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Arthritis Gifts for Gardeners

Know someone who loves to garden but deals with the pain of arthritis on a daily basis? While the days of spending hours kneeling in the garden may be long gone, chances are their passion for gardening is still there. So, how can you give someone with arthritis some of their gardening independence back?

Ergonomic Garden Tools

What makes an elevated garden bed a great arthritis gift for gardeners is that a garden seat can be placed level to the bed. Your loved one can sit on the seat, sort of like they’re sitting at a desk, and work away in the bed without having to kneel or bend over. This cuts down on back and leg strain and helps eliminate the pain that is sure to come from an hour or two spent on one’s feet in the garden. Give them the gift of an ergonomic garden tool, or two or three . . .

Elevated Garden Beds: Great for Sitting and Gardening

Give the Gift of Independence

Elevated garden beds give those with arthritis a new lease on gardening. They come in different heights, lengths, and widths and can be homemade using different materials or store-bought. An elevated garden bed sits higher than a raised bed, typically about thigh level.

What makes an elevated garden bed a great arthritis gift for gardeners is that a garden seat can be placed level to the bed. Your loved one can sit on the seat, sort of like they’re sitting at a desk, and work away in the bed without having to kneel or bend over. This cuts down on back and leg strain and helps eliminate the pain that is sure to come from an hour or two spent on one’s feet in the garden.

Ergonomically Correct Rakes, Hoes, and Weeders

Give the Gift of Leverage and Relief

Everyday garden tools such as rakes, hoes, and weeders now come with ergonomically designed handles. Their shape keeps hands better positioned on the tool and provides a comfortable, natural grip. For someone with arthritis, the gift of an ergonomically designed gardening tool enables them to work in the garden with less pain for an amount of time that’s comfortable for them.

Instead of having to bend the wrist at an awkward angle, your loved one can keep their wrist relaxed in a natural position while standing up straight. These tools also help cut down on the need to constantly move and bend the wrist, knees, and back affecting the entire body and all its joints. For someone with arthritis, this can be the difference between a whirlwind of pain later on or a night of comfortable relaxation.

Portable Garden Seats Ease Back Strain

Makes a Great Garden Tool for the Arthritic Gardener

Sometimes it’s nice to be able to sit comfortably and work in the garden while pruning, weeding or harvesting. To give the arthritic gardener in your life a break from standing or kneeling in the garden, why not give them the gift of a portable garden seat?

Portable seats are light enough to move into and around the garden and, depending on the seat, come with compartments for storing small garden tools. Getting a portable garden seat is like getting a two for one deal. The arthritic gardener can sit and work and then tote their tools when the job is done.

Why a portable garden seat? Being able to sit while gardening helps ease tension and strain on the joints, especially the back and knees. Coupling this with a raised garden bed that is level with the seat goes a long way towards easing the back, legs, and neck.

Additional Tip: For someone with arthritis, a portable garden seat is great for resting the body, yet standing and sitting repeatedly to open and close a compartment may cause more pain than is worth the convenience. If this is the case, you may want to opt for a seat without a compartment and choose a lightweight garden caddy to go along with it. (See Below for Caddy Ideas)

Ergonomic Hand Tools for the Garden

Can Ease Joint Pain Caused by Gardening

Do you know someone that limits the use of their hands and wrists because of the pain caused by arthritis? Giving the gift of ergonomically designed garden tools provides more freedom in the garden and prevents joint pain later on.

Tools with an ergonomic design ease tension, strain, and stress on hands, wrists, elbows, and shoulders. Their handles are curved for a more natural hold and are easier to grip creating more leverage using less force.

Garden Caddies & Totes: Sturdy and Lightweight

Give the Gift of Organization

A garden caddy is a great way to stay organized and easily tote hand tools, seed packets, a beverage or even a cell phone around the garden. A garden caddy eliminates the need to carry a clumsy pile of those must-haves to, from, and around the garden which can be an impossible task for the arthritic gardener.

Garden caddies are versatile garden accessories because they can be used for more than tools. Many come with deep, open centers for carrying garden debris, extra tools or fruits and vegetables. They are made from weatherproof materials and are easy to clean.

Put Yourself in Someone Else’s Shoes

If you don’t have arthritis, try to put yourself in the shoes of someone that does. Everyday tasks you take for granted, those you may not even think about, can easily turn into a painful situation for someone with arthritis. Many older people are sheltering in place alone due to the pandemic, and gardening has taken on an increased level of importance. Ergonomic gardening tools allow gardeners to keep their hobby and be free of pain.



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