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17 gardening gifts for the plant-lovers in your life

The best picks for green thumbs ranging from amateur to pro.

Bangerz Sunz Two-Quart Elephant Watering Can, $8.89

, $8.89

Hinterhaus Productions

It’s safe to say green is the new black: With everything that’s been going on in the world over the last year and a half or so, people have been cooped up in their homes. And we don’t think it’s a coincidence that more people have since turned to gardening as a way to escape. Hey, if they’re stuck at home, at least they have something to tend to instead of just sitting around on the couch all day watching TV.  

Safe to say that with house plants more in vogue than ever, gardening and plant gifts are now perennially in season. Whether your favorite green thumb tends to indoor or outdoor plants, wants to perfect their craft with books, or is after some practical gardening accessories, there’s a present out there to suit anyone – and any budget.

Here are some of the best gardening gifts out there in time for the holidays – read on and shop them below. 

For the indoor plant-lovers

Countertop indoor garden

, $89.97

AeroGarden Harvest - Indoor Garden with LED Grow Light, Black

The weather around the holidays isn’t typically conducive to gardening – at least not outdoors. So instead, pick up a that can be used year-round. The AeroGarden indoor garden can grow up to six plants at one time, and the plants grow in water so there’s no mess and no dirt.

Choose from all sorts of indoor-friendly plants that are easy to grow, such as , , and even . The 20-watt LED light bulb and watery conditions inside the chamber lead to plant growth that’s five times faster than soil. Take that, cold weather!

Elephant watering can

, $8.89

Bangerz Sunz Elephant Watering Can, 2 qts
Bangerz Sunz

If the person you’re shopping for prefers to keep living plants over fake plants, then having a way to water all of their favorites is a necessity. Sure, you could get a basic watering can for them like every other person might own, but it’s the holidays, so we can step it up. 

The two-quart container holds enough water to handle all of the indoor plants, and the cute design with the elephant’s trunk acting as the spout makes it more fun. To stick with the animal theme, you can also and create a gift package that they won’t soon forget.

Display-worthy plant mister

, $12.99

OFFIDIX Transparent Glass Watering Spray Bottle

While the watering can above might be great for some of your plants that need heavier streams of water, it isn’t ideal for all of the indoor plants that many plant-lovers these days have. For plants that just need to stay moist and for which you don’t want the water to pool up, , then a spray bottle or mister is a better choice.

For a gift-worthy mister, pick up this . It has a smooth, even spray and looks pretty enough to be left out on the mantle or bookshelf for decoration if your recipient’s storage space is limited. 

Succulent tool set

, $8.99

godehone Succulent Tools, Mini Garden Tool Set

Taking care of succulents is typically quite a bit easier than most other types of plants, but it still requires the right tools. In many cases, succulents are much smaller than most other types of plants, so you’ll want to get the low-maintenance gardener in your life a sized just for these plants. 

And while you’re at it, why not get them some fresh succulents to really complete the gift? With a box made of reclaimed wood, this is the perfect gift for anyone who loves succulents and wants to help the environment!

DIY bonsai kit

, $59.99

DIY Bonsai Kit

Plant-lovers all over seem to be fans of bonsai trees and plants. Even people that you may not designate as a plant-lover may very well be interested in a meditative bonsai tree this holiday season. These plants are relatively easy to maintain and create some of the best indoor decorations of all.

That said, it’s important to make sure that they have everything they’ll need to successfully get their bonsai grown – and with this , they’ll have it all. The only thing you’ll need to do is choose between jade, juniper, azalea, and umbrella trees. 

For the outdoor plant lovers

Gardening essential tool kit

, $19.17

Fiskars 384490-1002 Garden Scratch Tool Set, Recyclable Package, Black/Orange

Let’s be honest, gardeners and plant lovers alike need to have the right tools for the job. No matter what they’re planting or what type of plants they prefer, some tools are just vital. Like, for instance, a trowel, cultivator, and transplanter.

If they’re an experienced gardener, then they might already have these tools at their disposal – but it’s still a great gift if you know they haven’t replaced their tools in a while. With this , they’ll have the essentials to tackle their gardening needs. 

Plant groomers

, $6.99

VIVOSUN 6.5 Inch Gardening Hand Pruner Pruning Shear with Straight Stainless Steel Blades Orange

As any gardener familiar with Plants 101 would be able to tell you, it’s vital to keep the plants maintained so that they’re able to continue their growth and, hopefully, thrive. One of the most essential parts of plant maintenance is pruning dead and dying leaves or branches to make way for the healthy ones.

The easiest way for them to do this is with a pair of hand pruning shears or pocket snips. This is small enough to carry around the garden (or house!) and robust enough to keep plants in tip-top shape.

If you really wanna spruce it up, gift that special someone as the main gift and then include the pocket snips as an added touch!

