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9 Brilliant Gifts for the Gardener in Your Life

Mental Floss logo Mental Floss 12/19/2018 Jake Rossen

A proven method of relaxation, gardening can ease the stresses of daily life and provide a rich resource for giving homes a unique and colorful identity. If you know someone with a green thumb, consider these 11 gift ideas sure to plant a seed of gratitude.

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1. Succulent Living Wall Planter Kit

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Vertical gardening is a conversation-starter, and you can help a friend ignite one with this startling frame that uses hardy moss and a thin layer of mesh to keep succulent plants hanging in there.

Find It at Uncommon Goods for $118.

2. Bosmere Watering Can

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Sure, your loved ones could use an empty jug to act as a water source for plants—if they enjoy drowning the greenery. Bosmere’s 1-liter watering can is tapered to allow for targeted and steady placement of the water stream, making it ideal for hard-to-reach places without running the risk of too much liquid. The copper material is unlacquered, meaning the can will slowly oxidize with use and eventually slip into a warmly lived-in finish.

Find It at Amazon for $98 and also at these other retailers:

3. Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller

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If you know someone looking to seize more control over their sprinkler system to help conserve water, the Rachio system is the one to beat. The module can replace virtually any existing central command center, connecting to the Rachio app and allowing for on-the-go control of the timer. Rachio will even synch the system to weather forecasts, easing up when it’s expected to rain.

Find It at Amazon for $145 and these other retailers:

4. Gardener’s Tool Seat

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Foldable for storage, this seat cures two of gardening’s most annoying demands: not having a place to sit and not having the right tool within reach. A small stool saves wear on the knees, while 21 pockets and a large pouch under the seat offer room for any implement you need.

Find It at UncommonGoods for $36.

5. "The Taxonomy Fruits & Vegetables"

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This sprawling 24 by 36-inch guide, detailing over 300 varieties of fruit, can be hung on the wall for easy reference. From citrus to mangosteens, your giftee will never have to guess how each is related to the other again.

Find It at PopChartLab for $40.

6. Miracle-Gro Aeogarden

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If you know someone who wants to keep a supply of fresh herbs for the kitchen but gets lost in the details, Miracle-Gro’s indoor garden is a perfect solution. The soil-free bed can grow cilantro, parsley, dill, and other seasonings using a fool-proof on-board display that offers care instructions in real time.

Find It at Amazon for $135.

7. Hanging Air Plant Terrarium

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Known as an “air plant,” the Tillandsia can thrive with little water and soil, making it ideal for this ceiling-mounted orb that’s perfect for the home or office. The set includes two glass homes for your giftee's plant. Bonus: Add moss, and stones to your present to really make an impression.

Find It at Amazon for $14 and also at these other retailers:

8. Kitchen Composter

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If making compost sounds unappealing, it’s probably because you haven’t come across the right tool for the job yet. This composter fits neatly under a kitchen sink and accepts food waste to mix with a Bokashi blend to create topsoil for gardens. The airproof lid guarantees no funky smell; the included spigot can also produce liquid fertilizer for houseplants.

Find It at Uncommon Goods for $55.

9. Bamboo Work And Gardening Gloves

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The biggest inconvenience of gardening: trying to scrub the dirt off your hands. The second-largest: dealing with the sweat produced by rubber-coated gloves. Solution: bamboo, which allows the gloves to breathe, is naturally antibacterial, and ensures a snug fit.

Find It at Amazon for $10.

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