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If you're looking to buy a gardening gift for your green-thumbed loved one, you can never go wrong with some new gear.
We researched the best gardening gifts for him, considering categories like practicality, ergonomics, sustainability, and more. Our list includes protective, machine-washable gloves from Atlas Glove, the handy Fiskars Garden Tool Set, and a seed saving kit from Uncommon Goods to help him stay organized.
Here are the best gardening gifts for men.
Atlas Gloves NT370A6M Medium Atlas Nitrile Touch Gloves
If the gardener in your life is just starting out, then a solid pair of gloves is the way to go. Deemed the “standard for gardeners, growers, greenhouses, and landscapers for years,” the machine-washable gloves protect gardeners’ hands from thorny plants, thanks to its Nitrile coating. And yet, the material is light enough to allow for the dexterity needed to work with plants.
These gloves are available in four sizes and five colors to fit every gardener. The wrist is elasticized, so the gloves will stay on easily without being too tight or uncomfortable. When working in wet soil or dirt, these gloves offer an excellent grip for wet and slippery plants or seeds.
Fiskars Ergo Garden Tool Set
One user raves that this basic tool set is all you need. Made of cast aluminum, the tools—a trowel, transplanter, and cultivator—cut through the toughest turf and also resist rust, which is good if you’re the type to leave your tools outside. But what makes this set stand out from the others is the ergonomic design of the handles, which reduces hand and wrist fatigue to allow you to work for hours without pain.
Esschert Design Garden Tool Belt
Once your gardener has all their tools, they’ll need an easy way to carry them. The sturdy material of this Esschert tool belt makes it easy to tote around the heaviest of tools, but doesn’t weigh you down while you work. One reviewer did note that adjusting the belt size may leave the wearer with a long “tail,” but that can be easily fixed with a few safety pins.
Field Guide to Urban Gardening
If your gardener-to-be has shied away from growing plants because they don’t have yard space, this book is a must-buy. Written by Kevin Espiritu, founder of Epic Gardening, this book helps you choose the gardening method that works for your environment and provides tips for making your plants thrive. But you don’t have to limit this book to urban gardeners: As one user wrote, “I've got more land than I know what to do with, but this book still has great tips on using raised beds, creating good soil conditions, and handy cheat-sheets for plant spacing as well as tips for protecting seedlings which is useful no matter where you plant.”
Kinfield Golden Hour Bug Repellent
Help your guy keep mosquitoes at bay with this effective repellent that doesn’t smell like chemicals. Made with clean ingredients, the repellent uses a unique strain of Indonesian citronella to effectively keep bugs at bay. This is more expensive than the drugstore variety, but the non-greasy formula and refreshing smell makes it worth it.
Etsy Butterfly Garden Grow Kit
A gorgeous garden that attracts beautiful butterflies is a win-win that comes from this gardening kit. Filled with everything you need to grow butterfly-attracting flowers in a small space, customers rave about the kit’s easy-to-follow instructions. The best part: it can be used by even the youngest of green thumbs in training.
The Complete Gardener: A Practical, Imaginative Guide to Every Aspect of Gardening
If your gardener likes to take an eco-friendly approach to gardening, then they need the guidance of Monty Don. Deemed the UK’s leading garden writer and broadcaster, Don’s methods center around organic gardening and providing habitats for local wildlife. This book is hefty which may be intimidating to beginners, but rest assured half of the pages are filled with stunning photos.
Black Duck Brand Set of 25 Premium Vegetable & Herb Seeds
For the gardener who prefers to eat their final product, this vegetable and herb seed set is the way to go. Each GMO-free seed packet includes planting instructions that are unique to each plant, as well as guidance that tells you when each plant is ready to be harvested. Previous customers rave about the variety healthy germination of the plants.
Seeding Square Planting Tool
Gardening 101: Seeds need room to sprout. Rather than resorting to rulers and guesses, this tool helps gardeners plant seeds in a perfect grid, at the correct depth, and with the proper amount of space. Customers rave about the ease of use, with one reviewer writing that you “just press, plant, and move on.”
Uncommon Goods Gardener's Seed Saving Kit
Though they’re small, the cost of seeds can add up overtime. Help your gardener save some green with this kit that helps them harvest and preserve seeds to plant in the future. Each kit contains envelopes, seed tins, and date or variety labels to keep things organized, as well as seed-saving directions and charts to get the process started.
