Gift ideas for gardeners handmade & sustainable

November 25, 2020

Gift ideas for gardeners

Pottering in the garden is one of my biggest pleasures, and I love nothing more than getting hands-on in the soil. Sitting with a cup of tea and watching it all up close. Admiring my handy work and feeling proud to watch things grow and bloom that I planted. I’m a keen amateur, with lots to learn, but I definitely think of myself as a gardener.

But… at the risk of sounding a bit pompous, I’m really not interested in most ‘gift ideas for gardeners’. You can keep those prettily-packed gift tins or trugs containing flimsy trowels, floral gloves that offer zero real protection and generic packs of seeds. I would rather have a delivery of well-rotted horse manure for my roses, to be honest.

I do realise that there’s probably a middle ground between manure and pretty pastel gift tins, however. So I would like to share some gift ideas for gardeners that I would actually love to receive myself. In the hope that the garden lovers in your life might like them too. 

Gift ideas for gardeners


My first port of call is Pippa Greenwood’s new online shop. My favourite Gardener’s Question Time panellist, and also a good friend, Pippa offers the most wonderful Grow Your Own service. It’s perfect for any gardener or would-be gardener interested in growing their own produce.

gifts for gardeners - grow your own gift set by pippa greenwood #giftideas #gardeners #gardens #sustainable

To give as a gift, you can choose from three GYO gift voucher and signed book gift sets (A, B or C). The recipient will receive garden-ready plants at the right time for planting (4, 6 and 10 veg choices respectively). The signed book is Pippa’s The Gardener’s Year, which I have myself and absolutely love dipping into each season.

the gardeners year book pippa greenwood just one of my gift ideas for gardeners #gifts #giftideas #gardeners #gardening #book #yearbook

There are gorgeous vegetables to choose from including calabrese, sweetcorn, sweet and chilli peppers, squash and courgettes, climbing French beans, sugar snap peas, lettuces, beetroot, several different types of tomatoes, runner beans, greenhouse cucumbers and melons and leeks.

grow your own with pippa greenwood gift voucher

All with with weekly advice and tips emails from Pippa herself. Your own actual Gardener’s Question Time expert on hand to help you on your way! Emails will cover all you need to do with your chosen crops – starting with soil preparation and pre-planting advice and guiding you right through from planting to the best ways to harvest for maximum yield and best quality.

Advice includes feeding, watering, staking/supporting, pinching out, thinning and of course, pest, disease and problem warnings and advice… and maybe the occasional recipe! A really special and unique gift idea in my book.




Win a GYO gift set worth £36

And because it’s approaching the festive season and Christmas is a time of giving, Pippa is kindly offering her Grow Your Own gift sets (worth £36 each) as a competition prize to two lucky FBWL readers. Find out how to enter here

Gift ideas for gardeners #2: Copper watering can from The Future Kept

gifts for gardeners - love this fazeley flow handcrafted copper watering can from Foundland just one of my favourite gift ideas for people who love to grow #giftideas #gardeners #copper #wateringcan

I have hankered after one of these beauties for ages now. They are expertly hand-crafted in the UK by Haws, who have been manufacturing since 1886 and are built to last. I love the classic curved spout design and that the hand-polished copper is designed to age beautifully. 


Gift ideas for gardeners #3: Garden photography workshop with Eva Nemeth

flower garden photography workshop course gift voucher with eva nemeth is just one of my favourite gift ideas for gardeners

Eva is my favourite garden photographer and she offers inspirational workshops to help anyone looking to capture the joys of gardening on camera. 

Gift ideas for gardeners #4: Green & Gorgeous gift voucher

green and gorgeous gift voucher gift ideas for gardeners sustainable seasonal garden joy with products and plants that are made with care and given with love #giftideas #gardeners #gardening #gifts #sustainable

Inspirational sustainable flower growers Green & Gorgeous offers a wide array of courses that are perfect for anyone passionate about the subject.


From flower painting to floristry, growing, one to one classes (featured in video above) and flower photography, there is something for everyone. During the growing season, there is also pick your own and Farm Gate sales. Green & Gorgeous gift vouchers are redeemable against courses, fresh flowers and produce and include a personalised card.


Gift ideas for gardeners #5: The Almanac 2010 from These Two Hands

the almanac seasonal guide to 2021 lia leendertz - one of my favourite gift ideas for gardeners #giftideas #gifts #seasonal #gardeners

This is the most wonderful seasonal guide from Lia Leendertz and I definitely have it on my own wish list. It gives you the tools and inspiration to celebrate, mark and appreciate each month of the year in your own way. As well as highlighting developments in the garden, Lia also includes folklore and stories, seasonal recipes and natural phenomena. Beautifully illustrated, it’s such a lovely stocking filler idea.


