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GIFT GUIDE -The Gift of Garden giving

Looking for that special last minute Christmas gift for the green fingered one in your life? Here is my ultimate garden inspired gift guide which features everything from garden tools, essential garden books, style and clothing, beauty from the garden, tree and home decorations, floral inspired accessories and gifts for little gardeners too. There’s something for everyone!  ⭐︎

Garden Traditions

1- The essential tool- Burgon & Ball RHS-endorsed topiary shear
Still hand-forged in Sheffield today to a design patented in 1865, these are ideal for trimming topiary. The single-handed use leaves one hand free to ‘fluff’ the foliage for an immaculate trim. 
2. National Trust Bee gifts 
With biodiversity on everybody’s minds thankfully, the honeybee has taken on a powerful meaning in the home and garden. Sone of the cutest are bright to us thanks to the nationaltrust charity in the UK. 
Wall plaque decoration GBP 10.00  and Solitary bee hive GBP 30.00
3- Garden Glory Gold Digger Gardening Gloves
Glamour meets practicality in these amazing gloves for the garden. Almost too stylish to get muddy! Also available in silver.
€60 at www.amara.com 
4. RHS Passiflora Twine in a Tin
A perfect gift for the garden lover in your life with this twine in a tin from Burgon & Ball. Presented in a beautifully decorated tin, it will prevent your twine from tangling and make sure it’s always ready when you are. 
€13 from www.amara.com

Sweet Home

5. Garden decorations  
Bring the outdoors in this Christmas with the amazing new Garden retreat range from John Lewis & Partners. Featuring everything from cheeky garden inspired tree decorations – think hedgehogs, sloths, grasshoppers, gnomes, aubergines and sweetcorn to wrapping paper and decorations for the garden inspired table.
| Garden Retreat Aubergine Bauble £8- www.johnlewis.com
6. Santa Maria Novella Pot Pourri
This is how every home should smell at Christmas. Spicy, herby and cleansing -like being transported to a sun drenched Tuscan garden. This incredible company has been making this pot pourri for over three centuries and this mixture of buds, leaves and flower petals typical of the Tuscan hills emanates Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella’s singular, traditional fragrance. 
| Pot Pourri in a small terracotta pot €28.00 Santa Maria Novella at the Westbury Mall
7. Moooi Carpets Garden of Eden Rug
The Garden of Eden Rug, designed by Edward van Vliet is a calming and subtle floor covering, from Dutch icons Moooi Carpets. Featuring foliage, flowers and insects, the Garden of Eden Rug brings the outside inside. Beautiful butterflies and blooming roses adorn the rug, available in two stunning colourways. This rectangular version is ideal for large living spaces and dining rooms, offering a soft, comforting floor covering and creating an eye catching focal point year-round.
GBP 1,968.00 on www.nest.co.uk
8. Armando Garden chairs 
I love these Armando garden chairs in multi-coloured string cord- available in black and mustard also-they are ideal for use in the conservatory, garden or as a contemporary lounge chair. With its oval shape, striking cord structure and tripod legs, this outdoor chair complements modern and vintage interiors perfectly. The Cocoon seat and curvaceous style make the perfect place to sink into after a long day gardening. 
9. Neom Organics Perfect Peace Scented 3 wick Candle
I have long since been a fan of Neom candles- especially the de-stress range which is so calming. I adore this fresh Nordic scent with pine, myrrh and fresh lime peel, plus 22 other essential oils- perfect for the festive season. 
Luxury 3 wick candles from €57.00 www.brownthomas.com 

Top Reads

10. Bláthanna: Irish Spaces in Flower 
If there’s one book you get this Christmas then make it this very special book by the team behind Appassionata Flowers in Dublin. Founder Ruth Monaghan, Ultan Devaney and Kasia Skopinska worked with photographer Yvette Monahan and her husband Sean Breithhaupt to create a very special offering featuring stunning colour photographs of historic and cultural locations from all over Ireland which have been adorned with Appassionata’s signature blooms. A quietly beautiful book full of exciting and beautiful contrasts, it challenges what is inside and what is outside and is true floral art. Bláthanna: Irish Spaces in Flower by Ruth Monahan, Kasia Skopinska and Ultan Devaney is published by Carrowmore
11-A Beautiful Obsession by Jimi Blake  
This new book by Jimi Blake, the noted Irish horticulturalist, teacher and plantsman gives an insight into the mind of a plant genius and explores his unique approach to planting. Full of inspiring stories from his garden the book makes you yearn for Spring to get stuck into your own space.  
12. In Bloom: Growing, harvesting and arranging flowers all year round- Clare Nolan 
This beautifully designed hardcover book has a wonderful easy to understand layout and for anyone who is interested on growing your own cut flowers for the home this is a must have. Brimming with inspiration, every page is a study in styling and beauty and from scent to growing tips, this book has so many wonderful ideas for the home. 

