Holiday Gift Guide 2015 from Garden Design MagazineThe editors’ curated collection of 37 garden-inspired gifts
Finding a thoughtful botanical gift couldn’t get any easier as the editors at Garden Design magazine share their wish lists this holiday season. Ease your shopping with our collection of hard-to-find handmade treasures, vintage-inspired decor, artful and edible stocking stuffers, and other creative gifts with the garden in mind.
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Floral + Sunset Outdoor Pillow From $38 at Patio Girl
Handmade in Dallas, Tex., these sun and water resistant outdoor pillows come in a variety of on-trend styles. A comfortable and stylish gift for anyone who loves relaxing outdoors. Choose the lounger or square shape, pillow included.
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Garden Design Magazine Subscription From $45 at Garden Design
Give the gift of Garden Design all year long with a one-year or two-year gift subscription. Your friend or loved one will be reminded of you each time they receive their beautiful issue in February, April, June, and September.
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Orbea Zinc Wall PlantersFrom $96 at Modish
Perfect for displaying succulents, these playfully shaped planters (in sets of two, three, and four) are crafted from galvanized iron with an aged zinc finish. Available in full and half circle shapes in a variety of sizes.
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Shagbark Hickory Long Handled Tool SetFrom $216 at Fisher Blacksmithing
Made from the stout twigs of the Shagbark Hickory tree, this long handled tool set is crafted and riveted by hand in Bozeman, Mont. For deeper digging and wider reach, the extra length and craftsmanship of these heirloom quality tools are perfect for a gardener and lover of fine things.
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Back Issues of Garden Design MagazineFrom $12.95 at Garden Design
Each issue of Garden Design magazine is a timeless resource for design ideas and makes an eye-catching coffee table display. Gift a single issue, or create your own collection of our beautiful collector-worthy issues.
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Stocking Stuffer: June Taylor’s Fruit SyrupsFrom $28 at June Taylor Company
Reviving the tastes of the past, marmalades, conserves, fruit butters and syrups cooked in small batches capture rare and nearly forgotten heirloom fruits. Inspired by traditional pairings, flowers and herbs are infused into the fruit to create complex and nostalgic flavors. Find two tasty recipes from June Taylor here.
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Seedy Greetings Set: Vegetable Garden CollectionFrom $65 at Hudson Valley Seed Library
Get 12 thoughtful gifts from one set and share the love of edible gardening with your friends and family. Set includes 12 seedy greeting cards and best-selling Art Pack vegetable varieties including Basil Bouquet, Kaleidoscope Carrot Mix, Little Gem Lettuce Mix and more.
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The Olive CrateFrom $100 at Williams-Sonoma
From its agrarian crate to its organic live olive tree, this gift set of olive oil, olive/avocado hand cream and goat’s milk soap offers not only a multitude of healthy benefits, but also a uniquely rustic presentation.
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Stocking Stuffer: Herbaceous Garden TeasFrom $28 at Healthy Living Apothecary
Quench your thirst, intrigue your taste buds and heal your mind, body and soul with this proprietary blend of herbal teas. A finalist in Martha Stewart’s American Made awards, and a treat in delicious flavors and treatments including cold, flu and immunity, breast health, cardio health and more.
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Desert Botanical Garden’s Vintage Latte Mug From $13 at Desert Botanical Garden
Give the gift of a morning cup of coffee or tea with this beautifully illustrated mug. The vintage cactus and succulent illustrations were created from the Desert Botanical Garden’s Shilling Library collection of 17th-19th century botanical books and prints for a historically beautiful design.
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Handmade Myrtlewood TrugsFrom $49 at Barbers Baskets
Handcrafted from rare Myrtlewood near the coast of Oregon, these English style trugs will make a statement with a collection of fruit, vegetables, or flowers. Featured on the set of Julie & Julia, a true classic market basket.
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Stocking Stuffer: Rainbow Kitchen Garden Seed Collection From $14 at Renee's Garden
Set the table from your garden with the Rainbow Kitchen Garden seed collection. The attractively packaged collection contains five individual packets of colorful vegetable varieties that are reliably easy to grow and especially rewarding.
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Longwood Garden’s Handmade Birdhouse OrnamentFrom $120 at Longwood Gardens
Handmade locally in Pennsylvania for Longwood Gardens, these hand-turned wooden birdhouse ornaments (available in three sizes) are featured on display at Longwood Gardens’ Rose House and are available for purchase while supplies last.
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The Kokedama From $48 at The Sill
Formed in the true style of Japanese bonsai, the Kokedama from The Sill in New York City showcases a string garden potless plant, available with two styles of ferns.
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David Austin Roses Fine Art Prints From $150 at David Austin Roses
From sunny yellow petals to the subtle colors found in the varieties of David Austin Roses, two contemporary artists capture their beauty and charm in these fine botanical prints.
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Hover Dish Hanging PlantersFrom $95 at Pot Inc.
For the modernist at heart, the Hover Line planter is a hip hanging pot with its own personality. Available in a range of striking shades like chili red, limon, and iceberg blue.
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Stocking Stuffer: Solstice Dream PillowFrom $12 at Phoenix Botanicals
With a summery warm and wild scent, this herbal pillow unleashes aromas from wild rose petals, yarrow flowers, linden flowers, lavender and mugwort leaves for a surely fragrant drift off to dreamland.
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The SidecarFrom $56 at Juicy Kits
For the unstoppable DIY-er, put a little green on their table or desk with the Sidecar DIY terrarium kit. Comes with everything needed to assemble including three plants of your choice from Juicy Kit’s “Succulent Menu.” Ideal for anyone with or without a green thumb.