Gift ideas for gardeners #5: A sturdy apron from The Stitch Society

gardener's apron from the stitch society handmade in Yorkshire and so sturdy and well made each comes with a 10 year guarantee. Just one of my favourite gifts for gardeners #giftideas #gardeners #gardening #apron #handmade

I am a big fan of a really good apron. With large pockets and built to last. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better than The Stitch Society artisan aprons. Designed and made in Yorkshire, they are so good, they come with a 10 year guarantee against wear and tear.

A hard-wearing apron is a great gift choice for gardening lovers. The key is to go for something robust, well-made and with pockets roomy enough to keep twine, snippers and bits and pieces handy. It should also look good so you enjoy wearing it. Here are two of the best: The unisex Gardener apron is practical and stylish. Whilst the Florist apron is a knee length version that I would personally go for as it’s more suited to those of us who aren’t that tall..

Gift ideas for gardeners #6: gift vouchers from specialist seed, bulb and plants suppliers

As someone who literally spends many, many hours poring over seed catalogues, compiling long lists then short lists of all the plants I dream of growing in the coming year, I can honestly say that a voucher from one of my favourite specialist seed suppliers would always be VERY well received. My favourites are:

gift ideas for gardeners my favourite picks like this beautiful gift card for Grace Alexander Flowers for sustainable seasonal garden joy with products and plants that are made with care and given with love #giftideas #gardeners #gardening #gifts #sustainable

Grace Alexander Flowers (above) 

Chiltern Seeds (buy gift vouchers here)

Roger Parsons Sweet Peas (buy vouchers and gift packs here)

Plants of Distinction (buy gift vouchers here)

Rose Cottage Plants (buy gift vouchers here)

Sarah Raven (buy gift vouchers here)

Gift ideas for gardeners #7: Love in a Mist seeds from Foundland

gifts for gardeners - love in a mist seeds from foundland

It’s the beautiful packaging that I love – and that Love in a Mist is so pretty when it grows. With bushy petals in blues and white they are a really useful flower to cut for arranging.


I always love to browse the Foundland shop – there’s a whole section for Garden Picks for me are: this Kenzan set for arranging flowers without planet-unfriendly florist’s foam and these proper garden scissors I wouldn’t be without mine.

sentei japanese garden flower scissors

Gift ideas for gardeners #8: Gardening hands gift set from Fforest General Stores

gift ideas for gardeners: gardening hands gift set from fforest general stores in wales, including soap, hand balm, nail brush and quality pruning knife #gifts #gardeners #giftideas #sustainable

I know I said right at the outset that I have no time for gardening gift sets. And that this is exactly that. However, I really want to include this because it’s actually useful as well as gorgeous. Natural soap, a sturdy sustainable nail brush, soothing hand balm and quality pruning knife make a wonderful combination. You can also add in a pair of secateurs if you choose. All arranged inside a gift box.


Gift ideas for gardeners # 9: Classic Garden Carrier by The Carrier Company

classic garden carrier by the carrier company made in jute which is sustainable and compostable - just one of my gift ideas for gardeners #gifts #giftideas #gardeners #gardening

I have loved The Carrier Company for years – a small family business in Norfolk creating sustainable outdoor clothing and garden accessories. The Classic Carrier is the product that started it all – a generous square of jute fabric with a handle at each corner, traditionally used by gardeners of the past. It’s perfect for carrying anything in the garden – such as clippings, logs, soil and light rubble.


Gift ideas for gardeners #10 Bio pots stocking fillers

bio pots plastic free plant pots for seedlings - a perfect stocking filler gift idea for gardeners #gifts #giftideas #gardeners #sustainable #plasticfree

You can never have enough of these if you grow from seed. They’re a plastic-free sustainable option and you could add to a pack of seeds or two if you felt like it.


Gift ideas for gardeners #11: Flower Mugs from Emma Bridgewater

dahlia mug by emma bridgewater - one of my favourite gift ideas for gardeners #giftideas #gardeners #gardening #emmabridgewater

As I said at the very beginning, sipping a large mug of tea in the garden is one of life’s real joys. There’s a whole set of beautiful flower mugs to collect from Emma Bridgewater, but if I had to choose just one, it would be this handsome Dahlia mug. which will hold a generous half pint of tea. That’s probably enough even for me.


