjoy your content and contributions. @gardeners is an amazing company. Happy to see you working with them. I’the perfect gift for my gardener would be. Deluxe A-Frame Plant Stand

    IG @arizonadesertgarden

  31. These are all great gifts! This year for Christmas as a stocking stuffer I’m giving my kiddos a seed packet called Santa’s Seeds. They are going to plant all of Santa’s favorite flowers!

  32. Wonderful gift ideas! This year I’m goal is to just spread joy! I’ve sent Amaryllis bulbs to family and friends. I know they will bloom and bring joy to every household.

  33. One day I’ll get the watering grids! This year my hubby gets a Solo Stove fire pit and I’m so excited to try it out.

  34. Gardener’s Deluxe Tractor Scoot is definitely on my dream list! But honestly I really just need a dibbler so I stop using the back of a pen haha! But I will be definitely recommending Arizona Worm Farm’s soil this season and am excited to try their seed starter mix soon!

  35. Last year I bought my daughter a grow light shelving set up from Gardener’s Supply and my husband bought me the Mobile Tool Storage Caddy. This year, I ordered a microgreen hydroponic kit for my grandchildren and I’m buying myself some solar lights! I love because of their high quality merchandise and great customer service. (I used to live near them in VT and loved visiting their beautiful store.) It is a great resource for beginning and veteran gardeners alike!

  36. This year I bought some herbs from Abby Lees farm and decided to propagate them. Im going to gift my 3 sisters with their own herb sets!

  37. I going to get the Growoya for my sister. She grows most of her vegetables in containers. This will hopefully help them from drying out in the Solvang sun.

  38. I’d love to gift myself several deep-root cedar raised beds. I’ve been trying to decide how to expand my garden and think these beds are the perfect gift to myself!

  39. I’m gifting dried flowers from my summer garden to family members! Making them into cards. It gets pretty grey here in Seattle so the pressed flowers help me to remember summer (and sunshine!) will come again!

  40. I keep thinking my mom would adore a chicken wire crop coop from Gardeners Supply… but really really hope someone remembers I’d love a seed starting kit and grow lights.

  41. Ohhhhhh so many great things here I want for myself!! This is a one stop shop for anyone who loves to garden! I want to try the growoya! I keep seeing it pop up here and there. What a brilliant idea!

  42. Our daughter and son-in-law are 2nd-yearvegetable gardeners and I love talking “garden” with them. We are giving them a stock tank for their tomatoes on the sunny side of the house. They live in the wet side of the mountains in Washington State and every bit of sun is a precious gift.

  43. So wonderful! We are having a new baby this year so we’re giving our 3-yr-old daughter a new balance bike to hopefully keep busy while we have the baby and still want to keep up the garden! She was already helping this morning to dig holes for new plants after yesterday’s rain 😀

  44. The cedar for more raised beds, pruners, and a Joey apron for sure!!! I am so happy to have discovered your blog and website!

  45. There are lots of great ideas here, but my favorite gift for any gardener has got to be Angela’s new book!! For the houseplant enthusiasts, I going with grow lights – might even gift myself!

  46. Thank you for this great gift guide! I bought my hubby warm shirts that unzip at the elbows so that he can stay warm at dialysis. Hopefully they arrive before Christmas!

  47. Bought several of the flip over netting frames for fellow lettuce growing friends! Love Gardeners!for Christmas, my husband is expanding our gardening space so we can grow more in order to donate food. So rewarding!

  48. My son and his wife want to start container gardening this coming spring and this is so inspiring for them!

  49. I love the ideas. After just planting tons of bulbs I may get that wooden dibbler for myself! . I’m getting my hubby a new grill.

  50. I am gifting almost EVERYONE on my list vegetable, herb, or flower seeds! I want to share the joy of gardening with everyone 🙂 bonus is that it is a consumable gift and won’t take up much space to store!

  51. Its simple but I’d like to get a bee hotel from gardeners! They’re so cute and I really like the teardrop look. From your list, blog and Instagram, I’ve really been into azwormfarm. I’m from Arizona too, but closer to Sedona, so I’ve been greatly interested.

  52. Anything from Floret is a great gift, from her books to her seeds. This year books seem to be what I want to buy the most. Maybe it’s that cozy feeling you get from them When you are stuck at home.

  53. I would love all of these for myself for Christmas!! I’m especially interested in those water grids and I’m looking forward to your book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  54. Love all of these! My number one gift ask this year was the three tier grow light system from Gardeners to set me up for next years growing season in the house I just bought with my fiancé! Can’t wait for all of the beautiful garden memories

  55. I have been really wanting the Joey apron, the watering grid, & the AZ worm soil. This has only been my 1st year so I have time. I also want a greenstalk planter. Some day…..

  56. Hello! We just adopted a 2 year old Lionhead rabbit from the AZ Humane Society. This year, we’re gifting him the gift of seeds and will be growing veggies for him in our container garden. We’ve been reading all the helpful “How to grow” articles that you have here.

  57. Giving away the best gift….. seeds to a newbie gardener! Who knows maybe the seeds that I share will get her to be the next organic gardener! Love your posts.