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Crimson Vine Napkins (Set of 6) From $48 at Anna Joyce Design
Handprinted in Portland, Ore., these vine patterned square napkins in crimson red and a modern steel gray trim are a fun and stylish way to add color to the table. They make a wonderful gift...if you can stand to part with them.
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Monrovia Plants E-Gift Card From $25 at Monrovia
Give the gift of a flourishing garden with Monrovia plants. An e-gift card lets you easily send the gift of top-quality plants along with the luxury of letting your recipient choose what they love.
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Terrarium Air Plant Ornament From $35 at hammer + vine
Handblown in a studio in Southeast Portland, this meticulously detailed glass air plant terrarium has a beautiful gradient from yellow to orange to red with the maker’s signature bubble accents. Includes tillandsia air plant and preserved reindeer moss.
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Cacoon Hammock From $370 at Hammock Town
After years of crafting canvas sails for yachts, a British husband-and-wife team noticed the tent-like nests of local weaver birds while on vacation in Mexico. The result was a cozy hideaway for humans in the remarkably designed Cacoon hammock. Made from sturdy, weatherproof canvas in a range of mood-lifting hues like mango orange, leaf green, fuchsia, sky blue and more.
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Stocking Stuffer: Herb Plant Stakes with Vintage Gift Box From $17 at P. Allen Smith
Packaged in a quaint white-washed wooden box, these nine simply designed wooden plant stakes offer a functional and cute accessory to the garden.
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Membership to The Garden Conservancy From $50 at The Garden Conservancy
Who doesn’t love a walk through a beautiful garden? Join The Garden Conservancy to not only enjoy their Open Days garden tours (at special membership discount pricing), but also to support the organization’s garden restoration and preservation projects. Memberships can be gifted to others.
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Stocking Stuffer: Birch Floral Notepad From $7 at Rifle Paper Co
For the person on your list who appreciates fine details, this beautiful botanically illustrated pocketable notepad includes 60 natural white tear-off pages. Also includes a convenient inside pocket great for tickets or receipts, size 3” x 5”.
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Italian Herb Garden Bon Bons From $16 at Moulton
Give a delightfully packaged gift with this signature line of garden truffles. Disguised as beautiful edibles, these are actually seed balls handcrafted with clay, organic compost, and seeds with a decadent presentation!
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Copper Spiral Bird Feeder From $70 at Modern Artisans
Made of solid copper, this contemporary bird feeder is handcrafted in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and will develop a unique green patina over time. Its interlocking “swirls” provide a tray for birdseed as well as overhead shelter. Pair it with matching copper spiral birdbath for a unique gift set.
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Stocking Stuffer: Lace-Trimmed Gardening Gloves From $20 at Blue Stone Garden
Give the gardening girl in your life a stylish garden glove made of durable leather. A long cuff with lace trimming and breathable pink fabric offer a feminine touch for gardening’s dirty work.
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Stylish Trowel + Cultivator Tool Set From $33 at Burke Decor
Adorably designed and beautifully gift-boxed, this hand trowel and cultivator gardening tool set are a perfectly pretty choice for a garden lover. Its colorful motif is based off a famous chintz design by William Morris from the Arts & Crafts movement of the 1800s.
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Vintage-Inspired Botanical Wrapping Paper From $14 at Norman's Printery
Handmade from recycled newsprint, these lush botanicals include paintings and sketches of all types of living plants. The set includes 12 sheets of three unique prints for classy and uniquely wrapped gifts.
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Roses for Autism Tie From $25 at Roses for Autism
Feel especially good about a gift that helps others with this Roses for Autism tie. Well-known to growers in Connecticut and surrounding areas, Roses for Autism is a non-profit organization that helps find meaningful employment for individuals with autism through its sales of fresh cut roses, other flowers, and fine gifts.
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Stocking Stuffer: Seed Money From $9 at Leafcutter Designs
Printed on handmade paper in the United States, each denomination of these letterpress printed paper coins are embedded with live seeds. Pennies offer a crop of delicate wildflowers, nickels become spritely herbs, dimes become crunchy root crops and quarters are crispy fresh salad greens.
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Jumbo Wooden Yard Dice From $50 at Uncommon Goods
For some larger than life competition, these jumbo wooden dice will be the hit of the party. Handmade in Minneapolis and made from solid pine, the set comes in a rustic drawstring bag for that hard-to-find unique gift.
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Rope Tree Swing From $259 at Loll Designs
A modern twist on a classic and nostalgic backyard pastime, this rope tree swing features a recycled plastic seat and sturdy black nylon rope. Choose from a fun assortment of seat colors like sunset orange, apple red, leaf green, and more.
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Japanese Hori Hori Garden Knife From $29 at Duluth Trading Co.
A handy and versatile tool that every gardener should have. The Hori Hori combines the usefulness of a garden spade while the serrated edge serves as a knife for a multitude of gardening needs such as opening bags of soil to separating plants and transplanting.
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Boozy Jam From $13 at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Made by the Jam Stand in Brooklyn, we first found the “You’re My Boy, BLUE-berry Bourbon” artisan jam at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Who doesn’t love a sweet-tasting gift, especially when it’s packaged as “a boozy jam with none of the hangover!” A zing of blueberry, the sweetness of bourbon, and a sprinkle of vanilla make this a gift that will be sweetly enjoyed. More unique flavors available at The Jam Stand.
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Solar Mosaic Hanging Ball From $35 at Gardener’s Supply Co.
Part ornament, part magical glowing orb, these hanging balls sparkle in the sunlight and glow in the evening. Their unique mosaic patterns reflect rainbows of light for special after-dark enchantment.