Are you looking for unique gardening gifts for Dad? Shopping for the man who has everything can be a little tough sometimes, but if he’s a gardener, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of 20+ practical, unique and humorous gifts for Dad, gardeners, backyard enthusiasts and anyone who likes to dig in the dirt (including yourself!)
Gardening Gifts for Dad: Garden Projects
Who doesn’t love a new project? From composting to vertical gardening, here are five garden project gift ideas that are easy and fun to do.
1. Vertical Wall Planter
For gardening in small spaces or just to grow more plants without expanding your garden beds, go vertical. The Meiwo 7 Pocket Hanging Vertical Garden Wall Planter simply hangs on a fence, wall or balcony. With 7 deep pockets, you can grow a wide variety of herbs, flowers and vegetables. Great for patios and back porches, imagine stepping out onto the deck to pick your own fresh produce for dinner.
2. Tumbling Composter
Compost is a wonderful addition to any garden, but building and maintaining a compost pile can sometimes seem like an awful lot of work. That’s where the FCMP Outdoor IM4000 Tumbling Composter comes in. All you do is add your kitchen scraps and lawn clippings into the bin and turn it every 2-3 days. It even has two separate bins so you can put newer materials in one side while your older materials finish composting in the other side. Make composting easy again with a tumbling composter.
For great compost, organic liquid fertilizer and an abundant supply of worms, vermiculture is a simple and easy to maintain project. With the Worm Factory, you can compost kitchen scraps, paper waste and cardboard to create nutrient-rich compost for your garden. Virtually odorless when properly maintained, you can use it indoors, allowing you to compost year-round. It’s easy to keep up, after all, the worms do most of the work.
4. Survival Seeds
Every gardener knows the importance of seeds and the benefits of saving seeds for next year’s planting. Whether building a survival garden or just wanting to be prepared, the Survival Garden 32 Variety Pack by Open Seed Vault, has got you covered. In this pack, you’ll find enough vegetable seeds to plant over an acre of carefully selected vegetable varieties to provide a well balanced and healthy diet for you and your family. These seeds are open pollinated, non-hybrid, non-GMO, heirloom seeds with a high germination rate, perfect for planting now or saving for later.
5. Growing Mushrooms
Does your Dad love mushrooms? Then here’s the perfect gift. With the Back to the Roots Organic Mushroom Farm Grow Kit, you can harvest gourmet oyster mushrooms in 10 days. They grow right out of the box. Everything you need is already included. Simply add water and watch them grow. Plus, they’re certified organic and non-GMO. If you’ve never grown mushrooms before, you’re in for a treat.
Gardening Gifts for Dad: Gardening Gear
What would a list of gardening gifts for Dad be without some cool gardening gear? From tools, to hats, gloves and knives, here’s the gardening gear that makes working in the yard just a little bit easier.
6. Knee Pads
These are not just any ordinary knee pad. The NoCry Professional Knee Pads are built to withstand just about anything you want to put them through. From working in the garden, to mulching the landscaping, these knee pads can handle soft dirt, rough gravel, broken glass and even more. Check out their video here:
7. Gardening Hori Hori Knife
Tired of wimpy gardening tools? Ready to get serious in the battle against weeds? The Hori Hori Garden Knife quickly cuts through stubborn weeds, tough roots, and branches. It’s extra sharp with a full tang for strength. And it’s not just for cutting. The blade is curved for digging and it has measurements on the blade making it a go-to tool for planting and transplanting bulbs and plants to the proper depths. It comes with a sharpening stone and nylon sheath for easy carry.
8. Claw Gloves
Looking for an easier way to dig in the dirt? The Garden Genie Garden Gloves with Claws lets you dig with your hands without needing garden tools or tearing your fingernails down to the quick. The secret is the built in ABS plastic claws on each hand. They’re made of natural latex rubber with nylon netting on the back of the hand for ventilation. These gloves are tough, waterproof and easy to clean.
9. Scrub Boots
Gardening requires good boots that are sturdy, waterproof, and most important of all, comfortable. The Original MuckBoots Scrub Boot is all three rolled into one great boot. These low calf-height boots are easy to slip on and slip off without bending over or tugging on them. They have a breathable AirMesh lining and flexible sole. They’re made for walking through the muck, simply rinse them off to clean them.
10. Gardening Sun Hat
Every gardener needs a good hat, not only to keep the sun off but also to keep going in the rain. The Einkskey Wide Brim Sun Hat is just the thing. Made of waterproof polyester, it has mesh vents to help you keep cool in the heat. It’s lightweight with an adjustable elastic drawstring design with a nice wide brim and adjustable chin cord for windy days.
