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What to put in a gardening gift basket

Have you ever found yourself wondering what to put in a gardening gift basket for your plant-loving friends? Or maybe you’ve put one together before and they loved it so much you want to give them another — but you don’t want to include the same things? We’ve got you covered! There are plenty of garden gift basket ideas beyond this list so long as you consider the recipient, their unique plant interests, and what they would find really useful.

Some new gardening tools

Every outdoor gardener loves to use their tools, and whether they need a replacement set or some to have on hand as backups, you can’t go wrong with including a small set in a gift basket! This goes for budding gardeners, too. Tools are a great way to help them get started and learn what to do.

This tool set from Zuzuan includes a hand trowel, hand rake, and transplant trowel all made from high quality aluminum. The comfortable, non-slip rubber on the handles is perfect for easy grip and helps to lessen hand fatigue. Each tool’s handle  has a hole for hanging, or the tools can be easily stored in a gardening tote if you choose to include one!

A whimsical watering can

Although marketed for kids, this Melissa & Doug chameleon watering can is perfect for any fun-loving gardener; it’s even a good choice for a child who wants to help water the indoor plants. Because it’s sized for kids (at just 10 inches), it’s much more suited to indoor plants than outdoors plants; however, it fits perfectly into a basket and is sure to put a smile on anyone’s face!

Best of all, it could help encourage them to broaden their indoor plant collection or to start growing potted plants in general. This chameleon watering can is built to last (as it has to be durable for kids) and features a tail handle with a branch spout. This gift can serve a dual purpose, being both for the recipient and for their child (if they have one) to partake in the love of plant care.

Plant-themed watering globes

Watering glasses are incredibly beneficial for indoor plants! These terracotta mushroom spikes are useful for indoor gardeners who are a bit forgetful when it comes to keeping up with their leafy friends. They’re a decorative alternative to the clear glass globes (although, those are pretty sleek) and are good for small, medium, and large houseplants. Plus, the mushroom design will bring a bit more of an outdoorsy feel to your indoor sanctuary.

It’s worth noting, though, that these are not the end-all-be-all of plant watering. They’re meant to be used as a supplementary tool, so go ahead and include that watering can listed in your basket, too!

Ceramic succulent pots (with drainage!)

These four-inch ceramic succulent pots with a marble design are a beautiful gift for anyone looking to add a few small plants to their collection. If you have a plant lover in your life who has a few plants without a home (or maybe needs an empty pot or two or four as reason to buy those plants they’ve been wanting), this collection from Artketty will suit their needs.

Not only is the ceramic design eye-catching, these pots have a smooth finish and were made to be durable enough for long-term use. The drainage hole at the bottom means these pots can hold cacti or succulents with ease, and each pot comes with its own drainage tray for excess water. Their small size means they’ll fit on a shelf, on a desk, or on a plant stand while bringing a bit of modern decor into your home.

The Big Book of Blooms

As the next installment in the Big Book series (which you may remember from school libraries or local bookstores), this book will teach you about bird of paradise plants, proteas, cacti, cherry blossoms, wildflowers, and more. This book serves as an introduction to a lot of beautiful plants from a variety of environments and locations and will not only fascinate the plant lovers in your life but educate them as well. It encourages the reader to explore the possibility of growing plants that normally thrive in other regions.

The illustrations in this book are in full color, making it seem as if the plant is right there with you as you read. They’re brought to life and discussed alongside other topics like how to recognize different flowers and their habitats. It’s a must-have for any plant-lover’s bookshelf.

When it comes to putting together a gardening gift basket, keep in mind that the contents should always be personalized. If your recipient doesn’t like to read, switch out the “Big Book of Blooms” for some packets of seeds or maybe a cutting of one of your plants that they’ve been eyeing for awhile. And remember: It’s never a bad time for a new plant.

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