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Wind Chimes As Gardening Gifts, You Can’t Go Wrong

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Wind chimes are a true work of art combined with alluring tones. They are designed for clear melodious tones and long lasting beauty, are enjoyed around the world and provide harmony for any home. The music awakens the spirit and creates a sense of peace and calm. Wind chimes are perfect gardening gifts that fill the backyard with peace and tranquility.

Wind chimes come in many shapes, sizes and designs. As gardening gifts, they can be quite a work of art as well as unique, handcrafted musical instruments. Wind chimes are also made from wood, glass, copper, porcelain, brass and aluminum. Bamboo wind chimes are also very popular. Whatever your style, I’m sure you will find that these gardening gifts compliment any surrounding. They are made to be durable and weather resistant, giving years of enjoyment.

Wind chimes are thought to be good luck in parts of Asia and are used in Feng Shui. In Japan they produce pleasant ringing sounds and are hung by the windows during hot humid summers in order to bring cooling relief. They are hung typically in groups of five or eight. The tubes must be hollow to allow the chi to flow upward. The swaying movement produces light, tinkling sounds, which enable the good chi to settle, thus bringing luck and fame into the home. Wind chimes relieve stress and open emotional blocks within the body.
They enhance energy flow, uplift our spirits and dampen negative influences. If you don’t know the difference between feng shui and chop suey, that’s okay. Wind chimes simply sound fabulous and look terrific.

As gardening gifts to friends, or for yourself, I don’t see how you can go wrong. They are objects of beauty, bringing good luck, peace and calm to our busy lives. Eighty five percent of households here in the U.S.A. have at least one, why not you?  😉

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Gardening Tools As Gifts, Really?

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Of course, they make excellent gardening gifts. Gardening tools are an important part of every gardener’s life. Having the right tools means that your gardener is prepared, happy, and ready to do almost anything. Ergonomic tools are great gardening gifts as well. They make gardening easier on the knees and back. The right tools can mean the difference between hours of gardening pleasure and painful, back-breaking work. Invest in a few quality tools and your time in the garden will be far more rewarding.

Gardening tools are so varied, but which one do you need? Hand gardening tools are a must and you cannot do without them. Most people are aware of the traditional hand gardening tools that include things like a small shovel, hoe and weeders. Today, there are more choices than ever to get those special gardening gifts. Many of these tools are unique and offer even the weekend gardener a convenient way to take care of a garden.

Shovels, spades and trowels are the basics. A shovel is used for scooping loose materials, such as sand, while a spade is made for digging. D-shaped handles make it easier to lift what you have dug or scooped. Look for forged metal with a sharp digging edge. A trowel is a mini-spade, for planting annuals and perennials. A spading fork is used for turning over soil and compost. A square spade is used for turning over existing beds, and planting large plants.

In earlier days, garden tools resembled those used on a farm. They were not so great as gardening gifts and we had to make due with them, regardless of their size. Today, there are specialized tools to fit any job. We have composters, laser levels, seed spoons, planting tools, augers for digging holes for bulbs, spreaders for fertilizers, hoes, axes, loppers, pruning shears, trimmers, forks for weeding, sheers, digging tined forks and cultivators, just to name a few. You may want to consider electric tools for gardening gifts as well. Cordless gardening tools can cut the job in half and make the work easier with less effort. They are also very easy to clean. Just wipe with a clean cloth.

Seats and benches that you can sit on to take care of the garden make good gardening gifts too. These benches should be easy to fold up and carry around the yard, as well as be low enough to the ground to work the soil. Don’t forget that your gloves are tools too. They need to be thick enough to avoid getting stickers, yet flexible enough to garden with.

Selecting hand garden tools that are appreciated as gardening gifts just takes a little research. Once you have your tools, please make sure to take care of them so that they lead long and useful lives. Many people do not treat their tools well, not realizing that proper maintenance means easier work. Now, you are ready to get busy with your new, sleek garden tools that slice through the ground like a knife through butter. The gardening tools of yesteryear are now engineered with precision and durability. Get yourself a good set. You don’t want to be like the carpenter without a hammer, do you?  😉

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How Do I Choose Garden Decor For Gardening Gifts?

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Garden decor are the ornaments and decorations that add style and interest to your yard.  It will enhance the look of any home and will also make wonderful gardening gifts for others.  Quite often, it is the first thing that people see when they come to visit.  Gardens are great places to relax and unwind, meditate, or for recuperating from an illness.  Being amidst nature that is created exclusively for aesthetic appeal, can trigger extremely pleasant emotions in any person.

The one thing to remember about gardening gifts:  Die hard enthusiasts of gardening go to great lengths to procure the right kind of look.  No matter what, it is always best to remember that your decor for the garden should enhance the appearance of the area rather than clash with the plants and flowers.  Everyone is different in creating their own visually appealing piece of paradise.  There are many ways to make your own outdoor home come alive.  Choose gardening gifts that fit your style and what overall theme is immensely pleasing to you.  As you can see, it is very personal indeed.

