2022 Holiday Gift Guide

2022 Holiday Gift Guide

Every year for the holidays, we go all out in our Gift Shop to bring you fabulous finds, including plenty of fair-trade and locally-crafted goods. Whether you're shopping for a green thumb gardener or a houseplant lover, a home cook or a dine-out dynamo, an outdoorsy adventurer or a lover of the great indoors, we've got something for everyone! To help you out, we've put together a comprehensive guide to gifting in 2022.

See if you recognize anyone on your list among the descriptions below, then keep reading to see a few of our recommendations for what to give them.

For the Gardener Who Has Everything...

Chances are that if you're reading this list, you either are this person or you know someone who is. They love to garden, but they seem to have it all. Short of bending space and time to expand the bounds of their garden or give them more hours to spend there, it can be hard to know what to give a gardener this time of year, but we have a few tried and true gift ideas to help you out.

Invest in Winter Interest

You might be thinking to yourself that a dormant perennial in a pot isn't exactly the most impressive looking gift to wrap and put under the tree — and you would be right — but there are plenty of plants that make a fantastic showing for the holidays. Every garden could use more winter interest, and plants that are evergreen, bloom in the winter, or boast colorful bark and stems solve the issue of handing someone an "empty" pot. We've put together a list of Winter-Interest Plants like Camellias, Winter Daphne, Hellebores, Red Twig Dogwoods, native Madrone, potted Citrus, and more for occasions such as this. (If you're having trouble choosing or want to let your gardener pick out their own plants once the ground warms up in the spring, we also offer gift cards!)

"Deck Out" Their Back Deck

Garden accents like rain chains or coir mats are also great gifts that you don't have to keep alive until gifting day, and if you know a gardener particularly interested in supporting local wildlife, bird feeders, bat houses, and bee hotels offer food and protection for our most frequent garden visitors. You might be surprised to learn that overwintering hummingbirds will continue to drink from feeders throughout the winter here in the Pacific Northwest, so a beautiful glass hummingbird feeder not only helps to support these magnificent pollinators this time of year, but also makes for a beautiful decorative piece to hang near a window.

Save Them Time & Effort

Gardening is full of joy, but there are some garden to-dos that aren't exactly what you'd call fun. Having the right tools for the job can make these chores easier and faster so that gardeners can back to the parts of gardening that fulfill them most. This fall, we put together a list of our staff's Favorite Tools from the multi-functional Hori Hori knife to our favorite water wand, but there are plenty of great options for gifting: A Dandelion Weeder is a gardener's best friend when it comes to pulling out those tough-to-pull weeds with breakable taproots, and there's no better broom than the functional-yet-beautiful Better Broom for getting those pesky remaining fall leaves off of your patio or porch. (It even works on snow!) A Garden Kneeler is another great idea to save a formerly spritely gardener's knees when working close to the ground.

Inspire Them

Sometimes gardeners — like painters — have looked at their own canvas for too long and need a set of fresh eyes to help them envision what could be. And we have a gift for them! A gift certificate for a 90-minute Garden Coaching Session is a great way to help the gardener on your list breathe new life into their landscape with the help of a professional to bounce ideas off of and problem solve alongside. (On the opposite end of the spectrum, a Garden Coaching Session also makes a lovely gift for new homeowners trying to wrap their heads around their new landscape!) Our landscape contractor and designer Bill Clodfelter enhances and transforms landscapes on a daily basis. He is full of great ideas to help home gardeners get the most out of their space and can even help with larger design, hardscape, and planting projects down the line.

For the Houseplant Parent...

Not all heroes wear capes, and not all plant lovers have backyards. For those that don't, there's the big wide world of houseplants! If you're shopping for someone who does more gardening indoors than out, a visit to our greenhouse just might be in order this holiday season.

Expand Their Collection

Houseplant parents are collectors at heart, which is why the interiors of many of our homes could be mistaken for some far-off jungle. But no matter how full our collections may seem, there's always room to squeeze in just one more plant. If you're not sure where to start, our staff are always happy to help you pick out the perfect houseplant, whether you're shopping for someone who likes flower power, needs to keep things pet-friendly, or who only has space to make room for something truly rare and unusual. For those truly strapped for space, consider a decorative terrarium with easy-care air plants that could easily sit on a coffee table! We've got all the supplies you need to put together a truly awe-inspiring terrarium kit for them to exercise their creative muscles and create something their very own miniature world.

Help Out Their Hobby

If you know someone whose houseplant collection has expanded well past their windowsill and away from natural light, you can help them conquer even more territory for growing plants — or lend a lifeline to the ones that are already there — with indoor grow-light solutions. Or shine some metaphorical light on their expanding hobby with a book on houseplant care or a journal for keeping notes on their collection. If your houseplant lover has a penchant for over (or under) watering their plants, a moisture meter is another handy tool to help them know just when to water their prized plants. Pair it with a "plant lover" pin or pair of Maranta-inspired leaf earrings to help them show off their houseplant hobby wherever they go!

For the Creature of Comfort...

