Urban Gardens 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

December 1, 2015 by


It’s that time of year again and we’re excited to present our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide, a curated list of 15 fun, functional, and fashionable items for the home and garden! Have you been naughty or nice? We’re not judging. Go ahead, gift yourself something while you’re at it. You deserve it.


1. Bloem Bagz Herb Planter

Make your plants happy, with Bloem Bagz! Colorful Bloem Bagz are an eco-friendly way to plant. Made from recycled water bottles, their sturdy double-walled construction allows air to reach the roots, promoting healthy root growth. Bloem Bagz are available in a variety of attractive colors, sizes and specific functions.  5-gallon, $23.99 or 1.5 gallon Mini, $21.55 at Amazon.


2. Fiskars PowerGear2 Pruner and Garden Bucket Caddy
PowerGear2 Pruner

Fiskars’s patented gear technology multiplies your leverage to give you up to three times more power on every cut. You can power through tough stems and branches that you wouldn’t be able to cut with traditional pruners. For easy, comfortable pruning, the PowerGear2 Pruner has a contoured handle with a unique rolling design that fits your hand’s shape and natural motion. This updated design includes modified gears and an innovative cam mechanism to optimize your cutting power in the middle of the cut where the branch is thickest and you need it most. $27.30 at Amazon.


3. Garden Bucket Caddy

The Garden Bucket Caddy makes it easy to carry all of your essentials in the garden. It fits snugly on a five-gallon bucket, freeing up the internal space for dirt, yard waste or supplies. Deep, large pockets provide ample space for tools, gloves, beverages and even a cell phone. Its sturdy canvas construction is light, durable and easy to clean. (Tools and bucket insert not included.) $14.10 at Amazon.


4. Click and Grow Planter

The plug-and-play Smart Herb Garden is an elegant, smart, easy, and carefree indoor gardening solution: Just plug it in, add water, and the system takes care of the rest. The design employs NASA-inspired technology which helps the herbs grow faster–naturally, with no GMOs, pesticides, fungicides, insecticides, plant hormones, or any other suspicious substances. Each Smart Herb Garden comes with 3 refill cartridges, and other refills are also available. When ready for new plants, replace your old cartridges with new ones. $79.95 at Amazon.


5. ShapeCrete
SculptCrete is a durable, professional-grade concrete mix that requires no oven-baking or kiln-firing, with a turnaround cure time of only 24-48 hours, allowing DIYers, makers, and crafters to create limitless shapes or forms like custom planters, vases, bowls, garden sculptures, address tiles, wine racks, furniture and more. SculptCrete can be poured, rolled, pushed, molded, textured or polished into an infinite array of custom concrete designs. A clay-like substance designed for simple workability in both thick and thin applications, you just add water, mix and sculpt it into whatever you dream up. Get some ideas here. 5 lbs. bag, $24.99 at Amazon.


6. Gardening Books by St. Lynn’s Press: Good Bug, Bad Bug & Good Weed, Bad Weed


Good Bug, Bad Bug
These two are great gift books for both adults and curious kids. Good Bug, Bad Bug is an indispensable field guide for quickly and easily identifying 41 bugs, the most common invasive and beneficial insects in the garden.  You’ll find great advice on attracting the good guys and manage the bad guys organically without toxic chemicals. Concealed wire binding makes it sturdy enough to take into the garden for easy reference. Good Bug, Bad Bug $15.25 at Amazon.

Good Weed, Bad Weed
With generous helpings of full-color photos, humor and some tasty weed recipes, weed expert Nancy Gift shares all you need to know about 50 of the most interesting and noteworthy weeds in your yard. In this friendly, authoritative, easy-to-use guide to the uninvited plants in our yard: the author shows you who they are, how to control them safely, and why it’s a good idea to love some of them just the way they are. The book also includes a chart demonstrating how best to let labor-intensive lawns “go native.” Sturdy and handy for use outside in the garden. Good Weed, Bad Weed $15.25 at Amazon.


7. Dutch Grown Jumbo Red Lion Amaryllis 

Yet another red amaryllis? Yes! Jumbo Amaryllis Red Lion is the all-time favorite variety for red Amaryllis. The huge bulbs produce 20 to 25-inch tall intense, bright red plants. Five bulbs for $74.95 at Dutch Grown.


8. The Corridor Bar

The Corridor Bar by BDI is the perfect cocktail of style and function. Its double-louvered doors open fully, so you can easily access everything a stocked bar needs. The cabinet has racking space for wine bottles and storage for a host of liquor bottles on the shelves and doors. A small drawer provides additional storage to keep things like bar accessories organized. The bar’s wooden stemware rack keeps wine glasses within easy reach and other shelves provide storage for glasses, tumblers and other supplies. It’s got a black, micro-etched glass top that’s an ideal place for mixing drinks and it cleans up easily long after the party ends. The Corridor Bar’s a splurge that you’ll have forever. 41”H x 35”W x 18.5”D. Available in a rich Chocolate Stained Walnut (shown above) or White Oak finish. $3379 at Amazon.


9. Sprout Pencils: Plant a Pencil

The Sprout pencil is the first sustainable #2 pencil in the world that you can plant after use. In place of the eraser, there’s a special seed capsule. The Herb Pack set of pencils contains eight Sprout varieties: basil, cilantro, dill, mint, parsley, rosemary, sage, and thyme. Its sustainably harvested cedar wood body is handmade in Minnesota, USA. $11.99 at Amazon. 


10. Little Sun Solar Lamp


Little Sun is a global project connecting the world through sharing light. An attractive, high-quality solar-powered LED lamp developed by artist Olafur Eliasson and engineer Frederik Ottesen, the Little Sun solar lamp is getting clean, reliable, affordable light to the 1.1 billion people worldwide without access to electricity. Not a charity, but a social business, every Little Sun sold in an area of the world with electricity enables us to deliver one Little Sun to an off-grid African community at a locally affordable price. $33.99 at Amazon.


  1. Stephanie JF said:

    I like the way how visualized how many people focus only on the interior rather than the exterior for the reason that most people are stayed inside rather than outside because of the weather, now having a garden looks like a beautiful one as Garden For Retreat, is a great idea. A garden service is one way to materialize this project.


    — January 27, 2021 @ 12:56

  2. treespringfieldmo7 said:

    You should plant a garden because it saves energy also Gardening reduces stress and gardening can make you happy. Lawn Care

    — February 12, 2021 @ 09:46

  3. James said:

    I read your article on urban gardens and loved it. What I love the most of the gift idea is the paperwhites in Wooden Box. Thanks for sharing this article, it was really informative for me. Have a great day.

    — August 19, 2021 @ 00:46

  4. Samantha Peak said:

    What a nice and creative holiday gift guide. I’ll try to do the Little Sun Solar Lamp for my grandmother this coming Christmas holiday as a gift for her. Thanks for posting such an awesome holiday gift guide.

    — September 12, 2021 @ 22:37

  5. Fraser Hedges said:

    I love your holiday gift guide. This is really an awesome gift idea especially during holidays. I will try to create one this coming holiday season. Thanks!

    — March 15, 2022 @ 23:24

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