20 Clever Garden Gift Basket Ideas to Embrace Their Green Thumb

Updated: May 15, 2024

Looking for garden gift basket ideas? Find inspiration, all-in-one kits, subscription gifts and more, curated by a gardener.

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If you’re looking for a special gift for the gardener in your life, you can go the extra mile by putting together (or simply buying) a garden gift basket idea. To go the DIY route, start with a garden tote or tool bag and fill it with items they’ll love, such as pollinator-friendly items, heirloom seeds, tools and workwear. If you want to make it easy on yourself, consider sending a gift box or subscription.

A garden gift basket idea doesn’t necessarily have to be geared toward their garden. Let them enjoy their hobby in the off-season with a unique vintage garden art piece or flower pot they can use indoors. Keep in mind that many gardeners abhor seeing plastic in their gardens, so opt for gifts made with natural materials and craftsmanship that withstand time. Not sure where to start? Right this way.

For the Refined Gardener

EkuBox Gardening Gift Box

Upon opening the EkuBox gift box, they’re greeted with a wax-sealed handwritten note and a sprig of dried lavender flowers wrapped in a satin bow. Inside there are gardening shears, an herb pinch and pull container for quick harvest, gardeners soap, organic seeds and a soy candle with plantable packaging. What else could they need?

For the Bountiful Gardener

Harvesting Gift Set

Whether it’s gathering fresh-cut flowers or picking ripe veggies, every gardener needs a trug to gather their goodies. This harvesting gift set from Garrett Wade includes a galvanized steel basket (trug), forged steel pruners and a hand-crafted French harvesting knife.

For the Rare Seed Collector

Seed Bank Box Subscription

For a gift that keeps on giving, give the organic gardener a monthly subscription to the Seed Bank Box by Cratejoy. Not only will they receive a seasonal gift of seeds each month for their growing zone, they’ll enjoy trying new and rare organic vegetables. Choose a one-, six- or 12-month subscription.

For the Busy Gardener

Organic Vegetable Garden Kit

This beginner-friendly, all-in-one organic vegetable garden kit has everything they’ll need to start seeds and grow a garden. The entire kit is certified organic, including the peat pots, soil, fertilizer and non-GMO seeds. Plus, it includes a fun and informative seed-to-harvest care guide for the novice gardener.

For the Organized Gardener

Tool Tote and Seed Organizer

Gardeners shuffle seed packs like tarot readers handle cards. This beautiful French-made bamboo tool tote keeps seed packets organized, upright and ready to plant. The handle makes it convenient to carry while planting, and it includes room for tools.

For the Vegetable Gardener

Harvest Colander Basket

Use this tote to carry the DIY garden gift basket ideas and products. Vegetable gardeners can never have enough harvest baskets, and this handy garden trug doubles as a colander to rinse dirt off outside. Flexible and sturdy, this lightweight basket goes from field to kitchen to farmers’ market in three happy colors.

For the Plant Tender

Copper Watering Can

This eye-catching copper and brass watering can is ideal for seedlings and indoor plants that need a gentle and precise drink. Replace that eyesore of a plastic watering can and let your gardener display this pretty little can with pride.

For the Succulent Gardener

Succulent Gift Box Subscription

Surprise a gardener with this affordable succulent gift box they’ll receive every month. With flexible options, Cratejoy offers one-, three-, six- and 12-month subscriptions with up to four succulents per subscription. Each box comes with care instructions to keep their hobby going all year.

For the Poetic Gardener

Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life Book

Emily Dickinson’s poetry was largely inspired by nature and her love of botany, and author, Marta McDowell, did a deep dive into her gardening life. It’s a fascinating read with four-color photographs, botanical illustrations and poetry. Available in hardcover or Kindle, Gardening Life: The Plants and Places That Inspired the Ionic Poet will be cherished by any gardener who’s interested in the history of plants, poetry and life in the 1800s.

For the Rose Lover

Long Gardening Gloves

These pigskin leather gardening gloves protect your loved one’s arms and hands from thorns and stickers while growing a rose bush. The soft, luxurious and pliable material is breathable and comfortable. Plus, they come in six colors and five sizes to cover nearly everyone.

For the Bird Watcher

Hanging Basket Hummingbird Feeder

Not only is this colorful handwoven hanging basket a plant container, it also features three handblown glass hummingbird feeders. It adds a lively, decorative element to any yard while also nourishing the pollinators.

