Bob Vila's Holiday Gift Guide: For the Gardener

We've rounded up time-tested standbys and the coolest new products destined to delight the gardener in your family.

Heartwood Manor

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Birds make for some of the best company a gardener can be fortunate enough to have out in the yard. The Heartwood Bluebird Manor Birdhouse, shown here in grey, manages to stand out even as it fits right in with the surrounding woods. BestNest; $64.99


Gardener's Hand Cream

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Give the gardener in your life the gift of soft hands. After a day in the dirt, thorns, and thistles, a little hand therapy is exactly what every green thumb needs. Amazon. $17.70

Garden Tool Bag

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Burpee’s Garden Tool Bag organizes garden necessities in one convenient, easy-to-carry tote. Drainage holes and durable canvas fabric help keep it dry and clean. Burpee; $14.95

All Bottled Up

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If you know someone with a green thumb and a green heart, then Growbottle could be the right match. Made from recycled wine bottles, these cylindrical planter kits are available in five varieties. Choose from organic basil, chive, mint, oregano or parsley. Uncommon Goods; $8 to $35

Classic Trio, Modern Twist

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Just because they’re timeless (and functional), that doesn’t mean Garden Tools can’t be modern (and fashionable). Sporting a cross-hatch design, this trowel, pruner, and fork set could inspire your favorite gardener to reach new levels of style in the garden. West Elm; normally $29.00, on sale for 19.99

West Elm

Wind Chimes

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Enrich a gardener’s life with the beautiful music of an Arts & Crafts Chime. Wind chimes are available in virtually any style, running the gamut from traditional to Celtic-inspired. Find the perfect style to suit the the taste of the gardener in your life. Woodstock Chimes; $40.95

Woodstock Chimes

No-Smell Indoor Compost

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The indoor Bokashi Compost Bin uses microbial microorganisms to "pickle" compost, making it ready to bury in the garden within two or three weeks. The sealed-lid bin, coupled with the naturally sweet smell of this type of fermentation, makes for a less odiferous experience than traditional composting. The Green Buffalo; $47.95

In Color and Lightweight

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Make heavy, hard-to-manage hoses a thing of the past with Super Slim Lightweight Hoses in an array of pretty colors. These weigh less than half as much as regular hose, but that doesn't mean the stuff is flimsy. Special hardware lends strength without adding bulk. Gardener's Supply Company; $24.99 to $99.95

A Good Book

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Gardeners attempt to explain what motivates them in The Roots of My Obsession: Thirty Great Gardeners Reveal Why They Garden . The truly obsessed will revel in the joyful recognition that comes from reading the words of a kindred spirit. Amazon; $13.20

Earth in a Box

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Give the gift of gardening to those with limited outdoor space or poor soil conditions. The EarthBox self-watering planter kit makes growing fruit, vegetables, and herbs a snap—even for the novice gardener. Amazon; $54.53

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