Home & Garden

From clogs to birdbaths, gifts for gardening enthusiasts

(StatePoint)—Shopping for gardeners this holiday season? Here are a few ideas that will put a smile on the face of those green-thumbed family members and friends:

Make a statement

Upgrade a hobby wardrobe with gear that’s not only stylish, but functional too.

If your gardener is still watering, hedging, weeding and working in the yard in an old pair of beat-up sneakers, consider a pair of garden clogs. Easy-to-clean and waterproof, they make a great present.

Or consider a utility apron in your gift recipient’s favorite colors.

h&g-BluebirdsGo bird-friendly

No garden is complete without visits from local wildlife, such as songbirds. Help your gardener transform his or her garden into a wildlife refuge. A birdbath and bird feeder will help attract birds and encourage them to linger in the garden longer.

Unfortunately billions of songbirds are killed worldwide each year due to accidental collisions with window glass, according to the Wilson Ornithological Society. Consider a unique gift that makes the area safer for flying friends. A new high-tech liquid called WindowAlert UV Liquid (www.windowalert.com) can be applied to windows, containing a component that brilliantly reflects ultraviolet sunlight. This ultraviolet light, which is invisible to humans, takes advantage of the keen eyesight of birds to create a visual barrier on windows to help prevent fatal collisions.


Make watering the plants a pleasure with a vintage watering can. You can add a personal touch by painting the side of the can with a unique design or your gift recipient’s name. Or buy a set of planters and give them the same paint treatment.