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
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
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
Buy It: $25, Rodales.com
A Playset for Future Homesteaders
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
Buy It: $29 to $49, Hearthsong.com
Buy It: $139 for a set of five, Hearthsong.com
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
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