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It gets to the stage at Christmas and birthdays when you find you are buying gifts for the sake of it, never really having a clue what to get these people in the first place....my Gran is one of those people.
My Gran doesn't smoke, drink or eat unhealthy food, she has more than enough money to buy herself copious amounts of clothes and toiletries (which she does on a regular basis!), so what to get her?
I have to say that the product I will now review was actually quit inspired for me, spotting the set in my Avon book, and knowing that this is something that she would enjoy using and that was pretty looking to boot.
The set in question is - "Avon - gardening set".
My Gran has always been an avid gardener, with her garden being her pride and joy in earlier years, now though (due to old age, she is 83!), she is as content to go around pulling a few weeds here and there and a bit of pruning (I think this obsession with pruning bushes back comes with age, my other Nan has always got secateurs in her hand, though she wouldn't have liked this set, she wouldn't have been able to smoke wearing the gloves!).
The set comprises of a pair of secateurs with matching coloured handle to the gloves, which are a lovely feminine pink floral design.
The gloves are hardwearing and made of a thick linen material, ideal for picking up sharp things without getting poked and mucky things without getting your hands dirty (think of your cuticles!), this is helped by the smaller separate panels on the palm of the hand and other high pressure areas.
The secateurs are nice and sharp, and work as they should, though I have since been told that my Grandad now has to do the job of pruning, and he feels a "plum" walking around carrying girly coloured utensils!
When finished with the secateurs are easily cared for, wiping down gently and lubricating as and when required, with the gloves either being wiped down with a damp cloth or (like me my Gran has a washing obsession!) thrown into the washing machine for a thorough clean, though they do dry quite wrinkled up, these soon smooth out when being used again.
Price wise these were purchased for around the £8.00 mark as part of a seasonal offer (it was out of season for them and they were getting rid of old stock!).
This is an ideal gift set for an avid gardener in your life, the gloves are feminine looking but not really age specific being a pretty design with a universal hand size, recommended!
Thanks for reading x
When I received this gift set in my stocking a couple of Christmases ago, to say I was disappointed was an understatement. I'm known for my love of all things pink and in fairness to Mark (who bought it for me) I was waffling on about how I was going to start gardening that year and blah, blah, blah. Why is it men only ever hear the things they can pull you up about a few months down the line? After all, I was also talking about a change in my skincare regime but did he buy me Creme de la Mer? Did he heck-as-like!
So, he picked me out this gardening giftset from the Avon book. Luckily he also bought me other pressies otherwise we'd have fallen out, and in retrospect this isn't such a bad present as it's lasting quite well and both items have definitely had their use.
Costing around a tenner, for your money you get a pair of gardening gloves and secateurs. Both have a pink and red floral design which is much more feminine than the green, brown or grey gardening gloves that are usually available. They're pretty enough, but personally I find the design a little busy (especially on the gloves) and think the set would have looked a bit nicer if Avon had used a larger more bold flower such as the poppy items which are available at the moment.
The gloves are obviously one size fits all, so with my small hands they are extremely big on me. I usually favour gloves that are tighter so these took some getting used to at first as they felt so baggy, luckily the fingers are nicely shaped and this helped them stay on! Over the couple of years I've owned them they have neither shrunk nor expanded so are as ill-fitting as they have always been, but at least I've had time to get used to the size of them. When the gloves get particularly grubby I just pop them through the washing machine and they come out clean and keep their shape.
The gloves are made of a lightweight fabric which is extremely comfortable to wear, especially compared to those horrible rubberised gardening gloves you can buy. The inside has been treated with *something* though as although these aren't exactly waterproof, they do protect my hands and nails from a lot of the moisture involved in general weeding and pruning. The fingers and part of the palm has a pattern of rubber dots and this not only provides a little extra protection from thorns and other sharp bits you may come across in the garden, but also lets you get a better than expected grip on any gardening tools I may be using. To be honest these aren't the most protective gardening gloves I've come across, they're quite tough but for particularly heavy jobs (if I happen to be helping Mark, which isn't often!) I use a pair of thicker gloves which I'm more confident about.
