Use­ful gifts for the gar­dener in your life

The Herald Magazine - - etc GARDENING -

1. En­graved per­son­alised slate plant marker, £9.99, Get­ting Per­sonal (get­ting­per­

WHETHER you’re buy­ing for a be­gin­ner, a keen al­lot­ment holder or a hor­ti­cul­tural ex­pert, there are Christ­mas gifts out there for ev­ery gar­dener. Here are eight of the most tempt­ing.

Made from nat­u­ral slate, cov­ered in a wa­ter­proof lac­quer, this en­chant­ing slate plate marker will cre­ate a pretty fo­cal point at the front of a flower bed or nes­tled into a large pot. The sign can be per­son­alised with a sur­name (up to 15 char­ac­ters) to read “Bees & But­ter­flies Wel­come In The (sur­name) Gar­den”.

2. Cac­tus col­lec­tion, £12.99, Cro­cus (cro­

The cacti craze looks set to con­tinue well into 2019, so if your loved one likes to be on point style-wise with their in­door space, treat them to a col­lec­tion of th­ese spiky low-main­te­nance house plants, which can be grouped in sin­gu­lar funky pots or mixed in a larger con­tainer for a more eye-catch­ing dis­play. And you’ll hardly ever need to wa­ter them.

3. Gar­den gloves, £15, Marks & Spencer, in store or on­line at mark­sand­

Th­ese pretty gar­den­ing gloves make the ideal stock­ing-filler for your green-fin­gered friend or fam­ily mem­ber. Adorned with a lovely flo­ral print, they are made from a strong, tough leather and cot­ton com­bi­na­tion, per­fect for pro­tect­ing your­self while weed­ing or tend­ing to your flow­ers and veg­eta­bles.

4. Can You Dig It? Gar­dener’s hand care duo, £39, Crab­tree & Eve­lyn (crab­tree-eve­

Give tired hands some TLC with this botanic hand care gift set, in­clud­ing soap with clar­i­fy­ing cu­cum­ber, an­tiox­i­dant-rich rose­mary leaf and sooth­ing aloe leaf juice, and hand ther­apy for­mu­lated with skin su­per­hy­dra­tors, macadamia seed oil and shea but­ter, to help re­plen­ish lost mois­ture.

5. Gar­den­ers’ ham­per, var­i­ous prices, Dob­bies Gar­den Cen­tres (dob­

This is per­fect as a per­son­alised gift for gar­den­ers, as you cre­ate your own ham­per, putting in gloves, small tools, books and de­li­cious good­ies, plus any­thing else that takes your fancy and you think the gar­dener you’re giv­ing to will en­joy. The price will de­pend on what you put in the ham­per and

once you’ve cho­sen your gift box or wicker bas­ket, the gar­den cen­tre will add the filler and wrap it with a beau­ti­ful bow and gift tag for free.

6. Bri­tish Bloom pruner and hol­ster set, £19.99, Bur­gon & Ball (burg­onand­

Bri­tish Bloom is a strik­ing com­bi­na­tion of de­signs fea­tur­ing early 19th-cen­tury il­lus­tra­tions, and wa­ter­colours dat­ing back to the 1630s, se­lected from the RHS Lind­ley Li­brary. The RHS-en­dorsed pocket pruner car­ries a 10-year guar­an­tee and fea­tures soft-grip han­dles. The hol­ster fea­tures the eye-catch­ing Bri­tish Bloom de­sign, fin­ished with grey trim, ideal to slide on to a belt for gar­den­ing on the go. Pre­sented in a let­ter­box-friendly gift box which you can send by post.

7. Aquar­ium, £249.99, Hoze­lock (hoze­

If your loved one has al­ways wanted a wa­ter fea­ture which won’t take up much time, space or en­ergy, check out the Hoze­lock Cyprio Aquar­ium, which takes the in­con­ve­nience out of in­stalling a pond. The above-ground unit has side-view­ing win­dows to al­low you to ob­serve your fish and can be eas­ily in­stalled, even on a roof ter­race. The mak­ers say it will only need one per­son to as­sem­ble it, with a “twist and lock” sys­tem.

8. White lilac and rhubarb char­ity home can­dle, £47, Jo Malone (jo­ma­

A mix­ture of del­i­cate flo­ral and fruity notes bring the scent of the gar­den in­doors with this lat­est ad­di­tion to Jo Malone’s char­ity can­dle col­lec­tion. For each char­ity home can­dle sold in the UK, the com­pany will make a do­na­tion equal to 75 per cent of the price (less VAT)

to sup­port in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies af­fected by men­tal health prob­lems, through ded­i­cated projects with char­i­ties.

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