Gardening Gift Ideas for Men

Although it's easy to find gifts for gardeners, guys tend to be a bit harder to shop for. Here are 10 gardening gifts most gardeners would love to receive. There's bound to be 1 or 2 even he would like. And if you'd like to drop a hint about a garden related gift you might like, we're starting a garden gift wish list here.

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  • 01 of 10

    I was given one of the original Birdcams to test a few years ago and it can become addictive. I love to see who's invading my garden when I'm not there to guard it.

    This newer model takes stills and videos and, better yet, time-lapse videos. He can literally watch the grass grow.

    • Comes with USB cable and SD card slot
    • JPG (10 mp) and Video (focus from 6 ft.) options
    • Color LCD display
    • Tripod, bracket or strap mounting options
    • Waterproof body
  • 02 of 10

    The La Crosse Professional Weather Center covers just about every eventuality: minimum/maximum temperature, humidity, wind speed and direction, rainfall... It's battery powered and has a USB connection for downloading historical data to your PC. It's a great gift for the gardener who likes to track weather patterns and keep records.

  • 03 of 10

    Don't wrinkle your nose. The Worm Factory's 4 bin stacking worm composting system means those kitchen scraps won't go to waste during the long, cold winter. You won't even know the worms are there. The whole thing takes up only 16 in. x 16 in. x 14 in.

    You will need to add worms. Red wigglers are the popular choice. (Earthworms won't survive in the bin.)  Check at a local garden or farm center. If they don't have any, there are many sources online.

  • 04 of 10
    Cedar Coldframe
    Photo: Courtesy of Gardener's Supply Company

    For the truly avid gardener, a cold frame is essential. It lets you get started before other gardeners and keeps vegetables going into the winter. It's a narrow 2 ft. x 8 ft., which you can even squeeze in near the house. The 2 sided roof makes for easy access. The base is cedar, so it resists rot. The top is aluminum and polycarbonate. Window adjustment brackets are included.

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  • 05 of 10

    I got one of these trimmers and it was the first time my non-gardening husband volunteered to do the hedges. They work equally well on shrubs and grass. They're ergonomic, lightweight, and fully functional. I don't have a pruning option, so I can't speak to that, but if your guy likes to keep a tidy yard, this is the handiest tool I've seen.

    The battery lasts up to 40 minutes and recharges in about an hour, but I'd recommend getting a 2nd battery to have on hand. Once he gets...MORE going, he won't want to break his stride.

  • 06 of 10

    Let's face it, sometimes the best way to appreciate the fruits of your labor is with your eyes closed. And doesn't he deserve a chance to sit in the garden and just do nothing? Maybe he'll even share it with the person who was so thoughtful.

    This is a 9 ft. striped, padded hammock that comes with a steel stand, for quick set up. Of course you could always hang it in the shade, between 2 trees.

  • 07 of 10

    Small enough to maneuver, large enough to be practical. This chipper can handle yard debris and branches up to 3 in. in diameter, It has:

    • 250cc 4-Cycle OHV Briggs & Stratton  Engine
    • 2-Way (Top and Side) Feed System
    • 10" x 4" Fully Pneumatic Tires
    • 5-Bushel Capacity Collection Bag

    This is a pricey item, but I can't tell you how many times I've wished I had one. I've not yet tried it, but I trust Cub Cadet.

  • 08 of 10

    If he likes to turn under  the vegetable garden every spring or needs to till in a lot of amendments, a tiller is a back saver. Small gardens can get away with a front tine push tiller, but this rear tine model is easier to control and covers ground faster. It is heavy duty equipment though; make sure you have somewhere to store it the rest of the year.

    • Briggs & Stratton engine
    • Chain/Gear Transmission
    • Tills a 17-in. width
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  • 09 of 10

    No matter how good his tools are, he won't use them if he can't find them. This compact storage organizer holds 5 long handled tools. They snap in place, no matter what their width. Each roller ball socket holds up to 7 1/2 lbs. of weight. between each socket is a hook, for smaller tools, hoses, ropes, etc. (Hello Kitty scarf is optional.)

    He may need more than one rack, depending on how many tools he has, but  it should free up a good deal of floor space and frustration.

  • 10 of 10

    Load of Compost or Manure

    Mulch
    Matthew Brown/E+/Getty Images. Photo: Matthew Brown/E+/Getty Images

    Treat him to a home delivery of a few cubic yards of the good stuff. Any gardener would smile when the dump truck pulls up with a load of ready to use gardener's gold.

    Look in your local phone book for soil suppliers or farms, or ask for names of suppliers at a local garden center. But ask to check the product first, or for recommendations. There is no certification for soils and you don't want useless fill.