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Housewarming and Hostess Gift for the Holidays

Gifts From Afar: Lighten Their Day with These Thanksgiving Gift Ideas

What a strange and turbulent year we have had. With so many stressors, I look forward to having all my children home for the holidays, but will greatly miss our large family gathering. But if you are like me, you will want to give. a gift to those that are celebrating afar, and give a virtual housewarming gift to bring a smile to their faces. Here is a quick set of gift ideas for a holiday hostess or housewarming message from afar:

I hope you have a pleasant Thanksgiving as we head towards Christmas and the New Year. Thank God 2021 is almost here and we can put this year behind us!!

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Unique Hostess and Housewarming Gifts

Harvesting and collecting snapdragon seeds

Collecting Snapdragon Seeds

A Guide to Harvesting Snapdragon Seeds

Snapdragons are a favorite in the garden, and they provide a wonderful vertical element to any landscape or raised garden bed. They are prolific seeders, and Snapdragon seeds will self sow if left to fall. The seeds are easy to harvest, and can provide you with a bounty to spread throughout you landscape and gardening early spring.

Harvesting or collecting snapdragon seeds
Seed pods from the Snapdragon flower

Here are some quick steps to gather and collect you Snapdragon seed pods:

  1. As the growing season ends, and you move into Fall, your Snapdragons will turn from green to brown.
  2. Identify a brown stalk and clip a few with gardening scissors or a sharp set of garden pruners/shears.
  3. Once you gather your brown stalks, organize a flat surface on which to work. Layout some sheets of white paper on the surface. The paper will help gather any snapdragon seeds that fall during handling, and provide a way to herd the seeds later.
  4. Look for the seed pods on the stalk, and snap them off. They are hard to miss, they look like little round faces.
  5. Once you have a pile of the snapdragon seed pods, grab a plastic cup or container to hold your seeds temporarily.
  6. Take the pod and roll it in between your thumb and forefinger until it cracks. The little black seeds will fall out onto the paper or into your container. You will be surprised at the number of seeds Snapdragons produce.
  7. Grab a seed collecting envelope, and be sure and put the date collected, the type of seed and then seal it and wait for early spring before you plant your Snapdragon seed.
harvesting snapdragon seeds
Harvested Snapdragon seeds from the broken seed pod

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Garden Gift Box – Ideas for Unique Gardening Gifts

Gardening Gift Box Essentials

As we go into the holidays, a great choice for the gardener, or want to be gardener, is the garden gift box. There are a broad variety of choices on the market:

  • High End Gardening Gift Boxes
  • Cheap Garden Gift Boxes
  • Gardening Tool Set Gift Boxes
  • Garden Apparel Gift Boxes
  • On and On

But what should you choose? What are the best ideas for these garden gift baskets or boxes?

Here is a quick guide to some gardening gift box ideas that are unique and will be a great gift for the gardener to be or expert gardener.

Unique Gardening Gift Boxes

There are a large number of gift box providers, and many of them have created unique offerings that will be a standout gardening gift. Companies like Pottery Barn and Crate and Barrel have their offerings. Smaller gardening gift companies, like Celtic Farm, assemble unique and complete boxes focused on the season. Below is our fall garden gift box with bulbs, bulb planting tool and our unique and beautiful copper garden markers.

The Best Gardening Gift Box
Celtic Farm’s Fall and Winter Garden Gift Box with Tulip Bulbs

Gardening Tools Gift Box

Gardeners love great tools, and Japanese gardening tool sets have taken the gardening world by storm. Hori Horis, bonsai scissors and all type of gardening digging/weeding tools are a fantastic gift for gardeners. You Can purchase these garden tools from a site and put together a tools set any gardener would envy, or you can purchase a tool set from any number of gardening gift sites. Our Japanese Garden Tool Set is shown below.

Garden gift box with tools
Garden tool set gift boxes are perfect for any gardener

Garden to Table Gift Box

Whether your target gardener has an affinity for vegetables or flowers in their garden, they will love a gift set that provides fun and functionality in the kitchen. A cutting board, knives, towels and other items packed in a box is sure to please. You can take a look at our garden to table gift box below.

Gardening gift box for garden to table
Garden to table boxes are a great gift for cooks

Don’t like what you see from an idea perspective? You can also look across a broad swath of products and build your own gift box. Click to shop and build that custom gift for gardeners.

Gifts for Gardeners

Unique Gifts for the Gardener

Unique Garden Gifts – The Guide

Cool and Unique Gifts for the Gardener

With the holidays fast approaching, and the rush to find those special, cool and unique gifts, how can you find that special gift for the gardener in your life? To find that standout gardening gift, there are a couple of recommendations.

Cool Garden Gifts: Where to Shop

The gardening gift market is plagued with low quality, plastic goods that barely last a season. You can find high quality gardening gifts made of stainless steel, wood and copper, you just have to look. Here are some quick tips:

  • Support Small Gardening Businesses – there are a ton of small, specialized gardening shops online that are run by gardeners and farmers, and usually sell what they use and recommend. Not the big gift stores that just buy in bulk and push their wares.
  • Buy From Those That Do – would you buy a car from an appliance dealer? ;). Gardeners know what gardeners need and love, and you can find those unique and useful gardening gifts by doing some research and finding a niche store that fits your gardener’s style.
  • Ask Questions and Look for Gardening FAQs – it is my favorite thing, and I just love chatting via email or on Instagram on our unique and cool gifts. Ask questions when you find a store you like, and get recommendations for the type of gardener you are buying for. You will get some cool gift recommendations and save some time.

Now that you have some basic hunting details for that special garden gift, now let’s talk about the type of gardener that is your unique gift target. Here is how I classify gardeners:

  • The Serious Gardener – not afraid to get dirt under their nails. They use any garden weapon or tool. Plants relentlessly, and constantly change their landscape. Will go at it with or without gloves. This gardener will love anything gardening related, but will especially love garden tool sets, the Hori Hori or a gardening apron.
  • The Casual Gardener – loves the outdoors and gardening. Lives for the stress free feel of the garden. Has others do the heavy labor, but does get dirty on occasion (my wife ;)). Occasionally plants and pots, content with pruning roses and doing light work. So any item that makes her/his gardening experience more pleasurable would be a great gift. Try stainless garden scissors, a great garden gift for the casual gardener. Would love one of our gardening gift boxes.
  • The Flower/Vegetable Lover – hands off with the exception of cutting flowers or grabbing vegetables in the garden. Not a dirt lover like the serious gardener, but has a passion for the beauty and variety of plants. Garden snips or a gardening apron to protect clothing would be a great gift for this type. Mostly this unique gardener has an affinity for flower gardening, but also loves farm to table.

So, with all this info on finding that unique gardening gift, hopefully you can take our suggestions and be successful. Here are some links to our unique garden gift collections for men, women and general gardeners.

Unique Gardening Gifts for Women

Unique Gardening Gifts for Men

Unique Garden Gifts for Any Gardener