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—perhaps for the neighbor who always shares her extra lemons and lets you take cuttings from her garden, or the friend who always drops off homemade pickles and canned tomatoes at your door because she’s awesome.
These thoughtful items are all curated by a fellow green thumb (that’s me!) and not a list of editorial ads, sponsored stuff, or things I got for free. I actually own and love (or have gifted) some of these items, so trust that I won’t steer you wrong.
And if you’re looking for just the right gift to put under a tree (or for any occasion), be sure to check out my updated gift guide for 34 Genius Gifts for Gardeners (Handpicked by a Gardener).
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The best stocking stuffers and budget gifts for gardeners, plant lovers, and urban farmers
1. Pollinator Push Gardens: Stuff a few of these pollinator “push ups” in your favorite people’s stockings for a fun surprise.
These cute and convenient tubes include three different wildflower seed blends (for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds), each of them enough to plant a square-foot garden patch. $18
2. DIY Seed Ball Kit: There’s a grassy berm on my property line that I’ve been eyeing for a wildflower planting, 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. $16
3. Sunflower Garden Grow Kit: I always love a good hands-on gift (remember this eggshell seed starting project from my site?) and this adorable kit has everything a flower gardener needs to get started.
You get wooden plant markers, peat squares for growing, and six packets of sunflower seeds to choose from, plus an egg carton to sprout them in. (I like the cocktail garden kit too.) $12
4. Bottle Stopper Garden Kit: Know someone who likes drinking wine and gardening? (Maybe even both at the same time?!)
This fun little kit helps you grow an indoor hydroponic garden while upcycling an empty wine bottle. (Wine not included, but who’s to say you can’t slip a bottle in the stocking too?) Once the wine is emptied, fill the bottle with water, plug the neck with the included “smart soil” capsule, and drop in some herb or flower seeds. Within a few days, you’ll have your very own hydroponic garden. $22
5. Save the Monarchs Wildflower Seed Mix: When it comes to gifts for gardeners, you can’t go wrong with seeds. The more the merrier!
And this beautifully designed seed pack definitely delivers on its name: it’s filled with an exclusive blend of 100,000 seeds for 13 essential wildflowers known to sustain monarch butterfly populations, including butterfly milkweed, Indian blanket, Mexican sunflower, verbena, aster, coneflower, and more. If you need other varieties, there’s also a wildflower seed mix for dryland pollinators, cold-hardy Rock Mountain region, hummingbirds and butterflies, and bees. $14
6. Mini Pruner: Don’t be fooled by its compact size. This mini pruner has a sharp blade that can cut, trim, and tidy up everything from flower stems to small limbs.
Small but mighty, it’s easy to tuck into a shirt pocket too—and the price is reasonable enough to pick up a few pairs for friends. $12
7. Floating Plant Hangers: These simple yet clever stainless steel hangers let you create the illusion of free-floating planters on the wall.
Just screw the mount into the wall and slide the rim of your pot under the hook of the hanger. Voilà, instant living wall. The hangers work with any pot that has a lip (like your everyday terracotta pots). $20
8. Plant Dusting Gloves: This is so easy and ingenious, why didn’t we think of that?
Use these basic cotton gloves to dust all your houseplant babies in a snap. (You know, like that monstera that’s grown so large you can’t wash it in the shower anymore.) Once you’re done, toss them in the wash and use them again. Using my link will give you a sweet $20 discount off your first order of $80 or more! $5
9. Hi-Dex Garden Gloves: I recommended leather-trimmed gloves in my other gift guide, but they’re not exactly the kind of gloves you can buy multiples of just to toss around and ultimately misplace in the yard.
So, I always like to stock up on less expensive (but no less reliable) 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 helpers who want all the same things as mom.) $12
10. Thermal Garden Gloves: Just because the weather’s getting colder doesn’t mean the growing season’s over!
These soft and cozy gloves have a solid grip and breathable material that’s well suited to heavy tasks and outdoor DIY projects. They’ll keep any garden enthusiast’s hands warm outside, especially in early spring and winter. $14
11. 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, zinc-coated galvanized steel nameplates. Every gardener needs a set, if not two or more! Couple it with this industrial-strength permanent paint pen for true weatherproofness. $22
12. 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. $15
13. Woodsy Hand Sanitizer Spray: If you’re not into the weird-smelling mass-produced sanitizers that you see plopped down at every checkout counter, 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 clear gel sanitizer I currently keep in the car (and don’t love using). There’s also a lemon blossom and lychee scent, if you want something brighter. $24
14. Stovetop Simmer Fragrance Set: Cold days call for cozy fires and a pot of fragrant fruits and spices simmering on the stove.
These beautifully packaged jars truly set the scene for seasonal entertaining. Simply drop the contents into a pot of boiling water and delight in the smells of bay citron, apple cinnamon, or orange clove. Each spice set can be re-simmered for up to a week. $22
15. Be Fully In the Season Dish Towel: Don’t let the joy of the season get away from you. Revel in it with this feel-good towel that looks good too.
The mindful message, paired with a vibrant and playful print, reminds us just how important it is to be present each and every day. $24
16. Ridiculously Rude Plants Mug: This cheeky mug is perfect for anyone who appreciates a bit of naughty horticultural humor.
With innocent illustrations for hilariously named plants like stiffcock, cuckold herb, and nipplewort, it’s sure to bring a smile to your favorite gardener’s face when they reach for that first cup of coffee in the morning. $15
17. 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. $19
18. 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! $15
19. Wooden Mason Jar Lids: For a classier look, swap out those flimsy metal lids and rings on your mason jars for this custom-looking set of lids made from real acacia wood.
Careful, you might end up swapping all your kitchen cabinets for open shelving as well—all your canning jars will simply look too good to hide behind doors. $24
20. 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. $20
21. Vegetable Brush Set: Every vegetable gardener needs a fruit and vegetable brush, and this set comes with two handy styles for two different tasks.
Use one for all-purpose cleaning of everything from apples to zucchini, and use the other one to remove potato eyes and give your spuds a good scrub. It seems like a really simple gift, but sometimes simple is best. (And personally, I’ve gone through so many brushes and can always use more.) $13
22. Shea Butter Hand Mask: After a day (or week or season) of digging in the dirt, my hands need a lot of love.
This fancy-sounding hand mask is spa-like hydration in a glove and it’s a nice departure from the standard bath soap set people usually give when they think “self care.” I’d love to find this in my stocking along with a pretty hand cream. (Choose from all of the nourishing hand creams here.) $9
23. 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, and also love this fruit and veggie pattern.) $14