Best gifts for gardeners 2020: treat the garden lover in your life

Looking for the best gifts for gardeners? Our round-up of the most thoughtful ideas will inspire you

Best gifts for gardeners: garden accessories
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Need present inspiration? Our guide to the best gifts for gardeners will have you sorted in no time. We know how important a thoughtful, personalised present is, so we’ve carefully curated our pick of the best garden-themed gifts for any recipient, whether they love looking out at a sea of flowers or prefer getting muddy in an allotment.

From designer tools to accessories that pack a punch, and plenty of quirky gifts including a box of flower-themed biscuits, there are plenty of ideas for you to explore below. And if you’re looking for more garden shopping ideas, check out more of our expert buying guides.

1. A travel mug for those well-earned tea breaks

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After a long day in the garden or down the allotment, your gardening friend probably fancies nothing more than a cup of tea. And what better way to drink it than out of this Orla Kiely flask from Amazon? The classic design is appropriately plant-themed, made from stainless steel (so it can be carried around and put down without fear of breakage) and keeps drinks hot for up to 12 hours. It’s a lovely way of treating a friend to a hot drink even when you’re not there.

2. A beautiful tool set to refresh their collection

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The perfect gift for a newbie gardener – think a housewarming present for that friend who’s finally moved somewhere with a garden and can’t wait to get started – this tool set from Anthropologie is a beautiful addition to their arsenal. Featuring pruners, a serrated saw, knife, weeding tool and root remover, all in a beautiful botanical wallpaper print from the stunning V&A William Morris archives, it’s sure to go down well with pro and amateur gardeners alike.

3. A snack time treat that’s (almost) too good to eat

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There’s mid-morning snacks, and then there’s the kind of gloriously fancy sugary treats made by biscuit company Biscuiteers. Decorated to look like a bouquet of flowers and presented in a keepsake tin, this hamper of hand-iced biscuits is a good-looking gift for anyone with a sweet tooth. Buying a box for yourself is also acceptable and encouraged.

4. A fancy mister to keep tropical plants happy

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Indoor gardeners with a love of tropical plants will appreciate a nifty little misting tool. Plants that come from jungles thrive in increased humidity, and misting is the easiest way to do this. We love this brass design from Haws, a traditional British company that’s the trusted source for quality watering cans and accessories for gardeners everywhere, available at Crocus. Plus, when it’s not in use, this mister will look great styled on a shelf with plenty of plants.

5. A pretty coffee table book with bee-friendly planting advice

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What do you get for the gardener who’s got everything? A beautifully-illustrated and highly informative book about the best plants for our favourite pollinators. It’ll look good on their coffee table, sure, but it’s also full of great pointers for creating a bee-friendly habitat in your own garden – something nature-lovers are passionate about. Buy a copy from Foyles.

6. A set of planet-friendly reusable plant tags

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If your friend or relative is forever growing new seedlings or loves planting up veg in their allotment (or the patch at the bottom of the garden), make their lives a little easier with this set of carefully crafted slate plant tags from Garden Trading. The tags come with a drawstring bag and soapstone pencil so they can label up their plant babies over and over, and the gift is thoughtfully posted in fully recyclable packaging.

7. A quirky little home for bees

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We know how important bees are for the health of our gardens and wider natural spaces, so this honeycomb bee house from Graham & Green is the perfect gift for your outdoor-loving recipient. Crafted with pinewood and paper, with a cheery yellow finish, it’ll brighten up their garden and, crucially, provide bees with a safe environment to nest.

8. A stylish watering can for houseplants and seedlings

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Now, if the person you’re buying for is a keen gardener, chances are they’ve got a watering can already – but this Haws indoor and seedling can from Harrod Horticultural is a little bit luxurious while still being totally practical. It’s great for your friend’s extensive collection of houseplants, but it’s also a lovely buy for anyone who loves growing plants, whether flowers or vegetables, from seed – the gentle watering strength means it won’t damage fledgling plants. And did we mention that it’s intricately crafted from a sheet of pure copper? That’s long-lasting style for you.

9. A garden lantern for stylish outdoor living

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Buying for someone who’s fully embraced outdoor living? This lantern from John Lewis & Partners will add a dash of sophistication to a lounge or dining space. The tinted ombre design is bang on-trend and the lantern comes with a candle holder – perfect for getting that mood lighting just right. You can also remove the holder and fill the lantern with outdoor fairy lights for a similar effect.

10. An ultra-Instagrammable houseplant family

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Help bring the outside in with this high-impact set of houseplants from The Little Botanical. The trio – a Monstera, a Calathea and a Medium Miranda – will brighten up any space and add dramatic structure, making them perfect for plain corners or to create a focal point in a room. It’s the perfect gift for plant lovers, of course, but because each plant is fairly simple to look after, it’s a great set for beginners, too.

11. An outdoor cushion to brighten up their space

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Few rooms can’t be improved without a cushion or two, and the same goes for gardens. Add a splash of colour and texture to a friend or relative’s outdoor living room or dining area with this candy-coloured design from Made. We love the clash of pink and yellow and the woven texture, but the thing we love even more? The fact that it’s made from recycled plastic, helping to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfill. Eco-conscious gardeners will love it.