As such, I would not recommend giving large statues to your friends as gardening gifts unless you are SURE that it fits into their garden theme.  Perhaps, gift certificates for statues of their choice would make for better gardening gifts.  Here is a list of some items that are personal to the gardener:  fountains, benches, furniture, stepping stones, large statues, hammocks, patio heaters, outdoor fireplaces, large trellises, shades and umbrellas, weather vanes, lighting.

On the other hand, there are many gardening gifts that you can easily give that shouldn’t ruffle anyone’s feathers.  Here is a partial list:  birdbaths, birdhouses, bird feeders, clocks, thermometers, doormats, wind chimes, garden bells, rain gauges, garden gnomes and gargoyles, garden hose reels and holders, pots and planters, window boxes, rocks, small figures, signs and plaques, sundials, boot brushes.

Imagine fountains that spew water or relaxing by a koi pond.  Stepping stones lead a winding path through your favorite plants.  Exotic lighting creates dramatic shadows as you enjoy a warm summer’s eve with your closest friends.  What garden decor would you add to this?

The ideas are endless, the main point being to stay with the overall theme.  You want to beautify and enhance the outdoor garden.  Be selective with your gardening gifts, look around and who knows, you may even find something as unique as a mailbox!  😉

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What Kind Of Accessories Are Good For Gardening Gifts?

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Whether it’s the garden hose and sprinkler you use for watering, the gloves you wear, or the hand garden tools you work the soil with, these gardening gifts must be of good quality and reliable. Look for products with a good guarantee. Make sure that not only are you covered against problems or defects, but also look for a satisfaction guarantee as well. This is important as you never really get the feel of your tools or gardening accessories until they arrive.

Gardening gifts for beginners should include the basics: rakes, shovels, hoes, pitch forks, or a nice set of good hand tools. Another option would be a tool rack in which to store the larger tools, or even a tool rack on wheels. One really neat gardening gift is a kneeler bench, which serves as both a place to kneel and a little bench to sit. It protects the knees from the hard and bumpy ground. Long gloves that offer sturdy protection from rogue thorns and prickles, as well as giving added grip when handling wet and slimy substances, make excellent gardening gifts. Also, there are thousands of books on gardening, ranging from how-to books to those dealing with specialized situations such as small space or container gardening. Again, good gardening gifts.

You may also choose clothing for the person who loves to grow things. There are t-shirts, bags, sneakers, socks, and hats that you can find when you are looking for gardening gifts. Use your imagination and be creative when looking for gardening accessories to please your gardener. Do a little “homework” and find out what they like doing the most or what their biggest problem is at the moment. That way, your gardening gifts are very thoughtful and well received. Here is a partial list of other gardening gifts to consider: Planters and fertilizers, plastic and ceramic pots, ornaments and statues, garden lightings, aprons, hand cream, water fountains and wind chimes. Any gardener on your list would appreciate a gift certificate to your local garden nursery as well.

Finding accessories to buy as gardening gifts is quite easy. They are sold in nearly any discount department store as well as in the garden section of most home improvement stores. You can also usually find inexpensive gardening tools and decorations at a dollar store, or even at garage sales and flea markets. If you are shopping for gardening supplies off-season, your best bet is to shop online.

A big hat will keep the sun off of a bent-over neck, rubber shoes will keep mud from between the toes and a kneeling pad will prevent bruising of one of the most used and abused gardener parts. Gardeners are smitten by the entire ritual of planting little seeds in the dirt, watering and watching them grow, then reaping the payoff of dinner on the table, and your thoughtful gardening gifts in this ritual will surely be remembered!  😉

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What About Apparel, Good Gardening Gifts?

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

You bet it is! A good pair of winter garden boots and gloves which are comfortable, will keep the extremities warm and dry. Such a gardening gifts would be a godsend. Soil thermometers, which are used to determine if cold-sensitive seeds and transplants are ready for planting, make great but not so obvious gardening gifts. A good pair of hand pruners, which will hold up to long hours of hard use, is certain to get a smile from the gardener in your life.

One problem gardeners have is making trips back and forth to the shed or tool area just to get the next tool that they need. Tool belts that wrap around a five gallon bucket are good gardening gifts. Not only are the tools right there, but the bucket could be used to collect trimmings. Or, it could be filled with soil for planting. For larger jobs, green garbage bags are a must. Simple gardening gifts that can be wired to stay open with two handles on top and one on the bottom for easy hauling and emptying.

Of course, all our clippings and trimmings are headed for the compost pile. Indoors, many clever gardeners keep a compost bucket by or under the sink to hold fruit and vegetable trimmings for later composting. However, even a covered container can start to get smelly, if not emptied regularly. Newer versions consist of a ceramic container that looks nice enough to leave on the counter and comes with an odor-preventing filter in the lid. They are much appreciated gardening gifts.

