With Mother’s Day fast approaching the shops are filling up with gift ideas. As a mum and a gardener I’ve been thinking about what gardening-themed gifts I might like to receive. Here’s my top 5.
A special plant
Every gardener has one thing in common: they never believe they have too many plants, so a lovely new specimen is always a great idea for a gift. You could go for something with particular relevance to the recipient, such as a rose with their name (or their child’s name), or a plant that they had in their childhood garden. I think giving a personal touch to a gift like this makes all the difference. One thing to remember though – try to buy a plant that suits the conditions of the garden it is destined for, to give it the best chance of flourishing.
A gardening day out
How about tickets to a gardening event, such as the Chelsea Flower Show or BBC Gardener’s World Live? I’d love to be treated to a gardening-themed day out and there are lots of different shows and events to choose from around the country. Visit the RHS website for more details.
A homemade present
Now this is the one I like to receive most of all. It involves more work sorting out this option, but receiving something gardening-related that my kids have made for me is just wonderful. It doesn’t have to be a work of art – it could simply be a decorated plant pot with a pansy potted up in it. The thought really is what counts here. Have a look at my Mother’s Day nature crafts post and my garden crafts Pinterest board for lots of ideas.
A quirky gardening book
Most gardeners already have lots of books about gardening (my bookshelves are groaning with them!) but if you can find something a little more unusual and personal to the recipient it would be very well-received. If they like feeding the birds in their garden you could go for a beautifully-illustrated bird book, if they love cut flowers look for a book on the meaning of each type, and so on.
A ‘treat’ piece of equipment
What I mean here is something that the recipient would love to own, but would not justify buying themselves. It could be some lovely leather gardening gloves, a shiny new hand trowel, a beautiful set of herb containers… you get the idea. A ‘treat’ purchase.
Whether you’re looking for a present for your own green-fingered mum, or helping young children with a gift for theirs, hopefully this has given you some inspiration. I’d love to hear your suggestions too 🙂
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