For the Sentimental Gardener

Personalized Wind Sculpture

Create a one-of-a-kind piece of yard art with inspirational words or names of loved ones. This mesmerizing wind sculpture adds enjoyment and a personal touch to a garden. Did we mention it’s handcrafted?

For the Bee Whisperer

Bee-Drinking Ball

Every gardener loves bees, because they’re an important asset to success. Include this pretty bee-drinking ball in your garden gift basket idea to help bees stay hydrated and enchant visitors to their garden.

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For the Gardener with Weeds

CobraHead Weeder

Your gift recipient will love you for including the CobraHead weeding tool in the garden gift basket idea. This precision hand tool makes weeding fun and fast while protecting the plants around them.

For the All-Day Gardener

The Tool Seat

This convenient, sturdy two-in-one tool bag and gardening stool keeps tools in arm’s reach and gives gardeners’ knees and back a break. The Tool Seat makes planting, weeding, pruning and harvesting easier on the body than constantly bending over. When it’s not in use, they can simply fold it up and store it in their shed or garage.

For the Indoor Gardener

Personalized Flower Pot

Add a custom touch to their space with a personalized flower pot. To complete the gift, add in some seeds and garden hand tools to get them started on their next project.

For the Sun Worshipper

Sun-Blocking Shirt

Gardeners will appreciate a vented sun-blocking stretchy shirt during the warmer months. The lightweight, silky-soft L.L.Bean Tropicwear shirt is wrinkle-free, making it easy to care for, and has an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) of 50+ built-in. Just choose among the six colors and this gift is a no-brainer.

For the New Gardener

Ergonomic Garden Tool Set

For the friend who’s just starting out, they’ll appreciate this stainless steel 10-piece hand tool set with it’s own tool bag. It includes a trowel, weeder, scissor, pruner and more, so the beginner can feel confident about diving in.

For the Practical Gardener

Copper Rain Gauge

It’s important for gardeners to know how much rain has fallen, and this rain gauge is an easy-to-read accessory. The unbreakable, winter-safe piece is made with a solid copper tube, so it’ll be in their garden for years to come.

For the Nostalgic Gardener

Vintage Garden Art

What could be sweeter than vintage garden art? The charming gift features a print from the early days of the Burpee Annual Catalog. It’s available in three sizes—and there are plenty of other styles to choose from!—so they can appreciate their craft indoors, too.

What to Look for When Buying Garden Gift Baskets

Before you assemble a gardening gift basket, here are a few things to look for. Start by selecting larger items first: Think Amanda shovels, gardening clothes, clothes and watering cans. These items will fill up the basket first, so place them before other items, which helps determine the size of the basket you need. The next step is to seek a basket that can accommodate your main (larger) items. From there, shop for your filler items: snippers, pruners, seeds and other accessories that catch our eye. Instead of traditional metals and colors for watering cans, look for modern materials like copper and ceramic, which make elegant gifts.

Why You Should Trust Us 

Sheri Kaz is a gardening expert with over 30 years of grinding experience. After, she planted her first garden as a child while living on a Midwest farm. In 2010, she created a community garden, which allowed her to share her passion for permaculture and eco-friendly innovations and products. Sheri is also a member of the City of Greenfield Pollinator Protection Committee, where she helps plant native habitats. In addition to her love of gardening, Sheri is an interior designer who assists homeowners in creating functional and beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces. She likes to get her hands dirty working on landscaping projects that incorporate native plantings and pollinator habitats. When she is not busy creating, Sheri contributes and tests products regularly to Family Handyman, Reader’s Digest and Taste of Home.

How We Found the Best Garden Gift Baskets

As shopping experts, it’s our job to find the best products worth purchasing. We start with the basics—researching the best products and brands to create a list of only products worth splurging on. From there, our team of experts tests multiple products on the list to test their functions and virality. From there, we do the dirty work and use these picks in our own gardens. To complete or process, we comb through thousands of shoppers’ reviews to ensure the product is worth buying.

FAQs

What to buy someone who enjoys gardening?

If you’re looking for a gift to buy someone who enjoys gardening, consider putting together a basket of useful items. Fill the basket with an elegant pair of snips, pruners, hand shovels, gloves, a watering can and other necessities that catch your eye.

What can I use instead of a basket for a gift basket?

Think outside the basket and create a gift basket using other items like a pretty tote or metal tub, which is easy to clean after an afternoon of gardening.

How many items should be in a gift basket?

Keeping the basket simple makes your gift basket look elegant and put together. Only add four to five items so that your items do not spill outside of the basket’s perimeters. This will also allow you to arrange each gift so that the receiver can see each one.