09/12/2013

Great Christmas gift ideas for gardening enthusiasts

It’s that time of year again when everyone scratches their heads wondering what to buy friends and family for Christmas. This is difficult decision at the best of times, but buying a great Christmas gift for a keen gardener can be even harder, especially if you don’t know much about gardening yourself.

Like any good Christmas present, the ideal Christmas gift should be something that the receiver wouldn’t necessarily buy themselves, and this is also true for any garden enthusiast. 

Gifts that you should avoid giving to a keen gardener include; plants seeds and basic garden tools like trowels and spades etc. These are basic, yet essential items of garden equipment that a typical garden enthusiast would normally buy and replace as and when they need them. 

These types of Christmas gifts are perfect for the novice gardener who maybe just starting out. Books written by reputable authors would also make good gifts to give them a helping hand and tips on what to do first. 

It’s also highly likely that a gardening enthusiast would have already taken cuttings / clippings of their favourite plants and shrubs in preparation for next year. Providing additional plants may just cause more of a headache, as a keen gardener may have already planned what is to be grown where in their garden. 

For a truly great Christmas present for a gardening enthusiast, you should consider other gift ideas that will inspire them or save them time when doing basic garden chores. Some gift ideas are listed below. 

1. Robotic lawnmower: If the person you are buying for always complains they do not have enough time to do everything in their garden - then a robotic lawnmower is the perfect Christmas present. Day or night, rain or shine a robotic lawn mower like the Flymo 1200 R will automatically cut the grass at the owners preferred day and time. 

By automatically cutting the grass for you, a robotic lawnmower will save the owner precious time allowing them to spend more time doing the things they love in the garden. This is even more important during the summer months when they may be cutting the grass once a week or more in order to keep the lawn looking tidy and neat. 

A robotic lawnmower also has other benefits too. By cutting the grass little and often in an irregular pattern it helps the grass grow thicker and greener helping to provide a carpet like finish.
For more information on the Flymo robotic lawnmower following the link below: 

http://www.flymo.com/uk/lawn-mowers/robotic/1200r/ 

2. Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) show tickets: RHS show tickets are a present any gardening enthusiast would enjoy. A gardening show like Chelsea Flower Show or Hampton Court Palace isn’t just a great day out for all the family, but a great place to be inspired and generate new ideas for their own garden. Tickets are available to purchase on the Official RHS website. 

http://www.rhs.org.uk/Shows-Events 

3. Garden furniture: Is one of those things that always gets forgotten and say it will do. Why not treat a keen gardener to a new set of garden furniture like a set of wooden chairs or table. If that is too expensive, then maybe just help give their current set a face-lift with a new set of cushions or a throw. 

Before buying any garden furniture set you should consider which material (wood or plastic) they would like, and which design or style they would prefer to ensure it is in keeping with the rest of the garden. 

4. Automatic garden watering system: A common issue for any keen gardener is that when they go on holiday their garden is left un-watered and unmaintained, meaning they could come back to lots of dead plants and a scorched lawn especially, if it has been quite hot. 

An automatic watering system like those made by GARDENA is the perfect way to solve this problem. For plants and flowerbeds a Micro Drip System I the ideal way that to release the right amount of water regularly.
For larger gardens and lawns an underground sprinkler system could be the perfect gift. Once installed these systems will pop up and automatically water the garden evenly at a programmed time and date to suit the gardener. 

These watering systems are not only great for when someone goes on holiday, but they are great even when you are at home. It removes just one more time consuming job allowing the gardening enthusiast to spend more time doing the things they love in the garden. 

For more information on GARDENA watering systems visit: 

http://www.gardena.com/uk/water-management/ 

5. Bird tables and bird baths: Many gardeners love to attract birds and wildlife into their gardens. Furniture like bird tables and bird baths are a great way to help achieve this making them the ideal Christmas gift. There are many different types of bird tables and baths on the market, but it is best to take a look at the receiver’s garden so that the design is in keeping with the rest of the garden. These are readily available in most good garden centres and DIY stores. 

If your friend or family member is keen on wildlife, then another great Christmas present maybe a pair of binoculars to help them spot wildlife in the garden or when they are out and about. You don’t need to spend a lot and they can have hours of fun.

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