▷ Great Gifts for Gardeners (2018 Update)

Gifts for Gardeners

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FALL IS UPON US AND WINTER IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER and unless you have a greenhouse or indoor garden, this pretty much marks the end of the growing season.  However, winter will come and go soon enough and before you know it spring will be knocking on the door begging you to come out and play in the garden once more.

With that in mind, Organic Daily Post challenged some top-notch gardeners both professional and amateur to compile a list of some of their top garden gadgets. There were some requirements. They had to be well made and also offer utility without having to get a line-of-credit from the bank to purchase.

Our friends were more than happy to help and gave us a healthy list of ideas from which to choose.  We whittled that list down to eight of our favorites and to ensure they were a good fit for our readers, read through hundreds of customer reviews and chose the products we felt offered the best all-around value. All are under $50 and some...way under. 

If you just can't wait, here's the full list: 

1) VonHaus Folding Garden Kneeler with Tool Bag
2) Jellas 3-in-1 Soil pH Meter
3) Keter 40 tool storage rack
4) Gardirect Insect Hotel
5) Weeding Wand Standing Weeder
6) Edwards Tools Bulb Planter
7) Fasite 7-pocket Gardening Belt
8) Scuddles Heavy Duty Gardening Tool Set

But, we describe each one below and let you know why we hand-selected each gift.

Give a Gift or Get a Gift

With a few holidays headed our way, now may be the perfect time to surprise your favorite gardener or even yourself with a really cool gift to make gardening life a little easier.  Even without a holiday, receiving a present from someone or giving one to yourself is always a good feeling, especially when it's one you like! So let's get started.

The first item on the garden gift-list grabbed our attention for a variety of reasons.  We were thoroughly impressed with not only the concept but its functionality, good price and quality reviews. The list is in no particular order.

Everybody Needs a Little Help: VonHaus Garden Kneeler

Anyone who works in the garden knows being down on your knees for any length of time can be painful.  Older folks tend to stiffen up if they remain in one position too long.  Getting up can be tough too.  

Here's a smartly designed garden helper that makes those tasks much easier. Simple in its concept and yet wonderfully effective, our first product comes with very strong and positive recommendations from the people who actually own one.* 

*Ironically, ours arrived just this morning and my wife loves it!  True story.

The VonHaus Portable Folding Garden Kneeler Bench and Seat Stool with Tool Bag

Trust me, this item is easier to use than it is to pronounce.

The Particulars

A folding garden bench that easily transforms from a sitting bench to a cushioned kneeling pad. 

  • A powder coated steel finish that is lightweight and sturdy
  • Easy folding design with a spring-release mechanism
  • Comes with attachable storage bag for holding tools
  • Padded seat/knee
  • Holds up to 220 pounds

All Dirt is not Created Equal: Jellas Soil pH Meter

A neutral pH level is 7.0.  Above that it is alkaline, below that number, acidic.  Perhaps even more important than having good soil is having the correct soil and the proper pH level for your plants.  Some plants, such as blueberries for example, require an acidic soil while plants like the clematis require an alkaline medium.

For the money, we like the Jellas 3-in-1 Soil pH Meter.

The Particulars

Measures the moisture, light and pH levels of your soil.

  • Contains a light level display showing the amount of light your plant is receiving
  • Has a moisture meter so you won't over or under water your plants
  • A larger window that is easier to read than some others
  • Requires no battery

Check it out >>> Jellas 3-in-1 Soil pH Meter

Garden Tool Organizer

Many of us are familiar with the term, “Get the right tool for the job,” and that's true, but after you do,where do you put all those tools for gardening and yard work?  Organic Daily Post looked over a bunch of handy tool holders and chose the Keter 40 tool storage rack.  It seems more stable than many others, holds more tools and comes with a better price tag. 

The Particulars

  • Holds 40 tools and has an extension cord holder
  • More stable than many others
  • Easy assembly
  • Can be wall attached for greater stability
  • Lightweight

Check it out >>> Keter 40-tool Storage Rack

A Room at the Inn: Gardirect Insect Hotel 

Attractive and functional, everyone loves this little insect hotel that draws a host of beneficial bugs to your garden.