We don't blame anyone for wanting to stay home in the winter, especially when venturing out means contending with our cold and rainy weather here in the Pacific Northwest. For those that would rather not brave the elements, there's nothing like a few simple creature comforts to help cultivate their own private oasis at home.

Help Them Get Cozy

It just takes a few warmly scented candles to totally transform the ambience of a room and create a more inviting escape. Whether you're shopping for someone whose vibe is more feminine and floral or masculine and piney, we offer candles and environmental fragrance diffusers in a variety of scents, as well as lotions and soaps to keep those comforting fragrances close at hand — literally! And if you're Secret Santa for someone who could use a bit of extra help unwinding, a bath bomb is another great way to help them ease into relaxation mode before settling in with a good book or a beautiful jigsaw puzzle.

Make Their House a Home

A home should be a reflection of the person that lives there. If you're shopping for someone just getting settled in a new space, why not help them personalize it with crystals to clear the energy or a unique botanical tea towel printed with a beautiful design they're sure to love? No matter how long they've lived in a space or how many beloved trinkets they keep on their shelves, a hand-painted glass ornament has all the makings of a new heirloom that's sure to remind them of you whenever they go to pull down the boxes of holiday decorations from the attic next year.

For the Foodie...

Maybe it's just us, but if you also have a person in your life that seems to always make plans for their next meal before they've even cleaned the plate they're working on, we have gifts to help them in their pursuit of the ultimate culinary experience.

Inspire Their Palette

Among our selection of books is more than a few cookbooks to help the foodie in your life transform fresh ingredients into a meal to remember. Or, if your home cook is more into crafting their own recipes than following along with someone else's, why not give a repository for a few of the recipes they dream up in the form of a beautifully-bound journal? This year, in addition to locally-sourced treats like Wildwood Chocolates to delight their palette, we're excited to offer even more local ingredients to inspire them in the kitchen, including infused olive oils, vinegars, and finishing salts from Durant Vineyard and Olive Mill. Of course, you can't get more local than your own backyard, and as gardeners, we're firm believers that nothing beats the taste of home grown. A vegetable gardening book is a great supplement for the lover of fresh produce.

Give Them a Taste of Home

At Cornell Farm, we don't just offer our guests some of the finest plants through our Nursery; we also have a delicious onsite Cafe that's serving up fresh, local fare day in and day out! A Cafe gift card is a great way to treat someone you know to a special brunch — or a few espressos on the go, if that's more their pace. And if they want to enjoy the same rich coffee they do at brunch, our Cafe also offers individual bags of coffee beans from the prized Sleepy Monk Roasters of Cannon Beach that you can take home, plus a lovely mug for them to put their delicious new brew into. 

For the Outdoor Adventurer...

Here in the Pacific Northwest, we're fortunate to enjoy more than our fair share of natural splendor, and a bounty that comes straight from our forests! If you're shopping for someone who loves where they live as much as we do, we've got some great ways to help them tap into the great outdoors all around us.

Help Them Forage

There's always something new to be discovered in your own backyard. Help foster a sense of adventure at home with a guide to foraging in the Pacific Northwest, whether they're in search of edible berries, medicinal roots, or mushrooms harvested from the forest floor. (For the avid mushroom hunter, we also have plenty of fun, fungi-inspired decorative touches they're sure to love, including adorable felt creations.) Even if this person on your list isn't into eating what they find, you can still help them connect with the wildlife and wildflowers that they encounter with a handy field guide specific to our region.

Encourage Their Exploration

If the outdoorsy person on your list is into hiking and camping, you can help them get the most out of their next expedition with a cozy blanket to wrap around their shoulders around the campfire or a beanie to keep their head warm even after the fire has long since turned to embers and been safely extinguished. And because any trek through nature can get a bit dirty, the gift of a handcrafted soap is just the thing to help them clean up after their camping trip.

For the Curious Young Mind...

If you're shopping for someone on the younger end of the age spectrum this holiday season, you'll definitely want to check out our "Kids' Corner" for an assortment of gifts sure to offer hours of delight, and perhaps even inspire the next generation of gardeners.

Engage Their Brain

Our selection of garden- and plant-themed kids' books and puzzles provide families with the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time together while learning and problem solving. And for more hands-on experience, we not only offer the ever-popular slime, but art materials like colored pencils and sketchbooks to help budding horticulturalists create their first botanical illustrations.

Let Them Play

Kids' brains benefit from unstructured play time, too! We have a wide selection of super-cute felt animals they will love playing with. And because a little dirt never hurt, why not offer your aspiring botanist a selection of gardening tools made for little hands? If you're looking to plant seeds with the little one on your list, look for options that grow quickly and easily — like nasturtiums, radishes, and sprouts — so they can watch the progress more easily.

No matter who you're shopping for, we hope you've found some useful inspiration in this year's holiday gift guide. Our staff are always happy to assist you in tracking down any of the items mentioned on this list or making your final selections. Although some of the items mentioned above are available online, we invite you to come look around in person to see what speaks to you. There's plenty of gifts to discover at the Farm that wouldn't fit here!