THE MODERN MINT BLOG
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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….
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…
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?
Gifts for those who Like Beautiful Designs & Objects
Then it must be our Eco Clocks…
… and laptop brushes we present you with.
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.
Brought By Bike is an excellent website I found last month, where businesses offer their services by (of course) bicycle. Modern Mint and my topiary work is now live on the site offering my topiary services, via bike, to the following two postcodes – CM1 CM2 Now I can imagine I will need to borrow a ladder should anyone have a larger shrub, but most town gardens in the Chelmsford area have a need not just for privacy but to let light into the house… so a balance must be struck when shaping hedges and shrubs to cover both needs. …
Transforming Topiary – a video made for the European Boxwood And Topiary Society by Charlotte Molesworth and I, in her garden. We take a dog topiary and work out how to update it, turning it into a bird. Worth a watch I think, and hopefully useful to you! You can see more of my clipping on the topiary page. Or read my Spring 2021 Topiary Provocation here.
Phillyrea is one of my favourite plants for topiary. I have been using it for quite a few years as a specimen shrub, mostly due to the fact it clips well and has a tough habit – all good characteristics for a topiary plant. It also has a reputation for being an excellent nectar source for bees… Read more about Phillyrea here. Mentioning this to Malcolm Thicke, a market garden historian and writer, he sent me a some photos of topiary and phillyrea mentioned by John Worlidge in Systema Horticulturae from 1682…. incredible! He also mentioned to me that in …