Professional EZ Travel Collection Adjustable Telescopic Folding Rake
Cleaning debris from the garden just got easier. Made from long-lasting aluminum alloy, this lightweight rake has an easy-grip, rubberized handle to reduce hand and wrist fatigue while working. What customers love most, however, are the easy-to-adjust head and handle which allow gardeners to clean debris from any size space.
SoilKit Soil Test Kit
Before you start a garden, it’s important to find out the composition of your soil so you know the best items to plant. “SoilKit provides the supplies needed for a quick and easy soil collection, and delivers recommendations on the soil treatment products and quantities needed to keep your lawn and garden healthy,” Stefanie Moody, Sr. Associate of Brand Communications for Lowe’s tells The Spruce. All you have to do is send a sample of your soil to their pre-approved lab, and within days you’ll know the levels of PH, nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, organic matter, and micro-nutrients that you’re working with.
Ohuhu Kneeler and Seat with 2 Bonus Tool Pouches
The Ohuhu’s foldable kneeling pad and stool keeps gardeners comfortable while they tend to their work. Made from a steel frame and EVA for added toughness, the foam-based elevated kneeling pad takes pressure off the limbs while tending to low-to-the-ground plants. Flip it over, and you have a comfortable chair that allows you to tend to long-stemmed plants and bigger shrubs. And, as an added bonus, the two tool pouches keep everything by your side to reduce bending over.
Felco F-2 Classic Manual Hand Pruner
The price may be intimidating, but the F2 model is considered the industry standard for pruners, making it well-worth the money. The blades are made of high-quality hardened steel that can cut through anything, while the revolving, rubber cushioned handle provides extra comfort. And if the gardener in your life is left-handed, Felco has lefty pruners available too.
Etsy Custom Garden Stake
This stake highlights the pride he takes in his gardening. Reviewers rave about the completely customizable stake, which they say is beautiful and of the best quality. And they aren’t wrong—it’s made of 14 gauge steel for durability and powder coated for weather resistance, meaning it’ll last for years of pruning, weeding, and more.
FCMP Outdoor Dual Chamber Tumbling Composter
Every gardener should have a compost bin to conveniently get rid of clippings, while also putting nutrients back into the garden’s soil. This compost tumbler allows anyone—even beginners—to easily start a compost pile. Gardeners typically have to get out a shovel and turn materials for decomposition. With this gift, they just need to turn the tumbler five to six times every two to three days. Two different chambers allow one side to hold finished compost while the other stays open to fresh scraps.
Masterclass Ron Finley's Gardening Lessons
Gardening books are a great gift, but nothing can beat classes with an expert. Led by Ron Finley, the self-proclaimed Gangsta Gardener who has revolutionized urban gardening, this video series will teach your gardener how to keep plants alive in any environment and create a beautiful garden in any size space. Finley also focuses on growing your own produce, which can give back to the environment and community.
AeroGarden’s innovative planter takes the guesswork out of growing and harvesting herbs, vegetables, or flowers. First, there’s the lighting. The hood provides 20 watts of white, red and blue LED lights that give your plants the full spectrum of sunlight needed to grow, while the automatic timer makes sure plants get just the right amount of light. And when it comes to nourishing your plants, a light-up reminder tells you when its time to refill the water and plant food.
Allsop WheelEasy Foldable Garden Cart
Take the heavy lifting out of your gardener’s day with this compact, collapsible yard cart. The vinyl-coated denier nylon canvas keeps it lightweight, while the UV-resistant, industrial-strength seams make it durable enough to support up to 150-pounds of leaves, manure, rocks, or whatever you can imagine. Plus, storing is as simple as removing a pin and folding it up.
GoPlus Plant Stand
Sleeker than your average garden bed, this piece from Goplus actually makes plant care easier. The height and slope of each shelf can be easily adjusted, ensuring plants get the best light and have enough room to grow. Additionally, there are holes in the bottom of each shelf that allow excess water to flow down and be repurposed. Plus, it’s built to last. The bed is made of solid fir, which is durable enough to bear a lot of weight and withstand the elements of nature.
