When my daughters were small, one of them (who know you are) loved stocking stuffers so much that she sneaked downstairs in the middle of the night on Christmas Eve and replaced hers with a pair of tights. Weirdly, Santa did not fill both legs—but I heard he applauded the ingenuity.
Here are 10 pint-sized presents so appealing they might persuade even a grownup gardener to try the tights trick:
Pocket Scissors Above: A petite pair of hand-forged shears from Japan, Kobayashi Harvester Scissors measure 5.5 by 2.7 inches and are ideal for snipping herbs or soft stems; $80 from Ode to Things. Spools of Twine Above: I cannot get enough twine. A Givande three-pack (with spools of black, beige, and white twine) is $2.99 from Ikea. Botanical Notecards Above: The perfect choice for gardeners who need to write thank you notes for all of their holiday gifts is a pack of six letterpress Fern Ensemble Notecards; $15 from Moontree Letterpress.
See more botanical calendars and cards from Moontree Letterpress in our recent
Objects of Desire post.
Paperwhite Bulbs Above: A bag of 10 Paperwhite Bulbs is $12 at Terrain. Whetstone Above: A Wüsthof Whetstone to keep blades sharp on garden tools is $48 from Royal Design. See more choices in 10 Easy Pieces: Whetstones. Flower Frog Above: A miniature stoneware Flower Frog available in two colors (white or matte gray as shown) is 3.5 inches in diameter and is $39 from Notary Ceramics. Botanical Paperweight Above: Botanical paperweights “almost smell” like a garden and come in two sizes. Choose from dandelions, thistles, heather, or teasel; Paperweights Botanique are from 349 to 529 DKK (about $54.24 to $83.72) depending on size at Artilleriet. Mini Lawn Sprinkler Above: With twin spouts, a green metal Small Stationary Sprinkler will spray water over a 30-foot diameter of lawn; $12 from Garden Tool Company. Camellia Oil Above: Distilled from the seeds of camellias, Camellia Oil protects the blades of garden tools from rust and corrosion; a 100-milliliter bottle is $18 NZ (about $12.59 US) at Garden Objects. For UK readers, a bottle of Japanese Niwaki Camellia Oil is £8 from Burford. Fireside Reading Above: Give a subscription to our favorite quarterly garden magazine, Garden Design. Gardenista readers will get five issues for the price of four with a Subscription ($45).
N.B.: More of our 2017 holiday gift ideas: