15 of the best Christmas gifts for gardeners – including 5 under a fiver – The Sun | The Sun

IF you’re anything like me, and didn’t spent the last 12 months carefully curating presents for the greenfingered Goddess/God in your life, then fear not.

Here at Sun Gardening, I appreciate what a challenge it is to get the perfect gift, so I’ve done the hard work for you – spending the last year trying and testing a whole range of products for your outside space.

These top ten gifts filled me with more joy than a summer’s day in June. 

  1. Gold Leaf Touch Tough Gloves.  £29.99

These luxury leather water resistant gloves are soft and smooth and stretch to fit your hand the more you use them. In short, they’re Hollywood when it comes to prick prevention. Plus an added bonus of an extended cuff, to avoid the classic ‘wrist ripped apart by roses’ look. 

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  1. Border in a Box  £24.99
Get someone else to do the work for you with this border in a boxCredit: notonthehighstreet.com

When you haven’t got time to pore over gardening manuals to find the perfect plan for your outside space, pots or balconies – why not just get someone else to do it for you! It has nine classic garden designs to choose from and gives you all the seeds, direction and help you need.

  1. Burgon and Ball Florabrite Secateurs  £23.49

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Fluorescent yellow, these sturdy secateurs show up in any foliage – and I should know, I chucked them around my garden at 7pm in early October and found them every time. Decently priced with a ten year guarantee and an endorsement from the RHS, you’d be a fool not to.

  1. Solar Centre Outdoor light cube  £39.99

Glow up your garden with this gorgeous colour-changing solar-powered cube. Because it’s USB-chargeable, it provides hours of mood-enhancing happiness outdoors every evening – and can be used inside too!  

  1. Robert Dyas Grow Your Own Sunflower kit  £4.99

There’s nothing better than teaching kids how your garden grows – and this painted yellow metal bucket comes with a packet of seeds, a peat-free growing pellet and full instructions to set them on a path to sunflower glory.  

  1. An RHS membership  £55.50

Wherever you are in the country there’s a blooming gorgeous RHS garden close by – and  sometimes it's good to take a step back from your own outdoor space to see what the experts have to offer in similar soil. Pricey – but practical.

  1. Chamaerops humilis ‘Vulcano’ palm  £19.99

One of the easiest ways to bring a touch of the tropical to the UK – this hardy palm will grow in pretty much any outdoor space. Perfect for pots and beds, it has huge green leaves which spread out like a fan – and because its hardy it should last all year round. 

  1. Hydria Life Fountain  £99.99

This new kid on the block is affordable, energy-friendly, portable and doesn't need a water pipe. The rechargeable all-in-one kit can be placed into any of your favourite 30cm-plus plant pots – and comes with a whole variety of add-ons – including Christmas fountain spouts. 

  1. Homebase Large Outdoor plant pot. £19.95

Every gardener loves a decent plant pot – and often they are far too expensive. But this blue glazed 40 inch-er brings a touch of glamour to your garden or balcony and would look perfect on a patio. 

  1. Chlorophytum Comosum – Spider Plant.  £8.99

Houseplants are huge at the moment, and gaining popularity daily. This spider plant is the perfect present for a beginner right through to expert level. Its easy to grow, needs hardly any maintenance, and grows loads of babies you can plant on for free. 


Homebase Jungle Ground Stakes  £2.50

Everyone needs a bit of support sometimes and these ground stakes are a great, non garish way of giving that love back to your garden. 

B&Q Solar Powered Outdoor light  £4

Glow up your loved ones garden (or your own!!) with this lovely little outdoor light

Dobbies Beanie Hat  £4.99

Never underestimate the level of heat you lose through their heads while outdoors. This says its for men, but should say For Gardeners.

Etsy Grow Your Own Chilli Plant  £3.99 

A lovely little gift set – with everything you need to get your loved ones hot and spicy

Not On The High Street Seed Bomb  £4.50

Literally throw it – grow it – it couldn’t be easier.


DON’T walk on your snow covered lawn. It may make a beautiful crunch, but it can kill the grass underneath and leave really horrid brown footprints for months. 


SHAKE off excess snow from trees and hedges to stop branches breaking. Rest a pan of hot water on your frozen pond to melt a hole so the fish get oxygen in the water. 


THANKS to the RHS, we have a  £200 voucher to give away!! It can be spent in any of the five RHS Garden gift shops, as well as their standalone garden shop in Bluewater. Go to www.thesun.co.uk/WinRHSvoucher or via post to Sun RHS Voucher Competition, PO Box 3190, Colchester, Essex, CO2 8GP. Include your name, age, email or phone. T&Cs apply. Ends 23/12/2023 18+, UK only.


Dig a little deeper for this   £49.99 Spear and Jackson Fork from Robert Dyas, or save your dosh for the sales with Wilko’s own brand  £21 version. 

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Q. The flowers on my Kalanchoë are fading. If I remove the dead flowers will that encourage the plant to continue flowering through the winter months? James Thompson, Sunderland.

A. Kalanchoes normally have only one flowering period – which lasts a few months – and then the flowers fade and fall in order for the plant to focus on growing new buds. But experts claim you can force it into flower by only giving it eight or so hours of light a day, putting it in a cupboard for the rest of the time.  You could see buds in 6-8 weeks. Best of luck!

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