Buying Christmas gifts for gardeners is not as easy as it sounds. We can be quite a particular bunch, we know what we like and we usually have it covered. For example, I’m not a big fan of people buying me vegetable seed sets any more. Seed buying is one of the fun jobs I like to reserve for myself on dark winter evenings – most gardeners long for that task and we don’t want to feel obliged to grow something we don’t want. I also don’t recommend giving the gift of a garden ornament unless one has been very specifically requested or dropped into a conversation – you might like that solar powered meerkat light but expecting a gardener to share your delight (in their personal paradise) is a huge gamble.
The good news is we do like getting cold and grubby, we enjoy our own company, nature and learning from others. I thought it would be helpful to list some affordable, practical and fun Christmas gift ideas for the gardener or allotmenteer in your life. One or two were inspired by some of the ideas we saw suggested during #AllotmentFashionWeek back in October. If you’re totally stuck then one of the suggestions below is sure to bring a smile to a gardener’s face on Christmas morning (yes even a box of Vitax Q4):