In this guide we’ll take a look at the best unique gardening gifts for the UK market.
I’ve compared function, features, design and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
What is the Best Unique Gardening Gift?
In a rush? Here’s my top choice…
Charming yet practical, the perfect gift for gardeners!
Present these Plant Theatre Willow Teacup Planters to any gardening enthusiast who loves kooky yet practical things! Suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, these planter-cum-teacups are sure to charm and delight. Perfect for planting herbs, or colourful flowers like African violets.
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Plant Theatre 2 Willow Teacup Planters Gift Boxed Review
These Plant Theatre Willow Teacup Planters will make a really cute gift for any of your gardening friends. They look especially good filled with herbs or flowers.
The teacups are suitable for use outdoors as they are made from durable and attractive wicker.
They’re equally as fun as they are practical: the plastic liner means your gift-recipient can also use them indoors without the risk of spills and stains to their tables or windowsills.
So that you know exactly what you’re buying: the large teacup has a diameter of 25cm, with a 33 cm diameter saucer, and the smaller teacup has a diameter of 14cm; its saucer 19 cm.
These charming planters will make an attractive and novel gift for a plant loving friend who loves pretty things. Double points if they’re also a tea lover!
Gifting tip: You could present it already filled with herbs or flowers for an added ‘wow’. I filled mine with African violets and it looked very pretty indeed.
GardenHome Folding Stool with Bag & 5 Tools Review
If you are looking for a more practical gardening gift, then this GardenHome Folding Stool with Bag & 5 Tools makes the perfect unusual, yet super practical, gardening gift.
The stool has a sturdy steel frame and a strong polyester canvas seat. But, not only is it a useful seat for gardening: the bag that attaches to the stool has lots of pockets for tools, string, seeds etc.
It’s the perfect gift for gardeners, helping to keep all gardening supplies easily to hand. The kit also comes with 5 good quality tools, making it a very generous present. The tools have attractive wooden handles and stainless-steel heads, well-suited for light weeding or flowerbed planting. The included tools are a trowel, transplanter, cultivator, weeder and weeding fork.
This is a really handy product for young and old alike. It would be particularly suitable for gardeners who have trouble bending or kneeling, provided a great portable seat.
The kit is sturdy and well-made, making an excellent gift. A great choice for anyone with some light gardening tasks to get on with.
Bosch Cordless Edging and Shrub Shear Isio Set Review
This Bosch Cordless Edging and Shrub Shear Isio Set is the best unique gardening gift for the gadget-loving gardener.
This is lightweight but powerful trimmer, suitable for trimming smaller shrubs, box hedges or creating topiary.
It is really light to use but the super sharp blades make trimming a breeze. The unit comes with two blades, one for shrubs and another for grass. The grass blade is perfect for trimming lawn edges. Plus, a separate long handle is also available to make this easier.
It might not seem like an ideal gift – but trust me, it’s the sort of tool that people don’t know exist, and then wonder how they ever lived without. Your garden-centric gift recipient will be thrilled!
The unit charges in 30 minutes and one charge lasts for about an hour of constant use. The package comes with the main unit, a shrub blade, a grass blade, a charger, bag and instruction manual. As far as unusual gardening gifts go, this is an especially useful product!
This is a really good quality tool that is very effective for its size. It would be ideal for small routine jobs and would make the perfect gift for a topiary enthusiast.
Plant Theatre Essential Garden Tool Bag With Tools Review
This Plant Theatre Essential Garden Tool Bag With Tools is both practical and pretty and is sure to be well received by any keen gardener. Within this list of unusual gardening gifts this is a firm favourite of mine!
The bag is made of waterproof canvas and is well made and easy to wipe down and keep clean. It has lots of pockets to keep all of your gardening gear organised. It comes with a hand trowel, bulb trowel, weed popper, 3-pronged cultivator, and hand fork, all of which have metal heads and wooden handles. There is also a and pair of secateurs, misting spray, a roll of gardening wire and set of gardening gloves. There are also extra pockets inside, so you can add your own favourite tools, or perhaps even a book or flask of tea.
