You could easily spend a lot of money making your favorite gardener happy this holiday season, but fortunately, you don’t have to. I personally use all three of the items below, and can assure you they are worth every penny of their modest price. Whether it’s a gift exchange at the garden club, a little extra something to accompany a big ticket item for your dearly beloved, or a even treat for yourself (haven’t you been good?), these gifts show that you’ve been thinking about that special gardener as a gardener, and not as “another person I have to get something for.”Carol of May Dreams Gardens and I gave the Spring Fling organizers these key chains as a way to thank them for their hard work. They are made out of pewter and that little Garrett Wade tag is easily removed if you so desire. (If the recipient already has a key chain, suggest that they use it as a zipper pull on their favorite gardening jacket.)
Over on the right is my favorite hand lotion, Earth Therapeutics Hand Remedy. It is one of the few “beauty” products that I keep multiples of: one for each floor of the house, plus a few on hand so we never run out. They used to call it Gardener’s Hand Repair, but I guess no one but gardeners bought it so they changed it to a more generic name. As a gardener, it’s difficult for me to resist spending an early spring day weeding with gloveless hands in the moist earth. But when I eventually go inside and wash those hands, they feel like sandpaper. This lotion takes away the sandpaper feeling, and the dry, too-tight skin feeling, and smells pleasantly lemony. It also minimizes peeling after a bad sunburn.
Speaking of sunburn, there’s no better way to prevent it than with an application of Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock. As a fair-skinned, sunburn susceptible person, I have used sunblock pretty faithfully since before they invented the SPF rating system, because I hate sunburn a heck of a lot more than I hate looking pasty-white uncool. Until I found this Neutrogena line (thanks to Blackswamp Kim), my intense dislike of sunburn was the only thing that kept me slathering the greasy stuff on. Neutrogena’s Dry-Touch is not greasy. It feels like high quality facial lotion, and once you’ve applied it, it truly is dry on your skin. I look forward to putting this on, even though it costs twice as much as the no-name brand from the discount store. As an added bonus, it comes in a range of high SPFs, from 30 to 85. I bought the SPF 70 for my Spring Fling trip to Austin, and I also have the SPF 30 “for everyday.”
A gift doesn’t have to cost a lot to show your love, but when chosen thoughtfully it speaks volumes. What are your favorite humble but worthy gardening gifts?