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Gardening Gift Ideas

gardening gift ideas: spring-quote
Photography credit: Erika Gidley Photography

Spring is here and it has me thinking about the perfect gardening gift ideas. I myself have what they call a black thumb, if I’m not forgetting to water my plants, then I’m over-watering them. But I do have many loved ones with very green thumbs. I’m in awe of their beautiful gardens and often enjoy the fruits (and veggies) of their labors. They were my inspiration, I wrote this list thinking about gifts that they would love and that I would really enjoy gifting to them. From very special garden teas and seed bon bons to high quality tools, there is something on this list for every gardener and every occasion.

16 Gift Ideas for Gardeners

1. Harvest Basket

gardening gift ideas: harvest basketA-tisket a-tasket a sturdy harvest basket. This stylish, utilitarian basket reflects the very best of Maine’s long tradition of functional art and craftsmanship.

Available from Maine Garden Products: Pike’s Original Maine Garden Hod

2. Farmer’s Toolbelt

gardening gift ideas: farmers-toolbeltThis handmade leather tool belt was custom designed for the florists at Floret. They love it’s utility and design so much that they are making it available on their website.

Available from Floret: Brown Leather Farmer-Florist Toolbelt

3. Gloves For a Green Thumb

gardening gift ideas: gardener glovesLightweight and durable these colorful gloves keep hands dry, clean and safe from thorns.

Available from Gardener’s Supply Company: Nitrile Gloves

4. Soil Scoop

gardening gift ideas: soil-scoopI love this tool’s leaf shaped scoop. It has a solid birch handle with a stainless steel soil scoop and serrated edges for excavating dense, root-filled soil.

Available from UncommonGoods: Birch Handle Classic Soil Scoop

5. English Gardening Tool

gardening gift ideas: Wood-Garden-Dibber-Row-Marker-SetThis nifty tool seems to be much more common in an English tool shed than on this side of the pond. It’s so clever and functional, surely any gardener would love this timeless tool. It’s designed to ensure planting seeds in straight lines and at a consistent soil depth.

Available from Scoutmob: Wood Garden Dibber & Row Marker Set

6. Heavy Duty Soap

gardening gift ideas: gardeners_soapDesigned to get the grimiest gardening hands clean with bits of pumice and coffee grounds for scrubbing power. Rich moisturizing properties for hardworking hands with coconut and olive oils included in the all natural ingredients.

Available from Irish Twins Soap Company: Gardener’s Rustic Handmade Soap

7. Waxed Canvas Tote

gardening gift ideas: Garden-ToteWaxed canvas gives this tote heavy duty construction that’s water resistant. A multitude of pockets keep tools organized and at easy reach. The stunning craftsmanship and design means it also works great for quick grocery store runs or even as a diaper bag 🙂

Available from Frost River: Crosby Garden Tote

8. Hardcore Tool

gardening gift ideas: weeding-toolHeirloom quality garden tools, handmade in Holland with a lifetime guarantee. This is a hardcore weeding tool that gets the job done and will keep getting the job done season after season.

Available from Garden Tool Company: Hand Cultivator by Sneedboer

9. Framed Print

gardening gift ideas: print“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.”

Avid gardeners and artists, Suzanne and Edgar Cabrera turn drawings from their personal sketchbooks into custom prints like this potted jade cutting paired with a lovely gardening quote.

Available from Etsy: Audrey Hepburn Quote Print by An Open Sketchbook Design Studio

10. Bird House

gardening gift ideas: birdhouseA unique birdhouse or bird feeder is a wonderful gift for a gardener. I love this handmade birdhouse crafted from vintage yardsticks and tart tins!

Available from Etsy: Yardstick Birdhouse by Junk Whisperers

11. Florist’s Knife

gardening gift ideas: florist-knifeThe #1 item for anyone harvesting fresh flowers from their garden.  Trust me on this one, thanks to having a professional florist for a mother-in-law, I am a converted scissors-abuser when it comes to arranging fresh flowers.

Scissors crush the end of the flower and they can’t drink water efficiently. A nice clean cut with a florist knife makes for happy flowers!

