It’s the thought that counts when choosing a present for the gardener in your life says LOUISE MIDGLEY, who has sourced some original gifts for as little as £4.99
Plantable Wrapping Paper
Gardeners given presents wrapped in Eden’s Paper will be surprised to discover they have received two gifts in one. Each decorative sheet, printed using vegetable-based ink, is impregnated on one side with either vegetable or flower seeds.
The used paper can be torn into strips and planted in the garden at the appropriate time. This ingenious idea is the ultimate in recycling.
Choose from wildflowers, sunflowers, carrot, lettuce, broccoli, tomato, pepper or superfood seeded wrapping paper. £4.99 per sheet. www.mr-fothergills.co.uk/0845 371 0518
Kept by the back door, these lightweight, waterproof clogs will put an end to damp slippers or soggy socks when you need to pop out of the house.
On those many occasions when you put out the rubbish, fill up the bird feeders, go to the shed or just potter in the garden, a handy pair of easy-to-wear clogs are just the ticket.
They are available in an eclectic mix of designs and colours to suit all tastes and in sizes 3–13. They’re also easy to clean and have a removable washable insole. £20 a pair, plus postage. www.backdoorshoes.co.uk/01202 232357
For a unique gift that really does show you care, how about a personalised crate. These stackable, wooden storage boxes made from sustainably sourced wood are available in different sizes and shapes and can be used in a multitude of ways.
For storing toys, sports equipment, wine bottles, logs, gardening sundries or used as planters (liners are available), there’s bound to be a member of your family or close friend who would love one.
Choose your size and colour and write your own message
Priced from only £20. www.suttons.co.uk/0844 326 2200
Amaryllis in Ceramic Planter
The red amaryllis bulb and Delft-style blue and white ceramic planter is the gift that keeps on giving.
Amaryllis plants are renowned for flowering over a lengthy period, so the recipient of this beautiful present will be enjoying the exotic, colourful blooms well into spring of next year.
Flowers will last longer if they are kept in a well-lit, cool area away from radiators. Priced at £8.99.
www.you.garden.com/0844 6 569 569
Keen gardeners are often guilty of hanging on to their garden tools when they are well past their sell by date.
A familiar pair of secateurs is like an old friend when they have worked their magic around the garden, picking flowers, pruning shrubs and avoiding a burial in the compost heap.
The longer you have them the harder it becomes to trade them in and any replacement would have to be top notch.
Fiskars extensive range of garden tools couldn’t fail to win the respect of any green-fingered gardener. They are lightweight yet powerful and ergonomically designed to make them a real joy to use.
The SmartFit Telescopic Loppers make easy work of pruning and cut through small branches like butter. Loppers are more powerful than pruners and more accurate than a saw, so an all round useful garden tool.
Fiskars garden tools are available from good garden centres countrywide and are priced from £9.99 in Homebase. www.fiskars.co.uk
When looking for ideas on how to improve your own garden, visits to professionally worked gardens will give you plenty of inspiration.
Individual Holidays is a family-owned business that organises trips to some of the most exclusive gardens in the world, all accompanied by highly-knowledgeable group leaders.
Visit the website to order gift vouchers of £50, £100 and £150 which can be redeemed against a very special travel experience. www.individual-holidaysgardentours.com