Having good gardening apparel is a must while working so as not to worry about staining your clothes and for enhanced security and convenience. Pick and choose your gardening gifts from this list of essentials:
Garden clogs: Great for everyday gardening, lawn and yard work. Make sure that they are durable and attractive with a slip-resistant sole.
Braided hat with wide brim: A part of the gardener’s traditional ware, it is perfect for working outdoors. This hat offers the most sun protection and secures easily with adjustable leather straps.
Phone & garden pocket: It is quite handy and holds a portable phone and garden tools. Most of them have an adjustable strap for waist or shoulder, cinch keeps phone secure, and it has a handy latch for house keys.
Garden waist apron: They typically have three large pockets for garden tools, fully adjustable waist ties, and are durable, light weight and water resistant.

I’m confident that if you would just take a look at how the gardener in your life works and find out what’s important to them, then you’ll be able to give them the gardening gifts they need and want. Plus, they’ll remember you for a very long time!  😉

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    Are Plants Still Good Gardening Gifts?

    Monday, August 3rd, 2009

    Gifts are not only guaranteed to surprise, but they are bound to make your loved one feel even more special than they already are.  Gardening gifts are always in season and with more and more people “going green”, that makes giving plants a great gift.  It has been shown that many  customers prefer their living plants over cut flowers because they last much longer.  If you are looking for unique gardening gifts that will keep on growing and giving for many years – look no further.

    Plants are fantastic gardening gifts for any person who is a nature lover. Plant gifts can be of various types, which include bonsais, anthuriums, orchids, chrysanthemums, bromeliad, etc. Gardenia bonsai are an example for indoors plants. They can also be kept places where it obtains filtered sunlight.  Other gardening gifts include clay or ceramic pots with saucers to put them on, so as not to spill any water.  The gifting of plants is quite common in the professional world as well.  For instance, if you were a real estate agent, sending plants as gardening gifts to your client says thanks – and helps them remember you.

    When choosing plants for gardening gifts, it is important to keep in mind a few things. This will ensure that you make the perfect choice for home or office.  First, find a plant that is easy to care for. Houseplants are wonderful gardening gifts, but if they require dedicated maintenance, there is every chance that the gift will not be as appreciated as you intended.  Next, try to see how the recipient might use the plant.  Is it to brighten up a room?  Will it stand out by itself as a symbol of importance? Does it hang in the bathroom?  I think you get the idea.  Purchasing plants with the ability to brighten a room or highlight specific features will ensure that your gardening gifts will be appreciated for years to come.

    Smaller trays for the windowsill or porch are quite popular gardening gifts and attractive too.  If you’re purchasing for someone who doesn’t quite have the “green thumb” yet, you may consider bamboo as caring for the plant is very easy.  One word about cats: many common and beautiful plants are deadly to them.  Before you bring home a floral arrangement, plant a border of day lilies, or send gardening gifts off to your friends, make sure you know what to avoid.  Lilies, including Easter lilies, tiger lilies, stargazer, rub-rum or Japanese showy lilies and day lilies – are particularly toxic to cats.  Let’s keep our pets healthy.

    For the gardener who seems to have everything, gift certificates for compost or quarter-10 gravel (for improving drainage and for mulching) will be much appreciated.  You can even make your own coupon to be used for a day of work in the garden, a day of garden tours (you pay the admission and gas) and lunch.  If you have a truck, you could offer a trip to the dumps.  But, far and away, the easiest gardening gifts are certificates to a nursery. You could enclose it with a card and attach it to a plant catalog as well.  😉

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    What Gifts To Give A Gardener?

    Monday, August 3rd, 2009

    There are many different ideas for great gardening gifts. Show your appreciation for the gardener in your life by giving them unique and well thought out gardening gifts.
    Gardening gifts are also things that can be kept and appreciated. You can for instance buy a herb with a card attached.  A plant that attracts certain species of birds can also be given with a book on those specific birds.

    Seedlings can also be great gardening gifts since they are already grown and only need replanting. The recipient will be happy with a plant that he or she has been looking for or wanting for some time. Since they are already seedlings, the recipient will not have a difficult time growing them. For novice gardeners, a complete set of gardening tools will be greatly appreciated as gardening gifts. Gardening gifts like these can range from the basic gardening tools to specific tools needed for specific functions while gardening. Specific tools include pruners of all shapes and sizes, sprayers, mowers and many others.

    Gardening gifts are directly parallel to the needs of the gardener. For one gardener may not be the best for another, so a little knowledge about your friend or relatives garden needs will be a definite help.  The most expensive gardening gifts may not be the best ones, so if you are on a budget, don’t worry. There are always garden accessories and clothing wear. Gardening gloves, footwear and knee pads are always appreciated.

    Rain gauges in a variety of shapes and styles look attractive in a yard or garden, particularly if they look part of the general theme. If the person on your gift list has frog statuary throughout her garden, then a rain gauge held by a frog would be an ideal gardening gift. Fairies, dragons, wildlife and other themes lend themselves to a variety of accessories that can enhance the space. Wind spinners, statues, planters, wind chimes and other outdoor accessories incorporating those themes make great gifts for gardening enthusiasts. As they spend lots of time outdoors, they’re better able to appreciate these little touches of beauty.

    Gardening has become one of the most popular hobbies, and you probably know a gardener or two that would love a gift from you, even a pink flamingo!  😉

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    Pink Flamingo Gardening Gift

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