OK, OK, so most pencils are a little boring, albeit useful. But not the Sprout pencils (Amazon, $20 for eight)! These pencils can be used for reading, writing, and 'rithmetic, but when they get too short and stubby for scribbling, they're ready to be planted in the ground! Each package comes with eight varieties of herbs that will grow out of that little stub: basil, cilantro, dill, mint, parsley, rosemary, sage and thyme. Talk about a tasty treat.