Holiday Gift Guide 2018 Reviews

Holiday Gifts For Gardeners: 2018 Gardening Gift Guide

Whether you’re looking for a gift for the gardener in your life or you’re wondering what gardening tools to invest in next (or to add to your wishlist!), we’ve compiled some of our favorites. We’ve personally used (and continue to use) every one of these items so we can honestly recommend them as great gift ideas.

This holiday gift guide covers a wide range of price points, from budget finds to splurge items, so you’re sure to find something here that’s just perfect for you.

To make it easier to find just the right gardening product – and to give you a better idea of what each item is and why we think it’s so great – we put together a video to share it all with you! Plus, you’ll find a description and link to each of the products. Most are available on Amazon so you should be able to get and/or give them in time for Christmas!

See the Full Holiday Gift Guide

If you have time, you can catch the full gift guide video below. It’s almost 28 minutes of us talking about our favorite things – gardening tools – and celebrating the holiday season!

But if you just want to see the product descriptions and/or shorter videos featuring specific items, keep scrolling down.

Happy Holidays from all of us at the Gardening Products Review!

Monica, Jack & Sarah


Budget and Stocking Stuffer Items

Scroll Trellis
If you want to grow vines up a pole or post, or in a narrow space on a wall, then the Scroll Trellis is the perfect solution. It’s durable, easy to install and vines quickly scramble up it to cover both the trellis and the underlying structure.
Stretch Tie
Part twist tie, part stretchy plastic, this nifty little fastener holds vines and leafy stems in place without hurting them. As the plant grows and the stem gets thicker, the Stretch Tie does exactly what the name suggests - it stretches to accommodate the growing plant. Available in a range of sizes and colors, including clear, tan and green.

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Seeding Square
This unique seed sowing aid is well-designed, easy to use, and comes with plenty of helpful information to make gardening simple. From square foot gardening to teaching kids the joys of planting, it's a great tool for getting started with a well-planned garden.
Allsop Premium Grow Stake
These stakes have so many features, you'll never go back to plain bamboo stakes. And as we mentioned in the video, we loved them so much we went out and bought six more!
Not very glamorous, but something we use constantly in our garden. Monica uses it for everything from capturing water during a rainstorm to carrying garden debris and mixing her own potting mix.
Price Reduction
Lesche Digging Tool
Like a hori-hori or soil knife on steroids. We use this for so many gardening tasks, from opening bags of compost to prying up rocks and paving stones, planting bulbs, dividing plants, cutting roots, and so much more.
ARS HP-130DX 7-Inch Ideal Light Pruner / Pocket Secateur, Colors Vary
If you're looking for a light-duty pruner, then this is a terrific choice. It's definitely a cut above other pruners on the market, including the ones you’re probably most familiar with. For everyday pruning and deadheading, these can’t be beat, although if you have large hands you may find that they’re too small.
ARS Folding Saw
Jack has tested a LOT of pruning saws, and this is his favorite folding saw. It's ultra-sharp, comfortable to hold, folds easily and gets the job done quickly.
ARS HP-VS8R Rotating Handle Hand Pruner, 8-Inch
These are Monica's all-time favorite pruners. With a rolling handle (to minimize fatigue), razor sharp cutting blade (chrome coated, marquenched, high carbon steel!), squeeze-to-open blade lock, and a cushioning spring, they've been her go-to for over 6 years.
Price Reduction
Melnor Digital Watering Timer
If you're looking for an irrigation timer that attaches to the spigot and has FOUR zones, then look no further. It's easy to program and has an optional moisture sensor that stops the watering cycle if the ground is moist enough. With this and a self-watering planter, your garden can almost grow itself!
Pike's Original Maine Garden Hod
A very handy, well-built basket for gathering and washing edibles and flowers from the garden. It’s made in the USA from local woods and food-grade PVC-coated wire mesh. There are other hods available now (and they look very similar) but this is the original that Monica has been using for almost 10 years now - and it's still in perfect condition.

