This year has been a challenge for us all – and the last thing we need is to face the inevitable dread of coming up with Christmas gifts for yet another year. We’re here to help take a little weight off of your shoulders when deciding what to buy for the garden, nature and outdoor fanatics in your life. From jewellery to memberships, divulge into our 8-part tree and garden lover gift guide to see you through the 2020 festive period.
1. An Actual Tree
Why not just dive straight in and gift a tree? This step-up from the beloved house plant is a great present that’s just that little bit unusual, and will mean so much more than any gizmos or gadgets will. The The Present Tree website offers an abundance of different specimen to gift that special someone this Christmas; choose from a Silver Birch, Cherry, Juniper, or even a ‘Partridge in a Pear Tree’ tree! (We found that one particularly quirky.)
2. Dedicate a Tree
Not feeling buying an entire tree? Fair enough…but how about dedicating a tree to a loved one? This meaningful gesture is a lovely way to show someone just how much they mean to you. The Woodland Trust offers a tree dedication service; you can even dedicate an entire section of woodland to really go above and beyond! The Woodland Trust suggest a donation of £20 when dedicating a tree, so this Christmas gift idea certainly won't break the bank. You even get a lovely little personalised dedications pack.
3. Woodland Trust Cards
Got your Christmas cards sorted yet? No? That makes two of us. The Woodland Trust sell the most beautiful Christmas cards, with 82p of every £1 spent with the organisation being spent directly on woods, trees and wildlife. Read more about how the Woodland Trust spends your money. From foxes, to birds, to crisp, winter settings - there's a lovely selection to choose from.
4. National Trust Membership
Whilst a National Trust membership comes to £72 for the year, this is a great value gift. Granting access to all National Trust sites, consisting of over 100 gardens and parks in the UK. The money contributes to the maintenance and care of the sites, so this is a gift definitely worth purchasing! Buying online before the 10th of December means they will send out a welcome pack in time for Christmas, too.
There’s heaps of intricate, natural jewellery out there – it’s just a case of picking what that special someone will like the most! From necklaces to garden brooches, there’s something for everyone. Check out some of our top picks!
This acorn necklace on Etsy is gorgeous...
This garden brooch can even be personalised!
6. Indoor & Outdoor Décor
This tree village perch set is a lovely natural addition to anyone's garden - but would do just fine for somebody spending a lot of time in their garden!
A stunning addition to any dining, living or bedroom, this nordic tea light trough is perfect for these colder months, to make those chilly evenings feel a little cosier.
This gorgeous 'Tree of Life' wall sculpture is handmade, created using recycled steel. A great way to instil a sense of serenity into any home.
Or why not support small businesses by shopping on Etsy? This online store offers heaps of hand-made gifts perfect for friends, family, partners – you name it! This is a great option if you’d rather support small business owners during these difficult times. These wooden bee coasters are the perfect, natural stocking filler for the garden-lover in your life.
7. Handmade Decorations
If you’re local to us, you may know of Wadworth Winter Market in Devizes. If you’re looking to do some pre-Christmas gifting (let’s face it, a little bit of extra kindness this year will go a long away), why not pop down to pick up some of these UTTERLY adorable timber decs?! Snowmen, reindeer, the lot – these wooden outdoor Christmas decorations will look adorable, AND you’ll be supporting a local small business. What’s there not to love?!
8. Wood Chip
“Wood chip?!” I hear you question – hear us out, hear us out. Wood chip has a multitude of uses, and if you have a keen gardener in your life, a bit of wood chip might be just what they need. It can be used for mulching to help suppress weeds, keep soil cool and prevent frost from penetrating soil and damaging tree roots in the winter. Wood chip is also a popular material for aesthetic purposes, such as building on a raised bed, as pathway material or for seating areas. Perhaps consider it a stocking filler – it’s the little things!
For just £50 for a full load (which is approximately 4 cubic metres) you could grab some wood chip from us here at Bawden Tree Care. If you’d like to discuss purchasing some, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
So that’s it, our top 8 Christmas gift ideas that are just that little bit different, a tad unusual, and definitely unique, but perfect for the gardeners and tree-lovers in your life. Whether a main gift, stocking filler or even for work’s secret Santa, we hope to have helped you out, even if just a smidge, during this very odd and turbulent year.