So many of our little winged friends offer immeasurable benefits to help our gardens and plants that we can't list them all here.  It's a tough world out there and sometimes they could use a little help from us.  Well now, returning the favor couldn't be easier with the Gardirect Insect Hotel

The Particulars

  • Attractive look designed to be ecologically friendly
  • Made of wood
  • Attracts butterflies, ladybugs, lacewings, bees and more
  • Provides a safe haven from the elements and enemies
  • Great for the garden

Check it out >>> Gardirect Insect Hotel

Extended Weed Puller: Weeding Wand  

Weeding is a labor-intensive endeavor.  You bend and stoop and pull until your back aches and your knees hurt only to look down and see how little you have accomplished.  Fortunately, weeding the old fashioned way is no longer necessary. 

Next on our Great-8 list is not only functional but easy to use and saves you a lot of bending.  Best used when the ground is softer or wet.  Additionally, coming in at an angle helps.

We had to go with the Weeding Wand Standing Weeder.

The Particulars

  • Ergonomically designed handle to reduce wrist strain
  • A little over 3 feet in length (41 inches)
  • Eliminates excessive bending and stooping
  • Works to quickly pull most weed types
  • Manual pump ejects weeds

Hand Held Bulb Planter

We all enjoy the beauty of a tulip or the majesty of a bearded iris; who doesn't?  That aside, planting them or any bulb for that matter, can be laborious and time consuming.  Not so with the Edwards Tools Bulb Planter.

This hand-held garden tool is simple to use, effective, and inexpensive.  Those factors combined to make it our top pick. 

The Particulars

Made of reinforced steel that resists bending

  • An automatic soil release mechanism
  • Includes a 'depth marker' for consistent planting
  • Plants lilies, daffodils, dahlias, tulips and more
  • Lifetime warranty

Hands Free & Handy

Next up is a simple, wearable garden pouch that will come in handy more often than you would think.  It may seem like a simple idea and it is, but that doesn't diminish the value of its utility.  Great for carrying tools, holding cut flowers or for toting weeds you've just pulled, this multi-functional garden helper is the Fasite 7-pocket Gardening Belt.

The Particulars

  • Deep front flap unzips to make emptying easy
  • Comes with a holster for tools and multiple pockets
  • Sliding waistband design allows for multiple positioning
  • Lightweight and durable

Check it out >>> Fasite 7-pocket Garden Belt

Something Special for Her  

Spring is a time of renewal and no better time to renew her old garden tools with a new set of  high-quality ones designed to make working in the garden easy on the body and pleasant to the eyes.  These tools come in an attractive and rugged carrier bag decorated with a lovely floral print she'll appreciate.  Lightweight, good looking and durable, this bag comes with a complete set of garden tools containing everything she'll need to maintain the garden or to start one anew. 

Rounding out our Top 8 is the Scuddles Heavy Duty Gardening Tool Set.

This garden tool set is the perfect gift for the beginner or experienced lady gardener.

The Particulars

  • The patterned tote bag is constructed of durable double gauge cotton with extra pockets
  • Sliding waistband design allows for multiple positioning
  • Ergonomic wooden handles
  • Goodies include an 8-tool gardening set consisting of a Garden Rake, Mini Shovel, Trowel, Cultivator, a Hand Weeder and Transplanting Spade along with cotton-lined Heavy Duty Gloves. She'll also get a Spray Bottle and of course, the superior Tote Bag.

Well, this wraps up our Great Gardening Gifts list.  We know you'll find something on that list that is sure to please that special gardener in your life...even if it's you!

Happy gardening!

About the author

Alan Ray

Alan Ray has written 5 books and is a New York Times best-selling author. He is a regular writer for Maximum Yield Magazine (the largest indoor gardening magazine in the world) as well as other publications including this site. Additionally, he is a multiple award-winning songwriter with awards from BMI and ASCAP respectively. Alan lives in rural Tennessee with his wife and son along with 2 dogs; a South African Boerboel and a Pomeranian/Frankenstein mix.

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