9 Adorable Gifts to Give Kid-Sized Gardeners
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.
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
Buy It: $134, Gardeners.com
A Watery Garden
Buy It: $59, Rodales.com
Buy It: $25, Rodales.com
A Playset for Future Homesteaders
Buy It: $22 to $35, Hearthsong.com
Buy It: $29 to $49, Hearthsong.com
Buy It: $139 for a set of five, Hearthsong.com
Buy It: $30, Hearthsong.com
Personalized Garden Crate
Buy It: $85, PersonalizedCrates.com