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Gifts for gardeners; There's a huge range of gifts for garden enthusiasts. Hannah Stephenson makes a few suggestions.

THERE are so many gardening gifts out there this festive season to suit all pockets and tastes.

Many have been produced with eco-friendly materials, and designed with wildlife in mind.

Here are just a few of the ones which have caught my eye...

Adopt a vine gift box: This is a wine lover's dream: a vine dedicated to them at a British vineyard and some tasty perks to go with it. First register ownership and then receive a privilege card entitling the recipient to a vineyard tour, a wine tasting and 10% discount at the vineyard shop. (pounds 29.99, Leukaemia Research - www.leukaemiashop.com, 01736 364636).

For contemporary gardens, check out a glass bird feeder. Made of mouthblown glass, it would make a wonderful decorative feature and will soon find fans among small birds all year round.

(pounds 29.95, Natural Collection - www.shop.com).

For a really individual gift, check out gettingpersonal.co.uk for its personalised gardening calendar. Each image for every month includes your chosen name or names spelt out on a lovely gardening photograph. Available in two versions, wall hanging A4 size or desktop tent style. (pounds 14.95, www.gettingpersonal.co.uk, 0845 217-6382).

I'm still wearing the faux fur-lined Mammoth (pounds 34.95) from my favourite gardening shoe range, Crocs. Now they've brought out a warm fur-lined boot, the Nadia, ideal for braving the winter elements (pounds 68), and even a comfy children's wellie, the Flurry (pounds 36).

(www.crocs.eu/shop/)

For a practical stocking filler, try the new Wilkinson Sword Comfort Grip Scissors, designed for deadheading a variety of houseplants and larger outdoor foliage, plants and house trees.

The stainless steel blades give a clean, one-snip cut. (pounds 8.99, from selected independent garden centres and nurseries, B&Q and Sainsbury's).

If the man in your life needs to put up trellis, shelves in the shed, build a tree house for the kids or make a compost frame, he'll need the right tools for the job. Bosch is claiming a world first with its launch of the Uneo, a cordless screwdriver, drill and rotary hammer all-in-one tool.

Weighing 1.1 kilos and no bigger than an A5 sheet of paper, this compact power-pack makes light work of screwdriving, hammering and drilling - even through concrete - thanks to its pneumatic hammer mechanism and lithium-ion battery. (RRP pounds 119.99. For more information, visit www.bosch-doit.co.uk/diy/or call 0844 736-0107).

Stylish long-stemmed glass tealight holders will bring both the indoors and outdoors to life. (pounds 13.95, www.inspireinspire.co.uk or 01953 488907).

If you are forever losing your gardening string, jute twine holders, designed and hand-crafted in the UK, are ideal for hanging in the greenhouse, potting shed or kitchen. Complete with chunky twine and scissors. (pounds 12, www.fairwindonline.com or 0208 374-6254). From the same company, gardener's journals are made using genuine English leather, protected with a water-repellent finish so they can be used all year round. Complete with a refillable, bound, paper notebook and wood pencil. (pounds 29.50, www.fairwindonline.com or 0208 374-6254).

A membership to the National Gardens Scheme's new Friends programme would make the perfect Christmas gift, granting the recipient free access to beautiful gardens, while helping to raise money for charity.

For pounds 8.99 for a year, 'Friends' will receive a free copy of the famous Yellow Book, listing 3,600 mostly private gardens which open to the public every year, and a bi-annual newsletter.

A highlight for 2009 will be an evening hosted by Alan Titchmarsh.

(Join online at www.ngs.org.uk, email friends@ngs.org.uk or call 01483 213910).

If the gardener in your life likes music, buy them a water-resistant Eton Am/Fm Wind Up Radio with siren, torch, and phone charger. With three sources of power (battery, mains and wind up) and a durable exterior, it is versatile and eco-friendly and comes in a range of colours. (pounds 39.99 Nigel's Eco Store - nigelsecostore.com, or 0800 288-8970).

Vegetable gardeners can help to protect Britain's vegetable heritage with a gift membership to Garden Organic's Heritage Seed Library. For pounds 20, you receive a pack containing news, a seed catalogue from which you can choose six packs of seeds, along with one packet of complimentary seeds from the library. Membership of the library also entitles you to a quarterly newsletter, go to www.gardenorganic.org.uk or tel: 02476 303517).

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Decorative feature: Glass bird feeder, pounds 29.95 from www.shop.com; Friends indeed: National Gardens Scheme's Yellow Book 2009. Join online at www.ngs.org.uk, email friends@ngs.org.uk or call 01483 213910.; Hand crafted: Jute twine holders, complete with chunky twine and scissors, pounds 12 plus p&p. www.fairwindonline.com 0208 374-6254.
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