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Totally impractical 2020 garden gift wish list

They’re totally impractical for many reasons from price to unwarranted extravagance. But wouldn't they be cool?

I collect photos (and links when I can) of things I think would be great in a garden. They’re totally impractical for many reasons from price to unwarranted extravagance. But wouldn’t they be cool?

If you order now and have it shipped to my house directly, I may still get it before Christmas. December is my birthday month too, if that gives you extra incentive.

Here are past wish lists. I haven’t gotten any of these things either, so you can pile these on, it’s a cumulative, rolling Christmas wish list…

I could handle this. Don’t know where I saw it, but I love it.
Groovy statement chair. Edesville Swivel Side Chair available at Wayfair.
I have no need for these. But I’d find a place.
At $174.22, it’s a steel steal! Medium Rustic Exterior Metal Garden Art Sculpture. On Etsy!
I don’t have any air plants, but these hanging planters could justify getting some.
Totally impractical, I wouldn’t even have room for one. But I’d take it in the red, please. The Bloom Chair, at $1,099, it’s probably too much for a stocking stuffer.
Every year, I keep thinking I will make some of theses totems on my own. I’m capable, I just never get around to it. Garden Totems on Etsy.
Now that we can more safely entertain outdoors, anything we can do to extend the outdoor season, we’re open to. A Deathstar Steel Fire Pit could just be the fireplace we’re looking for. At $2,129.99 it could cover both Christmas and birthday, as much as I hate combining the two (mom never did).
We had one of these, in basic black, in my parent’s cottage for a while in the ’70s. These customized, free-standing versions would be great in a back yard.
Exotic hose nozzles. For the gardener that has everything else. Leopard, cobra, and black mamba, shown. More here.
A $699 Christmas tree stand “The Root” that looks like tree roots in gold. Silver and black are only $249. Totally practical, as it holds a tree in which you’ve already had the roots removed.

Jim Charlier is an advertising designer/photographer/crafter with a serious gardening problem. He's co-written a garden design book featuring the funky, quirky and fun gardens by the gardeners of Buffalo titled "Buffalo-Style Gardens: Create a Quirky, One-of-a-Kind Private Garden with Eye-Catching Designs" (; he writes a long-standing garden blog (; led the largest garden tour in America, Garden Walk Buffalo; has written for, or provided photography for dozens of magazines and books; has made presentations and participated in panel discussions on garden design and garden tourism nationally and internationally.

18 comments on “Totally impractical 2020 garden gift wish list

  1. I love that bench, too. And quite a few of the other things.


  2. Great finds, Jim!
    If you are willing to wait a year or two for some REALLY great gift items, I suggest some which may be coming in my blog essay, The Garden of the Future. Hope you enjoy it!


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  3. connie661

    Yes, the bench is a winner. You should absolutely make one!

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  4. Amazing ideas! Wish i had the space and money for them all! Merry Christmas, Jim!

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  5. thequeenofseaford

    Love so many of these but that claw hose holder looks deadly.

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  6. Those garden totems have me thinking. *aside to husband: honey, I have something I want you to build*

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    • They look easy! It could be a winter project, easily. I need something (that cannot easily be stolen) to put in the front yard.


  7. Sue Scholz

    Great finds, Jim. I’m a December baby, too, but unfortunately I got the line sometimes when I was a kid, “It’s for your birthday AND for Christmas, too.”

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    • My mom would NEVER let that happen. My birthday is just before Christmas and my brother’s was a few days before that. My sister’s was January 2. Mom ALWAYS made sure our birthday presents were wrapped in birthday paper!


  8. Yes, but that pink hose. Every gardener’s dream. 🙂


  9. Denise Schreiber

    Jim, I’m like you. I always think I can do some of this stuff but never get around to it. Especially the garden totems. But I love the Deathstar Fire pit too!


    • Yeah, Denise. Cursed with creativity and ability but time to concentrate on one project for a period of time is a luxury.


  10. This list certainly made me laugh. Totally unpractical indeed. ~~Dee


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