At this time of year, gardeners tend to go into hibernation mode, retreating into their sheds and pulling up the drawbridge. (Alright, we know sheds don’t really have drawbridges.) Now’s the time to treat the gardener in your life to some cosy outdoor gear, or get them looking forward to the Spring with some fresh new garden accessories.
1. Flask, Urban Cuckoo
This unusual flask has a slip cover with printed gardening quotes. Perfect for taking on walks, packing for the allotment or to keep you company in the shed. Priced at £16.95 from Urban Cuckoo.
2. Gardeners’ hooks, Shop on Your Doorstep
This quirky set of hooks is made from an old rake head, and will help tidy anything from coats and hats to small gardening tools and dog leads. Made from powder-coated steel, it’s sturdy enough for outdoor use and comes in a range of eight colours. Priced at £25 from Shop on Your Doorstep.
3. Reindeer seed papers: Wildflower Favours
We got very excited when we found these seed papers, we thought we were going to be able to grow our own reindeer. A little research revealed that these cute decorations will actually give you a crop of wild flowers once planted – probably a more practical option. £14.99 for 25, from Wildflower Favours.
4. Bulbs and seeds tin, Monty’s Vintage Shop
This stylish enamel tin keeps seeds safe and away from hungry mice until Spring. In a traditional gooseberry green, it could well end up finding its way into the house to do duty as a biscuit tin, keepsake box or general bits and bobs repository, as well. £17.50 from Monty’s Vintage Shop.
5. Gardening bag, Gisela Graham
This pretty canvas carry-all has plenty of space for trowels, seed packets, gloves and other necessities. It’s also nice enough to double up as a beach bag or use as an impromptu shopping bag. Excellent value for £10.99 from Mollie and Fred.
6. Gardening mug, Simon Drew
This mug really made us laugh – shaped like a flower pot, it’s printed with the words ‘Raindrops keep falling on my shed’ around the rim. It’s also chunky and practical for outdoor use, and comes complete with a matching lid to keep the heat in and the insects out. A perfect gift for any gardener, it costs £10 from The Great Gift Company.
7. Child’s gardening set, Dotcomgiftshop
Train up the next generation of weeders as soon as you can, and make sure you’ve always got help on hand in the future with this cute child’s gardening set. Containing a hand rake, trowl and fork in a sturdy canvas bag, it’s also available in blue. £9.95 from DotComGiftShop.
8. Indoor gardening kit, Getting Personal
At this risk of seeming a little shed-obsessed, we just couldn’t resist this indoor gardening kit. Once you’ve constructed the picket fence, lift the roof off the shed to discover three soil pellets, three packets of kitchen herb seeds and a pair of scissors for cutting herbs for cooking. Now everyone can have their own shed, even in an urban flat. Priced at £24.99 from Getting Personal.
9. Gardeners’ tuck tin, Whisk Hampers
This vintage-style tin box is big and sturdy enough to take gardening tools, and also has a sliding compartment in the lid for provisions to keep you going throughout the day. It comes with a selection of goodies, and it’s available in two different versions from Whisk Hampers. Prices start from £34.
10. Plant pot, Hunkydory Home
Despite our best intentions, sometimes our fingers aren’t as green as we’d like them to be. Many a generation of potted plant has fallen victim to our well-meaning ministrations, so we love this new range of plant pots from Hunkydory Home, featuring ‘inspirational plant lyrics’ such as ‘I will survive’, ‘Get up, stand up’, and ‘Help! I need somebody.’ All priced at £18.