2018 has been a (fill in the blank) kind of year. The fact that you survived all the crazy thrown your way the past 12 months means you fully deserve a gift worth having. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, or you observe my favorite holiday called “Because I Felt Like It” — this is the season to treat yourself!

The Cobra Head Long Handle Weeder and Cultivator is billed as “a tool that helps you stand up straight while you garden or weed.” Let the church say amen for any time we can save our back while working outdoors — garden prayers have been answered! Gardeners even claim it makes weeding fun. Say no more. Just hurry up and get one already. $59.95 - $62.95 https://www.cobrahead.com/cobrahead-long-handle-weeder-cultivator/

Who wears rose gold-trimmed Chelsea boots to work in the garden? You, of course.  Because, why not? It isn’t a crime to dress up in the garden; though if we are honest, most people’s garden attire is an absolute crime. Joules Rose Gold Chelsea Boots guarantee you a spot on the best-dressed gardeners’ list. $179.95 https://www.joulesusa.com/Women/Shoes-Boots/Westbourne/Leather-Chelsea-Boots/Rose-Gold?id=X_WESTBOURNE|ROSEGLD

Ripped straight from their website’s headline is the question, “What the heck is a Hoedag?” Well, part pickaxe and part hoe, the Hoedag Culti-Hoe is a garden super tool that weighs less than 2 pounds! The ultra-thin carbon steel blade is so strong you’ll be able to slice through roots, soil, bamboo or anything else in the dirt. $31. http://www.hoedag.com/store/p6/www.hoedag.com.html

Want to give ‘em a not-so-subtle nudge to put a ring on it? Or, maybe you just need some additional bling? The Diamond Bird Feeder from Garden Glory looks like a large diamond ring floating among the tree leaves and is the luxury garden accessory that you need in your life. Money may not grow on trees, but this beauty made of brass and acrylic glass sure makes it look like it. $199. https://www.gardenglory.com/product/diamond-bird-feeder/

Abra Lee is a horticulturist extraordinaire and unapologetically passionate about all things gardening. You can follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @conquerthesoil

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