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2020 Gift Guide: 15 Perfect Stocking Stuffers for Gardeners (Under $25!)

Holiday gift guide: stocking stuffers for gardeners

Just because most of our gardens are asleep in winter doesn’t mean we don’t love a good garden-centric gift in our Christmas stockings, right?

In fact, these are the types of pint-sized presents that get us excited for longer days, warmer nights, and dirt under our nails again.

I also think they make a sweet thank-you gift when you just want to send a small token of appreciation, long after the holidays have passed.

They’re all hand-picked by a fellow green thumb. (That’s me!) I even own or have gifted a few of them, so you can’t go wrong with any of these fun trinkets.

And if you’re looking for just the right gift to put under a tree, be sure to check out my list of 21 Must-Have Gifts for the Backyard Farmer.

The Best Stocking Stuffers for Gardeners, Plant Lovers, and Urban Farmers

Make your own pressed flower frame art

1. Make Your Own Pressed Flower Frame Art: This simple craft is a delight for adults and kids alike. Who doesn’t love a little DIY art, especially if it involves a memento from the garden or from a special hike?

This kit includes a wood frame and paper backing to hold a few flowers or botanical treasures between glass. $10

Seed ball kit for a wildflower garden

2. Seed Ball Kit: There’s a grassy berm on my property line that I’ve been eyeing for a wildflower garden, and I might get this for my daughter to help with that project.

This crafty kit includes everything you need to make 20 earth-friendly seed bombs: clay, worm castings, and three packets of the best seed blends to attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. $15

Fir-scented hand sanitizer

3. Woodsy hand sanitizer spray: If you’re not into making your own sanitizer and you’re tired of the vodka-scented mass-produced sanitizers that have been prevalent this year, this bottle is worth the splurge.

I don’t see too many sanitizers with “grown up” scents like fir, and this would definitely be an upgrade over the artificial-smelling sanitizer I currently keep in the car (and don’t love using). $24

Floral print garden gloves

4. Hi-Dex Garden Gloves: Can you ever have enough gardening gloves? I think not… especially since I tend to misplace mine throughout the year, or they get grungy and I forget to replace them.

So, I always like to stock up on gloves when I find ones that are both practical and pretty. Digz gloves are exactly that, and what I like about this version is the improved dexterity that makes it feel like you’re hardly wearing gloves at all. (I also love the kids’ version for my little garden helper who wants all the same things as mom.) $10.97

Hand care set

5. Hand Care Set: After a day (or week or season) of digging in the dirt, my hands need a lot of love.

This fancy-looking nail care kit is a nice departure from the standard bath soap set people usually give when they think “self care.” It’s something I’d love to find in my stocking for the pretty packaging and the spa-like hand cream and cuticle oil I’d totally indulge in. $20

Weatherproof steel plant markers

6. Weatherproof Steel Plant Markers: I go through a lot of white plastic plant markers in the garden, especially when I’m starting seeds.

But for staple crops and perennials (like bulbs and herbs), I prefer markers that are longer-lasting and more attractive, like these rust-proof galvanized steel nameplates. Every gardener needs a set, if not two or more! $19.95

Garlic rocker

7. Garlic Rocker: If your favorite gardener is also an enthusiastic cook, this inventive gadget belongs in their kitchen.

What is it? A new type of garlic press: Set it on top of your cloves, push on the ends with your fingers, then rock back and forth to crush or mince the garlic quickly. It might seem like a silly tool at first, but if you need to mince more than a couple cloves, you’ll wish you had this sooner. $14.99

Mini trowel

8. Mini Trowel: It looks like a child’s tool, but I assure you it’s not! This adorable mini trowel is actually more useful than it seems.

I typically use a spoon to scoop out seedlings, but this trowel (with its pointed tip and narrow blade) gets the job done faster and easier. The thick wooden handle fits nicely in the hand, too. $9.95

Masontops Tough Tops for mason jars

9. Multi-Use Mason Jar Lids: You probably use mason jars for many other things besides canning, and if you do, you probably don’t love the two-part canning lid/ring combo that gets lost easily (or is just fussy to use).

What I like about these one-piece lids is they’re precision-engineered to fit standard Ball and Kerr canning jars, and there’s a gasket inside the lids that makes them leakproof and airtight. A must for every kitchen! $14.99

Monogrammed botanical ceramic mug

10. Monogram Mug: These stoneware mugs are perfect for morning coffee or evening tea.

I love the sweet botanical art and handmade quality that gives each piece a unique look and feel. Maybe pair this with a tin of herbal tea or a bag of local coffee beans for your favorite friend? $14

Chicken fruit fly traps

11. Chicken Fruit Fly Traps: These things are adorable, right? And that’s before you even find out what they do.

Fill the bottom of each chicken with a tiny solution of vinegar and dish soap, place it next to the bowl of fresh fruit that always seems to attract flies, and watch those pesky things enter the small hole in the bottom, never to return. $24.95

Gourmet lollipops with seeded sticks

12. Garden Lovers Lollipops: At first glance these may look like any other lollipop (only with scrumptious flavors like Strawberry + Basil, Vanilla + Hibiscus, and Peach + Marigold), but the real fun comes when you finish the candy.

The biodegradable stick is embedded with flower or herb seeds and can be planted in the ground once it’s licked clean! $24

Botanical-print bandages

13. Fun Patterned Bandages: Cuts, splinters, and abrasions are all a normal part of gardening, but these flexible fabric botanical-print bandages make them actually look… cool?!

I like the trendy patterns that don’t scream “kid” every time you think of patterned bandages, and you can repurpose the storage tin for other things in the bathroom or garden once it’s empty. (I got my toddler the more kid-centric versions for her stocking — they’re so fun!) $13.95

Walnut-trimmed garden scissors

14. Walnut Garden Scissors: I usually choose function over form, but there’s nothing wrong with wanting both, right?

And these elegant walnut-trimmed scissors would make any gardening or floral arranging task a real joy. It’s the type of tool I’d want to keep out ’cause it’s just too nice to hide away in a drawer. $24

Herbarium calendar

15. Herbarium Calendar: So I know this doesn’t exactly fit inside a stocking, but I bet you could get creative with gifting it. 😉

Despite scheduling my life into a Google calendar, I still love a good old-fashioned print calendar, especially when it doubles as wall art. This beautifully printed calendar (on matte paper stock) features vintage images of herbs and would look just as chic in a home office as it would in a kitchen. $21.95

About Author

I'm a plant lover, passionate road-tripper, and cookbook author whose expert advice and bestselling books have been featured in TIME, Outside, HGTV, and Food & Wine. The No-Waste Vegetable Cookbook is my latest book. Garden Betty is where I write about modern homesteading, farm-to-table cooking, and outdoor adventuring — all that encompass a life well-lived outdoors. After all, the secret to a good life is... Read more »

2 Comments

  • Lori Aguirre
    November 30, 2020 at 1:57 pm

    Nice post, but where is the links to the products?
    Thanks Lori

    Reply
    • Linda Ly
      November 30, 2020 at 10:35 pm

      Hi Lori, you can click on the names of the products, or click on the images. Both are linked to their respective product pages.

      Reply

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