31 gifts for the gardener Make your favorite green thumb's holiday merry and bright Flower press Black Walnut Flower Press, $82; shop.pistilsnursery.com/products/flower-press Measuring 8.75" x 5.25", and laser cut from Oregon black walnut, this flower press—a collaboration between Pistils Nursery and local designers in Portland—is small enough to take on day trips, but large enough to fit a wide variety of specimens. The distressed brass hardware and hand-drawn balsamroot add thoughtful detail to the durable yet beautiful press. It comes with enough cardboard sheets and velum blotter paper to create six drying compartments. Your specimens will be dry—and ready for mounting onto cards or into frames—in 3 to 4 weeks. Pinterest Kokedama kit Kokedama kit, $32; shop.pistilsnursery.com/products/kokedama-kit This kit has all the components for you to make your very own kodedama garden, including a 4-inch plant. Kokedama, a traditional bonsai discipline, involves binding a plant’s roots into a sphere made of moss and clay. It makes for a fantastic indoor gardening project. Terrarium Glass Diamond containers from $65 each; mooreaseal.com Give gardens under glass—diamond-shaped terrariums made in Sacramento from upcycled window glass. Wood planter Wyatt Succulent Planter, $75; boycestudio.com We love the sturdiness of these thick wooden planters, paired with the daintiness of a succulent or air plant. Vessels come with a small glass planter and rocks for drainage and top dressing. Each planter is made to order and one-of-a-kind. Air plant holder Bucky Air Plant Holder, $65; boycestudio.com What do you get when you combine splatter paint and a modern geometric design? A most awesome air plant or succulent planter, perfect for a coffee table or windowsill. Succulent planter Kelly, $70; boycestudio.com This ebonized ash planter (pictured at center), that comes complete with rocks for drainage and top dressing, is perfect for any adventure-seeking succulent or air plant that wants to go for a little ride. Cement pot $59; pottedstore.com We love the hefty look and neutral color that cement lends to the garden, but in any large size, it’s too heavy to be worth it. That’s why we’re crushing hard on the Small Pot, pictured in front to the right. Handmade in Washington State, we get all the glory of cement but in pint-sizes, perfect for a small aloe or fern. Ceramic bells From $235; shop.pistilsnursery.com Hand-painted with constellations, these wheel-thrown ceramic bells with hemp hangers and reclaimed wood clappers are perfect gifts for the stargazers in your life. The bells vary in size (the one on the left measures 5 1⁄2 inches across) and are sturdy enough to hang outdoors. Ceramic chimes Disc Chimes, from $48; pigeontoeceramics.com Pigeon Toe, our ceramist friends in Portland, encourage us to make a statement with tinted ceramic discs strung together on a deerskin lace cord. Watering can X3 watering can, $60; shophorne.com It’ll be hard not to keep it: a copper watering can elegant enough to use as a vase. Smart-watering gadget Retails for $99.97 at Home Depot; homedepot.com Make every drop count with one of the latest in smart-watering gadgets. Edyn (edyn.com) leads the pack with sleek, in-ground garden sensors that pair with your irrigation system and an easy-to-use app on your smart phone. The sensors offer real-time feedback on soil moisture levels, nutrition, and temperature for up to 250 square feet. The app also allows you to water garden beds with the click of a finger. Outdoor shower Seletti Aquart Garden Shower, $324; shophorne.com With a simple copper neck and concrete base, this outdoor shower fits seamlessly next to the garden or by the pool for an easy rinse. Garden basket Oregon Myrtlewood Trug, $160; marchsf.com Inspired by English-style harvest baskets, this myrtle carrier works perfectly as a straight-from-the-garden centerpiece once filled with your bounty. Gardening gloves Atlas nitrile gloves, $23 for 6 pairs; amazon.com Our garden editors love these washable, easy-to-work-in gloves—and so will your favorite gardener. Plant marker $20 each; lesliecbennett.com/studio Help a friend keep her sowings straight with this plant marker, an iconic San Francisco–made Heath tile on a steel stake that patinates over time. These reusable markers brighten any bed. Rain boots $115; onlineshoes.com Embrace El Niño with dry feet. Dafna by Naot Lian ankle-cut rain boots slip on and off easily. They’re cute enough to wear between showers too. Composter Kitchen Composter from $30, mudpiegallery.com This one-of-a-kind compost container, hand-thrown in Salem, Oregon, is an elegant alternative to industrial-looking versions. Heirloom seeds lavierustic.com With her new line of kitchen-garden supplies, Georgeanne Brennan returns to her roots—in the 1980s, the Bay Area cooking teacher introduced Lacinato kale and radicchio to the United States. This time, she brings heirloom lettuce seeds ($15), herbes de Provence ($6), and—because eggs taste only as good as a hen’s food— a “chicken scratch” seed mix ($7). Scatter garden seeds $13; reneesgarden.com These easy-growing California “Native Orange” poppies from Renee’s Garden, in the Santa Cruz Mountains, are what associate garden editor Johanna Silver recommends for vibrant color. And, of course, they’re heat- and drought-friendly. One canister should brighten at least 600 square feet of ground for weeks. Seed keeper Seed Keeper, $19; chroniclebooks.com Seed packets slip right into the binder for easy organization, with room for notes to make next year’s planting a breeze. Planting journal Gardener’s notebook, $12; www.tigerfoodpress.com Take the guesswork out of gardening by keeping track of your outdoor activities. With room to record your to-do lists, design tweaks, and seed-starting dates, you’ll be fully in the know from year to year. The gorgeous artwork will keep you returning to your record keeping. Plant store gift certificate Any dollar amount; anniesannuals.com Gardeners are a choosy bunch. Avoid the wrong gift by allowing the green thumb in your life to select her own plants. Richmond, CA-based Annie’s Annuals & Perennials specializes in rare and unusual plants, and ships anywhere in the country. Check out the “Totally Useful Plant Lists” to help narrow down the lot. Olive tree $45; shopboxhill.com Extend an olive branch this holiday season with a gift that will grow for decades to come. Each tree comes wrapped in a jute bag and tied with a silk ribbon. Birdhouse kit $40; scoutregalia.com Inspired by California Craftsman bungalows, this birdhouse kit, designed in L.A., provides a fun wintertime project that helps support local wildlife—a win-win for the holidays. Beekeeping starter kit $189.95; williams-sonoma.com This kit includes all the beekeeping basics minus the hive. You'll receive a veiled helmet, gloves, hive tool, bee brush, smoker, and feeder. Garden-scented candle Garden Hause candle, $34; hausinterior.com Bring the garden indoors with this hand-poured coconut wax candle that smells of white rose, bergamot, cassis, and black pepper. Nature photography book $75; Amazon.com joSon: Intimate Portrait of Nature (Graphis Press, 2013) bursts with stunning shots of Western gems like tulips from the Skagit Valley and Dahlias from Golden Gate Park. Gardening book $80; phaidon.com Lotusland, in Santa Barbara, which has a gorgeous pool filled with floating lotus, and Kauai’s lush Lawa‘i Kai garden are only two of the 250-plus gems profiled in this encyclopedia for garden geeks. Not all of them are in the West, but we’re allowed to find ideas elsewhere, right? Huntington Library membership From $139; huntington.org At the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California, your giftee will find 120 fabulous acres. Portland Japanese Garden membership From $55; japanesegarden.com Anyone in search of a peaceful spot for wandering and contemplation in the heart of the city will love the Portland Japanese Garden. Denver Botanical Gardens membership From $55; botanicgardens.org The tropical conservatory at the Denver Botanic Gardens offers a model of drought-tolerant landscaping and a respite from winter’s chill.