Its that magical time of year when we are all trying to find that perfect present for our loved ones. Lots of things have changed over the last few years and I don’t know about you but I value my downtime much more, time with families and friends is of the utmost importance as is spending time outdoors for our physical and mental health so what better gift to give your loved ones than something to get them out into the garden.
Here is our Christmas 2022 Gift Guide
On the lead up to Christmas I just love to send the gift of a living Christmas Tree, its very special and can stand at a front door or entrance and hopefully brings joy and a smile to the recipient. We have sent such trees out to family members this Christmas and the beauty is that they can plant the tree in the garden after Christmas and use for further years by adding lights to it in the garden.
Getting children involved in the garden from an early age is a great way to keep active, get lots of fresh air and learn valuable skills that will last a lifetime. Trees – Apples, Pears, Plums or even a Fig Trees are wonderful examples that can be enjoyed by all the family but can be a really special thing for a child (or adult alike) to receive.
A beautiful pot, something that maybe the recipient has been looking for or coveting for a while, maybe Terracotta is their thing, maybe something much more contemporary, something traditional looking or maybe Corten Steel is much more in keeping with their style, whichever it is I’m sure a gift like this would be gratefully received at Christmas time, I know I would just love to be gifted one of these.
Olive tree, these Mediterranean trees are one of the biggest sellers on the nursery. They have always been a firm favourite for smaller gardens or in pots to add different foliage to the garden and adding that holiday feel. I have two in my own garden and I just love them.
That special tree, something that has meaning, maybe a specimen tree that will last for years and have sentimental value. Younger specimens can be planted, such a lovely idea for a young family to be able to watch their garden grow together and see it evolve in maturity over the years. A tree that has significance and maybe flowers every year in Spring, Summer or even Autumn. We can help you with ideas for trees that will work but Magnolias, Cherry trees and Oak trees are always a good place to start.
One of the most popular gifts last year were our fire bowls and fireplaces, what a special gift for somebody who loves to spend time outdoors, I have mine lit often at this time of year and its always such a lovely time, my kids love to make s’mores and we often pop potatoes in their jackets wrapped in tinfoil into the firebowl and its just magical to spend those special times outdoors.
Gardening gloves, secateurs or an apron are always perfect gifts for that family member or as stocking fillers for the garden lover or all those new gardeners out there. For the more mature gardener then maybe a kneeler for the garden, I’m starting to need one of these myself. For the heavy duty gardener maybe a leaf blower or a rather beautiful spade or fork (I know who calls a spade beautiful but you wait to you try this link) my favourite ones are of Scandinavian design bybenson.com I know you’re going to love them.
The safest of all Presents to Buy is a Gift Voucher, that way the recipient can chose exactly what he or she would like, trees, plants, pots or even design services.
Gardening Books are one of my favourite things to receive, I just love them probably just pipping Cookery Books. At Christmas time we take two weeks off on the nursery and its my time to catch up on reading and books and these keep me more than happy until the New Year. My recommendations for this year would be some reliable favourites and a few that may be a little harder to get hold of but worth the search.
– The Art of Outdoor Living by Scott Schrader
– Dreamscapes : Inspiration and beauty in gardens near and far by Claire Takacs
– Stonefields by the Seasons by Paul Bangay
– The Complete Gardener by Monty Don
– How I Garden by Adam Frost
– The Cutting Garden by Sarah Craven
Talking about Sarah Craven I find her bulbs and seed collections ideal for stocking fillers and thoughtful gifts to have. I always have a few in reserve for those last minute gifts or to take to the hostess when visiting friends and family or for that extra person who you didn’t know was coming. I always have a couple of gardening journals too which I give occasionally at Christmas but always when visiting for New Year, some of my favourite ones aren’t available this year, for whatever reason so I’m simply giving a beautiful notebook and add a gardening tag that suggests its for the garden, my favourite are from penstore.ie
Some or all of these are on my Wishlist for this Christmas (just in case my husband or kids are reading) and I’m sure lots of you could leave this, maybe with a couple of side notes or highlighted around for your family and friends too.