What to Look for in a Gardening Gift for a Man
The gardener in your life might already have everything he needs, but there is no harm in giving him something that helps him get better organized, whether it’s for permanent tool storage or to carry tools around in a belt or a toolbox, a gardening or planting calendar to keep track of the gardening year, labels for plants or seedlings, or a seed keeping and storage system.
If they have limited outdoor space—or none at all—Moody suggests gifting them an indoor plant stand and house plants to start their indoor garden.
Just because a gardener has a hoe or a weeder that he uses all the time does not mean it’s a good one to use because gardening can be hard on the body. Tools with better, more ergonomic designs are introduced on the market every year. Besides tools, there are also kneelers and other gifts that make gardening chores more comfortable and easier on the joints.
Gardening is a hobby that does a lot for one’s well-being and health, but it is not without danger. “Depending on your project, you should always be sure to have the right type of work gloves, eye protection and hearing protection to keep you safe,” Moody tells The Spruce. And since protective gear such as gloves wear out fast, often within one season, gardeners appreciate backups even if they won’t use them right away.
And protective gear doesn’t have to be limited to attire. Things like sunscreen and bug spray will keep your gardener safe from the many elements that come with being outdoors. Additionally, Moody says comfortable clothes that adequately cover the skin without providing too much heat are another option.
For a gardener who likes to explore new things, you cannot go wrong with a seed kit or a collection of unusual seeds, both edibles such as vegetable or herb seeds, or ornamentals such as wildflower seeds. Just make you know the zone where your gardener is located in order to pick suitable seeds for the climate.
Passionate gardeners are often keen to learn more so they can become better gardeners. Check out if there is a new highly acclaimed gardening book he might be interested in. Give him a magazine subscription or a gift voucher for a hands-on gardening workshop or class nearby.
Increasing Sustainability and Biodiversity
Gardeners mindful of green gardening benefit from gifts for composting (bin, tumbler, turner, thermometer), water-wise gardening, water-saving, and water recycling (rainwater barrel and peripheral equipment). To help a yard become a haven for pollinators, consider giving him an insect hotel kit or plants that attract beneficial native insects.
What are some essential tools that every gardener needs?
In addition to the basic tools that gardeners need to work the soil and handle plants—from seeding, planting, and harvesting to pruning and pest and disease control—Moody says gardeners need protective gear for themselves, such as gardening gloves, glasses, and ear plugs. Additionally, more hazardous tasks require more equipment. While you might be able to deadhead flowers in regular clothing, tasks with power-tools like chain-sawing require a whole set of protective gear, including special safety pans and safety goggles.
What tools should a gardener have?
The gardening tools every gardener should have include a shovel, hand trowel, gloves, bypass and anvil pruners, loppers, a watering can and/or garden hose, garden rake and lawn rake, cultivator, and a wheelbarrow or a garden cart. Which tools are essential depends on the size of the yard and the type of plants grown (trees, shrubs, flowers, or vegetables).
What should a gardener wear?
First and foremost, Moody says gardeners need “comfortable clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty with soil, mud, mulch, etc.” From there, you want to look for breathable natural fabrics that are comfortable to move around in and machine-washable because they will need to be washed a lot. Protection is also important to consider. Long pants and sleeves keep gardeners safe from insects, scratches, poison ivy, and other skin irritants.
Accessories are as important as the clothes. Gardening clogs, shoes, or boots should be sturdy, comfortable, and waterproof. Another indispensable piece of gardening wear, especially in hot and sunny weather, is a gardening hat.
What are some gardening gifts for someone who is just starting?
You can’t go wrong with the essentials, such as a hand tool kit set, garden rake, gloves, and a pruner. But one must-have that most people make not think about is a soil tester. “Before you start a garden, it’s important to find out the composition of your soil,” Moody tells The Spruce, adding that the results will help you determine what to plant as well as what you need to do to keep your garden healthy.
What are some gardening gifts for someone who lacks outdoor space?
You don’t need sprawling outdoor space to become a gardener. “Houseplants always make a great gift,” Moody says. “Or if they have some outdoor space, they can start their own patio garden with a raised garden bed.”
Why Trust The Spruce
For this article, Leah Rocketto, a writer who has spent years covering home care for various publications, performed hours of research on products and consulted Stefanie Moody, Sr. Associate of Brand Communications for Lowe’s. In her role, Moody has become an expert in gardening equipment and care.