Christmas Gift Guide 2020: our favourite presents for gardeners, amateur and seasoned

By Jess Denham
Wednesday, 2nd December 2020, 5:05 pm
Updated Sunday, 20th December 2020, 10:24 pm

Gardening has spiked in popularity in 2020. If there's a green-thumbed loved-one in your life, buying them a gift to utilise when indulging their passion is a brilliant idea.

Choosing a present for someone deeply devoted to their rose bushes or veg patch may prove a little confusing if it's not your shared hobby. To take the stress out of the selection, we've surveyed the highest quality, most useful, and stylish gardening gear on the market.  

There’s a gift for everybody on our list - experienced gardeners and newbies, country folk and city dwellers. Just make sure they’re back inside in time for Christmas lunch!

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Haws Burgundy Watering Can, £59

Haws Burgundy Watering Can

Haws, the world’s oldest watering can company, is our go-to for elegant watering cans that are easier to carry and tip, meaning fewer splashes. There are few watering cans in their collection that aren't on our wish-list, but this rich claret model, made from power-coated steel, is perfect for any gardener who tends an indoors jungle. With a traditional shape, manufactured by hand in Birmingham, it will last any gardener a lifetime. Buy now, £59, Trouva

My Garden World by Monty Don, £16.99

My Garden World by Monty Don, £16.99

Chances are, your gardening giftee is an ardent fan of the BBC’s Gardeners’ World, hosted by Monty Don. His latest book is a joyful celebration of British nature, brimming with fascinating insights into the flora and fauna of our country. It follows Don’s personal seasonal journey from January through to December, as he merrily observes the natural beauty surrounding him - and all of us. Buy now, £16.99, Waterstones

Garden Trading Moreton Potting Bench, £280

Give your loved one a Christmas to remember by taking them out to the patio and presenting them with this neat spruce potting bench (just remember to add a festive ribbon!). It’s weatherproof, with two deep drawers for loose soil, six hooks for hanging tools and a lower shelf for watering cans, planters and trays. Hide some seeds and accessories inside for an extra exciting surprise.

Buy now, £280, Garden Street

Le Chameau Vierzonord Neoprene Lined Boot, £180

Le Chameau Vierzonord Neoprene Lined Boot, £180

This iconic welly is a must-have for any serious gardener, which is probably why the aforementioned Monty Don owns a trusty pair. Though big budget, if you’re looking to treat a significant other, they’ll have these handmade rubber boots for life. Comfy, warm and waterproof, they have a tightening strap to ensure the best fit and a grippy, shock-absorbing sole. They can tackle all terrains, no matter the weather, and come in men’s and women’s sizes. Buy now, £180, Joules

Emma Bridgewater Personalised Polka Gardening ½ Pint Mug, £20.95

Emma Bridgewater Personalised Polka Gardening ½ Pint Mug, £20.95

Emma Bridgewater, whose pottery is a British country kitchen staple, has a jolly gardening-themed mug in her bestselling range. Hand-stamped with trowels, forks and pruners, it can be personalised with your chosen name or text (one witty customer recently went for ‘Fork off!’, which we appreciate). Team it with the Good Gardening tea towel, £12, for a thoughtful and timeless gift. Buy now £20.95, Emma Bridgewater

Burgon & Ball British Bloom Pruner and Holster Set, £13.99

Burgon & Ball British Bloom Pruner and Holster Set

If your friend or family member is always outside pruning their borders, they’ll love this comfort-grip, RHS-endorsed pruner and colourful neoprene holder. Featuring dahlias and peonies in bloom, the holder has a loop for fitting onto a belt. The set comes in a letterbox-friendly printed gift box tied with ribbon, and there are other beautiful heritage designs available. Burgon & Ball also sells highly-rated gardening glovesBuy now, £13.99, Water Butts Direct

The Good Life Board Game, £29.95

The Good Life Board Game, £29.95

Family board games always go down well at Christmas, and this award-winning rural gem will be no exception. The rules are a doddle to pick up - thankfully, after all that Buck’s Fizz! - and children aged 7+ can join in. Players simply move their wheelbarrow around the board, collecting fruit, vegetables, pigs and chickens in a bid to fill up their garden and achieve self-sufficiency. The first player to do so, wins, but they’ll have to survive the unexpected twists and turns thrown up by the Green Fingers cards...   Buy now, £29.95, eBay

Grandma Wild’s Gardener’s Biscuit Tin, £3.99

Grandma Wild’s Gardener’s Biscuit Tin, £3.99

If it’s an affordable stocking filler you’re after, look to this charming embossed tin filled with crumbly all-butter shortbread biccies. It’s perfect for keeping in the shed, ready for hard-earned tea breaks after tiring digging and pruning. Once it’s empty (in no time, we suspect!), your loved one can either refill it with more sweet treats or use it to store gardening bits and bobs like plant markers, seeds and string. Buy now £3.99, Lakeland

William Morris Outdoor Stool, £79.99

Beloved Arts and Crafts designer William Morris is back in vogue (if he ever left, that is), making this sturdy folding stool a trendy buy for use in the garden, on camping trips or at the beach come summer. It’s durable, thanks to a teak oil finish, and easy to store in the shed after a pruning session. There’s a range of prints available, but our pick is this contemporary sky blue rendition of ‘Pink & Rose’, designed in 1891. Buy now £79.99, WELOVECUSHIONS

Traditional Hori Hori Garden Trowel with Straight Edge Blade, £24.99

Traditional Hori Hori Garden Trowel with Straight Edge Blade

This seriously cool and incredibly versatile gardening tool is sure to impress your lucky recipient. Lauded by professional gardeners worldwide, it is Japanese-designed (‘hori hori’ means ‘dig dig’ in Japanese). Light but super strong, it has razor sharp and straight edges for slashing through roots, rough pruning and opening compost bags. The blade is tempered to provide long lasting durability so you can reap the benefits of this beautifully crafted trowel year after year.  It comes with a plastic sheath and belt holder. In short: they’ll soon wonder how they managed without it. Buy now, £24.99, Primrose

Seedball Wildlife Collection Wildflower Seeds, £15

Seedball Wildlife Collection Wildflower Seeds, £15

Not for profit company Seedball is all about inspiring more people to grow native wildflowers in gardens, balconies and window boxes, with the aim of saving our wildlife. This set of six illustrated seed boxes would make a fabulous stocking filler for gardeners of all ages. Each box contains a wildflower mix that attracts a different species - bees, birds, butterflies, beetles, bats and hedgehogs. Simply scatter them onto soil come spring and let nature work its magic. Buy now £15, Not On The High Street

Alaskan Maker Gardening Bag, £55

Alaskan Maker Gardening Bag

Gardening tools are easy to misplace and leave in the shed, making a reliable gardening bag a must-have for a relaxing and enjoyable session. This robust model is the best we’ve come across, thanks to its waterproof waxed fabric that prevents staining. With a 15-litre capacity and eight side pockets, it’s big enough for all the key bits of gear, while leather handles add a luxury touch befitting a special Christmas gift. Buy now £55, Roxtons

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