By: Darci Maxwell
It may seem impossible to find the perfect gift for the landscaper in your life — especially if it is not a hobby that you share. Fret not! Below are ten must-have gifts ideas for every landscaper.
Cut Resistant Gloves
Gloves are the first thing to wear out when you are constantly working with tools all day. Get your landscaper a nice, new set of cut resistant gloves to protect their hands while they are working. There are many heavy-duty pairs available in home improvements stores, on Amazon, and other sites. Just make sure that you get them the right size, or that the store has a return policy so that you can replace them if necessary.
Noise Canceling Headphones
Many landscapers work in very loud environments. Their tools produce a lot of noise that can cause deafness over the years from a damaged cochlea. However, your landscaper friend or spouse may still want to listen to music, but cannot do so with the loud tools that they work with. Invest in a nice set of noise cancelling headphones so that they can be entertained, but protect their ears at the same time. The best brands are Bose, Able Planet, Sony, and Plantronics.
As suggested here, a leaf shredder is a must have for any landscaper. A leaf shredder will not only decrease your landscaper’s green waste, but give them instant mulch to help fertilize the garden. You can reduce your waste to ⅛ of it’s original size. You can also use the leaf shredder on other non-wood plants to add to the mulch pile. There are electric and gas powered leaf shredders, and many different bodies and builds to choose from.
Kitchen Garden Box
The landscaper in your life probably has very little time or energy to tend for their own yard, let alone a garden. While their yard may look immaculate, they may not be growing their own fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Purchase a small garden planter to put in your landscaper’s kitchen so that they can have fresh herbs to use while cooking. You can get little pots for each plant, a PVC planter, or a small wooden box. Popular herbs include: basil, cilantro, bay, chives, mint, oregano, and parsley.
Another safety feature that every landscaper needs, and that wears out quickly, is a nice pair of safety glasses. Every day, about 2,000 eye injuries are sustained in the workplace. Experts believe that 90% of those injuries would have been preventable if the people who were injured had worn the proper eye gear. Three out of every five eye injuries sustained at work were suffered by workers that were not even wearing protective gear. Landscapers are especially at risk, as their job involves flying debris almost every day. Even if your landscaper has a good pair of goggles or glasses, it may be a good idea to get them a spare, in case they lose or forget their pair.
A fun gift idea is to get your landscaper a personalized calendar. There are many different ideas that you can use for it, pictures of their family, other hobbies they enjoy, or even pictures of their work. If you can, get professional photographs of the yards that they have worked on, and put them into a beautiful 12 month calendar. There are many websites, like Vistaprint, Shutterfly, and Snapfish that will allow you to do this inexpensively.
Chances are, your landscaper spends a lot of time outside without access to a fridge. They also probably have to take lunch on the job quite often. Get a nice lunch cooler for them to take their lunch in everyday. Make sure to purchase refreezable ice packs to put in the cooler as well. There are some brands, like PackIt, that are a lunch pack and ice pack in one. You just put the bag in the freezer overnight and it lasts for many hours.
Business Card Holders Shaped Like Plants
There are a few adorable plant-shaped business card holders that you can give to the landscaper in your life. There are some that clip around the business cards and are shaped like leaves. Others are metal tins that give you the option to personalize the picture on the front.
Oak Leaf Shaped Money Clips
Another fun gift is an oak leaf shaped money clip. It allows them to express their passion and to carry around a few bills without the bulkiness of a wallet.
If you cannot think of a gift to get your landscaper, and you are too afraid of accidentally buying them the wrong size or something they will not like, you can always get them a gift card. They probably spend a lot of time at Home Depot, Lowes, or local gardening stores. Optionally, you can get them a gift card to their favorite place to stop for lunch or a drink if they need to cool down.
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