1. Growth Industry
Think of this gift as a small garden or a big vase. The wooden base has votive-size holes that you fill with flowers. Perfect for those who pine for spring.
Flower Trug by Jane Carroll; $99; 1800Flowers.com
2. Seed of an Idea
These pretty boxes come with a paper strip of seeds that couldn't be easier to plant. Just dig a little trough, lay in the strip, cover with soil, water, and watch the seeds bloom into colors and fragrances that are guaranteed to attract butterflies and happiness.
$16 and up; to buy individually, check stores at BloemBox.com
3. Get a Grip
Created by a hand surgeon, these gardening gloves are incredibly easy to work in, and they kind of look like something gardeners on Star Trek might wear.
Rose Gardening gloves; $45; BionicGloves.com
4. The Bee's Knees
Whether you're working in the garden or kneeling next to the tub shampooing a toddler, this slip-resistant, antimicrobial knee pad is a real joint saver.
Crocs Kneeler; $15; Crocs.com
5. The Brightest Tools in the Shed
Not only is this gardening equipment surprisingly lightweight, but the handles are a little thicker than conventional ones and the grip is designed to follow the curve of your palm, which means less stress on hands and wrists.
Radius Garden Tools; $13 each; DBSRetail.com
6. Summer in the City
Don't let the fact that you have a sunny windowsill instead of a sunny yard keep you from growing a lush garden. Inside these reusable pails, you'll find soil, seeds, drainage peanuts, everything you need for a breath of August all year round.
$25 for mini; $40 for large; www.pottingshedcreations.com
7. Dress for Gardening Success
The cotton gloves come with a lanolin-infused kidskin leather palm and reinforced fingertips for digging. The hat has an adjustable brow band, and the fabrics for both pieces have a built-in ultraviolet protection factor of 45—put them on and start growing.
$24.50 for Fabric Back Gloves; $22 for Brim Hat; Angelas-Garden.com