Available from Amazon: Victorinox Florist Grafting Knife

12. Kneepads

gardening gift ideas: kneepadsComfortable knee pads that stay in place and most importantly don’t cut off your circulation!

Washable, waterproof and durable.

Available from Wildflower Seed & Tool Company: Kneelon Knee Pads

13. Plantable Pencils

gardening gift ideas: pencilsI knew pencils were an important part of a gardener’s toolkit, but who knew they had this many uses?!

These pencils are doubly perfect for any gardener because the sustainably harvested cedar wood body also holds a water activated seed capsule. Once it’s served it’s purpose as a pencil and has been sharpened down to a stub, this pencil gets new life in their herb garden.

Available from Amazon: Sprout Pencils

14. Seed Bombs

gardening gift ideas: seed-bonbonsThe perfect treat for any gardener! These gourmet seed bombs look like chocolate delights, but they are for planting, not eating. So bonus, calorie free! 🙂

Each handmade seed bon bon includes clay, organic compost and seeds. Boxed treat varieties include: italian herbs, edible flowers, cocktail garnishes, herbal teas and more.

Available from Etsy: Garden Bon Bons from Moulton Gifts for the Garden

15. Authentic Manure Tea

gardening gift ideas: manure-teaPremium soil conditioner teas bring the power of manure without having to handle that stinky goodness. To brew Authentic Haven Brand “Moo Poo Tea”, steep the bag in a bucket of water and let it brew in the sun for 1-3 days. Not your Momma’s sun tea!

Available from The Manure Tea Shop: Authentic Haven Brand Natural Brew Tea

16. Gardener’s Apron

gardening gift ideas: apronA handmade100% heavy duty linen utility apron with double pockets for extra storage. Available in 7 fabrics with optional monogramming.

Available from Etsy: Linen Utility Apron by BicoEstonia

Easter Basket Inspiration

Easter Basket Inspiration

I have a lot of great childhood memories associated with Easter. I could write a whole post about Easter egg hunts with my cousins, because they were truly epic! And even up through high school, my brother and I were still hunting for our Easter baskets. My Mom would repurpose old shoe boxes and stuff them with plastic Easter grass and Reese’s peanut butter eggs and hide them in the house for us to find. They were often in the hall closet or her office filing cabinet, a kitchen cupboard or behind the couch.

An Easter basket can be as simple as a shoe box hidden in the hall closet. And to inspire you to fill that basket with fabulous Easter delights, some Easter basket inspiration.

6 Easter Basket Themes

1. The Chocolate Basket

easter-basket-inspiration:traditionalThese are not your drug store candy aisle treats! From gourmet chocolate truffle eggs to hand-piped marshmallow chicks, anybunny would love to find these in their Easter basket 😉

Available from Christopher Elbow Chocolates: 7 Piece Easter Egg Collection
Available from EHChocolatier: Chicks & Eggs
Available from the Natural Candy Store: Surf Sweets Organic Jelly Beans
Available from Trader Joe’s: Extraordinary Eggs Marbled Chocolates

2. The Vegan Basket

easter basket inspiration: veganLast week’s A Very Vegan Gift Guide was one of my most popular posts! I’m sure Peter Cottontail is a big fan of vegans, so I’m excited to put together this vegan Easter basket.

Available from the Natural Candy Store: Organic Bunny Lollipops
Available from Food Fight! Grocery: Go Max Go Twilight Bar
Available from the PETA Catalogue: Chocolate to the Rescue Bar
Available from Vegan Treats Bakery: Veganbury Eggs

3. A Children’s Book Basket

easter basket inspiration: children's-booksFor the wee ones, a basket of stories and imagination. A bunny, a mouse, an Easter Beagle and a twist on an old classic that I loved as a child – that old lady will eat ANYTHING 🙂

Available from Amazon: It’s Not Easy Being a Bunny
Available from Barnes & Noble: There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick!
Available from Barnes & Noble: Happy Easter, Mouse!
Available from Amazon: It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown

4. The Adventure Seeker’s Basket

easter basket inspiration: adventurerFor those who loves hopping – or blazing – down their own trail in the forest, a basket of outdoor treats.

