8 Stocking Stuffers for Your Gardening Friends

Maybe some of these treats will find their way onto your own garden bench! 

By Geri Laufer

The term “stocking stuffers” refers to thoughtful, personalized gifts used to remember your buddies, and in this case, those who enjoy gardening. These gifts are often small enough to fit in most stockings, and best of all, come with an affordable price tag. There are many gadgets around, and I find some of them are really useful. So leave the chocolates and sweets to Santa, and let these unique and useful stocking stuffers steal the show.

Noodlehead Sprinkler

This funny, silly sprinkler head is composed of 12 flexible noodles that can be precisely aimed to deliver water to my target area. The noodles stay bent where I point them, allowing me to create endless, customized watering patterns. Noodlehead ($20) – noodleheadsprinkler.com.

Noodlehead Sprinkler.

Kneelo Knee Pads 

For me, gardening is kind of an up and down sport. These knee pads protect my knees without the need to keep track of a kneeler pad, and without digging into the back of my knees. They come in six colors. Burgon & Ball, find them at Corona Tools ($32) – coronatoolsusa.com.

Hori-Hori Soil Knife

This solid digging knife with a serrated edge lets me stab into the ground or make a line for planting seeds. I also find the serrated edge ideal for dividing daylilies. Find one online, or try the Fiskars Big Grip Garden Knife at Target ($6) – target.com.

Steel Nursery Trowel

The number one choice of professionals, complete with a lifetime warranty, and my number one choice of trowel as well–this heavy-gauge steel trowel stands up to garden abuse. I find the solid steel shank never bends and use them as housewarming gifts as well as stocking stuffers. A.M. Leonard ($15) – amleo.com

Although the powder coating is wearing a bit thin on the edge of my favorite steel nursery trowel, it will serve me well for the next two decades–planting everything from bulbs to perennials. My hands are protected by $1 gloves that I use until I wear holes in the fingertips, then toss.

Garden Gloves

Gardening gloves range from long leather gauntlets designed to protect hands and arms from rose thorns to disposable dollar store cotton gloves, and I love them all. Find thorn-proof gauntlets at Ace Hardware or online ($20 to $35) – acehardware.com/amazon.com.

Curved Blade Grape Shear

This stainless steel shear or snip has a curved blade that is ideal for speeding up harvesting— from flowers to squash—and everything in-between. It’s made by Corona Tools, who got their start with citrus clippers for the fledgling California industry almost 100 years ago ($12) – coronatoolsusa.com.    

Min/Max Thermometer 

Just how cold (or hot) did it get? Sper Scientific Min/MaxThermometers record the coldest and hottest temperatures reached since the last time you looked and reset it. I keep mine inside my cold frame ($25) – thomassci.com.

Do you keep a weather eye out for cold temperatures and their effects on your camellias? For your geeky garden (or weather) friends, you can’t go wrong with a scientific thermometer that measures both the low (minimum) and high (maximum) temperatures. The mercury is U-shaped, and you read the low temp on the left, while the high registers on the right. Then reset the marker with a magnet, included.

Nursery Gift Certificates

My absolute favorite gift is a gift certificate to a specialty nursery or local garden center. This way I can choose exactly what I want—“free!” Some nurseries offer a discount or added value with their gift certificates, so even Clark Howard approves (typically start at $50).  

Hope your holidays are filled with family, food, and friendship.

Geri Laufer lives in Atlanta, where she, graphic designer husband David, and English Coonhound Lily are working on designing and installing a never-finished landscape. You can reach her at Geri Laufer.