Everyone loves to receive presents, and women who love to garden are no different. Sometimes, giving a gift can be a stressful experience for the giver. As you are trying to find the perfect gift, you may wonder, “Will she like it, will she use it, will she hate it, will she just throw it away or tuck it in the closet?” Let’s face it, we all want our gifts to be appreciated and loved – yes and used.
Luckily, gloves are a great gift idea for any gardener. You will find that it can be very easy to find one or more pairs of gloves your lady will love to receive and will use over and over. Kind of like shoes, a gardener can never have enough gloves. Even when a gardener has a favorite pair, a gift of several different types of gloves would be appreciated as well. Many styles and types of gloves can be found in all price ranges. And if you want to add a more personal touch, you can include gloves with an assortment of other items in a wondering gardening gift basket. Let’s take a look at some gift glove ideas.
Gardening Gifts for Digging in the Dirt
Gloves are an obvious choice for gift-giving. While women usually don’t wear gloves socially anymore, they certainly are needed in the garden. Dare I say again, a gardener can never have too many gloves. There are many ways to look at purchasing gloves. Your gardener may have a favorite pair of gloves and in that case, you can simply find out what it is and buy her an extra pair.
Why buy an extra pair when she already has a favorite? While some gloves may last a long time, they will all eventually wear out when used over and over. They deteriorate from exposure to the sun, from friction as the fingertips are being rubbed against the ground and weeds, and from exposure to water or punctures. If you have a Labrador puppy like the one dropped off at our gate, they also can be ruined by enthusiastic chewing. So, if your gardener really likes a certain brand of gloves, they will always be happy to have one waiting for them when the old and tattered glove no longer protects their hands.
Gloves for Gardening with Friends and Family
Many women like to garden with their children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and even friends visiting. Yes, gardening is indeed a great form of bonding, communication and fun. It is always nice to have extra pairs of gloves set aside for visitors – so a selection of gloves in various sizes and styles is always nice to have around.
For the extra personal touch, you can even try out a pair of the gloves by offering to help dig in the gardener with her when you give her the present. Not only will she have a wonderful gift that enables her to share gardening with others, she will have a wonderful day full of memories with you sharing work in her garden. This would truly be a gift that would be remembered.
Some different types of gloves are discussed below.
Nitrile Gloves for Gifting
Different types of gardening require different types of gloves. Even with a favorite pair of gloves, gardeners have varying needs when digging in the dirt. Nitrile gloves have become very popular lately for gardening. These gloves are generally made of a thin fabric-like material on top that is coated with a flexible coating of nitrile on the palms and bottom of the fingers. This nitrile coating gives the gloves extra grip that is very handy for pulling up weeds. They are lightweight but can be pretty tough in preventing punctures and even some small thorns.
Plus, these nitrile gloves come in a wide array of bright, happy colors and designs for gardeners – often with flowers and butterflies worked into the design. (How do they do that?) Even better, nitrile gloves can be thrown in the washer to clean them after use. These gloves are relatively inexpensive and having several extras on hand would make any gardener smile. They would be a good choice if getting an assortment of gloves for visitors to use.
Gift Gloves that Protect
Practical gardening gifts for women include gloves that go above and beyond in protection. While nitrile gloves can resist some punctures and thorns, they are not hardy enough for working with roses and other thorny plants. Plus, when working with thorny plants, the gardener often gets scratches and punctures on the arms as well as the hands and fingers. Some gauntlet or long-armed gloves will be the best gift you can get any gardener because they not only do a super job of preventing punctures, they also provide that protection up to the elbow. No more tears as your gardener is reaching through the rose bush to prune it, or in my case, grabbing the evil, thorny Greenbrier vines to pull them out of trees.
In addition to gauntlet gloves, you can also purchase Kevlar arm protection sleeves to wear under any gloves. These arm protection sleeves are generally about 18 inches long and have a thumb slot to hold them in place. These sleeves will provide an extra layer of protection most of the way up the arm.
Gloves with extra padding can also be a welcome gift to any gardener. I found this out when I injured my thenar eminence muscles in my hand. That is a big name but they are group of muscles on the palm of the human hand at the base of the thumb. In essence, it hurts when you use your thumb and in gardening – you would be surprised how much you actually need to use your thumb. High performance gardening gloves are now made with extra foam padding in the palm and knuckles to alleviate some pain caused from using the thumb repetitively.
Unique Gardening Gift – Clawed Gloves
Another unique gardening gift for women would be the glove with built-in or removable claws on the finger tips. OK, a great idea for Halloween costumes – I can just see the Evil Gardener costume being a real hit this year. But, these gloves are very handy for digging in the dirt to pull out weeds and leaves without having to switch over and use a hand tool. They have a breathable design that protects the hands without becoming hot and uncomfortable. This just might be a small gift for the gardener who has everything.
Gardening Gifts for Women – A Bushel of Gloves
Who would have thought that you could find a treasure-trove of gifts for women simply by looking for gloves? But, while seemingly a practical idea, glove-giving can also be whimsical and thoughtful. And very much appreciated by the gardener. To jazz it up a bit, you can give the gloves in a gift basket you create along with special essential oil soap for gardeners, a soothing hand lotion, a loofah and a nail scrubber.
These thoughtful and useful gifts will be treasured, used and remembered by your special gardener for years.