ISSUE 102  |  Winter Lights

Baby, It’s Cold Outside: Gifts for the Winter Gardener

December 11, 2013 2:00 PM

BY Janet Hall

Even those who seem impervious to the elements can use a little pampering. Here’s our roundup of gifts to help protect, prepare, and insulate the all-weather gardener in your life. 


Above: Anything but drab, the Le Chameau Tall Rain Boot in a cheery red is $179 at Terrain. Pair with the luxurious Scott Nichol Soft Merino Knee Socks to keep your gardener’s feet warm. Socks available in red or sage and in his or hers sizing; $30 a pair at Ancient Industries. 


Above: The practical and luxurious Llama Wool Knit Beanie Hat will keep your gardener warm and stylish in and out of the garden; $89 at Kaufmann Mercantile. 

Above: Send your gardener out with a warm drink to ward off the cold. The Snow Peak Insulated Kanpai 500 Bottle is a double-walled vacuum sealed stainless steel bottle that keeps drinks hot for up to six hours. It’s $79.95 through Snow Peak. Image by George Chen via Flickr.

Above: The West County Waterproof Garden Glove with ski glove construction and waterproof membrane offers hand protection in wet and cold weather; $32. See 10 Easy Pieces: Garden Gloves for more options.


Above: Give your outdoor gardener a classic vest for layering. The diamond quilted women’s Barbour Fleeced Betty Gilet has a fully lined fleece inner and is available in olive, navy, brown, and juniper for $129. The similar men’s Barbour Lowerdale Gilet is $179 and offered in dark green and navy, both at Orvis. 

Above: Bring the garden to-do list outdoors with an All-Weather Pocket Memo Notebook from Rite in the Rain. It features a soft, flexible cover and all-weather paper that sheds water, letting you write in any weather conditions with a pencil or all-weather pen. It measures a compact 3.5 by 5 inches and is $4.95. The Black Metal All-Weather Pen is $10.95. 

Brass outdoor weather station l Gardenista

Above: Gauge the weather before heading outdoors. Made of unlacquered brass that will darken over time, the Brass Outdoor Weather Station is 4.5 inches in diameter and projects 6 inches from the wall; it’s $74 from Rejuvenation.

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