For anyone of a daintier persuasion, this Scylla small mug is really beautiful don’t you think?

scylla mug by emma bridgewater - one of my favourite gift ideas for gardeners #giftideas #gardeners #gardening #emmabridgewater #scylla



Gift ideas for gardeners #12: Gardener’s Hand Balm by Denys & Fielding

gardener's hand balm sustainable and natural and handmade in Kent using plant based ingredients - just one of my gift ideas for gardeners #gifts #giftideas #gardeners #gardening #hand #balm

Founder of Denys & Fielding, Liz Ridgway, is a keen gardener herself and this blissful balm works wonders on hardworking hands. It’s handmade using plant based ingredients including shea butter, rose hip oil, and essential oils of sandalwood, geranium, patchouli and borage. All beautifully presented in a recyclable amber glass jar. Buy the nail pumice (great for removing ingrained soil) and balm as a duo set, and save money on buying the two separately. Buy the duo here: Gardener’s hand balm and nail pumice duo


Gift ideas for gardeners #13: Heritage anti-bramble gauntlets by Bradleysbradleys heritage garden gauntlets


How many times has what started out as an afternoon of gentle pruning in the garden ended with your arms scratched to ribbons? These handmade fully lined leather gardening gloves have a full 20cm saddle hide leather cuff which gives great protection against brambles and other sharp plants. Beautifully made and very durable, these gloves make the ideal long-lasting and arm-saving gift.


Gift ideas for gardeners #14: Pure wool aran beanie with sheepskin bobble by Glencroft

aran beanie bobble hat with sheepskin pompom made in britain by Glencroft - just one of my favourite sustainable gardening gift ideas #gardening #giftideas #gifts #sustainable #gardeners #madeinbritain

Nippy days in the garden are so much more enjoyable if you keep your head warm with a cosy hat. This is a beauty from Glencroft in Yorkshire. It’s made from 100% British wool using a traditional Aran pattern and the fluffy pompom is made using offcuts from their own sheepskin rugs. I’m not sure you can get much cosier than that…


Gift ideas for gardeners #15: sustainable gardener hamper from Daylesford

sustainable gardeners hamper from daylesford - just one of my favourite gift ideas for gardeners #giftideas #gardeners #sustainable

This is such a wonderful collection of goodies chosen by the team who keep the Daylesford organic market garden flourishing.

As well as jars of pickles and jams and two bottles of cider, there’s a copy of Carole Bamford’s recipe book, Nurture, organic hand balm, twine, a planter, packs of organic seeds, a white ceramic planter and a blissful Tomato Vine candle. All packed inside a white wicker hamper with leather straps and lined with linen. 


Gift ideas for gardeners #16 Bird feeder from Sarah Raven

bird feeder metal heart to hang in the garden from sarah raven - just one of my favourite gift ideas for gardeners #gardeners #giftideas #gardening #birds #birdfeeder

There’s a lovely selection of bird and wildlife feeders available from the Sarah Raven online shop. Ideal for anyone with a love of garden birds and wildlife and an appreciation of good design. I love this heart shaped hanging metal bird feeder but there’s also a gorgeous solitary beehive, dovecote nesting box, aged metal hanging bird bath and simple wooden bird nest box. Hours of pleasure to be had watching your wildlife visitors come and go.


Gift ideas for gardeners #17 :Mug with cosy by Linda Bloomfield

love this mug by linda bloomfield hand thrown with hand knitted wool cosy just one of my favourite gift ideas for gardeners #giftideas #gardeners

What could be better for prolonging the joy of a warm cup of tea outdoors? Linda Bloomfield’s beautiful mugs are gift boxed with a hand knitted mug cosy made from the finest Scottish lambswool. Love that the mugs have coloured insides that complement the cosies.

You can choose from a hand thrown mug or a manufactured version with a tactile satin matt glaze on the outside.



Listed in the From Britain with Love directory:

Pippa Greenwood >>

The Stitch Society>>

Denys & Fielding >>

Carrier Company >>

Sarah Raven>>

Bradley’s the tannery >>

Glencroft >>

Foundland >>

These Two Hands >>

Green & Gorgeous >>

Feeling inspired? Take a look at the Ethical Shopping section of our Directory where you’ll find more special UK makers and producers

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gift ideas for gardeners - my top 10 favourite ideas that are sustainable, handcrafted, beautiful and sure to be loved by real gardeners including signed garden books, gardening equipment, photography workshops, seasonal almanacs, natural hand balm for hardworking hands, bird and wildlife feeders and more #gifts #giftideas #gardeners #garden #sustainable #madeinbritain

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  • Reply James Dunnett December 9, 2017 at 10:51 am

    I would like to order a Carrier gardeners bag and a Nutscene twine bobbin, but can’t see how to do that. Am I looking at the wrong place? I’m hopeless with IT… It doesn’t look as though this website sis for selling

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