12. A fashionable kneeler for comfortable gardening

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Any gardener will tell you the virtues of a kneeler. Spending hours on the ground sowing seeds or weeding can be tiring, and if you’ve ever spent the day after a full-on gardening session with sore knees, you’ll know why padded protection is so important. We like this one from the National Trust shop – it’s practical, with a wipe-down surface, but equally pretty, so your recipient will feel a little burst of joy whenever they look at it.

13. A wildflower meadow for butterflies and bees

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Looking for a filler gift? These wildflower seeds from lovely independent business Neve’s Bees are the perfect stocking or hamper filler. Once sprinkled onto soil or into a window box they grow a colourful display of annuals and perennials, including field borage, poppies and cornflowers, which attract essential insects like bees and butterflies. The flowers will come back year after year – so it truly is the gift that keeps on giving.

14. A seed calendar for year-round blooms

Not on the High Street seed calendar

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Want a gift that’s going to bring joy all year round? Buy a seed calendar. This intricately illustrated design from Not on the High Street offers a different wildflower seed mix for each month, so your lucky recipient will be able to watch their seedlings grow all year round. You can buy now and have your friend use the previous months next year, or hold out for a 2021 calendar for the perfect Christmas present.

15. An art print that speaks to their love of flowers

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Buying for an art lover as well as a gardener? They’ll love a botanical print like this design from Ohh Dear. It’s a modern take on traditional botanical sketches, and we love the bold contrast of mint green against a white background – perfect for brightening their mood come winter when the outdoors is looking a little less colourful.

16. A picnic-ready set of stylish tumblers

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If your friend is forever hosting garden drinks and dinner parties in the summer, treat them to a new outdoor-friendly set of tumblers. The ones in this set from Oliver Bonas have a removable rattan base that adds texture and interest (and makes iced drinks easier to hold, we might add). They’re also stackable, making them perfect for fitting into a picnic basket or stashing in a cupboard come winter.

17. A brand new notebook for their garden jottings

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There’s nothing like a fresh bit of stationery to excite creativity, and this wildflower design by Mother of Pearl for Papier is perfect for garden lovers. The plain notebook is ideal for sketches and garden planning, but it comes in lined and dotted forms, too. You can also buy a weekly planner in the same design for organisational types.

18. Year-long access to beautiful gardens and exclusive advice

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Is there a better gift for a gardening lover than a membership to the Royal Horticultural Society? A year’s subscription gives you access to all four RHS gardens, a monthly delivery of The Garden magazine, personalised advice from RHS Gardening and regular emails with exclusive member content. And with free entry to 200 partner gardens for members, too, your giftee will never run out of inspiration for their own plot.

19. A quirky decoration to add charm to their plot

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Your friend or relative is proud of their garden, so why not help them shout about it with a sign? This rustic-look wall hanging from Sainsbury's makes us think of coastal holidays and trips to the beach – so we think it would make a lovely gift for seaside lovers. Plus, at just £8, it makes for an excellent space-filler.

20. Handy storage for their seed collection

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For eager gardeners who collect seeds like they’re going out of fashion, this seed tin from Anthropologie is a lovely way to store their wares and means they’ll never lose a precious packet again. Make it personal by creating your own mix of seeds to gift inside it.

21. A fitting mug with a gorgeous illustrated touch

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Nothing says ‘proper gardener’ like a dedicated mug, so treat your giftee to this beautiful design from Sophie Allport and watch their eyes light up. With an illustration inspired by an English country garden scene, this dainty design is the perfect way to enjoy an early-morning coffee while admiring their own blooming plot.

22. A practical-yet-chic apron for no-fuss gardening

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Give the gift of pure usefulness with this gardener’s apron, designed by Sophie Conran from Annabel James. The timeless stripes and navy colourway give it a chic feel, and it’s perfect for storing everything from seeds to string to secateurs while your friend potters around hands-free. We think it’d be useful in the kitchen, too…

23. A hardy pair of gardening gloves that look great too

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Attractive gardening gloves aren’t hard to come by, but when you factor durability into the mix, it gets a little trickier – until now. Burgon & Ball’s Love the Gloves range has a plethora of gorgeous designs, but we fell in love with this classic red tweed print with a brown leather trim. Offer them as an upgrade to their worn-out pair – we promise you the giftee will be grateful.

24. A book of ‘horticultural head-scratchers’ that’ll get them thinking

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Gardening and quizzing are two treasured British pastimes, and now the RHS has combined the two in the form of the Gardener’s Quiz & Puzzle Book. With everything from anagrams to plant anatomy, it’ll keep them entertained for hours – but do be aware that you’ll no doubt get hooked into quizzing with them, too.

25. A flexible bird feeder with a contemporary feel

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If they love nothing more than watching the birds flit around their garden, then they’ll love the thoughtfulness behind a bird feeder. Endorsed by the National Trust, this window feeder from the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust can be attached to any window with suction pads, so it’s perfect for rented homes. It’s made from recyclable materials, so it’s sustainable, and the clean, architectural design makes it a great match for a contemporary garden.

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