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Ask Casa: Garden Gifts For Wedded Friends?

Hi Casa,

My friends just got married, and even though I attended their wedding (gorgeous, by the way!), I still haven't given them their gift. I feel a little guilty about it, but I just couldn't imagine getting them a cheese grater or a set of pillow shams from their registry. I want to get them something a little more unique. So, when they told me at the wedding that they'd recently decided to start a garden at their home, and basically were starting from scratch, I knew that I wanted to get them something to help them in their gardening dreams. They're starting a big gardening project upon return from their honeymoon, so I'd love to have my gift waiting for them. Do you have any ideas for reasonably priced, cool, and unusual garden gifts?

Thanks in advance,

To see my suggestions,

Hi Mosspink,

No worries about not getting your friends their gift before the wedding — after all, even if Emily Post disapproves, most people won't fault you if it takes you up to a year to get them a gift. I've found some out-of-the-ordinary ideas for gardening gifts. My first thought was to find some unusual item from the San Francisco-based store (and website) Paxton Gate. You have to call in your order, but with cool items like Hori Hori Digging Knives and Slovakian Watering Cans, I think it's worth the minor hassle.

Since you want their gift waiting for them by the time they get back from their honeymoon, another idea is to find a local nursery and order specific, interesting plants for them for their garden. Try native perennials, which will be easier to care for in the long run, or opt for an intriguing mixture of heirloom vegetable seeds.

I've also rounded up some beautiful garden items from ShopStyle, including bird feeders and fountains. I hope one of these inspires you! Whatever you get, I'm sure your newly wedded friends will love your thoughtful gift.

Good luck in your search,


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kia kia 8 years
If they don't have any idea what they are doing and it is a little late in the season to get everything started consider a CSA (community supported agriculture) share... especially if the farm has workshops or a co-op option where participants get involved with what is being grown. Or even consider a community extension class to learn about local growing practices. If you want a tangible gift then how about a gift card to a high-end garden center with a nice set of of gardening tools.
MandyPinecone MandyPinecone 8 years
a tree is a nice idea or get a plant of one of there wedding flowers.
ninjastarlett ninjastarlett 8 years
I like the idea of the tree as well. Do you know if they like any particular fruits or veggies? Or perhaps have some gardener friends you can get cuttings from?
luxington luxington 8 years
I feel like if they're living in a house they plan on staying in for the foreseeable future, a tree would be a rad gift. Its something they could watch grow and change every year of their marriage. A fruit-bearing tree would be such a lovely gift. It would probably outlast all of their others, haha.
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