Are you looking to shop small this holiday season? This might be just the list for you. Uncommon Goods, an online shop promoting creative goods from artists and craftspeople, boasts a one of a kind seed saving kit, beautiful swimming koi sculptures, useful kitchen garden shears, and much more. All their products are creative gifts that impart a love of life and nature’s bounty. We at Gardening Know How recognize the value of supporting small businesses and bringing a whole lot of joy to the holiday season in a sustainable retail cycle.
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FOR THE INDOOR GARDEN LOVER
Plant devotees tend to do their research to keep their plant babies happy. Give the gift of these glass, maple, and walnut bookends featuring cuttings from their favorite flora to keep all those tomes tidy. Handsome and handy, these bookends are sure to please any plant enthusiast.
Never a dull moment in the present universe, this shelf is urban kitchiness personified. Featuring epoxy coated iron that really does look like the real deal in miniature, the shelf unit is perfect for plants, pictures, art, and more. One of the most unique gifts for home and garden.
Can’t keep real plants alive? Get a touch of nature in the form of this artistic stained glass rendering of either an aloe or a snake plant. A classy light-catching sculpture of succulent plants that need even less water than the real thing!
These cuties are chubby versions of real life cacti that won’t prick or harm. Instead they are felted from locally sourced wool that imparts cozy Southwest whimsy without pain. Snuggle up with one of these and read about the American deserts and other Wild West tales.
Handmade in Texas by crafty Megan Reep, this lightly scented candle display would look at home with the Cactus Throw Pillows for a Southwestern nod to succulents and their infinite diversity. The soy blend wax burns brightly for 40 hours of enjoyment, while adding a fresh beachy aroma to the home. The hand carved wooden vessel is useful for knickknacks long after the wax has gone.
Toast, salads, smoothies, facials…avocados make everything better! Sprout discarded pits (we know you have plenty) with this set of two handcrafted stoneware sprouters. Grow as houseplants, or if you live in a warm climate, plant seedlings outside and harvest your homegrown fruit.
OUTDOOR GARDEN GIFTS
Gardening is hard work, but this handy seat gives you a place to rest your weary caboose. Made of lightweight steel and sturdy nylon, it has a detachable bag with 21 different sized pockets. Easy to carry and foldable, this little stool is sure to be an indispensable item in the garden.
Always get more than you need at the farmer’s market? A waxed canvas tote carries loads of fresh produce, and is a real helper during harvest time. The best feature? The bottom opens so you can drop your spoils out easily. Durable and classy, the bag will be your best friend during the growing season and beyond.
Now why didn’t I think of that? Everything you need to save and catalog your seeds is included in this fantastic kit. Envelopes, tins, labels, and a handy chart with instructions on successful seed saving are all included. All you need to do is take a little time to preserve your favorite flower or heirloom veggie seeds. In spring, you are all organized and ready to plant!
Beautifully packaged, this sunflower kit has everything you need to grow one of the most impactful plants in the garden. Sporting 6 varieties of sunflower, including the must have Mammoth variety, you can sprout seeds in a recycled egg carton. Soon your landscape will be a sea of yellow and golden hues, guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.
This journal gets little ones away from screens and into the garden. With a year’s worth of DIY and gardening projects, this interactive book is the holy grail for stay-at-home parents trying to educate and entertain their kids.
If you are like me and are a touch neurotic about keeping a tidy lawn, this grass gauge will tell you when it’s time to mow. The tongue-in-cheek notations are cute and funny, but also a useful reminder that frequent mowing allows you to return nutrients back to the soil, resulting in a greener and healthier lawn. Crafted from partially recycled stainless steel, the gauge will stand up to your watering schedule without showing wear.
The garden is a vision of beauty, but also a place for peaceful sounds. These charming chimes add appeal to the landscape with pastel colors and a calming soundscape. Handmade and fired, each disc is a different hue, with tones that are sure to enhance the outdoor experience. Artist Lindsey Bricker’s chimes will enchant you with their distinctive, natural form.
FOR THE NATURE LOVER
Honeybees get all the publicity, but there are other beneficial pollinators such as Mason and leafcutter bees for whom you should put out the Welcome mat. This bee house is literally a condo with separate floors to invite friendly pollinators. Made of sustainably sourced wood, each level comes apart for cleaning or inspection. Plus, this bee house is a real beaut.
Bees need more than nectar to keep them buzzing. They also need water, and they can get it from this imaginative orb. The textured surface catches dew and irrigation water, providing a place for bees to get a sip. Colorfully hued in sunset tones of gold and orange, it is a piece of art for anyone who cares about our Apis friends.
We all know the importance of a balanced diet, and it is especially true with our bird and animal friends. Many species of bird need more than bugs and seeds to live their best birdie lives. The arty design of this hanging feeder has plenty of places to adorn with fresh fruit. From the mind of Catherine Murphy, the decorative copper feeder will age to a pleasant patina, while providing essential meals for our feathered visitors.
Don’t have a koi pond? No problem with this blue or red-orange glazed ceramic garden art. The fish is designed to have the feeling of motion as it swims in the water, all wiggly and natural. It’s a super charming feature you can use in garden beds, perched on the attached stakes. Each is handmade and completely unique.
Color me tickled. This adorable planter handmade from coconut fiber in the Philippines is an unusual and charming way to display your plant. Because each is hand crafted, each one will be slightly different, just like you or your gift recipient. Cute gardening gifts like this support individual businesses.
For those proud of their state, this memento of the flora and fauna of the region is priceless. Anna Branning and Mara Murphy hand paint every design, with a look that captures the old-fashioned art of botanical books. They are available in a Black Bonanza wood or barnyard finished frame. The website contains a handy link to identify the bird and flower of every state.
