THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Nov09

Gifts for Difficult People

Need a gift for someone and they are just so difficult to buy for?

We all have a family member, friend or colleague like it – they give you no clues as to what they might like, no ideas for what they might need and appreciate, no signs for something that might just make them smile come Christmas.

They are, all in all, a difficult one to buy for.

This is where Modern Mint can come in and help you.

Gifts for Difficult People – wildlife/outdoorsy types

If they love nature and being outside, we definitely have ideas to help you here.

A small budget (around £5) can get you an eco-friendly bird feeder. This bird feeder is made from recycled plastic pots here in the UK, which means less plastic going to landfill. The product itself is sturdy and, though the photograph on the box suggests threading an apple onto the feeder, we like to think you will be more imaginative than that – try cheese, blueberries or even a Christmas Pudding – perhaps one you just don’t have the room to eat this festive season?

See the Eco Bird Feeder now.

apple feeder

(If you have pots to recycle, check here to see if a nursery or garden centre near you will take them.)

Seedballs – in different varieties – also cover the difficult Secret Santa / Stocking Filler / Small Budget yet a Decent Present area we have to work in.

Could this product help you with your difficult person to buy for?

Other Outdoorsy Gifts

Another recycled product we love is our gardening hat from Brazil.

Gardening hat

 

But it could also be used for dog walking. As could our dog whistles, hand made here in the UK from off cuts of off cuts from forestry work.

Dog whistle made in the uk

 

Not only do they look amazing, they give a merry toot when blown to grab your hound’s attention.

Though we are aware it won’t work for every dog… (aka the Famous Fenton!)

 

Gifts for the Garden Lover

Here are unique and excellent presents for people who love their gardens. The first is the secateur and whetstone gift set.

Secateurs whetstone gift set

 

These Japanese secateurs are amazing quality. The steel is so good and stays sharp a long time – then with the soft grit of this whetstone, it can be sharpened again to become factor quality keen all over again. This will be a very appreciated present…

As will our shears gift set.

Shears Ultimate gift set

 

Or our copper and bronze tools, hardworking and well-shaped trowels and hoes for proper gardeners. Not just pretty to look at, these fit beautifully in the hand and are sharp, so slice far more easily into the soil….

castor trowel

 

See all of our bronze tools.

Keep Warm & Well – Gifts for Those Who Need It!

Warm feet and moisturised hands. This is what you need if you are an outdoorsy type. These two gift sets should help you out of a tight spot, when you just don’t know what else a difficult person will appreciate…

Gardener’s Hand Cream Gift Set.

Modern_Mint_Products Gardeners Hand Cream Gallery

 

Warm Feet Gift Set.

warm feet gift set

 

Need a Gift For Someone Who Likes A Night In?

You can’t go wrong with an embroidery kit, UK designed and made – you even get to practise on the bag before you start the actual design… how clever is that?

Or if they are something of a book worm, then we have these fantastic books by the earth friendly gardener – Digging Deep is pointed and, well, deep… while Eco Garden is inspiring!

Gifts for those who Like Beautiful Designs & Objects

Then it must be our Eco Clocks…

clock earth friendly product

… and laptop brushes we present you with.

Laptop brush

 

The Final Gift for Difficult People

Is our range for children. This starts with skipping ropes…

… but ends with catapults. A gift for the big kids out there.

Geoffrey-Fisher-Catapult-Product-Image 2

 

Buy a catapult – or just enjoy a browse.

Apr22

Topiary Provocation Spring 2021

organic topiary snow

Topiary Provocation? What is this about? Topiary Provocation, Darren Lerigo, Spring 2021 This spring of 2021 I invited a number of garden designers to a series of meetings via Zoom, to discuss how topiary can be used effectively in modern gardens. I wanted to discover how both clients and designers felt about topiary, whether it was a part of the garden that got as much thought as, say, the choice of stone for a patio…. and if certain plants and shapes tended to trend in designs or if it truly was a mish-mash of different topiary styles. The provocation and talks …

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Apr22

Waltham Place Talk – Watch On Youtube

waltham place talk

Waltham Place in Maidenhead is one of my favourite gardens of all time. The philosophy is to garden with nature, rather than against, so improving the soil and growing a diverse range of plants is placed at the heart of how to manage the space.   Through the European Boxwood and Topiary Society I arranged a talk by the garden team at Waltham Place. It has been recorded and put on Youtube so if you missed it live, you can watch it there and get a feel for what they are doing. There are some extraordinary photos of the garden …

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Mar15

Topiary Provocation For Garden Designers

snow topiary

I am running a ‘Topiary Provocation’ for garden designers, via Zoom, over the next few weeks. Dates are: Tuesday 23rd March, 10am Wednesday 24th March 7.30pm Thursday 8th April, 7.30pm The ‘provocation’ is for garden designers anywhere in the world, is free to join and will last about 45 minutes. Places are limited to 12 per session, as I want to make sure we can share ideas about topiary and how it can be used (and managed) in a modern garden – especially if skill level and maintenance time is low. I hope that I can provoke a discussion around …

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