The tools are all of good quality and suitable for light gardening tasks.
This makes a lovely pretty and practical gift that would be ideal for anyone that loves to potter around in the garden. The bag keeps everything together and handy so it will save time rummaging for the right tool. It would also be a great present for an allotment owner as it has all the tools you need for weeding, planting and light pruning.
Envirocycle Pink Composting Tumbler Bin Review
This Envirocycle Pink Composting Tumbler Bin may be a rather unusual gift, but it will definitely be appreciated by the keen gardener and eco warrior.
This robust and attractive compost tumbler comes in black or pink, is compact and easy to use and is also extremely well built and durable. This would be the ideal present for anyone with a smaller urban garden as it will allow them to make their own compost and fertiliser in a very small space.
The composter is simple to use, you simply fill it with garden waste and it is really easy to turn to mix up all your material to create great compost really quickly. You can also drain off the liquid fertiliser, or ‘tea’, to use when watering.
In addition, the customer service from this company is second to none. They will answer all composting queries and direct you to some great sources of information to help you start your composting journey.
An unusual but surprisingly stylish present that the keen gardener with the smaller garden is sure to delight in. Certainly one of the more unusual gardening gifts available, it makes a great choice for any eco warrior!
Name a Rose Deluxe Edition Review
The Name a Rose is a unique and special gift that is the perfect way to show someone how much you care.
The kit allows you to name a rose for your loved one and this name and number will be stored on the Amore Rose Registry System forever! When you order the pack, you register the rose name of your choice.
The pack includes a presentation box, an A4 framed certificate, a pack of seeds with the unique database number of your rose, a rose care booklet, an A3 double sided rose calendar poster, a history of the rose and a copy of the bestselling book The Rose Expert Book.
This is a very special gift that is sure to touch the heart of your recipient. The presentation pack is also lovely. Both a fantastic and unusual gardening gift, this is a wonderful choice.
Flymo 1200R Lithium-Ion Robotic Lawn Mower, 18 V Review
The Flymo 1200R Lithium-Ion Robotic Lawn Mower is another gift idea for the gadget loving gardener, especially one who prefers to sit in a deckchair to getting his or her hands dirty! Your friend or relative will be able to put their feet up while this robotic mover gets on with the job of cutting the lawn.
This mower is fully programmable; you simply set up the boundary wire around the area you want it to mow. You can then set the times you want it to mow. The mower can be left out all the time and can be used in sunshine or rain. It is also super quiet, so it won’t disturb the neighbours if you use it early in the morning (in fact you can hardly hear it even when you are out in the garden when it is working).
The mower shreds the grass up into fine little pieces and then spreads it on the lawn and this helps to fertilise the lawn. This means there are no grass cuttings to get rid of. And because you use it so regularly, there is never huge piles of cuttings sitting on your lawn going mouldy and yellowing the grass underneath.
The lawnmower can be set with boundaries to prevent it going into flower beds and it copes with obstacles like trees and features by just bumping into them and then moving away. It manages slopes and bumpy patches with ease. It’s a wonder to watch.
Not only one of the more unusual gardening gifts, but this is also the most expensive gift on my list. But for that special person in your life who relishes his or her leisure time but loves a lush green lawn then what could be better?
Plant Theatre – Three Tier Herb & Plant Theatre in Natural Hardwood Review
For a more traditional gift, this beautiful wood Plant Theatre makes a very pleasing choice. This type of plant stand was often used in the 18th and 19th centuries but has made a comeback in recent years and it is easy to see why. The stand makes a beautiful way to display plants and really make the most of the space in a small garden.
