Start pots of basil, cilantro, chives, arugula, and mint now in order to have fresh herbs for spring cooking. They thrive even without direct sunlight (herbs, $8, and pots, $12 to $29, at GRDN, 103 Hoyt St., nr. Pacific St., Boerum Hill; 718-797-3628).
Magnetic side pockets, sturdy canvas, and a removable shoulder strap make Skinny Vinny’s unisex weekender both practical and sophisticated ($180 at Journey Home, 166 Water St., nr. Jay St., Dumbo; 718-797-9277).
Way cooler than dirt, AntWorks ant farms use colored gels so kids can watch the action. Comes with a tunnel starter kit, but no ants included ($19.95 to $34.95 at Kidding Around, 60 W. 15th St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-645-6337).