The holidays are fast approaching and if you are wondering what to gift your favorite flower enthusiast, I’ve handpicked some of my favorite books, tools, and gear to give and receive. Each of these items in this gift guide was chosen for its quality, beauty, and functionality.
Favorites to wear:
Bogs boots: Gardeners know that there’s nothing more important than a good pair of boots! Out of all the brands we’ve tried, the Floret team seems to agree that Bogs are the best.
Jewelry from Belle Femme: A collaboration between jeweler Eduard Oganov and his daughter, Eugenia, these semi-precious pieces are beautiful and unique, and the stones contain healing properties. I love their rings and bracelets, and I’m never without my pendant.
Block Shop Textiles: I love the designs and ethics of this sister-run company that makes beautiful hand blocked textiles, including scarves, pillows, wall hangings, and rugs. I have a whole collection of their lightweight scarves and wear them year round.
Dovetail Workwear: Dovetail makes workwear that is perfectly tailored to fit and flatter women. I love their Maven Slim pant, which is both durable and flattering, with reinforcement in the legs and plenty of pockets.
Carhartt: I live in my Carhartt gear, most especially their bib overalls, which are perfect for cold, rainy days on the farm. They are very well made and stand the test of time.
Favorites from the Floret Shop:
The Floret Shop features a curated collection of tools, paper goods, seeds, and gifts that are geared towards farmer-florists and home gardeners. I personally use and recommend all of the items in the shop, but here are three of my favorites for gifting:
Farmer-Florist Toolbelt: Handcrafted in North Carolina by leather artist, Wheeler Munroe, these tool belts are impeccably crafted and thoughtfully designed to hold your snips, clippers, pens, and phone right at your hip. I’m never without mine. Be sure to check out our two new limited edition colors for the holidays.
2020 Wall Calendar: A journey through the seasons on our farm, this wall calendar is full of my favorite photos, and it is especially useful for growers because each month includes a list of garden tasks to accomplish.
Seed Collections: Hand selected for color and form, our shop offers a variety of seed collections, each which include a special assortment of Floret’s cutting garden favorites. We’ve chosen them specifically to produce abundant and foolproof bouquets that look great in the garden and in the vase.
Favorites to read:
The Land Gardeners Cut Flowers by Bridget Elworthy and Henrietta Courtauld: During my trip to England I had the pleasure of touring the grounds of their gardens at Wardington Manor. The Land Gardeners Cut Flowers is the story of how they revived the cutting gardens around the manor and began growing and gathering blooms for London florists. This large coffee table book has haunting photos of their gardens and historical images of the property and I appreciate how they highlight their beliefs on growing organically and on soil health.
On Flowers by Amy Merrick: Amy lives her life through flowers, and this book takes us along on her floral journey, from her work in New York City to her adventures here and abroad. I love Amy’s organic approach to arranging and her unique view of the world of flowers. From her opening letter, to the final pages, this book is a piece of art.
In Bloom by Clare Nolan: This is hands-down one of my favorite titles of the year. In addition to covering everything you need to know about growing and enjoying seasonal flowers all year long, the abundance of inspiring photos kept me glued to the pages from beginning to end. This book is a must-have addition to your flower library.
Another great book to gift to flower lovers of all ages is The Art of Flora Forager by Bridget Beth Collins. Every time I flip through the pages, I notice yet another delicate detail of the flowers, leaf, and fungi used to create her gorgeous artwork. A few years ago I had the opportunity to meet Bridget Beth in person, interview her for the Floret Blog [read the interview here], and provide buckets of blooms for her to use in her art.
Favorites food gifts:
Five Marys Farm: Mary, her husband and 4 daughters have 500 cattle, 600 sheep, 180 hogs and lots of chickens as well as 8 horses and 4 ranch dogs [read my past interview with her here]. I love following along on their farm adventures through Instagram. They sell their pastured pork, beef, and chicken and other farm-produced products direct-to-consumer. Each month we get a box of Five Marys goodies and I can’t say enough good things about the quality, taste, packaging, and customer service which often includes handwritten notes in each box.
Note: This is not a sponsored post. These are many of my favorite gifts to give and receive.
Is there a garden-related gift you are exciting about giving or getting? Have any recommendations for other great garden and/or flower-focused gifts? Please share your ideas in the comments below.