Using it also adds some height to potted displays on the patio or deck – beautiful. You can also attach the theatre to a wall if l you like. The stand would also be perfect for the conservatory or for houseplants. It makes the perfect herb garden and keeps tender plants away from easy reach by slugs and snails.
This product comes ready assembled and simply folds out a bit like a clothes airer. It is made from beautiful, sustainable acacia wood. It can be painted or stained as desired and I would recommend some sort of treatment to make sure it lasts for many years.
The unit dimension are: height: 75cm (30″) x width 60cm (24″) x depth at base 30cm (12″).
This is a well-made, attractive plant stand that looks wonderful when filled with pots of herbs and flowers. It is excellent value for money and would make a delightful gift for any plant lover whether for use outdoors or in the home or conservatory. Another great option to choose when looking for unusual gardening gifts.
Flora Guard 3 Piece Aluminium Garden Tool Set with Purple Print Review
This Flora Guard 3 Piece Aluminium Garden Tool Set would be perfect for the lady of the manor. The tools are of good quality with heads and tips of carbon steel and comfortable, rubberized ergonomic handles. They are lightweight to use but feel really strong and sturdy, too. I was particularly impressed with the quality of the secateurs.
The pretty design is lovely and wears very well. I gave a set of these tools to a friend last year and they still look as good as new with no chips or scratches. The set includes a hand fork, trowel and pair of secateurs and comes prettily packaged.
This gardening tool set is pretty and practical and offers excellent value for money.
Wildlife World Hogilow Hedgehog Home Review
The Wildlife World Hogilow Hedgehog Home is a perfect gift for nature loving children and adults. One of the more unusual gardening gifts, this product has been featured on Autumn Watch and is the choice of the Hedgehog Preservation Society for rehabilitating hedgehogs.
Many of us do not realise we have hedgehogs living in our gardens, but if you leave out some dog food you may see then come to your home. If they are around, the chance of them moving in to a Hogilow are pretty good. You may then get the joy of seeing them nesting and raising a family.
I have looked at a variety of hedgehog houses and this one seemed the best. It is designed with the needs of hedgehogs firmly in mind and with the guidance of The Hedgehog Society. The Hogilow has a narrow entrance tunnel and a further maze style entry door before the inner sanctuary is reached and this protects the hedgehogs from predators.
The product is made from durable FSC timber and recycled plastic. This makes it both breathable and long lasting. The feet raise it from the ground keeping the inside dry and providing a cosy home for a family. The swivel roof makes it easy to clean and is also handy for keeping an eye on rescued hedgehogs.
This is a special gift for nature lovers and they will be rewarded with the joy of watching wildlife in their garden as well as a reduction in slugs! The item is sustainably made and of excellent quality and design.
Bee Hotel & Flower Seeds for Bees Review
This Bee Hotel & Flower Seeds for Bees is another lovely gift idea for the nature lover. We know that our bee populations are declining due to a loss of feeding and nesting habitats and many solitary bee species are in trouble. This delightful gift solves both these problems by providing food and a home for solitary bees.
The bee hotel is attractively made from wood, with a zinc roof for protection from rain. The dimensions are: height 20cm x width 20cm x depth 17cm. The hotel contains various pieces of cane and wood with holes of different sizes making it the perfect home for a variety of species.
The pack includes a special pack of flower seeds designed with the needs of solitary bees in mind. They will also attract other wildlife such as butterflies and other beneficial insects. The seed variety includes Cornflowers, Candytuft, Zinnia, Poppy, Nigella and many other varieties which flower throughout the summer.
The bee hotel should be placed in a sunny position, ideally on a south facing fence or wall, but any warm, sheltered spot will do. I’ve had one in my garden for a year and there were bees nesting in it just a month after installation.
This is an attractive and well-made product that would make the ideal gift for the nature lover or eco warrior in your life.
Ladies English Rose Linen & Leather Garden Gloves Review
Gardening gloves may not be the most original gift, but actually, they are one that most gardeners truly appreciate, especially if they are of really good quality. Many gardeners might feel self-indulgent splashing out on good quality, pretty gardening gloves – which is what makes these such an ideal gift!
