Gush! I just bought myself an early christmas present – a pair of Youngstown women’s garden gloves. And they’re ridiculously kickass!

I have girly hands. They spend most of their time typing or writing or doing inside things. They do a lot of gardening too but are, well, girly and get cuts and knocks and so on and so on. I also don’t have a lot of manual strength but in these things I feel like a ninja.

They fit really well, are machine washable and have this great little wrist strap. There is also a terry towelling bit below the thumb so that I can swat sweat, insects or dirt off my face – softly. Reinforcing in the palms, thumbs and over the knuckles just makes me feel like I can do anything. And they’re so comfortable that I just wore them around the supermarket.

I bought mine at Bunnings Porirua for NZ$32. You can get them online at Amazon.com or through the Youngstown Glove Company website.