9 Adorable Gifts to Give Kid-Sized Gardeners

Tiny people love gardening too! Kindle that garden spirit with a great garden toy this holiday.

Few things are as sure to spark a lifelong love of gardening and the outdoors like a well-timed garden-themed gift. A potting bench or mini-garden tools give children the chance to garden side by side with their parents or grandparents and give them the necessary equipment to make their own mark, huffing and puffing, digging and making a mess alongside you. 

Children Love the Garden

Children Love the Garden

These clever gifts make gardening into what most adults know it for—a relaxing, rewarding pursuit somewhere between work and play and a deeply satisfying pastime known to keep heart and mind healthy. The garden is the perfect place for children and their adults to connect: every child knows how fun it is to be outside and scouting for bugs and making mud soup. And many parents understand how critical the garden can be to maintaining balance and peace of mind in the plugged-in, addled pace of the modern world where we can often be disconnected from the elemental pleasures of nature. Studies have even found that those who garden regularly have a far lessened chance of developing dementia in later years.

Do you have a budding master gardener or a P. Allen Smith homesteading and lifestyle expert in your midst? Why not reward a child’s growing interest with a garden gift this holiday that will inspire them and help them develop a lifelong interest in this fun, rewarding pursuit. Some of my favorites for sheer cute factor or serious playtime cool are listed below.

A Petite Potting Bench

Child's Potting Bench

Child's Potting Bench

Photo by: Gardener's Supply Company

Gardener's Supply Company

This clever child's potting bench has a storage area below for tools or toys and a just-right surface above for potting up plants or making mud pies.

Buy It: $134, Gardeners.com

A Watery Garden

An Aquaponic Garden for Kids

An Aquaponic Garden for Kids

Photo by: Rodale's/Matt Rainey

Rodale's/Matt Rainey

This clever aquarium teaches children the fundamentals of aquaponics, where the plant life growing above and the fish living belong are engaged in a super-cool symbiotic relationship. Plus what could be cooler: living plants and fish, all in one!

Buy It: $59, Rodales.com

Bee Digs

Bee House

Bee House

Photo by: Rodale's/Mitch Mandel

Rodale's/Mitch Mandel

Constructed from sustainable materials, this bee house allows children to make a home for some of their favorite garden critters.

Buy It: $25, Rodales.com 

A Playset for Future Homesteaders

Bunny Hutch Play Set

Bunny Hutch Play Set

Photo by: Hearthsong

Hearthsong

What child wouldn't love to spend hours playing farmer with this adorably old-fashioned wooden play set? Nurture the budding homesteader in your midst with this charming, delightfully old-fashioned bunny hutch.

Buy It: $22 to $35, Hearthsong.com

Garden Tools

Garden Tool and Wheelbarrow Set

Garden Tool and Wheelbarrow Set

Photo by: Hearthsong

Hearthsong

What child wouldn't want to jump in and help in the garden with this fun set of tools and wheelbarrow?

Buy It: $29 to $49, Hearthsong.com

Fairy Village

Fairy Village

Fairy Village

Photo by: Hearthsong

Hearthsong

Bought individually or in multiples, this fairy garden play set is a wonderful way to foster creative outdoor play.

Buy It: $139 for a set of five, Hearthsong.com

Bunny Lamp

Child's Bunny Lamp

Child's Bunny Lamp

Photo by: Hearthsong

Hearthsong

Who wouldn't want a bunny to watch over them and practically guarantee sweet dreams? This cute, hip light is sure to entice children to go to bed on time.

Buy It: $30, Hearthsong.com

Personalized Garden Crate

Personalized Garden Crate

Personalized Garden Crate

Photo by: Gardener's Supply Company

Gardener's Supply Company

These wooden crates allow children and parents to garden together. They can store plants, tote gardening supplies or even keep toys organized. Have them personalized to link a child and a parent in the joy of gardening.

Buy It: $85, PersonalizedCrates.com

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