The secateurs are bog standard apart from the very pretty design on the handles. They have lost none of their sharpness since I started using them and will cut through most things, they don't open as wide as other secateurs we own so simply won't go around particularly thick branches but for light pruning they're great. They feature a small clip which keeps the blades closed, unfortunately this broke after a couple of uses so now I just make sure they're point-down in the shed to avoid either me or Mark accidentally stabbing ourselves with them.
They don't particularly make light work of anything, but the handles are comfortable to hold and the secateurs close with the minimum of effort to slice through whatever you're wanting to slice through. Last time I used them was at the beginning of the week when I sat outside with the kids to enjoy some unseasonably warm April weather. I noticed the garden was looking a bit overgrown so got my cute pink secateurs out to have a bit of a snip; while I can't say I have ever been amazingly impressed with them, I've got to be completely fair and tell you that I would usually use a pair of Mark's work secateurs which do a cleaner job but cost a damn sight more. They struggle when I came to prune the bamboo plant but cut through less woody stems and thin branches with no problems.
This has proved not to be a bad gift, the gloves and secateurs have had their use and even though the gloves are started to look a bit faded and worn now they are likely to at least last through this summers bout of gardening.
I'd have still preferred the Creme de la Mer though.
I'm not much of a gardener but have moved into a house with a paved garden and lots of weeds, plants, bushes etc that seem to need looking after.
I saw this set on sale in an Avon brochure for just £5 so bought it as I had nothing to lose.
The set is presented in a small pink box and would therefore make a nice gift. The whole set has a lovely pink floral pattern that is extremely girlie. In the set you get a paid of gloves and some secateurs.
The gloves are quite lightweight which I wasn't expecting. Most gardening gloves I have seen are usually much heavier and thicker. They are comfortable to wear and have rubber dots on the palms so that you can grip things easily.
The secateurs have got a plastic handle and have got a handy safety catch on the side that you push up when you want them to stay closed and push down when you want to use them. There is also a cardboard cover over the bladed part to protect even further.
All in all I was pleased with my purchase, it's a nice set that was good value for money and does the job that I need it too.
Quite an unusual present from Avon, but I have a gardening lover in my family and thought this was a nice if not unusual present to give them.
This is in the current Avon book and is on sale for £10.
So what is the gift exactly? It is a set that has 1 set of thick, strong gardening gloves and 1 set of Secateurs. That may sound expensive for these 2 things, but they are nice and patterened.
I would say these are more suitable for females due to the colouring and design, but I guess anyone could use these. These are a light pink colour and has darker pink flowers on here as well. This design is on the back of the hand. Also on the palm side it has raised circles, so that makes the gloves easy to grip things with. The Secateurs have the same pink design on them apart from the cutting part, which is stainless steel.
This comes in a nice packaging and it does look quite expensive.
You wouldn't expect to find this kind of thing in Avon, but you never know what you'll find in this book.
I am really impressed with my gardening gift set from Avon. I liked it so much that I kept the first one and bought another as a present for the originally intended recipient! It costs £8.50 and it is really nice quality that I feel justifies the cost.
The gift set comes in quite a small pink box that is patterned with flowers just like the gloves and secateurs are to match. Inside, the gloves are neatly folded up to slide easily in the box and are wrapped in a thin plastic slip to keep them clean and safe. The secateurs come with a white cardboard safety wedge on the end of them to prevent them causing any harm on opening box.
I think that both items are lovely quality. The gloves are soft and well made and I would have been happy had I bought this for £6.99 in the shops. They are the kind of gardening gloves that I can wash and wear over and again. The secateurs have nice sharp blades and a little safety catch on the side to prevent any accidents.
I have found this set to be as functional as it stylish. It is really nice to have something a little different just us for ladies. I know there is no reason why we cannot all just use black secateurs and brown gardening gloves, but sometimes I think it is nice to have something special.
Set contains 1 pair of lightweight polyester gloves and secateurs with a plastic grip handle and stainless steel blades.