Useful-gifts

Great Gifts For The Garden Guru

Don’t give your gardener yet another plant! We’ve done the homework for you, hunted through cyberspace and come up with 5 top picks for your gardening guru. They are guaranteed to suit any budget and are highly recommended by people who genuinely love gardening!

Tubtrugs and colanders

TubTrug and colanderMost gardeners have ditched their old buckets for Tubtrugs. They are so versatile, tough and convenient that there really are hundreds of uses for them around the home and garden. If you are looking for a highly versatile gift that fits most budgets, this is it. They come in heaps of colors and sizes.

Luckily, someone has used their noggin and come up with a way to make it even better by adding a colander. It’s basically a giant strainer. It’s great if you want to wash freshly picked produce, garden tools, pots, whatever!

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There are so many different attachments for hoses, but anyone who uses one will love you for this little beauty. It provides users the control of the tap, but it’s conveniently located right where you need to use it, at the end of the hose. Once it’s attached, users turn the tap on and never need to touch it again. For under $10, this is possibly the best gardening gift you will ever buy. It saves time, energy, water, money and the possibility of getting soaked when changing nozzles.

Vertical gardens

vertical gardensAs land becomes more precious, gardens are growing up instead of out. That’s why these are becoming a massive trend world wide. Even people without a green thumb are able to manage a vertical garden with a few favorite herbs for their kitchen.

They are excellent for small spaces, like inner city apartments to large country farms. They require minimal care for maximum effect and labor output, plus there are varieties for all budgets; starting at under $10 and going up to the thousands.

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Boring right? Now, being a gardener I can tell you that not all gloves are created equal. There isn’t a gardener alive who wouldn’t love a pair of decent sweat-free, second skin gardening gloves. You know, the type which you can actually feel what you’re doing, pick up a drink while you’re working and can be thrown in the wash after a hard day’s work.

Yeah, I know it’s asking a lot out of a pair of humble gloves, but there are some great ones out there. They aren’t going to break the bank, so you can either wrap them up alone or team them up with some other ideas.

Strawberry rocks/protectors
Growing fruit and veggies is back in gardening trends in a big way, so these little things are a must have for anyone who grows strawberries. Instead of the birds hoeing into their nurtured fruit, these rocks deter them by changing tStrawberry rocksheir behavior.

When the strawberry rocks are placed around the plants as they grow, the birds peck at them thinking they are nice and ripe. They aren’t of course. They are hard rocks. Birds will try pecking a few more times and then give up, knowing that if they peck at them they will hurt their beaks. By the time the real strawberries are ripe, they won’t bother touching them. Violá! Cute, mini strawberry protectors.

Now, they can be a bit tricky to buy. They aren’t usually available at major garden retailers, so  check on-line. Alternately, what a great gift idea for the kids to make for the grandparents. It’s cheap, easy and will keep them entertained for ages!

Images via presenciapr.com, pinterest.com,1001gardens.org, gardeners.com and telegraph.co.uk

Housewarming Gifts Under $10

Ever been to a house-warming party and picked up an extra bottle of wine, bunch of flowers or pot plant on the way? Why not spend the same $10 on something a bit more thoughtful, useful and unique. Here’s a quick list of useful gift ideas for each area of the home, which you might consider giving your host instead.

Bathroom

Why not team up some liquid hand soap, wrapped in a nice hand towel? Choose a neutral colour like white, which goes with everything. How about a non slip mat, toilet brush or perhaps a bath or shower rack? These types of things can get grimy and something new will be welcomed. Head to a warehouse type outlet and pick up something quirky, which will look more expensive than it actually is.

There are also some really different sink plugs available now. Old ones will probably need replacing, so choose something unique which will suit their personality.

Bedrooms

Bedrooms are pretty personal areas, so supplying items like a stack of decent coat hangers can be ideal. These come in some terrific colours and materials, so you can choose something other than regular plastic varieties if you want to give something a bit unique.

What about removable hangers for over the door on it the wardrobe? These are excellent to have in rental properties because they don’t damage anything and they can be carted around. There are plenty of different types under $10.

Kitchen

The kitchen is a place where there are literally hundreds of unique and quirky items under $10. Coloured utensils, tea towels, oven mits, non slip mats, heat protectors, towel holders, sink plugs, dish or sink racks, and cleaning brushes or cloths are amongst the selection.

Alternately, you could chose to give your host items which every home needs; like dish washing liquid or tablets, bicarb soda, paper towels, plastic or aluminium wrap, storage or garbage bags. These items are all incredibly useful and will be appreciated by any person who has recently moved.

Laundry

Laundries and the things stored in them, are often filled with items people have needed to use when moving house. Therefore, you can’t go wrong with supplying a new broom, mop, buckets, basket, pegs, storage container for washing powder or tablets and cleaning or dusting cloths. People have different preferences with cleaning products, so avoid purchasing these types of items.

Outdoors

There are heaps of items which can be useful for anyone to use outdoors. For example; plastic outdoor chairs can be purchased for under $10 and you can team up with other guests to supply a set. Then there are items like mossie coils which come in handy, along with tap or hose connectors, outdoor brooms, garden snips or other small hand tools.

Miscellaneous

Torches, batteries, string, octopus straps, removable wall hooks, power extension cords, electrical leads, double adaptors or these types of items come in really handy. They will be greatly appreciated when the host needs to use them, but you might get a weird look when you hand them over.

Most of these things can be purchased from a supermarket, so why not pick up an extra item or two while you’re doing your shopping. Instead of wrapping items and wasting money on paper; put them in a bucket and add a bow.

By Kim Chartres

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