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magine it’s the holiday season and you just happen to be in the Hudson Valley shopping for gifts. So, you decide to pop on over to The Hudson Valley Seed Company retail shop. Pulling into the parking lot, you spot a modest storefront with a few twinkling lights in the window. Are they even open? you wonder, pulling on the front door...

But, indeed, the door swings wide and, to your delight, a winter wonderland greets your eyes: tables piled high with Gift Boxes, Seed Saving Kits, and shiny new tools! Above the displays overflowing with pretty Art Packs, you see gorgeous original art made by the pack artists hanging on the wall. And, by the counter, you spot boxes of archival prints, beautiful note cards, and stocking stuffers galore!

As you mentally check off item after item on your shopping list, you feel a weight has been lifted from your shoulders–all of your holiday stress has melted away!

It's too good to be true, you think, rubbing your eyes as if waking from a dream...  only to find yourself staring at a bearded fellow now standing before you, his pants held up by red suspenders and on his head a woolen cap. “Let us know if you need any help,” he says with a twinkle in his eye. And that’s when you notice the other folks bustling about packing up orders and answering phones. You’ve arrived at The Hudson Valley Seed Co's holiday headquarters where gardeners' dreams come true!

Well, this is how we hope you’d feel anyway. Truth be told, our retail shop is a somewhat smaller operation than Santa's workshop, but we’re packing it with lots and lots of goodies for gardeners this year–and we do hope you’ll stop by! Until then, peruse this “Top 10” list of some of our most popular gifts for gardeners.

1) Art Packs!

Each of our Art Packs is made with love, from the farmers that grow and harvest the seeds to the artists who create the unique designs that grace every pack. Plus, these seed packs are so pretty, they don't need wrapping paper. Tie a bundle together with raffia or use them to dress up gift baskets.

Art Packs are also great as stocking stuffers! You can hang them as ornaments in a tree, use them for table settings or holiday party swag, or slip them into a beautiful note card to send a seedy season's greeting!

2) The 2022 Art of Seed Calendar

The 2022 Art of Seed Calendar draws from our latest collaboration with a diverse crew of independent artists working in different media. Plus, everyone needs a calendar, so why not have one filled with gorgeous contemporary art inspired by the garden? Each month showcases an original work of art that illustrates a seed story from the artist's point of view. It's user-friendly too, with lots of space for writing your to-dos.

This is the right gift for someone who appreciates art, natural beauty, and remembering that they have a doctor's appointment on Friday.

3) The Dahlia Gift Sampler

Give the gift of dahlias! Garden dahlias are exceptionally beautiful flowers, in part because they are genetic "octoploids," meaning they have eight sets of chromosomes–four times the amount of most plants! This genetic complexity results in a wide range of diverse flower forms. To showcase this spectacular range, our Gift Samplers include a colorful mix of different types (from pompoms to waterlily-shaped blooms).

Dahlia tubers ship in spring; order a Sampler as a holiday gift and you will receive a beautiful card to give now. View details here.

4) Tools!

Nothing beats a trusty sidekick, and a sturdy, reliable tool is just that. Whether its a multi-purpose gardening knife like the Hori Hori (pictured left) or a neon-handled trowel that won't get lost among the weeds, some tools just feel essential. Explore our Tools and Supplies collection to find colorful Garden Tubs, Japanese Hand Saws, Opinel Pruners, Deadhead Mini-Snips, Watering Cans, and more!

We field test our tools on our farms and in our home gardens. Shop confidently knowing these tools are made from high-quality materials that stand the test of time.

5) Seed Starting Supplies

Ideal for the gardener who takes pride in growing from seed, Self-Watering Seed Starting Trays are eco-friendly and reusable season after season. And because the trays are self-watering, seedlings won't require daily attention.

Another eco-friendly option for seed-starting is our Paper Pot Maker. This device turns newspapers and paper bags into plantable containers that can go directly into your garden soil.

Pair the Paper Pot Maker with our Organic Mechanics Seed Starting Blend to give seedlings a good start. 

6) Note Books

Who hasn't been out in the garden when a flash of brilliance strikes, but a pen and paper are out of reach? Never let another stroke of genius slip away with these pocket-sized memo books that fit in the palm of your hand.

Meticulous notetakers, grocery list makers, and doodlers alike will love scribbling in these beautiful notebooks.  The lovely embossed cover illustrations of fruits and vegetables were done in ink and watercolor by American artist John Burgoyne.

7) Gift Boxes

Give them an entire garden in a box! Each of our Gift Boxes contains a carefully curated assortment of Art Packs centered around a gardening theme–and enough seeds to fill out a sizable plot or container garden.

Growers will enjoy opening these little "treasure boxes" and delight in the individual packaging of each Art Pack, each with its own unique design and seed story. Each box contains 5 Art Packs with growing instructions.

8) Gifts for Kids

Get the kids outside and into the garden! The garden is a highly immersive learning environment where children can use all five senses and gain a sense of purpose and productivity.

Start kids off with easy-to-grow seeds like sunflowers, beans, or pumpkins. Make gardening a hands-on activity where it's okay to experiment and use age-appropriate tools! Having real tools of their own helps kids build pride in their work. Our child-sized trugs and watering cans look just as sophisticated as adult tools–and they're equally well-made.

9) DIY Gift Basket with Recycled Fabric Planters

Now it's time to get creative–with a DIY gift basket! Our soft-textured Root Pouches are the perfect container for assembling your own garden-themed gift display. Fill a pouch with tissue paper and then go to town!

Fill your pouch up with Art Packs, Seed Shakers, Gift Boxes, Gardening Books, The 2022 Art of Seed Calendar, Tools, Jewelry, and whatever else would make your favorite gardener squeal with delight. And come spring, the pouch can be used for growing plants.

For an extra special surprise, tuck a Hudson Valley Seed Co. Gift Card into one of our beautiful Note Cards and include that in your basket!

10) Planting Guides

Sowing calendars aren't generally known for their pizzazz. Staring at a black and white grid listing plants and sowing dates is enough to make us yawn. So, we decided to make a sowing calendar we actually want to look at!

As wall art, our Planting Guide Posters are not just useful–they're beautiful! And colorful! And universal! Because each guide is organized around frosts, the information remains relevant no matter where you live. Hang them above potting stations, in kitchens, classrooms, lunchrooms, or wherever a little gardening inspiration is needed.

Find all of our planting guides here. For more wall art, browse our Fine Art Collection of archival prints and posters.

For more great gift ideas, visit the Gift Shop!