When buying a gift for anyone, it really helps to know what they like and what their hobbies are. That’s because let’s face it, we’d rather buy a gift that will be used and not sit in a corner somewhere collecting dust. 


If the person you’re buying a gift for is into gardening, you’re in luck, because in this article we will give you a list of the essentials every avid gardener needs. 

Garden fork 

People who love gardening need these to turn their soil every now and then. When choosing your gift, opt for a fork with a slightly curved design in the spines for scooping mulch or turning compost piles, or one with straight tines for digging, and for handling compacted, rocky, or clay soil. It’s also good to know that square tines are usually sturdier than flat ones, in case of hitting a rock or root. 


A sturdy rake will come in handy during seasons when leaves and debris fall all over the garden. Since they come in a myriad of styles and sizes, a straightforward gift would be your standard leaf rake. If your budget allows, you can even invest in an adjustable rake that can reach into narrow areas and help gather large piles of leaves. It may also help to know that steel tines are generally stronger than plastic, which can make them a bit rough when dealing with delicate lawns, so keep the person’s lawn in mind when making this purchase. 

Pole saw 

If the gift receiver has plenty of trees in their garden, then they’ll need to maintain them, and pruning the branches is part of said maintenance. The best tool you can gift this person for pruning branches of tall trees is a pole saw. And if they have a few trees, a manual pole saw is all they’re going to need. Regular pruning will help them protect their trees from pests and diseases and encourage them to grow in the right direction. If your garden is small, then a manual pole will do; however, if your garden is large, then consider an electric or gas pole. 

Pruning shears


Pruners help in the control of plants that are outgrowing and taking over, and they’re pretty much a necessity for most people who love gardening. When choosing your gift, you should know that anvil-style pruners (similar to a knife on a board) are best for dead wood, and bypass pruners are kind of like scissors and should be your choice for someone handling live plants and greenwood. 


The tricky thing with this gift is that they need to fit easily in the palm of the user’s hand, so unless they’re coming with you to pick out their own gift, it might not work perfectly as you’d want. 

Gardening gloves 

Much like pruners, those come in different sizes, in addition to levels of bulkiness as well as materials. This means that the person who’s going to use them needs to try them on first for the best results. 


We hope the ideas we gave you above were helpful in your search for the perfect gift. Remember that each item comes in a number of shapes, sizes, materials and a variety of price tags. It’s always a good idea to shop around and see what’s out there, and speak with professional salespeople who may be able to help you decide on the perfect gift that fits the needs of the person it’s meant for, as well as your budget.   

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