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WORX Sweeper/Blower
OK, so maybe this isn't exactly a budget item but we promise that once you use it you'll never go back to just using a broom to clean debris, dust, and dirt! We use ours almost daily.

Potlifter – This handy strap and handle system makes lifting heavy and unwieldy objects (like pots, rocks, and firewood) so much easier.

Our Favorite Gardening Gloves

Price Reduction
Digz Gardening Gloves
Terrific for light- to medium-duty gardening tasks. They’re comfortable, flexible and breathable, with great dexterity, extra padding in all the right places, and a snug, adjustable wrist closure that keeps dirt out. These everyday use gardening gloves for under $10 make a great stocking stuffer.
Price Reduction
Women's Bionic ReliefGrip Gardening Gloves
If you’re looking for one glove that can do almost everything, you can’t go wrong with the Bionic ReliefGrip gardening glove. It has some unique features that make it a good choice not only for the typical gardener, but also for those of us with arthritic fingers.
Men's Bionic Tough Pro Gloves
This is one tough pair of gloves! They stood up well to everything we could throw at them, all while remaining supremely comfortable. The ergonomic design, supple goatskin leather, silicon fingertips and Lycra flex zones all make for a terrific pair of gardening gloves. Sorry ladies, these are made for men.
Bear Wallow Rose Gauntlets
These elbow-long gloves are practically bullet-proof. They protect your hands and arms from thorns of all kinds, even the long spines on cactus! Monica swears by these comfortable goatskin and split cowhide gloves - and won't go anywhere near a cactus without them!

Splurge Items – Because We All Deserve Something Special Now & Then!

Yard Force Pressure Washer
A beast of a machine packed in a small, easy to use unit. It has plenty of power to clean just about everything, especially with the included turbo nozzle. It’s simple to set up and lightweight enough to be easily lifted and moved with the folding handle. Monica won't touch the full-sized units but she sure puts this compact pressure washer to good use!
Haws Watering Can
The creme de la creme of watering cans. It may not be something you'd splurge on for yourself (although Monica did many years ago!) but any gardener would LOVE to have one of these. The replacable brass rose puts out a gentle stream of water, the two handles let you perfectly balance the can as you water, and it's built to last a lifetime.
Greenstalk Vertical Garden
Only have a small space but want to grow a ton of veggies or flowers? That's no problem with this set of stacked containers! Just water from the top (the ingenious design ensures that all 5 layers get adequately watered) and watch your plants grow. We grow 30 hot pepper plants in this every year and get a bumper crop.
Watex Urban Farming Green Wall Kit
Create a green wall in minutes. It’s simple to install, gives you multiple design options, and the integrated irrigation system keeps plants nicely watered with minimal effort on your part (even through the extreme heat of a Tucson summer!). It’s the best vertical garden system we’ve used to date.
Crescent Garden Dot TruDrop Planter, Self-Watering Plant Pot, 20-Inch (Ash)
Can you imagine only watering your plants in containers every two months? We didn't believe it was possible but with these incredible self-watering planters, we can go anywhere from two weeks (in the heat of a Tucson summer) to two months (in fall) between waterings! Available in various sizes and styles.
AeroGarden, Black Bounty, garden
Garden year-round with this wi-fi enabled hydroponic kit. Sure, the wifi connectivity may be a bit over the top (although Jack loves checking in on the AeroGarden on his iPhone!), but it's also available without that. And yes, the herbs really do grow as lushly as shown in the photo - we're practically overwhelmed with basil, dill, and parsley.


We’ve reviewed a ton of wonderful gardening books that would make a terrific gift for gardeners of all kinds.

And don’t forget seed packets – it’s the perfect stocking stuffer. There are so many companies to choose from but our personal favorites are Renee’s Garden Seeds, Botanical Interests and Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.

Last update on 2023-03-27 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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