Last-minute gift ideas

Remember, a gift from the heart needn’t cost the earth (or indeed anything at all) …

  • A trailer-load of compost/manure
  • A voucher for your time, to be spent in the garden
  • A new tool (spend as much as you can afford, it will be appreciated – with tools it’s very much you get what you pay for)
  • Packets of unusual seeds – try Wildflower World or something from Koanga Gardens
  • Book vouchers
  • Garden centre vouchers …

Notice how the word “voucher” recurs? That’s because in my experience, gardeners often prefer to choose what they want themselves. Give a plant by all means, but make sure it is a plant the recipient actually wants!

Hand-made signs can be fun, but┬ácheck that it’s something the recipient will appreciate and not feel duty bound to put in.


Photo: Sandra Simpson


Making something for the garden is a project the whole family can be involved with, although time is ticking away. Some ideas for and pictures of an “insect hotel” structure can be found here and here.

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Making a bug hotel can be fun for all the family – and encourages beneficial insects to hang around. Photo: Sandra Simpson

But whatever you give, if it’s chosen for the right reasons you won’t go wrong.