It’s always a good indication of what the British Gardener may be up to in the coming year by reviewing the best selling Christmas Gifts for Gardeners. So let’s take a look at some of the favourite festive purchases in 2018.
Veggie Stikks Popular labels made from cedar, carved and hand painted – add a new dimension to the allotment beds.
Sneeboer Planting Trowel This really is a garden tool to invest in. Plus as it is seen frequently on BBC Gardener’s World programme of course everyone yearns for one! Use it for planting, chopping, making seed drills and more.
Burgon & Ball leather Handled Seed Tin Another winner for 2018. Available in either Frog Green or Stone this stylish seed tin keeps seed packets safe and dry. For keen growers that’s very important.
Seedballs These proved to be a winner as a stocking filler. These smart little tins contain balls of clay which in turn contain wildflower seeds. Just scatter and grow. The wildflowers attract insects and pollinators – always good for a healthy garden.
Blade Edge Restorer This natty little tool hot off the press from Burgon and Ball proved to be winner too. Helps keep tools and secateurs sharp making them last longer.
Garden Twine Continuing on with the practical theme Garden Twine was a surprising hit for Xmas 2018. This one with leather holder and mini snips was often added to the basket!
Gardening Gloves Sales of gloves always rise in the run up to Christmas. We sell loads through the year so it is hardly surprising. A new pair is always welcome. Some of our customers seem to have a pair for every day of the week! We are often asked which is the most popular. Horses for courses is the phrase which springs to mind! For women the Foxgloves Grip have a kind of cult following. Our lady gardeners just love them! For men you can’t beat the Gold Leaf range especially the Tough Touch for pruning etc. But having said that there is not a design or style which does not sell.
Johnsons Award Winning Vegetable Seed Tin Collection. We could have sold 100s of these! Unfortunately, for whatever reason, Johnsons discontinued the product and it sold out in days! Only about 25 lucky customers received the remaining stock in their Christmas Stocking! We are now on the lookout for a replacement for 2019.
Overall there was a definite trend in Christmas purchases towards the practical gift and products to help with Growing Your Own. Could we see a return of the “Good Life” in 2019? Let’s hope so.
For me it never went away. Now where’s that seed catalogue!