Available from Soutmob: Classic Artisan S’mores Kit
Available from Natural Life: Boho Bandeaus
Available from REI: Nite Ize Flashflight Disc-O
Available from REI: Bearded Brothers Energy Bar

5. A Grown-up Easter Basket

easter basket inspiration: grownup basketMomma’s all growed up, but that doesn’t mean she wouldn’t love a basket of grown-up treats! A gorgeous hand-painted bunny that’s almost too beautiful to eat, the best wines and cheeses to pair with chocolate, and the calorie-free way to enjoy your chocolate – at the spa! **Chocolate-free spa treatments also work great 🙂

Available from Wine Folly: 5 Kickass Wine and Chocolate Pairings
Available from The Spa at The Hotel Hershey: Everything Chocolate Treatments
Available from Bissinger’s Handcrafted Chocolatier: A Guide to Pairing Chocolate & Cheese
Available from A519 Chocolate: Watercolor Easter Bunny

6. The Artist’s Basket

easter basket inspiration: artistFor the Picasso egg painter in your family, some artistic treats including a stylus paintbrush that turns any smartphone or tablet into a canvas.

Available from Amazon: Staedtler Marsgraphic Duo Brush Markers
Available from Barnes & Noble: Splendid Cities Coloring Book
Available from Amazon: Dover Kusudama Origami Book
Available from Sensu: Sensu Solo

A Very Vegan Gift Guide

A Very Vegan Gift Guide

When I decided to do a vegan gift list, I did so expecting this to be a challenge. My personal experiences lend more to the Gift Guide for the Bacon Lover than a vegan gift guide. To my surprise, this gift list was actually one of my favorites to write! With a little research, there are a lot of amazing (and thoughtful!) options for our vegan friends.

This vegan gift guide was a powerful reminder to me of how much I love what I get to do and how much FUN it is to pick gifts with the recipient in mind. I promise you that there is something on this list that will surprise and delight your eco-friends. And by purchasing these items you’re giving the earth your own little hug.

*Special thanks to my friend Erin for giving this list the vegan once-over and to my friend Bek from Sweet Peaches in Pittsburgh for giving the list a vegan chef seal of approval.

The Whole Schmear of Bagel Gifts

15 Vegan-Friendly Gift Ideas

1. Retro Tee

vegan gift guide:power-up-tshirt

Not another Kale t-shirt! Check out the obscure and pithy happenings with the zombie loving vegans at Goods and Evil Clothing.

“We don’t do obvious. Obvious is easy. Our designs usually come from the blurry edge just outside of the norm.”

Available from Goods and Evil Clothing: Vegan Power Up T-shirt

2. The Bubbly

vegan gift guide:champagne

Before you toast your vegan friends, stop and check out the Barnivore website. Two vegans from Toronto have done all of the legwork for you, running down information on which libations are vegan-friendly.

As recently as January 2016, Veuve Clicquot (pictured here) reassured Barnivore that they follow a vegan-friendly champagne making process.

Visit Barnivore for their complete vegan beer, wine and liquor guide.

3. Clever Barware

vegan gift guide:age-of-asparagus-cup

The series of mistaken lyrics pint glasses are hysterical. This one is especially perfect for vegan friends.

… And peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars
This is the dawning of the age of Asparagus … A-spar-a-gusssss

Available from Meriwether of Montana: The Age of Asparagus.. Mistaken Lyrics Pint Glass

4. Yoga Mat

vegan gift guide:jute-yoga-matA yoga mat that’s truly tree pose friendly. It’s made from jute fibers that give it a unique look and feel as well as a small ecological footprint.

