Gardeners are an easy and exciting bunch to give to. They often have simple wants and needs that usually boil down to more seeds and practical items. Make a care package for gardeners that can be a great mix of frugal and homemade.
All gardeners love seeds. They aren’t usually picky about it either. Gardeners like to grow and will appreciate any seed gifts they get because honestly, they’ll spend their money on other and more seeds because your gift saved them a little. Don’t worry too much about what kind to give. If you have some saved seed from your own garden they will hold those so very dear. If you don’t pick something up locally or order online. Simply pick things that sound interesting or are common place. Carrots, tomatoes, herbs, flowers, and peppers are almost always safe choices. Depending on the budget there are some lovely gift tins as well.
The hands of a gardener take a lot of abuse. Give them some healing salve to soothe that overworked skin. You can make your own easily and frugally at home. If time or supplies are short buy salve from a small producer. Either way, the recipient will appreciate the salve and think of you every time they apply it in the summer months.
Garden gloves are almost always needed and fit easily into a box. Choose something with some waterproofing, and something thick to protect hands from prickly weeds. If you’re buying for several folks pick up a multi-pack and separate it for a very frugal option.
All gardeners need twine now and then. It’s handy and always a welcome gift. Having it on hand is a blessing. If you’re a knitter or crocheter, wind scrap yarn around a spool and label it as ‘upcycled gardener’s twine’ – they’ll be glad to use those scraps to tie up tomatoes and more.
In my experience, most gardeners love to read and grow their skills. There are books for every gardener’s experience and interest level.
- For the gardener who’s interested in attracting bees and keeping a safe haven for them, The Bee Friendly Garden by Kate Frey and Gretchen LeBuhn is a superb read with garden plans included.
- Even those in small spaces can have a micro-farm and grow lots of food. The Suburban Micro-Farm by Amy Stross teaches everyone how to grow food in 15 minutes a day.
- The tea lover will appreciate Herbal Tea Gardens by Marietta Marshall Marcin. This book covers growing tips and medicinal uses for a number of herbs as well garden design plans for every budget and desire.
Most gardeners need and use tools of some kind. If you’re buying for an experienced gardener, I’d skip buying them tools. They likely already have what they need and prefer. If you’re buying for a new gardener choose things like small trowels, garden forks, pruners, and soil blockers.
The Frugal Gardener’s Care Package
This combination of items can be purchased or made and shipped for less than $25. Pack these items in small flat rate priority box:
- Seed Packets
- Gardner’s Salve
How this breaks down price wise:
- The shipping of a flat rate box is $6.80
- Gloves around $5.50
- Organic Seed Packet $2.99 each
- Salve if purchased $8.00 (much more frugal if homemade)
- Total : $23.29