I use large old scissors for cutting the edge of the lawn when I'm weeding, or for cutting back things hanging over the grass or trimming dead iris leaves and smaller scissors for dead heading. I've never heard of gardening scissors. Are they different in any way?
A nice wooden handle usually bumps up the price too, I find.Some of by most useful tools aren't gardening tools at all. A wallpaper scraper makes a great hand hoe.a slater's hammer is great for hacking at dry clay or levering out roots. And I have a great little plastic hand rake that's great for getting debris off the soil without damaging the plants and that cost me 99p. A cheese knife is great for getting the weeds out from between paving slabs.
I have a pair of ARS 190mm Fruit Picking Shears which are very good for cutting back and light pruning