CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE: DESIGN-INSPIRED GIFTS FOR GARDENERS
Following the popularity of our Christmas gift guide last year, we’re back for the 2016 edition. Use this list to find inspiration for the plant lover, home decorator or summer adventure enthusiast in your life. Or, share this link with your friends and family for a not-so-subtle hint of which gifts you’re hoping to find under the Christmas tree this year. Happy gifting!
01. Timber Wall Art by You
A piece of homemade wall art is the ideal way to keep the Christmas budget in check. Geometric prints like this are simple to create and also very on trend. By experimenting with different colour palettes, you can personalise the gift to your to loved one’s taste. Alternatively, if you don’t have the time or inclination to get crafty, you can order this artwork from Etsy.
Planters don’t get much more sophisticated than the Cloak collection by Melbourne-based Grafa. Made from copper and brass, this range of planters is coated to ensure the exterior stays in pristine condition for many years to come. Grafa is regarded for its tasteful use of brass and copper, and these planters will be sure to please any design enthusiast.
03. Potted Cactus
For a small gift such as a secret santa, a potted cactus is a lovely sentiment. Mini cacti such as prickly pear and mammillaria are the plants of the moment, and they won’t require much attention from the recipient. Gifting the cactus in a neutral pot such as the white ones pictured above is a safe bet if you aren’t sure of your recipient’s taste or decorating style.
04. Outdoor Beanbag Cover by Independence Studios
There’s nothing more relaxing than sinking into a beanbag for some time out with a good book – especially when said beanbag is designed for outdoor living. With this printed number, you can lounge around in style in your outdoor space or at the park. It’s a large, relaxation-sized 140 x 140 cm and is made from waterproof and UV-proof fabric.
05. Black Sands Beach Umbrella by Sunday Supply Co.
Add a dose of style to your summertime adventures with Sunday Supply Co.’s vintage-inspired umbrellas. With earthy tones, an animal-style print and a generous two-metre canopy providing plenty of shade, the Black Sands umbrella is ideal for the beach, park, pool or to create shade in your outdoor area. The matching carry case is a nice bonus too.
06. The Hose Pot by Unearthed
The humble hose may be one of the most important tools in any garden, but that doesn’t mean you want it on show when it’s not in use. A sophisticated solution, The Hose Pot keeps your hose discreetly tucked away and kink free. It’s made in a range of colours or for a customised gift, you can elect to have it finished in your choice of colour.
07. Raw Earth Hanging Planters by Angus & Celeste
Hanging plants are the perfect way to add life to a small space, and the modernist Raw Earth Planters from Melbourne’s Angus & Celeste will complement most decorating styles. These indoor/outdoor hanging planters are made from stained porcelain in a range of neutral and muted tones. When you gift this planter, we recommend potting it up with devil’s ivy, maidenhair fern or rhipsalis for an extra special present.
08. Boxcar Planter by Revolution Design House
For those who are still testing the limits of their gardening abilities, succulents and cactus are the perfect place to start. The Boxcar planter is designed to house a trio of these hardy plants, and is made in a range of colourways. We love the playful pop of robin egg blue on this planter and cut of the walnut that brings out the wood’s grain.
09. Entrance Mats by Armadillo&Co
We’ve long believed that an entrance sets the tone of a home, and what better way to make a positive statement than with a beautifully textured, ethically produced entrance mat by Armadillo&Co? These rugs are handmade from hemp using fair trade practices, so you can feel good about your gift giving. They’re also durable enough to use in outdoor spaces as well as inside.
10. Brass Watering Can by ZAKKIA
Brass is a timeless material that’s incredibly durable, which is good news because this stylish watering can from ZAKKIA will never fall out of favour. Made from solid brass, the watering can is handmade and designed at ZAKKIA’s Sydney studio. At just 14 cm high, it’s just the right size for accessorising any interior space.
11. Insulated Drink Bottle by S’well
When you are out in the garden, at the park or exploring the outdoors, a well-designed drink bottle is a must. New York-based S’well creates insulated drink bottles and this Waikiki palm print is our pick of the range. It keeps cold drinks cool for 24 hours and hot drinks warm for up to 12 hours. And the best part? S’well supports UNICEF to provide children around the world with access to clean drinking water. You can buy the water bottles from S’well’s US site or in Australia from Beezer.
12. Plant Stands by Ivy Muse
When an Ivy Muse plant stand is paired with a draping plant such as devil’s ivy, decorating magic happens. These retro-inspired stands were one of the most popular design pieces this year, and will be appreciated by anyone with a penchant for styling with plants. If you’re feeling generous, be sure to check out the striking Saturn Hanger too.