Happy holidays! It’s that time of year again, where everyone is bustling around buying presents and preparing for the upcoming holidays (which always sneak up quicker than I expect!).
Look, it’s no secret that this time of year can be super stressful, but I find I can avoid getting sucked into the stress vortex by setting intentions for the holiday season.
And after spending a year solidifying goals with my garden-to-table membership group, I’ve decided I’m not buying any stuff for gifts this year.
Will you make the pact with me? No pairs of socks, or cutesy mugs, or pre-packaged gift baskets for those people you can never figure out what to get.
Let’s spread the gift of gardening this holiday season, whether that means home-made gifts sourced from your garden, or the perfect tools and classes to get your loved ones to dig in and elevate their own gardens. Need some ideas? Check out my recommendations for the perfect gift for every gardener on your list.
For the Garden-to-Table Chef
From cast iron skillets, grill pans, and dutch ovens to carbon steel woks, every piece of Smithey Cookware is hand forged and designed to last a lifetime. You can use this cookware on any stovetop (yes, even electric!), in the oven, on the grill, or right over a campfire. I’ve been buying one a year to add to my collection and since the sourdough class with my garden-to-table group members, I’ve been using my dutch oven to bake fresh loaves of sourdough on the weekend. Smithey Cookware is functional, beautiful, versatile, and durable and made in the USA.
Make wilty grocery-store greens a thing of the past with Hamama Greens microgreen growing kits. How convenient would it be to freshly harvest microgreens for your morning smoothie right in your kitchen? Hamama’s growing kits make the whole process as easy as possible making them perfect for a garden newbie, and they offer bamboo and ceramic frames, taking this from a mini-garden to a kitchen centerpiece. Haven’t jumped on the microgreen train yet? They also offer growing kits for green onions, herbs, & garlic. Code: SUPERGREENS to save 10%
: Keep your friends and family healthy as we head into the colder winter months with a course on how to brew kombucha, a naturally fermented tea with probiotics that optimize gut health. Brewing kombucha may seem daunting to someone who has never done it before, but it’s actually much easier than you might think. And with the price of bottled kombucha rising in stores, you’ll be amazed at how cheap it is to make kombucha at home! Get all the supplies, recipes, kits, and inspiration needed to make a fizzy batch of kombucha at Kombucha Kamp.
From Your Garden
The best way to convince your loved ones to garden with you? Share the bounty of your garden with them and show them how they’re missing out! I don’t know about you, but handmade gifts are extra special to me – both to give and receive! Turn your garden harvest into gifts like infused oils & vinegars, garden tea blends, and canned tomato sauce, pickles, jams, etc., and who knows, when your loved ones realize the creativity and abundance a garden can bring into your life, maybe they’ll be inspired to start their own!
For the New Gardener
Olle Garden is having some great sales on raised beds right now. You can get your raised beds for the upcoming year, or drop a major hint to your loved ones. Olle Gardens specializes in beautiful metal raised garden beds that make the perfect gift for anyone on your list. These garden beds are perfect for a new gardener because they are quick to set up, require minimal maintenance, and are an easy and efficient way to transform your yard.
What does any new gardener need? Something to grow! Share your favorite varieties to grow with a new gardener by gifting seeds from:
・True Leaf Market (Your one-stop shop for all things gardening. True Leaf is my go-to for non-GMO organic seeds. Their variety is unmatched and the quality is top-notch)
・High Mowing Seeds (100% organic seeds with vegetable, flower, herb, and cover crop seeds available, as well as a great selection of supplies for seed starting).
・Botanical Interests (They’ll always have you covered with a great variety of quality seeds. And remember, if you don’t want to pick out seeds for someone else, you can always send a gift card!)
A Garden Tower
Have y’all heard of the Garden Tower Project? Thinking you don’t have enough space to garden is a thing of the past with garden towers. If you or a loved one has been thinking about starting a garden for a while but is short on space, a garden tower is the perfect solution. These vertical growing towers are easy to grow in, can fit into small spaces (or quickly moved out of the way thanks to wheels on the bottoms of the towers), and are a super convenient option for growing some greens or herbs right on the patio.
For the Aspiring Homesteader
Stark Brothers is a one-stop shop for adding fun perennial plants and trees to the garden. Offering fruit trees, nut trees, berry plants, and other garden supplies, Stark Brothers has a wide range of products at all price points so you can buy for everyone on your list!
Heirloom Seeds & Flower Bulbs
Eden Brothers offers a huge selection of non-GMO seeds including heirloom, organic, herbs & veggies, rare flowers, as well as flower bulbs. In addition to an unmatched catalog of seeds, they have planting guides & videos if you’re taking the leap into new veggies and fruits, as well as zone maps so you can make sure you choose seeds with optimum growth for your area. NOW is the time to order dahlia and ranunculus bulbs; remember, we’ve seen an unprecedented increase in demand for seeds in the last few years. Buy now so come summer these beautiful flowers can attract pollinators in your garden and create stunning cut flower arrangements for the home.
Protective Solutions to Eradicate Garden Pests & Disease
Arber offers a range of plant wellness products to boost your garden’s growth and support and protect your plants. Made out of naturally occurring elements, their biologicals support both plant and soil health and are safe for people, pets, & the environment.
Remember, these are concentrates! So this stuff lasts forever & has easy-to-follow directions application. If you aren’t quite sure which product is for you, they have a helpful quiz to match you with the right individual solution, but I recommend the Holistic Kit for well-rounded garden health. Need any more convincing? Enter KATIEOGLESBY15 at checkout for 15% off your order.
For Your All-Natural Pal
Primally Pure products are “formulated using real ingredients derived from nature for maximum purity and potency [. . .] made with certified organic ingredients that are sourced with the utmost attention and care from family-owned farms.” Get that healthy holiday glow for a little cheaper by using code KATIEOGLESBY10 for 10% off at checkout.
Vibrant Blue Oils are high-quality oil blends are formulated to balance key organs and systems of the body to promote healing and are excellent for supporting the body. I personally love the parasympathetic bend – it’s on my desk and I use it daily.
Homemade Essential Oils
Diffusing essential oils indoors in the winter time is an aesthetically-pleasing way to bring some brightness back, but store-bought essential oils can often contain harmful additives. Did you know you can make your own? If you grow eucalyptus or other herbs and plants, you can infuse your own essential oils! Package your homemade essential oil in a cute jar or tincture bottle, and you’ve got the perfect hostess gift or stocking stuffer.
Kombucha Brewing Class
Kombucha FUNdamentals is a comprehensive course on DIY kombucha that gives traditional context, discusses modern applications, walks you through everything you need to get started, and takes you all the way to perfecting flavor and fizz. If you know someone who would appreciate total control over the ingredients in their kombucha, set them on the path to making their own! Plus, right now they’re running a holiday special so you can get even more bang for your buck.
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Do you know you want to give the gift of growth this year, but you’re not sure how to best go about it? If you’d like to encourage friends or family to take their health into their own hands and dig into gardening, you can always schedule a consultation with me for them! I can help figure out the best first steps to start a successful garden, or troubleshoot any roadblocks for experienced gardeners. Just set up a call today!