11. Boot Scraper
Tired of tracking mud through the house? Then try the Umien Boot Scraper Brush. It’s a folding boot scrubber that includes an extra shoe brush. It’s compact and convenient. No mounting is required, simply step on one side and scrub the shoe on the other foot. Then change sides. Your body weight holds it in place. It’s sturdy with a heavy gauge metal frame and stiff bristles for scrubbing clean any shoes or boots.
12. 5 in 1 Gardening Tool
Love gardening but tired of bending over and digging holes all the time? The ProPlugger 5-In-1 Lawn and Garden Tool is a combination bulb planter, weeder, sod plugger, annual planter and soil test. Just step, twist and pull and you’re ready to plant. Got thistles or other weeds with a determined tap root? Just do the same and the weed comes out roots and all. It’s made in the USA of durable carbon steel so it’s one tough tool.
Gardening Gifts for Dad: Backyard Relaxation
Some of the best gardening gifts are ones that don’t involve working. Sometimes, you just need to sit back, relax and enjoy the garden.
13. Bat House
Looking for a unique, pesticide free form of mosquito control? Try bats. A single bat can eat up to 1200 mosquitoes in an hour. With the NoJack Two Chamber Bat Box House Kit you can attract bats to your yard and garden. Made from high quality C Select cedar, these bat boxes are naturally weather proof and rot resistant.
14. Fire Pit
What better way to enjoy a weekend evening than relaxing around a cozy fire in your outdoor fire pit. The Star and Moon Firepit by Pure Garden is light weight and weatherproof but sturdy, being made from powder coated steel to resist rust. It’s low maintenance and easy to clean. Simply wipe with a damp cloth and you’re done. It comes with a safety log poker, spark screen and cover.
15. Plant Watering Stakes
Going on vacation? Let these Terracotta Garden Watering Spikes from Garden Summit water your plants while you’re gone. Simply fill a wine bottle (or other long neck glass bottle) with water, place the spike on the end of the bottle, turn it all upside down and stick the spike end into the soil near your plant’s roots. The water will slowly seep through the terracotta providing a slow, steady watering.
Gardening Gifts for Dad: Gardening Books
You can never have too many books, especially gardening books or cookbooks! Here’s a few ideas that make great gifts.
16. The Gardener and the Grill by Karen Adler and Judith Fertig
When you think of grilling, most people think of meat. But vegetables, especially those fresh from the garden, can taste delicious grilled, too. The Gardener & the Grill: The Bounty of the Garden Meets the Sizzle of the Grill by Karen Adler and Judith Fertig is a guide for those new to grilling vegetables and a resource for those who’ve been doing it for years. Filled with grilling tips and recipes for both vegetables and meat, rubs and sauces, you’ll discover new tastes and new ways to bring your old favorites to life and expand the possibilities of your home grilled meals.
17. DIY Hydroponic Gardens by Tyler Baras
Have you ever wanted to try your hand at hydroponic gardening? With DIY Hydroponic Gardens: How to Design and Build an Inexpensive System for Growing Plants in Water, by Tyler Baras, you’ll be introduced to all you need to know to design and build your own hydroponic systems. From the simplest bottle hydroponic system to the more complex aeroponic systems, you’ll find step by step instructions to create whatever type system you want. Great for the do-it-yourselfer or anyone who’s interested in learning more about hydroponic gardens.
18. The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart
If you’ve ever wondered where your favorite drinks came from, here’s your answer. The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart is a fascinating history of the plants and other things that have been used over the ages to create alcoholic beverages. Not only that, it also includes recipes and gardening tips so that you can recreate your own concoctions in the comfort of your own home.
Gardening Gifts for Dad: Just For Fun
And now we come to a few gifts that are just for fun. Disclaimer and warning: some of these may not be for everyone, and not for the faint of heart, but if you or your dad or gardening giftee has a sense of humor, they just might love them. Each of the following made me laugh out loud when I saw them, so I’m including them here.
19. Grow. Dammit.
This sturdy but lightweight steel sign from 81 Metal Art, sums up what every gardener is secretly thinking. After all the work of prepping the soil and planting, the least those seeds can do is grow. Dammit.
20. Cat Got the Gnomes
Oh, no. It looks like the cat got into the gnomes again! This Mischievous Cat Garden Gnome Statue Figurine by Mark & Margot goes great both indoors and out.
21. Biker Garden Gnome
If anybody could save the gnomes from the cat, it would be this cool Biker Garden Gnome Statue by Besti.
22. No Trespassing Sign
Tired of unexpected and uninvited visitors? Try this sign: No Trespassing. We’re Tired of Hiding the Bodies.
So, this is my list of 20+ unique gardening gifts for Dad and any other gardener or garden loving person on your gift giving list. This list is a work in progress, so check back as I’ll be adding onto it as I stumble across other interesting and unique gardening gifts. If you have any other ideas for cool gardening gifts, be sure to leave a comment below and I’ll add it onto the list.