Give a gift certificate from your favorite local botanical garden to the gardener of your choice ... you can't go wrong with this gift ... the recipient can choose what he or she likes, and the the proceeds go to support the local garden.
It's always nice to have a local gardening handbook written by someone who knows the local scene. There's a new series out from Cool Springs Press (Quayside Publishing Group imprint) Carolinas Gardener's Handbook: All You Need to Know to Plan, Plant & Maintain a Carolinas Garden. The books include profiles of plants that do best in each region, along with photos, size & cultural requirements, plus general info on gardening in each specific area. Aside from the Carolinas, there are also guides for New England, Florida, the Rocky Mountains, and Texas. Very nice handbooks.
A lot of vegetable gardeners have used the square foot method developed by Mel Bartholomew (I used it once myself, some years ago, and it worked GREAT) ... and now he elaborates on the subject in Square Foot Gardening Answer Book: New Information from the Creator of Square Foot Gardening - the Revolutionary Method Used by 2 Million Thrilled Followers. He tackles pest problems, soil requirements, water usage, raised boxes and much more. For those who want veg gardens in small spaces.
Holiday Garden Motif from Longwood Gardens, this cheery mug is perfect for Christmas, and on in to the New Year. Also. soap dishes and rectanglular glass plates in a similar design.
And finally, I'll repeat my message again ... give the gift of membership to a local garden of your choice...give it to yourself, if not to anyone else. And enjoy.