Glass baubles hold tealights safely: a hole at the front to pop in the candle, one at the top to ventilate. Given as Christmas presents they can decorate the tree before decorating the garden - 9cm diameter, £7.95 each, from The Worm That Turned (worm.co.uk; 0844 573 8644. Order by December 18 for Christmas delivery).
Or give the windowsill gardener and keen cook a Red Hot Box, from The Gluttonous Gardener (glut.co.uk; 020 7627 0800. Order by December 22). The pack contains a fruiting chilli plant, jar of Smokin' Satan Chilli sauce and tin of Spanish hot paprika, again, in a wooden crate, for £38.
Woven plastic baskets from Guatemala, in assorted bright colours, make the best caddies for garden gear: weatherproof, wipe-down, unmissable at 50 paces and just the right size, 25cm high to hold secateurs, string and so on. £11 from RE (re-foundobjects.com; 01434 634567. Order by December 20. Postage and packing is £5.50 for any items to a UK address).
Sky blue makes the sweetest shade for a high-quality pocket pruner, 17cm long to suit small or medium hands, for £13.95. Also in the blue collection are a watering can and tools - and a trug for £9.95. Available in powder pink or pale green, too. All from Burgon & Ball (from leading London garden centres and burgonandball.com; 0114 233 8262. Last order by December 17).
Declare your intentions by sending a Passion Pack of ready-to-plant passionflower with growing guide, a quartet of fresh passion fruits and some fine champagne, all in a wooden crate - £62 from The Gluttonous Gardener (glut.co.uk; 020 7627 0800. Order by December 22).
These handsome silvered lanterns come with large, practical handles and look good solo on the patio table and even better in pairs to mark steps or pathways. Size is a substantial 38cm high. Small station lantern from The Worm That Turned, £35.95 (worm.co.uk; 0844 573 8644. Order by December 18 for Christmas delivery).
Sarah Raven's Beginner's Veg Collection contains the gardening guru's choice of the easiest, tastiest and most productive veg, salad and herb seeds. The tin includes a successional sowing chart, 10 seed packets and instructions, for £19.95 (sarahraven.com; 0845 092 0283. Order by December 17).
Allotment gardeners would appreciate photographic print bags of real vegetables, in organic cotton - ideal for ferrying the produce home. Choose from aubergine, courgette, asparagus, all £20, or beans, £17. From RE (re-foundobjects.com; 01434 634567. Order by December 20. Postage and packing is £5.50 for any items to a UK address).
Small-space gardeners would love a shelf that provides a perch for plants, and includes drop-in pots of pressed bamboo. An acrylic shelf in quince and raspberry, and other funky colourways, is 35cm long and costs £27.50. From Flock Follies (flock-follies.co.uk; 01326 221750. Order by December 21).
Any gardener would love a trio of perfumed white lilies, selected to create a succession of flowers. Three bulbs each of Lilium regale Album, Casa Blanca and Muscadet, packaged in a ribboned sack and sent in February/March for planting; £16.50. From Sarah Raven (sarahraven.com; 0845 092 0283. Order by December 17).
This acrylic bird feeder looks more like a decorative piece of sculpture, but it is craftily designed to allow small wild birds to dine in peace. In eight bright colours including fuchsia, lime and violet, Flock Follies' bird feeder is 16cm square and costs £49.50 (flock-follies.co.uk; 01326 221750. Order by December 21).
Single-stem vases in mouthwatering shades look wonderful with any old flower dropped in, while a removable inner glass test tube fitted into the perspex cylinder holds the stem securely; 20cm high, £15 each, set of 10 costs £142.50. From Sarah Raven (sarahraven.com; 0845 092 0283. Order by December 17).
Treat the garden lover in your life to a whole year of stunning garden visits, a monthly magazine and personal gardening advice this Christmas with an RHS gift membership. Buy before 16 December. Or, if you’ve missed the last Christmas post, panic not; simply print an RHS gift certificate to give on the day. All this for just £49. Call 0845 130 4646 quoting PGP166 (lines open 9am - 5pm, Mon to Fri). Or visit: http://support.rhs.org.uk/Home/Promotions/2010/ac/Gift-membership/PGP166.aspx
© Jim Gardiner