$10 | blkinthegarden.com
Barebones Harvesting & Gathering Bag
If you have a forager or fruit grower on your list, this Barebones bag is a smart and thoughtful choice. It’s a beautifully made canvas bag with a removable waterproof liner, so anyone who wanders in backyards collecting potentially sappy, messy cones, flowers, branches and grasses will appreciate its versatility. Bonus: It looks super cool to wear, either on your back or strapped to your front to make it easy to load up apples or oranges or whatever you’re picking. The bottom opens easily so all that precious cargo can be quickly and easily removed.
$68 | barebonesliving.com
Roger’s Gardens Deluxe Cocktail Garden Tray
So it had to happen .... our natural craving for specialty everything has led us to the latest rage in gardening — the cocktail garden, a small plot on one’s estate devoted to growing the herbs, fruits and vegetables that make cocktails our current joie de vivre. For those of us who can’t devote an entire plot to blood oranges, limes and celery, Roger’s Gardens nursery has come up with an excellent alternative: a handsome metal trug stuffed with herbs and edible flowers that can be transplanted into the ground or left to grow as a fragrant riot. This Corona del Mar nursery makes deliveries only in Orange County, so you may have to visit the store for your purchase, but it’ll be a fun trip, so consider it a little gift to yourself too. And remember, these plants grow best with regular trimmings, so drink heartily.
$70 | rogersgardens.com
Xerces Society’s ‘100 Plants to Feed the Monarchs’
The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation is an international nonprofit focused on “protecting the life that sustains us,” such as the butterflies, bees and other insects that pollinate our food. The group’s new book is a handy guide for anyone who wants to create a pollinator-friendly garden. It’s full of easy-to-understand information about endangered monarch butterflies and lots of beautiful photographs of the types of plants you should use to help them thrive. Bonus: With a $57 purchase direct from the Xerces Society, you will be providing a donation to support its work. (If the price is too steep, it’s also available at the Theodore Payne Foundation store for $17. Buy it there and you’ll be supporting that organization’s work in preserving California native plants).
$57/$17 | gifts.xerces.org