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Dive into Delight: Unwrapping the Perfect Gifts for Backyard Pond Enthusiasts

by Joe Cadieux on December 22, 2023

 A backyard pond is not just a water feature; it's a serene oasis that brings nature closer to home. Lakeshore property shares this palatial feeling, what better experience is there in this life (with your pants on) than sitting on your dock or beach listening to the waves lap against the shoreline? If you have a friend or family member who is a proud aquatic resource steward, consider yourself fortunate! This holiday season, surprise them with gifts that enhance their aquatic haven. From practical tools to decorative delights, I’ve curated a list of unique and thoughtful gift ideas that will make a splash in any backyard pond enthusiast's heart.

  • Pond Maintenance Essentials: Any true pond owner will tell you that owning a backyard pond comes with the responsibility of maintenance. No pond survives long without a good strategy for upkeep.  Help your pond-loving friend keep their aquatic paradise in tip-top shape with essential tools and products. A pond skimmer net, water test kit,  pond bacteria, and weed rakes are practical gifts that make routine maintenance a breeze. These tools not only streamline the cleaning process but also contribute to the overall health and clarity of the pond or lake shore. Any gardener will tell you (whether it's a flower garden or a water garden), there are always more cool tools and products to try out for the betterment of their aquatic paradise. 


  • Ornamental Pond Decor: Transforming a backyard pond into a visually stunning spectacle is an art. Gift your pond enthusiast friend with ornamental pond decor to add a touch of whimsy and elegance to their aquatic haven. Consider items like floating lily pads, LED pond lights, or intricately designed water fountains. These decorations not only enhance the aesthetic appeal of the pond but also create a captivating atmosphere, especially during evening gatherings. For the large pond/ lakeshore owner, consider a color-changing LED light kit for their floating fountain, or a fish feeder to attract playful denizens of the deep. Or if you’re like my dad, a tin sign that reads: “Any unsupervised children will be used as bait”.


  • Customized Water Features: For a truly personalized touch, consider gifting a customized water feature. If you know someone who loves the sound of water but does not yet have a feature of their own, there are plenty of DIY kits available to satiate the need for acoustic bubble/splashy fun. Whether it's a tabletop fountain or a bubbling stone or basalt column for their patio, these unique additions will make the backyard pond stand out. Gifting a backyard pond kit or disappearing waterfall is a great plan, but be sure to offer your services as helper/shovel wielder/drink holder as these are pretty big projects and your friend will welcome the help and comradery that comes with installing a water feature that will be a cherished part of their outdoor sanctuary.


  • Aquatic Plant Collection: Boy howdy, do I love me some aquatic plants… Vital to the ecosystem and unique in form, aquatic plants are one of the most awesome-est gifts to give any pond owner. Not only visually appealing but also integral to the ecological balance of all ponds. Help your pond-enthusiast friend expand their plant collection with a selection of water lilies, emergent flowers and rushes, or delicate creeping plants. These not only provide natural shade and habitat for aquatic life but also create a harmonious and vibrant ecosystem within the pond.  A backyard pond or lakeshore that blends into the landscaping and looks natural are the very best waterscapes to be had.  


  • Relaxation and Seating Options: Make the pondside/shoreline experience even more enjoyable by gifting comfortable seating options. Consider weather-resistant chairs, hammocks, or even a cozy bench that allows the pond owner to unwind and appreciate their creation. These additions encourage relaxation and contemplation, turning the backyard pond into a peaceful retreat. I personally encourage a table near the beach/waterfall with cupholders so I can enjoy the sound of flowing water or watch my bobber while I compliment you profusely on your spectacular aquatic splendor. 

Choosing the perfect gift for a backyard pond enthusiast involves a blend of functionality and aesthetics. Whether it's tools for maintenance, ornamental decor, additional water features, aquatic plants, or comfortable seating, each gift contributes to the overall enjoyment and beauty of the pond. This holiday season, give the gift of serenity and joy to your pond-loving friend, making their backyard oasis even more enchanting. Dive into the world of thoughtful presents, and watch as your gift becomes a cherished part of their aquatic paradise.