The infinite varieties of succulents are reflected in the 1000-piece puzzle. The pictures are straight out of an old-fashioned botanical book. Glue it all together when you are done to make a beautiful piece of art honoring our prickly, chubby, alien-like succulent pals. Gifts from small businesses are thoughtful and sustain economic diversity.
Charming felted succulents to build into mini terrariums. There are 18 different plants to create, each with their own personality and whimsy. Hand drawn chalk detailing brings them to life. For a more realistic appeal, each is nestled in a bed of tiny white rocks.
An adorable home gift to bring a touch of the Southwest into your home. Each features a ceramic pot and comes in one of several varieties like Saguaro, Barrel Cactus, or Domino. And you don’t need to water them!
Laden with facts about the United States, this book will become a child’s artistic canvas as they learn about our beautiful country. Every page will fill their head with more and more of the wonderful secrets of this great land.
Unique gifts for home and garden appeal to almost everyone, like this floral painting set. Every month celebrates a flower that connotes certain traits. Select the recipient’s month and soon they will be merrily painting a veritable masterpiece. A thoughtful and relevant gift that also creates art suitable for framing.
Sustainably sourced beauty to grace the wall or door is at your fingertips. Krista Freita’s kit is sourced from local farms and includes everything you need for a long lasting wreath. Made in Oregon, the willow frame, flowers, and foliage are grown from seed in ecologically friendly surroundings that will grace the home with elegant splendor.
Learn a new skill in just 90 minutes! Perfect for the impatient DIY-er, this virtual class teaches the beginner the joy of peaceful flower arranging. The unique experience will introduce the meditative calm of selecting flowers and putting them in pleasing designs. You choose your own blooms, foliage, and vase, so each creation is unique to you.
Gifts from small businesses celebrate the talents of artists, like this wonderful bowl. Unique and individual, these bowls feature pressed lilies and baby’s breath on stone clayware. The brainchild of Neena Jhaveri, this bowl is rustic and natural, perfect compliments to the floral decor. Handmade in Virginia, the bowl would suit an elegant salad, array of fresh fruit, or simply stand alone as a display piece.
Can’t function without some Joe? These handmade mugs are perfect to house that all important morning beverage. Enjoy your java in a forest-inspired stoneware cup that holds in all that tummy warming heat and won’t tip over. These individually etched tree mugs make great creative Christmas gifts.
Remember blowing those fluffy, umbrella-like seeds from dandelions and making a wish? These earrings keep the seeds close to hand for daily desires. Housed in eco-resin flanked by beautiful gold plated bronze, the earrings are classy and elegant, suitable for any outing or everyday wear.
Fresh herbs liven up any dish made in the home kitchen, so why not give them an honorary place? Everyone needs dishtowels, and these unbleached cotton ones are printed with water based inks, making them a natural solution for the home. Designer Jodi Kostelnik sends these off in adorable produce container packaging.
He’s a cooking fiend, but a forgetful plant parent. Get him these easy-care frosted mason jar hydroponic growing vessels. Vintage style containers wick up moisture to moisten the herb seeds of your choice. Once you have leaves, snip as needed to spice up his kitchen creations.
This foraging kit is ideal for beginners who want to try wildcrafting. Forage for a variety of foods with the tools in this kit. Use the knife and canvas bags for fresh morels or tap the sap from a maple tree with the sugaring spile. Bon appétit!
Pair these handy shears with the Farmer’s Market Bag for a combo gift sure to please. Hand-carved Pradu wood handles are durable and beautiful, while stainless steel blades are sure to see you through all your snipping requirements. Handmade in Thailand, these are a perfect indoor or outdoor gardening gift.
Everyone needs new and exciting ideas in the kitchen. During harvest time we can often use a little help. This group of 6 savory seasoning packets will enhance the dining experience while making it easier. Neil Edley has developed each seasoning to compliment a host of recipes. Comes with Mexican street corn, coconut curry, zesty horseradish, sesame soy, lemon rosemary, and maple brown sugar. Yum!
Homemade pasta is worlds apart from store bought. Learn how to make farfalle (the little bowties) in your home with a classic marinara sauce. The online class is taught by Sydney Wilcox, who will walk you through every step to ensure a delicious and special meal experience.
SEND THE LOVE – SELF CARE
The eyes might be the mirrors to the soul, but the hands are the tools that make everything happen. One of the most important body parts needs a little TLC now and again. Pamper your hands with waterproof nitrile coated gloves on the palm, and breathable cotton on top. After your hard labor, luxuriate in the soothing natural soap.
The natural oils in Eucalyptus open the lungs and the pores. Start by planting the seed and baby your plant until it has leaves. Then indulge in a bath experience featuring the aromatic foliage, botanical bath salts, and jute body scrubber. Relax away a crummy day.
Heat melts butter, just like these buttery bars will melt into a soothing, aromatic lotion after massaging them onto skin. Indulge in 4 scents made with essential oils that will relax, rejuvenate, and care for winter skin.
A 60 minute online class for 13 years and up, this workshop shows how to make up to 16 bombs using Michael Wiesel’s 100% organic kit (included in the price of the class). What could be more fun than making some gifts and immersing oneself in the scents of lavender, chamomile, and rose? Enjoy these yourself or give them to a deserving loved one.
A truly unique and memorable gift concept. Kit comes with 12 cards and a handy pencil to imprint wishes on each card. Plant, water, and wait. Soon your wishes will come up in a variety of annual and perennial wildflowers. A great way to celebrate a special occasion!