Stocking fillers for beginners, children and seasoned gardeners
It’s often difficult for non-gardeners to buy for their horticultural friends and family, so here is the first of my Christmas gift guides – and this one is all about goodies under £10 – and not just stocking fillers, either. If you can’t find any particular gift online, check out the store locator at each website to find a stockist near you.
If you want to spend a bit more, check out my gifts from £10-£20 here.
Munakuppi, Mr Fothergill’s, £3.95
Ideal stocking-fillers to encourage kids to get into gardening. The ceramic egg cup-style planters are called Munakuppi (Finnish for egg cup). Each Munakuppi includes two sachets of seed – basil for short ‘hair’ and ryegrass for long ‘hair’ – plus compost and growing instructions. There are also six animals, four smiley faces or four cats. These kits come with a pot, coir pellet, grass seed and instructions, available from major garden centres. To find one near you, visit www.mr-fothergills.co.uk.
Little Gardeners Starter Kits, Johnsons, £4
New to the range are four Starter Kits – Cheery Nasturtiums, Gigantic Sunflowers, Halloween Pumpkins and Sweet Strawberries, with a propagator tray and lid, compost, seeds and simple instructions, www.johnsons-seeds.com.
Complete Grow Kits, £4.50 & Flower Mixes, £3, Little Gardeners Range, Johnsons, £4.50
Seeds for little garden helpers to grow, with extra games and activities included. www.johnsons-seeds.com.
GoodHome Durum Tools Range, B&Q, from £4.90
There’s a host of well-priced equipment in this accessible range. Check out the full range online at www.diy.com or in-store.
Chilli Pepper Grow Kits, Mr Fothergill’s, £4.99
Available in fiery red chillies or juicy medium-hot green chillies, perfect for pizzas, www.mr-fothergills.co.uk.
Microgreens Growing Kit, Johnsons, £4.99
An easy way of growing and harvesting baby leaves to add fresh flavour to dishes. www.johnsons-seeds.com.
Grow Your Own Pesto Kit, Mr Fothergill’s, £6.95
includes basil seed, compost discs, a ceramic pestle, mortar and instructions on how to make the much-loved Italian sauce for pasta, www.mr-fothergills.co.uk.
GroBox, Mr Fothergill’s, £6.99
Great for beginners, the patented GroBox consists of a bio-degradable cardboard box containing four varieties of pre-sown vegetable or herb seeds in compost, which is planted, covered and watered in the garden or in a container. The range also includes a children’s flower garden and a children’s vegetable garden, www.mr-fothergills.co.uk.
Windowsill kits, Mr Fothergill’s, £7.95
Available in Herb Garden, Fragrant Garden, Strawberry Garden and Sunflower Garden – each with a galvanised metal windowsill container, seeds, compost and instructions, www.mr-fothergills.co.uk.
Sophie Conran Collection, Fat Ball Bird Feeder, Burgon & Ball, £7.99
New to the range are two fat balls bird feeders in the shape of a pear and a pomegranate. Attractive in powder-coated steel with a leather hanging cord, available from www.burgonandball.com.
RHS-endorsed Flower and Fruit Snips, Annabel James, £9.95 (main image)
With fluorescent pink cushioned handles, these snips are the perfect gift for small-medium hands. If you leave them outside, when it gets dark, the handles glow in the torchlight. There’s a 10-year guarantee on the fully hardened and tempered high carbon steel blades, www.annabeljames.co.uk.