These Ladies English Rose Linen & Leather Garden Gloves are handmade in Britain using traditional techniques and the highest quality materials.
The gloves are very attractive but also highly practical. They are thick enough that thorns cannot easily pierce them, and the long cuffs protect the arms up to the elbows, meaning fewer scratches and nettle stings after a day in the garden. The breathable, soft leather means they are comfortable to wear as well as being very protective and the attractive rose patterned linen cuffs are light but thick enough to protect the arms.
These high-quality gloves would be a treat to wear and will offer years of use.
RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants 4th edition Review
This RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants is the ideal gift for gardeners whether novices or the most experienced. The new edition has more than 5,000 new entries and 6,000 images, plus the book covers the identification and care of 15,000 plants!
Created by a team of experts this new edition is a vital reference guide for anyone who is serious about making their garden a beautiful place. It comes in a beautiful gift box with a handy carrying handle.
The encyclopaedia covers everything from tiny cactuses to garden trees and shows you how to provide the right conditions to help your plants thrive. The beautiful photography makes this book a pleasure to use and also makes identifying plants a breeze.
This is the ultimate refence book for gardeners and I am sure every gardener would love to receive this new, updated and beautifully presented edition. It’s not particularly one of the more unusual gardening gifts, but it’s certainly on my Christmas list!
Haws Deluxe 7-Litre Outdoor Watering Can Review
A really good watering can is essential for any garden. Yet many of us scrimp on these kinds of purchases and buy cheap versions with plastic roses that dribble and fall off. If you know a gardener that is struggling with a less than ideal watering can consider treating them to this gorgeous Haws Deluxe 7-Litre Outdoor Watering Can.
The can is an attractive red colour and is made from durable injection moulded plastic, making it a stylish yet practical choice. The rose is made from brass and produces a beautifully fine spray. The can holds 7 litres, which is just right – not too heavy to carry, but not so small your gardening friends will be running backwards and forward to the tap too often!
Gardman Complete Feeding Station Kit with 4 Feeders Review
Our last gift is one that I think everyone with a garden would enjoy. This Gardman Complete Feeding Station Kit has 4 separate feeders allowing you to design a restaurant that will attract a variety of species to your garden. This makes it a lovely gift that will give years of pleasure to all nature lovers.
The feeder is easy to put together and has a nice long stake to secure it into the ground. The station has two seed feeders, a suet feast feeder, a feeder tray and a bird bath. The feeding station is 226cm high and approximately 58cm wide. As this is a stand feeder, it can be positioned slightly away from trees making the birds less likely to be ambushed by cats. The feeding station is approved by the British Trust for Ornithology and Birdcare Standards Association.
This feeding station really does attract the birds. The different varieties of feeder types mean you can put out snacks to attract a variety of species. Ours has already attracted Chaffinches, Tits, Sparrows and a Robin. Some larger birds including Pigeons, Crows and Magpies also come to the feeder but so far, we haven’t had any problems with squirrels stealing all the nuts.
That’s the end of my unusual gardening gifts guide. I hope you have found some ideas in this guide for your gardening friends and family and maybe even a few ideas to add to your own Christmas list to prepare for an excellent year in the garden!
- Plant Theatre 2 Willow Teacup Planters Gift Boxed
- Bosch Cordless Edging and Shrub Shear Isio Set
- Plant Theatre Essential Garden Tool Bag With Tools
- Envirocycle Pink Composting Tumbler Bin
- Flymo 1200R Lithium-Ion Robotic Lawn Mower, 18 V
- Plant Theatre – Three Tier Herb & Plant Theatre in Natural Hardwood
- Wildlife World Hogilow Hedgehog Home
- RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants 4th edition
- Haws Deluxe 7-Litre Outdoor Watering Can