SCRANTON, Pa., Dec. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Budget-conscious shoppers have spurred a strong trend towards practical gifts this holiday season. According to the National Retail Federation, 79.5% of consumers planned to spend less this year, with useful gifts topping shopping lists.
The trend towards practicality has prompted an uptick in gardening and gardening gifts. According to the October 2013 Gardening Trends Research Report published by the Garden Writers Association, 78 million US households do some form of gardening, and 54% of those grow their own vegetables. An increasing number of people are adopting container gardening (www.earthbox.com), growing their own produce on patios, porches, and even parking lots.
Practical gift giving and a surge in vegetable gardening have made gardening gifts a top choice for many types of people:
Young, urban gardeners. Young couples want food that's fresh, local and organic. Dissatisfied with the high prices and low quality of supermarket produce, they like having control over the food they consume.
Baby boomer gardeners. As baby boomers reach retirement, they have more time for gardening. In addition to pure enjoyment, it helps them maintain a healthy lifestyle and obtain vitamins and antioxidants through fresh homegrown fruits and vegetables.
Penny-pinching gardeners. Rising food and gas prices have motivated many people to grow their own food, saving substantially on grocery bills.
Family gardeners. Parents appreciate the educational value of gardening, teaching their children about science, health, nutrition and more.
Outdoor enthusiast gardeners. An increasing number of homeowners are making decks and patios extensions of their homes by creating outdoor rooms for cooking and entertaining. Many use container gardens to beautify the space, and keep fresh herbs and vegetables an arm's length away.
Frank DiPaolo, General Manager of EarthBox, a container gardening system notes, "We're delighted to see so many different types of people discover that gardening doesn't have to be hard. With a container garden, it's easy to provide ideal growing conditions and grow your own food anywhere, from patio to parking lot to rooftop. It's a thrill to help so many people discover just how easy gardening can be."
With such a practical appeal to so many different types of people, it's no wonder that gardening gifts and container gardening systems are topping so many holiday wish lists this year.
The patented EarthBox was introduced in 1994 after a decade of research by commercial farmers looking for a maintenance-free way to grow in ideal conditions. Since then, the EarthBox has been used in home gardens, commercial farms, schools and restaurants around the world. More information is available at www.earthbox.com.
Frank DiPaolo, General Manager