Available from Barefoot Yoga Co.: Natural Jute and PER Eco-Friendly Yoga Mat

5. Box ‘o Veggies

vegan gift guide:csaA thoughtful gift that will last all season. Gift a share in their local farm’s CSA. These CSA’s support small farmers in growing and harvesting their crops that they then share with their CSA investors (typically) via weekly boxes of their most recent harvest. *I see a dinner invitation in your future with this gift 😉

Available from Local Harvest: Find a Local CSA

6. “Leather” Journal

vegan gift guide:journal

A handmade journal to inspire your herbivore. It starts with a faux leather cover, inside the journal is stuffed with sketch quality paper and the page binding is handsewn with hemp thread.

Available from Etsy: Vegan Faux Leather Journal from BoundByHand

7. Natural Skincare

vegan gift guide:pacifica-beauty-kit

A perfect way to gift that kale you’ve been thinking about. Pacifica is a 100% vegan and cruelty free skincare company. This kit includes four skincare products formulated with superpower fruit and flower naturals.

Available from Pacifica: Super Detox
Natural Solutions Kit

8. Beard and Body Soap

vegan gift guide:beard-soap

Even guys need pampering, and Brave GentleMan answers the call with this vegan, ultra-moisturizing soap with it’s invigorating scent.

“It softens coarse beards, mustaches and skin with organic coconut oil, fair wage and clay-filtered Moroccan argan oil and vitamin E.”

Available from Brave GentleMan: Beard & Body Brick: Citrus

9. Planter Necklace

vegan gift guide:planter-necklace

What a lovely gift, especially for someone who spends their days under the fluorescent lighting of cubicle world. A stunning way to surround oneself with nature and accessorize any outfit!

The pendant and closure are both handmade and attached with 16″ of natural cording.

Available from Etsy: Half Moon Living Plant Necklace by Gems of the Soil

10. Beautiful Glass Jars

vegan gift guide:weck-jars

A classy way to store and display their earth-friendly nibbles. These classic glass canning jars are a favorite of mine. Their tapered shapes and glass lids are easy to fill and make a stunning display. A perfect gift to pair with a cookbook or the CSA share.

Available from West Elm: Weck Juice Jar, Set of 6

11. Chocolate!

vegan gift guide:vegan-twix

Turns out your sweet tooth can be ethical, compassionate and oh so happy 🙂 With Easter coming…and Mother’s Day…and well, Mondays, finding this gem came at the perfect time! From the artists at this little vegan sweet shop in Bethlehem, PA, handmade vegan candy bars like Better Finger Bars, Twin Caramel Cookie Stix and even Veganbury Eggs. Hop to your keyboard and stock up on these vegan delights.

Available from Vegan Treats: All the Heavenly Candy Bars!

12. Fun & Flirty Scarf

vegan gift guide:scarf

Lightweight and perfect for spring, this 100% cotton scarf is made from organic cotton grown from seeds that have not been genetically modified and without the use of pesticides, herbicides, or chemical fertilizers. The flirty cotton tassels make this a fun way to dress up or down any outfit.

Available from Alternative Outfitters Vegan Boutique: RockFlowerPaper Buttons Pink Cotton Tassel Scarf

13. Cookbook

vegan gift guide:vegan-pantry-cookbook

Gorgeous photography and tempting recipes fill the pages of this vegan cookbook. Vegan or not, anyone who appreciates delicious food and high quality ingredients will drool over the pages of this book.

Available from Amazon: The Homemade Vegan Pantry: The Art of Making Your Own Staples

14. Serious Eats

vegan gift guide:real-vegan-faux-gras

Perfect for a host(ess) gift or even poker night! This toasted walnut lentil paste is a humane  hors d’oeuvres alternative to foie gras. Enjoy this vegetarian foie gras on a warm baguette topped with sliced onion, capers or fresh arugula. Umm, yes please!

Available from The Real Vegan: Faux Gras-The Humane Foie Gras Alternative

15. Wrapping Paper

vegan gift guide:flowering-gift-wrap

Consider their gift down to the tiniest details. This flowering wrapping paper is made from recycled paper that is embedded with flowering seeds (like Baby Snapdragon or Black Eyed Susan.) After unwrapping one of these veggie-fabulous gifts from our Vegan Gift Guide, they can even plant the gift wrap. You thought of everything!

Available from Little Kay Gardens: Flowering Gift Wrap