It’s time to grow up, folks, and give mom a gift that a) doesn’t include macaroni, b) requires a little foresight, and c) actually reflects something that interests her (gasp).

We’re here to help you with our handy guide to extremely useful (and relatively inexpensive) gardening tools and decorations that mom or another gardener will thank you for.

Maybe mom doesn’t love digging in the dirt, but she needs good snipers to prune her cannabis plant. Or how about a good garden that keeps roses or tomatoes that she cut in the garden? We covered you there too, as well as some decoration ideas to liven up your patio and garden.

Pro gift tip for kids and spouses: If you’re looking to give your mom a nice garden pot, go a step further and also buy excellent potting soil that’s high in compost and beneficial microbes, like Malibu Composts or Baby Bu’s Biodynamic Blend Fox Farm’s Happy Frog. When you see the price of good soil ($ 30 to $ 45 per bag, about 1.5 to 2 cubic feet) you’ll understand how much more helpful it is for you to have all of the ingredients ready to grow – and you can do this Lifting the heavy bag out of the car a lot easier than mom can.

Here is our list of ideas:

Red Gorilla Tub Trugs are virtually indestructible, two-handled polyethylene tubs that come in nine bright colors (so you don’t get lost). The tubs are flexible and infinitely useful in the garden or at home. You can use them to carry water or soil, fill them with weeds, or pile them with harvested vegetables and fruits. I have seven of different sizes and use them for foot baths, lighting storage, watering seedlings, storing socks, transporting compost, and clean laundry (not all at the same time). The median size of 7 gallons is only $ 14. So buy a few in their favorite colors, online or at some kindergartens. Try Amazon for the fastest delivery.

Felco 2 hand cutter

Felco 2 hand cutter


Felco No. 2 Hand cutters are a classic made in Switzerland, the crème de la crème of garden cutters, and have been hard to come by lately. Home Depot, for example, is out of stock, as are other distributors, although they are available on Amazon for $ 55 (delivery mid-May). (Note: the Felco 6 model is the same, designed for smaller hands only.)

If you can’t find Felco # 2, try Corona’s Forged DualCUT Bypass Pruners, which I use as often as my Felcos, and to be honest, enjoy even more. These are super sturdy hand cutters that cut through branches up to 1 inch in diameter as well as smaller stems. They feel good in my hands and – bonus! – They are made in Corona in Southern California. $ 23 on Amazon, yes, less than half the price and still my favorite.

This is the garden knife

This is the garden knife

(Really garden)

Hori Hori knives are cool. You can walk around the garden with the knife in the leather sheath attached to your waist and pretend you’re Angelina Jolie or Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, ready to take on every corner. Hori Hori knives are great for digging up stubborn plants, planting onions, sawing through roots with jagged edges, or moving just enough soil to plant a seedling. We like the Truly Garden knife ($ 24 on Amazon) because it includes a leather sheath and a sharpening tool. However, it is made in China. So if you prefer a Japanese-made Hori Hori, try Nisaku’s $ 22 knife, which includes a leather sheath for storage but unfortunately not for carrying.

The spearhead spade

The spearhead spade

(Spear Head Spade)

The Spear Head Spade is for the serious gardener. It has a sturdy, pointed tip that makes it easy to dig in tight spaces and tear up bad roots or rocks. It’s sturdy, but also small and light enough for people of all sizes. Steel-reinforced fiberglass handles in five bright colors – yellow, lime, teal, lavender, and red – make it nearly impossible to lose in a garden bed. Bottom Line: This shovel means business and everyone who uses it looks great, a win-win when it comes to mom. $ 52 from

Knee pads might sound like an old gift, but gardening ends up getting everyone on their knees. Anyone who spends an hour on the floor appreciates a bit of cushioning and sometimes (discreet) help with getting up. Even a basic foam-padded knee pad can help, but as a special gift consider the Deep Seat Garden Kneeler ($ 60 from Gardener’s Supply), which provides comfortable knee support as well as handles to make getting up a little easier (and make it more elegant).

Goatskin gardening gloves

Goatskin gardening gloves.

(Bear Wallow Glove Co.)

Goatskin gardening gloves are the best – soft and pliable even when wet, but strong enough to protect your hands while digging in rough ground or pruning thorny vines. The Perfect Goatskin Gardening Gloves ($ 23 on Amazon) are easy to pull on, fit over the wrists, and come in a variety of sizes for a comfortable fit. If mom is a multitasker who loves texting while gardening, add Vgo’s goatskin gardening gloves for women, $ 15 for two pairs of teal and purple from Amazon.

Corona Micro Snips

Corona Micro Snips.


Corona Tools’ Micro Snips, just $ 10 from Amazon, are a precision tool for trimming herbs, killing off spent flowers, and of course, peeling marijuana buds. They make a great accompaniment to a selection of potted herbs or, if mom is ready to endure the skunky smell, her own cannabis plant.

Sun Tripper Cap.

Sun Tripper Cap.

(Sunday afternoon)

A good garden hat is a must for gardeners and everyone else in the sun these days. The $ 35 Crusher Packable Sun Hat from Duluth Trading Co. has a wide brim and mesh panels to keep the wearer relatively cool. And for those who prefer a billed hat, Sunday Afternoons’ best-selling Sun Tripper hat is available in six colors, is adjustable, and has handy sleeves to keep the sunglasses firmly in place.

The arithmetic assassin

The arithmetic assassin.

(Root Assassin)

A good rake is hard to find. Enter the Rake Assassin, a $ 50 game changer that allows you to rake leaves onto a pile and then simply shovel them into a compost heap or bin, potentially leaving dirt or gravel behind. This rake is tough, with polypropylene tines strong enough to hold fallen fruit as well as leaves, small stones and sticks. Almost fun to rake!