Over the past few years (since 2009. Heavens! Really?) I've given suggestions for quite a few unusual presents for gardeners. Some of you will already know that I tend to look for appropriate gifts that aren't equipment, seeds and the like, but that acknowledge the receiver's love of gardening.
A round-up has been long overdue. So I've gone back, checked for broken links (that was a long-overdue task too!), and here's a list of some of the present ideas that I still regard fondly and that, I'm glad to say, are still available.
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Great fun. I fell for this when I heard Jo Stephenson's ballad to Alan Titchmarsh. You can hear a number of the tracks on their website.
The pictures from high-quality jigsaw producers, Wentworth, are also great fun. Those in my previous post have dropped off their lists, but follow their link to find a January King cabbage, which must surely be a challenge.
For those in a different mood, they also do chocolate handcuffs...
Partners in Pewter do a lovely range of keyrings, pendants etc. This trowel with cheerful worm wrapped round it is very cute. I see these every year at the Christmas Fair at Wisley. Solidly made and a nice small present.
B Skincare creams are hand made in Cornwall. They produce moisturisers, cleansers, hand and foot creams, as well as some for aches and pains, which rub in really nicely, and a Gardener's Gift Set.
You'll also find a link to Pure Scents, another cream that I really liked.
Completely different from the usual garden magazine offerings, this A5 quarterly comes with lovely illustrations and heart-warming stories.
That's probably enough for the time being. If you've found anything that you think makes a really thoughtful gardener's present, then let me know and I'll mention it in another post. To see what else I've found over the years, try Presents for Gardeners.