  58. I am giving seeds this year and seed starting kits. My aunt has set up a small green house so we’re going to try a “family vegetable garden” for this upcoming spring.
    I have had my eye on the potato and onion storage baskets from gardeners for a while now! Would love to receive them as a gift.

  59. I’m giving friends lots of seeds from my garden and stock. I also like to give books! (For the Gardners’ giveaway!)

  60. I’m giving my partner indoor grow lights for Hanukkah so we can have our seeds sprouted and ready for the spring!!!

  61. After gardening for a couple of years I realized how often I leave tools in different places and they’re so hard to find when I need them. I tried out something for myself called bucket boss which is basically like a jacket for a 5 gallon bucket where I can slot in all my tools and just carry the bucket around to wherever I’m working. I am going to gift this to my parents who love gardening and have been doing so for many many years! Hopefully they like it

  62. I have big plans for expanding our garden in the spring and so many of the items you shared are on my Christmas wishlist. Thanks for sharing!!

  63. For the Gardeners Giveaway…

    The perfect gift for a gardener would be more plants.
    That is one of my favorite gifts to give and receive. One of my sisters had such a great idea, which I hope to put in effect next year: plant exchange from our own personal gardens.

  64. I’m getting my mom binoculars for watching birds in her yard! She has towhees and wrens and loves watching them 🙂

  65. This is a great list!
    I am giving my father in law 3 ollas for his garden. He is getting older and it is harder for him to water as often. I think they will make his gardening life easier!

  66. What great gift ideas! I will be adding a few of these to my list. I’m getting my parents my favorite Bluetooth speaker, the same one I use when working outside and is so durable- it can get dirty in the garden and wet from the hose. I use it everyday I’m out there and love it!

  67. My mom used to garden but is no longer able to because of her health so I am giving her a calendar with photos of the flowers I grew last year so she can have a bit of the garden with her all year.

  68. I’m giving away native flowers seeds with every order in my store. I’m giving gift boxes with items from small businesses to friends and family.

  69. Definitely want to gift the watering grid to myself!! Bought a lot of seeds this year and plan to gift some of the starts to a garden-loving friend!

  70. I’m gifting a few plastic free household items that I’ve started using this year! (Using less plastic was my resolution for 2020)

  71. Too hard to choose, but I’m planning on your perpetual calendar for a sister who’s starting to garden. And for me, the pruning shears and the growoya pot!

  72. I love the idea of a perpetual growing calendar! I’m going to be giving a mushroom book to my dad so we can add that to our gardening plan for next year!

  73. I’ve been pressing flowers from my garden over the last few months and plan to put them in a frame to give to my grandmother. She is an amazing gardener! She is my go-to source when I have an issue in my garden. She is one of my biggest inspirations and I’m forever grateful to have inherited her love of gardening.

  74. I would definitely gift the harvesting apron to my sister and gift myself another raised cedar bed! Great suggestions and content! Happy holidays!

  75. My goal for the Spring is to carve out some new flower beds, get my mango and avocado trees in the ground. It doesn’t sound like much but I need to coordinate with the hubby which can take time.

  76. Thank you for sharing your experience with us! I have learned so much already, but just beginning and still making lots of mistakes. But that is learning. I did receive. Neat garden trellis from Gardener’s for my birthday. I have many other items on my wish list.

  77. I love the purple apron! I think great gifts would be a hand moisturizer, hat, sunscreen, garden clogs, waterproof gloves, and of course the apron. I had to use my shirt multiple times to carry tomatoes this summer

  78. This year I’m giving my young niece a hand-made gift certificate with a promise that in the spring I will teach her how to grow her first garden. The certificate will be tucked in a decorative basket along with items she’ll need for that special “event” (trowel, gardening gloves, etc).


  79. Great articles. Look forward to reading them. I am gifting kitchen herb gardens to my son’s and their girlfriends. Sharing the love of gardening.

  80. I am giving a small bag of Meyer’s lemons from our tree to all my family and friends. We always have a surplus and lemons have such a multitude of uses!

  81. I’ve always wanted to try an Olla and have added it to my wish list for the holidays! Thanks for all of the great gift recommendations. Too bad most of them are going on MY wish list!

  82. Wow- as a newbie to gardening all of these things are amazing! Anything would be an improvement from one spade and one watering can

  83. These look like excellent gifts for me. I’m getting my husband a rear view camera for his car and an electric shaver. But I’m sure I can harvest him something from the garden also, beets or radishes. LOL.

  84. I am going to buy the harvest apron for my friend- who’s garden does way better than mine. But I am learning. Love Gardner’s Supply!!

  85. Loving this guide! My Christmas list included a tiller/cultivator. I got my partner a few makita “toys”. He and I both love their tools! Hope you have a great holiday season! Would be so grateful to win this. I’m increasing my gardens this year for more cut flowers and could use some more tools.

  86. I am giving my dad a personalized garden sign for his dahlia garden. I hope someone gives me a raised garden bed for Christmas

  87. I would love to have a lot of gardeners item for myself. I bought an aero garden for my nephew’s family for Christmas.

  88. I think I’ll be gifting myself several of these items…but I also just ordered a variety of heirloom tomato seeds and one of my mom’s Christmas gifts! 🙂

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