 Garden Beauty

13. L’Occitane tree baubles 
By purchasing these gorgeous festive baubles from L’Occitane you not only make someone happy at Christmas you also help raise funds for almond trees to be planted in the Provence, a tree which was all but eradicated in the region. This Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis is the tree which gives the product the delicious sweet Almond scent.
|  Baubles are €12 each and the Almond scare collection is €55 (worth €67.50) 
www.loccitane.com and L’Occitane stores nationwide 
14. Clarins Blue Orchid oil
I have recently fallen in love with the amazing ‘Blue orchid oil’ product by Clarins. This absolutely incredible oil for dehydrated skin is made from 100% natural oils and is created with a base of Corylus Avellana (Hazel) Seed Oil and has rosewood, patchouli and orchid- Dendrobium Phalaenopsis Flower Extract which is said to reduce wrinkles and the anthocyanins in the plant have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial activity.
| Blue Orchid Treatment Oil €42.00 for 30ml at Brown Thomas and stockists nationwide www.brownthomas.com
15. Sisley Velvet Sleeping Mask with Saffron Flowers
This amazing new luxury product from the iconic Sisley brand is packed full of nourishing natural ingredients. The extract of Saffron flowers works overnight to restore and comfort and is especially soothing for dry skin that is prone to irritation and discomfort. It also contains macadamia and cottonseed oils as well as kokum butter and Lily of the Valley -Convallaria majalis-extracts from Japan which improves skin tone and tightens pores.  

For little Gardeners

16. Build & Grow Co – 3D Puzzle Garden – Jungle
This 3D puzzle garden has been built with the future of little ones in mind. Made using eco-friendly materials, it educates and inspires children whilst letting their imaginations run wild. Inside they’ll find everything they need to pop out, build and grow their very own lettuce and rocket, and it comes with quick-growing seeds for fast results.
€19 on  www.amara.com/ie
17. Children’s Make Your Own Den Kit – Original
Perfect for little Adventurers, this sweet den making kit is made for inventive, creative and imaginative little minds. Including everything they’ll need to create their own outdoor escape, everything from the handmade wooden mallet to the camouflage face paint comes in a practical haversack bag. 
€50 on  www.amara.com/ie
18. ‘My First Opinel’ for the little wood carvers
The series ‘My First Opinel’ is especially intended for children and is a great way of learning about caring wood. The rounded tip minimizes the risk to injuries. Of course the blade is normally ground, to make it fit for real use so care should be taken with it. Apple green lucky knife for kids – €10.70 from www.opinel.com

Garden travel

19. Gardens of Andalucia
If it’s travel they love why not give the gardener in your life a trip to visit one of the best gardens in the world? The Travel Department has some wonderful options 
including the ‘Gardens of Andalucia’ which is a 6 night half-board holiday guided by Iain MacDonald, a qualified and experienced gardener and guide.
Prices from €1199 per person www.traveldepartment.ie
20. Chelsea Flower Show tickets
What gardener does not like to soak up the amazing garden designs at the world-famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show? Tickets cost £36.7—£92.75 and many hotels have special deals for the show. www.rhs.org.uk

Garden Art

21. Lorna Watkins art
Just back from Art Source in the RDS Lorna Watkins work is seriously covetable. Bold and colourful abstract artworks depict scenes from nature-flowers, coastal scenes and dreamy skies inspired her studio location on the Wild Atlantic Way.
Prints from €75 and originals €200 from www.lornawatkins.com

Garden Style

22. Le Laboureur. Ever noticed that super cool wrecked looking blue garden jacket that Monty Don wears in a lot of his shows and photos? It is the blue Le Laboureur jacket – a timeless work coat which is still made manufactured for over 60 years by family business Le Laboureur in their factory in Digoin. They have pockets for gardening equipment and the more they are worn, the better they look! A truly iconic piece. €115.00 with free shipping to Ireland on www.urbanexcess.com


23-Wentworth puzzles
One of the most enjoyable things at Christmas is to take the time to do a puzzle. The gorgeous prints by Wentworth puzzles are particularly special as they feature many well known artists and illustrators and are laser cut for accuracy from wooden board derived from sustainable sources.. This contemporary illustration by popular artist Julia Rigby features an array of different woodland creatures in a wintry forest scene including a fox, hare, pheasant, squirrel, hedgehog, owl and a myriad of birds. Perfect for nature lovers. This 250x250mm 240 piece puzzle is £29.95 on www.wentworthpuzzles.com
24. Jellyfish – Air Plant & Sea Urchin 
For anyone who wants some indoor plants but is not great at maintaining them, air plants could be a great starting point.  Needing minimal care, just a little indirect sunlight and to be soaked in water every 2-3 weeks, these are wonderful additions to any home. I love the ETSY shop AirPlantsIreland for some truly unique air plants in cute original hangers and holders.
ETSY.com -AirPlantsIreland

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