10 Last Minute Gifts for the Plant Lover in Your Life

Doing some last minute shopping for the plant lovers in your life? Modern Farmer is here for you.

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Still have a few folks left on your holiday shopping list? Fret not, reader: Modern Farmer’s preferred pros (plus a few of the magazine’s staffers) are here with their favorite gardening gift ideas, from pruners to vegetable seeds to herb potters—ensuring that every plant lover on your list receives the field-tested best. Just keep in mind: If you’re buying last minute, you may have to pay for expedited shipping in order to receive your items before the holidays.

“To keep records and jot down random ideas, I stash pocket-size Field Notes journals in my car, in my backpack, and at my winery. Luckily, they come in sets of three.” (31/2″ x 51/2″ ruled memo books, 3 for $10; fieldnotesbrand.comKenny Likitprakong, Founder, The Hobo Wine Company; Santa Rosa, CA

“My Felco #8 pruners still execute clean cuts, through thick branches and delicate flower stems, after a decade of rough use. They fit my hand like a pair of well-worn gloves, and the red handles mean the tools never get lost.” (#8 pruners, $58; felcousa.comNaomi Starkman, Editor-in-Chief, Civil Eats; Petaluma, CA

“Every gardener needs a CobraHead Weeder in their life. This thing slices through tough, rocky dirt like butter and it’s perfect for small spaces—whether you’re making rows in the garden or weeding cracks in the driveway.” ($24.95; cobrahead.com) Erin Scottberg, Digital Director, Modern Farmer

“Eliot Coleman’s The New Organic Grower, first published in 1989, remains the authority on chemical-free horticulture. The book’s take on succession planting transformed the way we manage our crop plan.” (amazon.comMaya Velasco, Culinary Gardener, Greyfield Inn; Cumberland Island, GA

“This cute Garden-in-a-Can kit keeps me in homegrown cilantro, basil, sage, and dill all winter. Package it with Prepara’s Herb Savor—a small storage container that triples the life of fresh cuttings—to deliver long-lasting season’s greetings.” (Garden-in-a-Can herb set, $24; backtotheroots.com. Herb Savor, $30; prepara.comNicole Bernard Dawes, Founder and CEO, Late July Snacks; Boston

“I have a huge heart for the farmers behind Hudson Valley Seed Library. Ken Greene and Doug Muller specialize in open-pollinated vegetable seeds and commission original works of art for each packet.” (Seed packet, $4; hudsonvalleyseed.comNaomi Starkman, Editor-in-Chief, Civil Eats; Petaluma, CA

“Since I purchased these electric mats, almost every seed I’ve started has thrived, with germination time cut in half.” (Jump Start Seedling Heat Mat, $84.95 for 48″ x 20″ size; hydrofarm.comEmily Turner Baebenroth, Urban Homestead; Minneapolis, MN

“These easy-to-hang mason jar herb potters are perfect for those who are more into decorating than they are getting dirty. The soil-less ‘passive hydroponic’ system means there’s never any worry about death-by-over-watering—and the vintage tint ensures they look lush and bright hanging in a sunny window.” ($20; uncommongoods.com) Jo Ann Liguori, Managing Editor, Modern Farmer

“This ‘Lump of Kohl’ detox soap from the Beekman 1802 will have every gardener hoping they’re on someone’s naughty list. Bamboo charcoal helps draw out impurities and goat milk keeps the skin moisturized and pH balanced. Perfect after some time in the soil.” ($15; shop.beekman1802.com) Sarah Gray Miller, Editor-in-Chief, Modern Farmer

“Encourage a love of honeybees with this starter hive. Its two handy viewing windows let beginners check on the pollinators’ progress without disturbing the colony.” (Sugar-pine two-deep box starter hive, $229; beethinking.comLee Jones, Farmer, The Chef’s Garden; Huron, OH

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10 Last Minute Gifts for the Plant Lover in Your Life