For home chefs
Spice up someone's holiday with the Heirloomista's Herb Salt Gift Set. Includes a full-size herb salt infused with sage, chives, thyme, oregano, parsley and rosemary, as well as two smaller mixes: basil salt and garlic salt.
Available online from Heirloomista and pick up in store (North Branch, MN).
For new gardeners
Want to help someone grow as a gardener? MSHS membership is now $10 off and includes a full year of free gardening webinars, discounts at garden centers and wineries across the Upper Midwest, subscription to Northern Gardener magazine and more.
Available online from MSHS or by phone (651-643-3601).
For pollinator protectors
Have you heard the buzz about the University of Minnesota Bee Lab’s honey? Give a jar (or treat yourself!) and help support important research on bees and pollinators.
Doug Tallamy's Nature's Best Hope (Timber Press, 2020) is an MSHS staff favorite and a must-read for any gardener interested in conserving plants and wildlife, starting with their own yard.
Available at Terrace Horticultural Books.
For holiday hosts
Create a wreath using evergreen branches, juniper berries, rose hips, pinecones, dried hydrangea blossoms and magnolia leaves and other bits from your own yard. Or, join one of our upcoming make-and-take classes and surprise your host with a festive, one-of-a-kind piece.
Register for classes online through MSHS.
For Minnesota lovers
Shower someone you love with locally-made sweet treats. Our friends at Minnesota Grown are collaborating with MN Basket Girl to offer gift baskets full of goodies from MN brands and makers. Our pick? The MN Holiday Breakfast basket, which includes one of our favorites—pure maple syrup from Hamel, a family-owned and MN-based business.
Available online from Minnesota Basket Girl.
John Whitman’s Fresh from the Garden is one of the most comprehensive, trusted books about growing organic vegetables, herbs and berries in Minnesota. A beautiful coffee table book and reference manual, this guide is the perfect gift for anyone growing food.
Limited number of signed copies available at Terrace Horticultural Books.
For houseplant parents
Snake plants, succulents and monstera all make great office companions or Zoom meeting backgrounds for anyone working from home. Dress your gift up with a decorative container—paint a terra cotta pot or find one at a garden center or greenhouse near you.
Available at most of our favorite garden centers.
For manicured gardeners
Stock up on your favorite green and yellow gardening gloves. These sturdy gloves are a tried-and-true MSHS favorite and a must-have when pulling prickly weeds, spreading mulch or tackling any other garden chores. A perfect stocking stuffer!
Available online from MSHS.
For busy bees
We could all benefit from having a calendar to help us stay on track and on time. And this desktop version from Seed to Fork is as fun as it is useful. Enjoy seasonal photographs from northern gardener pro Meg Cowden's home garden in Minnesota.
Available online from Seed to Fork.
For native plant nuts
The Midwest Native Plant Primer is an excellent resource for anyone interested in adding more natives to their landscape without creating an entire meadow or prairie. Writer Alan Branhagen, director of operations at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, recommends 225 plants for an earth-friendly garden.
Available online from Terrace Horticultural Books.
EggPlant Urban Farm Supply is serving up a sweet collection of nature-themed holiday ornaments this season. Our favorites? The woodland deer with sparkly spots, a clump of morel mushrooms and, of course, this plucky hen.
Available at EggPlant Urban Farm Supply (St. Paul, MN)—shop online, in person or by phone.
For appetizer aficionados
Send a box bursting with holiday cheer! This gift is stuffed with tasty treats that will make an amazing appetizer spread—and all 8 items are sourced from small, local farmers and makers. Share the local love with your friends and family!
Available online from The Good Acre—pick up your order on December 9. Smaller gift box option available and can be shipped.
For cold-feet gardeners
As punny as they are cozy, these socks quickly passed the MSHS staff test—we all own at least a couple pairs. They're durable, warm and a great conversation starter! Perfect for any plant mama, sodfather and anyone "from the seedy from of MN".
Available online from MSHS.
For seed savers
Support your favorite gardener’s seed-saving endeavors with this special holiday package. Includes our Seed Saving Kit, with isolation bloom bags and seed envelopes, and a link to Ben Cohen’s Every Seed has a Story webinar about how seeds both connect us to our past and carry us into the future.
Available online from MSHS.
For farm supporters
Looking for a gift that's local, organic and straight from the farm? Little Hill Berry Farm in Northfield, MN offers sweet willow wreaths made from red, orange, yellow, brown and gray Minnesota-grown willows woven together for seasonal decorating. Beautiful on windows, hung as ornaments or used in table centerpieces. Available in sets of three or separately.
Available online from Little Hill Berry Farm.
Rich in health-supporting compounds and totally tasty, elderberries are a natural remedy everyone can enjoy. In Everything Elderberry, learn how to forage, cultivate and cook with this superfood. Find growing tips, the latest research on medicinal properties and 60+ recipes featuring elderberries and elderflowers.
Available online from HealthyGreenSavvy.
Give the gift of gardening to Minnesota’s youngest growers in underserved communities. Our Garden-in-a-Box program provides soil, raised beds, plants and tools to help children grow together. For $50, you can sponsor a GIAB group for a year. $75 covers GIAB participation fees and a gardening education webinar for the group. $110 provides GIAB participation, class and subscription to Northern Gardener magazine.
Donate to MSHS online.
For gardeners with everything
Let them pick out exactly what they want with a gift certificate from their favorite garden center, greenhouse, winery or specialty shop. Find a location near your gift recipient, or browse a list of some of our favorite Upper Midwest businesses for ideas.
Available at your favorite garden centers, greenhouses and nurseries. See a list of our favorite locations for ideas.
A "woman owned, mother run and sustainably sourced" business, eeBoo offers a variety of beautiful puzzles featuring garden artwork by Anisa Makhoul. Our favorite? The Urban Gardening 1,000-piece puzzle celebrates the rise of urban gardeners, who find pockets to cultivate in the middle of bustling city streets.
Available online from eeBoo.
For young gardeners
Do French fries grow on bushes or trees? Dig into this story and find out who is responsible for this tasty treat. Author and White Bear Lake, MN native Karin Clemens Costa has been growing produce for 25 years. She is helping our youngest gardeners see the important role of farmers today as they grow food for our communities and the world.
Available online from Valley Bookseller.
Create soil blocks for seeding and transplanting. Skip plastic trays with this handheld five soil blocker that compresses growing medium to form blocks that hold their shape. Reduce transplant shock and grow healthier plants with oxygenated roots.
Available online from Johnny's Selected Seeds.
For raised bed builders
Building raised beds with your own lumber? These steel raised bed corner brackets are a must-have, giving you the freedom to design beds of any dimensions. Plus, pre-drilled holes and included screws make for easy assembly.
Available online from Plow & Hearth.
For wise waterers
This mechanical water timer is easy to program and connect to a water source. A simple dial offers up to two hours of continuous watering and includes a manual on-off option.
Available online from A.M.Leonard.