Ten top quirky but practical gardening presents you probably have not considered

Still stumped for a present for the keen gardener who has everything?

You may have seen this list of suggestions but here are a few thoughts on less obvious ones, containing that essential piece of gardening equipment someone always wished they had but have never bought.

A bit quirky, maybe, but they are practical if un-glamorous gifts which many gardeners would be delighted to receive.

So have a look at these.

10 litre jerry can
Safe to use: 10-litre jerry can

Dead simple, this one. But you probably know people who are always popping next door to borrow one.

A proper petrol can is a must have and this one is strong and safe.

The 10 Litre Red Steel Jerry Can (F-1200) is lined to prevent rusting and has a patented locking pin cap so they can’t be accidentally opened.

It is designed with a wide nozzle to make it easier to pour and stops petrol sloshing around on to the lawn rather than in the mower. It is also completely leak proof.

You can buy a flexible pourer as an optional extra.

It costs £24.95 and is delivered free the next working day.

MD Saw Horse
Great device: MD saw horse

The MD Saw Horse with Chainsaw Attachment has been a popular gardening accessory for some years as it enables people to use a chainsaw who otherwise might be a bit nervous.

The saw fits into a sheath and pivots making it safer and lighter to use. The saw horsed can take logs up to 20cm in diameter and speeds up preparing logs for the fire.

It is made from steel and the cradle is strong, secure and adjustable. When not in use it folds up and can be stored flat so it takes up less space in the shed.

It costs £54.95 and has a two year warranty with free next working day delivery.

The next little tool makes pruning branches a much safer job than teetering atop a ladder.

Cobra pole pruner
Safe and simple: Cobra electric pole pruner

The Cobra P20E Electric Pole-Pruner has a 750W electric motor and is perfectly balanced to make cutting back twigs and branches a less tiring task.

It weighs just 3kg and is supplied with 10 metres of power cable. An ideal little machine to prune back fruit tree branches.

It costs £84.99, a fiver off the recommended price and has a two year warranty and free next working day delivery.

When Spring arrives you’ll probably find the lawn with lots of little hillocks where the worms have been doing their work through the winter and you will want to flatten these out before mowing.

Al-ko garden roller
Flatten it out: Al-Ko garden roller

The Al-Ko GW50 Lawn Roller / Garden Roller is filled with water giving a weight of 72 kg (filled with sand it weighs 120kg).

The working width is 50cm so you can cover a large area quickly and the roller drum has a scraper bar to stop mud and debris sticking to it.

It costs £85, has a two year warranty and is delivered free the next working day.

Stiga Snow Electric 31
Snow shifter: Stiga Snow Electric 31

January is the month when snow often starts to puther down, so who wouldn’t be grateful for this Stiga Snow Electric 31 Snow Blower?

So rather than risk a painful back with all that shoveling, try this machine that will take up the snow and blast it up to five metres away. Ideal for paths around and the house and small drives it has a 1100W electric motor.

The working width is 31cm and the intake height is 23cm.

It slides along on snowshoes and can clear right down to the ground. And it also has a telescopic handle so that you can work at the height which suits you best.

Costing just £79 and with a one year warranty and FREE delivery, it would make a great gift  for any householder .

There are still a few leaves blowing around and this really popular machine is the answer to clearing them away quickly and efficiently.

Agri-Fab leaf sweeper
Clean sweep: Agri-Fab 26in leaf sweeper

The Agri-Fab 26″ Push Lawn & Leaf Sweeper (45-0218) (Special Offer) is dead simple to use.

Just push it along over the leaves and revolving brushes sweep the leaves and debris into the collector.

It is 66cm wide and the collector holds 200 litres and is easily removed when full.

Large wheels give bags of grip if the lawn is wet.

It costs £139, £40 less than the recommended price and has a five year warranty. We deliver it free the next working day.

A good-looking lawn is a healthy lawn and this little device will ensure that moisture and nutrients can get through to the roots.

Al-Ko combi-care aerator scarifier
Better lawns: Al-Ko combi-care aerator scarifier

The Al-Ko Comfort 38E Combi-Care Electric Aerator /Scarifier has a aerator cassette with 14 steel blades to cut small slits into the turf.

And there is a second cassette with 24 sprung steel hooks for teasing out dead grass, flat weeks and moss which are deposited into the 55 litre catcher at the rear.

It is powered by a 1300W electric motor and has five working depths adjusted by a dial.

It normally costs £169 but we have it on sale for only £149. Delivery the next working day is free and there is a two year warranty.

This next one is a great little machine, one of the cheapest log splitters on the market.

MD 4 ton log splitter
Great splitter: MD 4 ton log splitter

The MD 4-Ton Electric Horizontal Log-Splitter (Special Offer) is strong and simple to use, with four tons of splitting power.

It can take logs 37cm long and 25cm in diameter and the hydraulic power is generated by a 1500W electric motor.

With more people enjoying the warmth of a log fire this splitter would make a great present especially for anyone with a wood burning stove.

It can be easily moved around has it has transport wheels and the hand les have a rubber grip.

You can also buy a four way splitting wedge for £20 if you want the wood a little smaller.

The splitter costs £149.95, has a two year warranty and a free delivery the next working day.

Sheen Flame Gub
Weed shifter: Sheen Flame Gun

Maybe not one to let the kids use or to show off after a Christmas party, but the .
Sheen X300 Flame Gun, the best-selling machine of its type, is the perfecet way to clear up stubborn weed growth.

You can give the weeds and initial blast and then follow with a second dose once they have dried.

It uses paraffin as a fuel and has a pressure pump and a gauge.

It costs £169, £20 off the listed price and is delivered free the next working day with a year’s warranty.

And our final suggestion has been a popular little device for years.

The Mitox 171MT Petrol Multi-Tool combines a brushcutter and a long-reach hedge trimmer as well as a strimming attachment.

mitox multi tool
Three tools in one: Mitox multi tool

Powered by a 25.4cc motor it produces plenty of power and the various attachments are easily fitted without the need of tools.

The grass trimmer as a twin-line strimming head, the brushcutter has a 25.5cm metal blade for cutting down the rougher areas of the garden and the long-reach hedgetrimmer has 40cm blades which articulate through 90 degrees.

You can buy a 77.5cm extension shaft separately for £30.

It costs £199, £50 off the recommended price and has a three year warranty and free next working day delivery.

See these pages for a list a Christmas Specials which would delight any gardener and give us a ring on 08454 588905 if you want to discuss any Christmas gift queries.

 

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Dick Roberts

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.