One of the best gifts I ever received was an afternoon of gardening help from my aunt and uncle. We got more done in four hours then I could have done by myself all day. Of course, the next best thing to lending a hand is finding the perfect gift for your favorite green thumb. So I have pulled together 15 gifts that run the gamut from practical to whimsical, but they are all fun and guaranteed to make the gardener on your list happy.
1 Vertical Succulent Garden DIY Panel, $70 from Flora Grubb: This 20"by 20" planting tray is designed to be mounted on a wall and contains 45 individual planting cells that can be filled with succulents. Round out the gift with a flat of succulents (or a gift certificate to a nursery).
2 Terrene Concrete Planters, $90 to $185 from Terrene: Bring the garden indoors with these handsome concrete containers, which are designed and hand crafted in Portland, Oregon.
3 Pitch Birdhouse, $58.65 from Loll Designs: Birds will surely want to call this hip little house home. Made from 100% recycled high-density plastic and designed and manufactured in Minnesota.
4 Homemade Living Book Series by Ashley English, each book $19.95 from Amazon: Perfect for the aspiring urban farmer on your list! This great series of four books covers how to raise chickens, keep bees, make dairy products, and preserve food at home. Tons of gorgeous photos, troubleshooting tips, and recipes makes these books a must have addition to any gardener's bookshelf.
5 Windowsill Herb Holder, $53 from aHa! Modern Living: Keep freshly cut herbs perky in this pretty blown glass and acacia wood windowsill herb holder, which can also do double duty as a vase or centerpiece.
6 Subscription to Wilder Quarterly, $59.99 from Wilder Quarterly: This gorgeous new quarterly gardening magazine is what gardeners have been waiting for. Full of lush photography, articles by the likes of Dominique Browning, and recipes. It is a treat to sit down and read it from cover to cover.
7 Hudson Valley Seed Library Art Packs, $3.57 from Hudson Valley Seed Library: These beautiful seed packets are designed by artists from the greater New York region and filled with heirloom seeds. Perfect for stocking stuffers.
8 Don't Eat Me Tea Towel, $28 from makelike: Part of makelike's Forest Collection, this beautiful tea towel features a collection of wild mushroom illustrations that are hand screen printed with water based inks on linen.
9 2 1/2 Inch Small Trowel, $27 from Red Pig Tools: Every gardener needs a good trowel and this heirloom quality tool will last a lifetime. It has a hand-forged steel blade and a hardwood handle and is made by the only blacksmith in the United States that specializes in garden tools.
10 Vegetable Block Prints, $15 to $45 from Rigel Stuhmiller: These gorgeous hand-carved linoleum block prints are made by Bay Area artist, Rigel Stuhmiller, who was inspired by her work on a small farm near San Diego.
11 Poppy and Butterfly Cloche, $36 from Terrain: This exquisite glass cloche is pretty enough to display by itself, but it really shines when placed over plants, indoors or out.
12 Bamboo Garden 4X Gloves, $24 from Ethel Gloves: Made from Bamboo fibers these gloves fit perfectly, wick away moisture, are antimicrobial, and have just the right amount of stretch. The suede-like material on the palm provides a good grip, but it's vegan-friendly.
13 Hunter Fleece Welly Socks, $30 from Nordstrom: These super soft fleecy socks fit right into welly boots and keep feet toasty warm, no matter what the weather is like. They come in an array of colors, cable knits, and animal prints.
14 Gin Blossom Handcreme (1.25 oz tube), $9 from Ink and Peat: Soften up chapped hands with this divine shea butter handcreme. It has a delightful citrus scent, but is free of paraben, phthalates, animal ingredients, and artificial colors.
15 Small Hughson Fire Column, $189 from Pure Modern: This nifty portable fire "pit" is perfect for small spaces because it uses a clean burning gel, rather than wood or gas, and is compact enough to set on a table.
2011 Green Gift Guides
You can find all 20 of the 2011 Green Gift Guides gathered together all in one place right here.
(Images: 1. Flora Grubb 2. Terrene 3. Loll Designs 4. Amazon 5. aHa! Modern Living 6. Wilder Quarterly 7. Hudson Valley Seed Library 8. makelike 9. Red Pig Tools 10. Rigel Suhmiller 11. Terrain 12. Ethel Gloves 12. Nordstrom 14. Ink and Peat 15. Pure Modern)