I’ve always loved garden gnomes — even after watching the horrifying Goosebumps episode titled ‘Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes” as a kid. The Travelocity gnome is the cutest company mascot ever. And if you’ve never watched Gnomeo and Juliet, I highly recommend you do so immediately.
Garden gnomes are the ideal garden decoration, in my opinion. They add a touch of whimsy and color without bulk, but they’re sturdy and don’t require any special tools to install. Just pop one in the dirt next to your plants and enjoy it from afar.
In addition to being attractive garden installations, garden gnomes also make a great gift for your gardening friends. They’re also usually inexpensive and available in a variety of styles. There’s something for everyone — whether you’re looking for a tiny stocking stuffer for a secret Santa exchange or a sentimental gift for a loved one. Here are a few gnome picks to help you shop this holiday season:
The quintessential gnome is available in two sizes — 6 or 10-inches — and features a tough weather-resistant construction.
Consider this scandalous garden gnome for your gardening friend who has a cheeky sense of humor.
Choose this dual-purpose gnome for a gardener looking to add more lighting to their garden area.
Quite possibly my favorite gnome on the planet! A hilarious and unique garden fixture for your horror-movie loving friend.
Have you run out of ideas for the Game of Thrones lover on your list? Worry not! This regal gnome statue is the perfect choice for the GOT fan who’s still not ready to let go.
Gift this useful rain gauge gardener friends who seem to always have trouble watering their garden the appropriate amount.
Still looking for the perfect Halloween decor for your garden? Why not add this pair of skeletal gnomes to the mix? The creepy statue is made of sturdy crushed stone, so it’s heavy and won’t topple over and is coated with UV-resistant paint.
Add this dual-purpose gnome to your garden to evoke a sense of calm. The waterproof decoration features solar-powered lights that automatically go on and off thanks to a built-in light sensor.
Don’t Forget to Bring Your Gnome in for the Winter
If you’re buying a new gnome for your garden, don’t forget to store it properly for the winter. Even the most durable statue is vulnerable to damage if left in the garden as snow begins to fall. Carefully store your gnomes in a safe location where they’re unlikely to fall or get bumped. If concerned about damage in storage, wrap your precious gnomes in bubble wrap or newspaper.
Steph Coelho is a freelance writer gardening in zone 5b. She is a certified Square Foot Gardener and has taught various garden-related workshops. When she’s not digging in the dirt or writing, she’s cooking up fresh produce, running, or listening to her favorite podcasts.