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Gift Ideas for a little Gardener?

 My little boy loves gardening (especially getting messy and finding all sort of bugs)  and its coming up to his birthday (he's 6), I was thinking of getting him some these bookends with these lovely snails. Does anyone have any other suggestions or ideas for a good present.



  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,214

    The bookends are agreat idea because then he can start to collect books about gardening and wildlife. 

    How about a set of children's garden tools? Or his own watering can?

  • chickychicky Posts: 10,379

    My kids used to love the inspection jars where you put the bug inside and the lid has a magnifying glass for a closer look.  Then you release said bug back to the wilderness unharmed.

    These days they prefer nail varnish, earrings and Primark !!

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,145

    When Possum was small a friend gave her a toy insect examining thing.  Catch insect, put it in container and then view it down a mini microscope.    That would be easy to use for him and more inter active.

    You could also consider a set of child size tools - trowel, hand fork, watering can.


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  • chickychicky Posts: 10,379

    Obelixx - Possum and mine had something in common then !

  • Mine had a wormery thing. Two plates of glass (or I think it was plastic). Instructions about how to layer soil, sand etc then put worms in and watch

  • Or if you want to spend more how about one of those raised veg beds. You could let him grow exactly what he wants in it.

  • RedwingRedwing Posts: 1,393

    A pack of bulbs, a bag of compost, a trowel and a pot.

    The wormery suggestion is a good one. When my children were young we made one out of a large jam jar and layered different soil mixes, found some worms and watched them mix it up. Remember to keep it moist.

    A microscope is good but he may be a bit young. How about a strong magnifying glass?

    Based in Sussex, I garden to encourage as many birds to my garden as possible.
  • Papi JoPapi Jo Posts: 3,861

    Reported as probable commercial ad from OP.

    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,116

    The thread is over four years old.......

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • RedwingRedwing Posts: 1,393

    That’s weird. This showed up on page one today. A post must have been removed as did not trawl back to find this. Had I noticed it’s age I would not have posted.

    Based in Sussex, I garden to encourage as many birds to my garden as possible.
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