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Outdoor Christmas gift ideas

I probably don’t have to remind you that it’s only a couple of weeks until Christmas. If you want to make inexpensive garden gifts for your friends, you’d better get started.

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Last year, The Partner and I made this street sign for our neighbours, since we’re all called McKenzie.

I did the text on my computer, had it printed and laminated at the local print shop for about $5, and The Partner made the frame and stand from scrap timber he found in the shed.

In the bag

Grab a kete (flax basket) from your local market or bargain shop, add a couple of woven balls, shells, seed pods and real or fake flowers.

Little ones make great table decorations for outdoor dining areas.

Plant a pressie

What a great way to present a fork or trowel as a gift! Either buy new or source a vintage model from a junk shop.

Put it with a plant, in a hand-painted pot. Lime chip mulch adds a finishing touch for emphasis.

Wine & dine

One wine glass doesn’t look too impressive on its own.

But put it in with a bit of company – a coloured capsicum, a gardener’s notebook, citrus and a plant – and it becomes a thoughtful gift.


Help a friend to start a succulent habit.

Choose a shallow basin and make a garden in miniature with two or three small varieties of succulents and some stones.

Lee Ann Bramwell

About Lee Ann Bramwell

Lee Ann wasn’t always a gardener - she lead what she terms ‘a normal life’ as a newspaper journalist and then television producer in Dunedin until the nineties, when she started moving north. Working on various lifestyle magazines in Auckland, Lee Ann eventually published her own garden design magazine, Alfresco, for 10 years.

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