While I have a box of hand tools for the garden, there is only one I use every day. It’s the Ken Ho Garden Weeder. I use it to not only keep my weed population in check, but also to dig holes and cut off small roots. It’s very durable and although mine is filthy with caked on dirt, it is not rusting. If you have a gardener friend, this would be a great gift.
NOTE – they are now using a wooden handle instead of the reddish rubber handle. Hopefully the wooden handle will do as well.