Over the years I have found that buying quality tools for the avid gardener in your family or circle is one of the most appreciated gifts you can give.

My recommendations are biased toward the Silky saws and Okatsune secateurs and snips from Japan that we import. But it took us a long time to source these hand tools and become the Australian importer. Our reason for persisting was that we wanted a quality product for our customers. A product that we are pleased to use and sell (family members run arborist companies and use all the Silky Saws) because of the quality of manufacture and how well they do the job.

Pocket-size clippers for snipping spent blooms and gardening gloves make terrific stocking stuffers. The Bionic gloves below are like an exo-skeleton for your hands and have been designed to assist arthritis sufferers.

 Bionic Gardening Gloves

 

Quality tools are perfect gifts since many gardeners have a tendency to spend their available resources on plant material and purchase inexpensive implements only to have them bend or break during their first season of use.

Well-made, heavy duty trowels, weeding devices, pitchforks, spades, and shovels are worthwhile investments and should be available at local nurseries and hardware stores, through mail-order catalogs, or on-line. 

A kneeling pad or a specialty “garden kneeler” (equipped with a steel frame to make it easier to get up from the kneeling position while converting to a sturdy bench seat when flipped over) might be a perfect companion gift to accompany these hand tools.

Okatsune Snips

High quality pruning shears and loppers

in particular, are worth the additional cost for their durability and precision. Bypass pruners and loppers are preferred by nurserymen, their scissors-like action enabling cleaner cuts that facilitate the healing process. Few pruners match the quality of the Japanese - made Okatsune secateurs and snips which offer numerous styles, in addition to the ability to purchase replacement parts, blades, and a sheath.

Pruning saws are great ideas for hardy gardeners that enjoy tackling larger pruning projects or need to remove dead branches which tend to be challenging with pruning shears and loppers. I have found the Japanese “Silky” saws remarkably sharp and effective on both green and dead wood.

Pruning saws are great ideas for hardy gardeners that enjoy tackling larger pruning projects or need to remove dead branches which tend to be challenging with pruning shears and loppers. I have found the Japanese “Silky” saws remarkably sharp and effective on both green and dead wood.

Silky Forester 4.5mtr Pole Saw

Silky Forester Pole Saw

A must tool for the orchardist or tree shepherd in your circle of friends is a quality Pole Saw that can reach to the height required. Again “Silky” from Japan make the best manual pole saws available. They have a range of telescopic pole saws that extend from 2 metres to 7.7 metres. They are oval shaped and allow you to guide the cutting blade, at the fully extended height, from the ground.