While there is not much gardening to be done during the dead of winter, gardening gifts are still appreciated by those who love to garden. Personalized wellies and personalized tools are lovely on their own or combined in garden themed gift baskets.
Uncommon Gifts: Hand Painted Wellies
Bright and cheerful wellies have become popular for splashing about in the rain. Even better, paint a plain pair of wellies for a unique and personalized gift. Not only is this a personalized gift, but the gardener will always be able to spot her boots. Know the shoe size of intended gift recipient and go shopping for a sturdy, good quality pair of rubber garden boots.
Some draw by hand; other prefer using a stencil. In either case, choose a simple, cute design appropriate for the individual gardener. Carrots and tomatoes are nice for a vegetable gardener, roses or sunflowers for a flower gardener. Don’t forget to add a butterfly or bee.
Materials Needed for Personalized Wellington Boots
- Wellington boots
- Felt tip pen
- Enamel paints
- Small paintbrush
- Stencil (optional)
Draw or trace a pattern on the wellies with a pencil. When it looks as you want it, trace over the pencil lines with a felt tip pen.
Use enamel paints found in art supply shops. Paint the basic pattern and let dry overnight. When dry, go back and paint the details. Let these boots dry for at least three days before presenting them as a gift. After three days the boots may be worn by the gift recipient.
Personalized Garden Tools
Brightly-colored hand tools are less likely to get lost in the garden.
- Set of wooden handled tools
- Gloss paint
- White craft glue
Look for a set of brand new garden hand tools with metal blades and wooden handles. A good set will include a trowel, transplanter, and rake or cultivator. Some sets include a hoe, some include other items, as well.
Lightly sand the wooden handles of the tools. Choose a bright color of glossy exterior paint, such as bright yellow, bright red, or bright blue. The color should be easy to spot in the garden. Paint the handles with two coats, allowing to dry between coats.
When completely dry, affix stickers. Insects, flowers, vegetables, or anything the gift recipient will enjoy. Paint glue on the handle, affix sticker, and paint a little more glue over the sticker. This is for best adhesion.
When dry, apply several coats of liquid varnish with a paintbrush, and let dry between coats. No other gardener will have this unique set of tools!