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Holiday gifts for gardeners

For those of you who scoff at the idea of gardening, you seriously do not know what you’re missing out on. It’s a healthy activity. Not just that—it’s also a great stress buster! I love gardening, and this holiday season, I would love nothing more than a couple of gifts from my loved ones to help me do the job better. I’m sure there are people out there who echo my thoughts. If you have a friend who loves gardening as much as I do and you have no idea what to gift them, here’s a little help. These are my picks for the four best holiday gifts for gardeners:

1.These boots aren’t meant for walking

High Boots

High Boots

I have two words for you—gardening boots. An avid gardener like me could not do without a good pair of gardening boots to rough it out in the mud. You’ve got your high boots and you’ve got your clogs. Personally, I prefer the former. They’re much sassier!

2.Bird feeders

Bird Feeder

Bird Feeder

If you’re a gardener, you’re bound to be a nature lover. Bird feeders are an essential accessory in your garden. You’ll connect with the local environment and get to know the kind of birds that call your neighbourhood their home.

3.Journal it

An avid gardener always keeps his or her gardening journal handy. It’s important to keep track of planting dates, seed types and the supplies that you may need.

4.Keeping tools handy

A field bag

A field bag

For those of you who are not familiar with the art of gardening, it requires a set of tools. These many tools. A tool belt, a field bag or a garden vest—you can choose your poison to help you keep your tools handy.

If any of my friends are reading this, you know what I want for Christmas, guys! I hope this list will help you make a good choice. Or better yet, buy one for yourself and see how you’re drawn into the beautiful world of gardening!


Fun ways your kids could earn their allowance


My nephew. Phew! He’s a wild one. He’s like a little Tasmanian devil, running around wrecking the place, the incoherent noises included! The only way to keep him in check is to keep him occupied. To make sure that he doesn’t spend all day in front of the computer, my sister hatched an evil plan. She started encouraging him to do chores, and when that plan was foiled, she started bribing him to do them. Kids always want the latest little trinket up for sale in the toy store. Why not give them the opportunity to earn it? You could also give this a shot. But with an attention span of a little kitten, the biggest challenge you’d face is to keep them interested in doing the chore. Well, here’s how you do it:

For ages 3-5:

1.     Napkin origami

Butterfly Napkin

Butterfly Napkin

Teach your kids to make simple designs like boats and butterflies with the table napkin before dinner.

2.     Match socks

Somehow one sock out of the pair always seems to vanish. Get your child to match socks out of the laundry and reward them when all pairs are in place.

For ages 6-8:

1.     Recycling scavenger hunt

Give your child a list of recyclable items to find in the neighborhood and reward them based on how rare the items are. A newspaper or can would get a low reward but a large stack of magazines gets the bumper prize!

2.     Race to the finish

Boring household chores? Not anymore. Give your child an element of fun by timing each task they complete. The faster they do it, the more they earn.

Once your kids are older, I’m sure the money will be motivation enough to do the chores. But till then, you could use these ideas and instill the value of hard work in your little one.