Sow the seeds of a lifelong love of horticulture
Here’s the latest instalment of gardening gifts for Christmas and by far the most important – presents for children (see also stocking fillers and main gifts). We all know how important it is to get them involved and interested in where their food comes from and these products fit the bill.
Choose from Seed Starter Pots and Complete Grow Kits to Flower Mixes and Activity Kits – providing seeds for your little garden helpers to grow, as well as extra games and activities all included. There’s even a fully functioning Mini Greenhouse for them to build, from £2.50, www.johnsons-seeds.com.
Paint Your Own Feeder
Introduce your children to caring for wild birds. Complete with non-toxic paints and brush. Made from FSC® certified timber. 19 x 14 x 18cm, £8.99, www.suttons.co.uk.
Bug Hotel Book
This illustrated nature book lets you discover all about the insects and mini-beasts that live in our gardens. A fun and informative book for children to learn about nature. 14 pages, £8.99, www.dobies.co.uk.
Little Miss Sunshine or Mr Happy Gift Set
Collection of 10 packets of T&M’s limited edition Mr Men and Little Miss seeds. Just to add to the fun, it comes with a mug to go with the seed selection, £19.99, www.thompson-morgan.com.
These ceramic planters (Finnish for ‘egg cup’) Hair Grow Kits include two sachets of seed – basil for short ‘hair’ and ryegrass for long ‘hair’ – plus compost and growing instructions. Choose from a frog, dog, pig, duck, seal and cow, four new smiley faces and four cats, £3.95 each, www.mr-fothergills.co.uk.
Kids Garden Tool Bag Set
Includes tool bag, mini watering can, mini hand rake, trowel and fork, £14.99, www.briersltd.co.uk.
Treeve the Gardener Mouse
Part of the Tiny Mice Of Mousehole collection, inspired by a little village in Cornwall – Treeve means ‘farmstead’ in Cornish. He is hand felted with love and care and will bring a touch of childhood magic, helping little ones to enjoy imaginative play, £15.95, www.hurnandhurn.com.
Little Gardening Tool Gift Set
Little Gardener Fork and Trowel in a gift box, high-quality carbon steel tools with painted wooden handles, £17.95, www.annabeljames.co.uk.