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If you're looking to buy a gift for a gardening enthusiast, you're in luck. There are a lot of things gardeners need and have use for: a new basic tool because the old one wore out, got lost, or broke; novelty tools that make gardening easier and more comfortable; protective equipment such as glasses, gloves, or a hat; or some great new reading material for the winter that serves as an inspiration for the next gardening season.
Covering a wide budget range, here are the best gardening gifts for men.
Best Utility Belt: Esschert Design Garden Tool Belt
Give your favorite gardener an untethered way to take his tools with him as he tends to his plants. This canvas tool belt has pockets of varying widths to hold everything he needs in one place. It even has customized slots to carry a few marking pens for times when he wants to label individual plants or larger garden areas. The sturdy material stays intact even if he carries his clippers sharp side down, and the convenient buckle means he doesn’t have to deal with tedious ties to get ready.
Best for Safety: Pine Tree Tools Bamboo Working Gloves
Gardening may seem like the tamest of hobbies, but it’s actually a dirty and dangerous affair. Thorns act as daggers, sticks scrape you up, and some sneaky weeds can cause rashes. Plus, while bacteria in the soil is great for plant growth, it’s not so good for open cuts. Help the gardener in your life avoid the potential pitfalls of his hobby with these bamboo working gloves. The breathable material keeps his hands cool on warm days but still protects him from dirt and abrasions. These snug gloves also have a non-slip coating on the palms to help him hold his tools and supplies better (it’s also smartphone friendly).
Best for Green Living: FCMP Outdoor Dual Chamber Tumbling Composter
Every gardener should have a compost bin as a convenient way to get rid of clippings and as an organic method for putting nutrients back into the garden’s soil. This compost tumbler allows anyone — even beginners — to easily start a compost pile. Compost materials need turning every so often (because oxygen helps decomposition), but gardeners typically have to get out a shovel and do it the old-fashioned way. 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.
Best for Foodies: Nourished Essentials Easy Fermenter Wide Mouth Lid Kit
Harvesting the fruits of your labor is one of the best parts of gardening. Often enough, gardeners end up with more produce than they can handle at once. To cut down on waste, gift your gardener friend this handy fermentation kit. The kit allows him to turn any leftover fruits and vegetables into kimchi, pickles, sauerkraut, and other fermented produce variations. It includes three wide-mouth lids (jars not included), an oxygen extraction pump, a fermentation getting-started guide, and access to a recipe e-cookbook. The lids have an airlock valve that keeps oxygen out but allows carbon to escape during the process, and they include a date tracker that ensures a perfectly timed fermentation batch.
Best Mulcher: WORX 13 Amp Electric Leaf Mulcher
Some gardeners want to keep it simple with a basic spade, hoe, and rake, but others like to employ the big guns of the gardening world. If you know someone who fits the latter description, gift him this electric leaf mulcher. It mulches up to 53 gallons of leaves every minute and deposits the debris into a bag waiting below. It quickly turns a yard’s worth of leaves into a pile of nutrient-rich mulch ready to fertilize a thriving plot. The mulcher weighs less than 20 pounds and quickly disassembles into four pieces that can be stored away compactly.
Best Upgrade: Ohuhu Kneeler and Seat with 2 Bonus Tool Pouches
This clever contraption transforms from a portable garden bench into a cushioned kneeler just by flipping it over. The seat allows the gardener to rest as he waters larger plants or prunes bushes. The kneeler minimizes achy knees as he digs in the dirt, and it keeps his skin away from the muddy ground. He can move the frame with him as he works (it’s less than seven pounds) and take his tools on the go in the two bags that attach to both sides. The frame folds up flat, so he can easily store it away when he’s not using it.
Best Grubber: Brush Grubber Heavy-duty Brush Grubber
If you know someone that wants to expand his garden plot, this brush grubber will help him clear the way. It uses strong spring-loaded jaws and 16 gripping teeth to securely grab onto brush and shallow-rooted trees. He can attach the brush grubber to a chain connected to a four-wheeler or tractor to pull bushes and trees out by the roots. Plus, he doesn’t have to ask friends to come over with their shovels in hands, because this tool lets him become a one-man gardening operation.
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.
Gardening is a hobby that does a lot for one’s well-being and health, yet it is not without danger and every gardener needs protective gear to stay safe. Give him something to protect him effectively against inclement weather, sun, insect bites, poisonous plants, dirt, or injury. Unlike gardening tools, protective gear such as gloves wear out fast, often within one season, which makes gardeners appreciative of backups even if they won’t use them right away.
If you want to give a bigger gift, maybe there is a machine or power tool that would make the gardener’s life easier for tasks such as tilling, clearing brush, pruning, shearing, turning over compost, making mulch from leaves, etc. When selecting a piece of equipment, take into consideration whether it is rechargeable, solar-powered, or needs gasoline or diesel to be operated.
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.
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.
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.
What does every gardener need?
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—gardeners also need protective gear for themselves, such as gardening gloves, glasses, and a hat. The more hazardous the task, the more equipment is needed. 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?
Gardeners should wear clothing made of breathable natural fabrics that is machine-washable and comfortable to move around in. Long pants and sleeves protect against insects, scratches, poison ivy, and other skin irritants. 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.
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Additional reporting for this article was done by Nadia Hassani, a Master Gardener with over 20 years of experience.