CobraHead weeder and cultivator

, $27.95

CobraHead Original Weeder & Cultivator Garden Hand Tool - Forged Steel Blade

One of the most underrated tools that all gardeners need to have in their sheds is a . This handheld miniature cultivator is specially designed to make digging, weeding, and cultivating easier than ever.

Due to its small size, this tool can be used for very precise weeding and digging, enabling the green thumb in your life to attack the exact spot(s) in their garden that needs attention without risking any damage to the other plants in the area.

Watering wand for gardens

, $11.99

Melnor 65045-AMZ RelaxGrip Showerhead Watering QuickConnect Product Adapter, 33" Wand

Even if you’re not the most familiar with gardening yourself, I’m sure you know that there is one thing that just about any plant cannot live without: water. So as you’re shopping for those in your life that love gardening, consider getting them an easier way to water their plants.

One of the best tools for the job is a watering wand, like this 33-inch one from Melnor. A watering wand makes it easier to water plants directly at the roots while also making it possible to water setups like without needing to get out the ladder or a step stool. 

Hex-drive DIY auger

, $33.50

Power Planter 3"x12" DIY Guru Auger (Pack of 6)
Power Planter

If you’re shopping for someone that you know is big into outdoor plants, then this is the perfect gift to consider. The , which attaches to a drill, makes digging a hole while gardening easier than ever.

The ⅜” non-slip hex drive makes it incredible simple to use, and the tool will do the rest for them. Quickly dig holes for plants and even small trees faster than ever before. At the same time, the auger aerates the dirt that it digs and will help those plants get all the nutrients that they need.

Soil moisture and pH meter

, $14.99

Fivota Soil pH Meter

For the gardeners in your life that are really particular about their plants and want to make sure they stay as healthy as ever, it’s time to think outside the box. Instead of just getting them a tool that will help them dig and plant easier, get them something that no other tool can do.

With a moisture/pH meter like , they will be able to quickly and easily check (and monitor) the soil’s contents to make sure it’s exactly the way it needs to be to help their plants thrive. Plants are very particular about soil moisture and pH levels, and this easy-to-use tool will make sure things are exactly the way they need to be.

Motion-activated animal repeller  

, $49.95

Hoont Cobra Animal Repeller | Outdoor Solar-Powered Motion-Activated Water Blaster

This animal repeller is non-lethal, simply spraying a stream of water at the animals to scare them away—so there’s no harm done to the animal (or your garden). The solar-powered and motion-activated design makes the totally self-sufficient. With a 30-foot range and lightweight construction, the person you gift this to can easily set it up and keep their garden protected 24 hours a day. 

For the book-lovers

A succulent encyclopedia

, $19.99

The Little Book of Cacti and Other Succulents

You know how to really show the plant-lover in your life that you’re thinking about them this holiday season? Get them a book about their favorite type of plants (or another preferred method of gardening!) so they can practice their craft, pick up some tips, and get even better at it.

For the low-key green thumbs in your life, the best book to start with is by Emma Sibley. This beautifully designed, 144-page hardcover book will help them learn how to choose and maintain their succulents, such as this . 

A guide to styling plants 

, $20.59

Wild at Home: How to style and care for beautiful plants
CICO Books

While the above book choice is great for succulents and how to maintain them, some of the other plant-lovers in your life might be more into beautiful flowering plants. For them, the bestseller is the book to buy. 

In this book, Hilton Carter teaches readers how to maintain their plants and style them for optimal beauty. Consider pairing a flowering plant with the book to get your giftee started. 

The ultimate houseplant volume 

, $23.40

Houseplants: The Complete Guide to Choosing, Growing, and Caring for Indoor Plants
Cool Springs Press

For those picking out greenery for their first apartment and equally for giftees that have all sorts of plants in every corner of their home, is basically everything they need to know about caring for indoor plants.

This book dives deep into both basics and pro tips, including how to choose the right plants for different purposes—say, for instance, the (easily giftable) , which looks amazing while also purifying the air. 

Just for Fun

Succulent earrings

, $9.99

Plant Earrings 3 Pairs Succulent Earrings Handmade Jewelry

So far, we’ve looked mostly at legitimate tools and books that will help your horticulturally inclined friends and family become better at gardening—or that will make it easier for them to garden. But what better way for someone to show their love of plants than to accessorize a bit? Combine the earrings with for a truly coordinated gift. 

Cactus humidifier

, $18.99

YINGJEE Mini Humidifier Single Room Humidifiers with Night Light

Last but not least, consider getting this as a gift this holiday season. Not only are humidifiers great for people with children or that live in an extremely dry place, they’re actually super helpful for indoor gardening and maintaining plant health as well. 

Humidifiers can help keep the moisture content in a room at a specified level, which some plants—just, you know, not cacti—need in order to thrive. Keep it on your nightstand or desk for easy breathing.