11 Adorable Planters to Bring Life to Your Home

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Having plants in your home is great for purifying the air and lifting your general mood. But it's not enough to just buy a plant—you also have find the right home for it. Your new leafy friend needs something better than the plastic pot you bought it in; here are 11 fancy options to start with.

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1. HANGING SEA SHELL; $35.99

hanging shell planters
Houzz

These ceramic conch shells will give your home a tropical feel—a nice touch when the colder months roll around.

Find it: Houzz

2. CAT; $12

This thin planter is best suited for smaller plants or for use as a vase—just keep it away from any real cats who might want to knock it over.

Find it: Urban Outfitters

3. CLICK AND GROW; $63.76

Want fresh herbs at arm's length in the kitchen but too lazy to start gardening? This little gadget grows three herbs, with an outlet and the click of a button, in just a few weeks. Once you're finished with your plants, you can pop in new cartridges and start the cycle over again.

Find it: Amazon

4. LEVITATING PLANTER; $249

This futuristic pot uses magnets to suspend your plant in mid-air above an oak base. It also rotates slowly, giving you something to stare at/zone out to.

Find it: Lightology

5. BULBASAUR; $16.99

Emulate the pink bulb on the classic Pokemon's back with this little pot. Perfect for succulents, the planter lets you check off at least one monster in your Pokedex.

Find it: Amazon

6. MASON JAR; $20

These mason jars work very similarly to the Click and Grow, but without the electricity. Simply add water and find a nice sunny spot for your herbs to grow. The interior hydroponic system will ensure that your plants get the right amount of moisture so you don't have to worry.

Find it: UncommonGoods

7. CHESS SET; DIY

If you have access to a 3D printer, then this quaint chess set is the perfect garden game. Each of the pieces can house a different plant for a very lively outdoor activity. Best of all, the design is free so all you need is the material.

Find it: My Mini Factory

8. RAINING CLOUD; $8

Pawaca New Creative Indoor Wall-Hanging Cloud Rainy Pot With Soil and Seeds As Gifts
Amazon

This colorful planter makes it look like a cloud is gently raining on your plant. Pour water into the cloud and it will slowly drip down onto the plant below.

Find it: Amazon

9. GARDEN FISH TANK; $92.96

The Back to Roots Water Garden is the perfect aquarium for fish lovers who hate to clean the bowl. The bottom holds the betta fish and the top holds a variety of edible plants, which clean the water—all the owner has to do is feed the fish and they're rewarded with flourishing plants.

Find it: Amazon

10. AIR PURIFYING; $80

If you're looking to really purify your home's air, then you should look to NASA for inspiration. The agency discovered that exposing the roots of a plant amplifies its ability to clean the air. This planter keeps the soil and roots in a porous container to optimize the amount of air reaching the roots. The design is eight times more effective at regulating air than regular pots and it even helps plants grow faster.

Find it: UncommonGoods

11. LIVING WALL; $118

Any potted plant is a work of art, but you can really bring the idea home and literally frame them. This wooden frame can be stuffed with vibrant and colorful live succulents. Water-preserving moss and mesh keep plants vertical. The low maintenance plants make for a charming centerpiece that's easy for beginners to nurture.

Find it: UncommonGoods

Unlock Every Flavor Note in Your Morning Coffee With This Elegant Hand-Blown Glass

AVENSI
AVENSI

Even if you can’t match every single glass with the specific type of alcohol you’re supposed to drink out of it, you can probably at least spot the difference between a wine glass, martini glass, Champagne flute, and beer stein. Why, then, in a society so enamored with coffee, do we not afford the same level of care toward our coffee cups?

The inventors behind the AVENSI coffee glassware line want to prove to you that drinking your morning bean juice out of any old mug or paper cup is drastically affecting the taste, aroma, and overall experience of coffee, though you might not realize it.

Avensi coffee glass
AVENSI

They’ve adjusted glass shape, wall curvature, thickness, lip flare, rim diameter, bowl-to-rim ratio, and volume to devise the ultimate hand-blown glass for enhancing coffee’s diverse flavor properties, which you can further unlock by swirling the coffee around your glass to aerate and oxidize it—just like you would with a nice pinot noir. The ultra-thin rim is 60 percent thinner than a regular coffee cup, so each sip will flow across your palate like a gentle wave, and the hybrid thermal wall will keep coffee at your desired temperature for much longer than your regular paper or porcelain container without burning your hands.

The AVENSI glasses were developed and tested by an impressive array of world champion coffee experts, scientists, roasters, shop owners, and sensory experts across more than 30 countries. But you definitely don’t have to have an extensive background in the art and science of coffee to appreciate the subtleties of drinking it; the AVENSI glass delivers the perfect experience, and all you need to do is trust your senses.

There are three versions of the 14-ounce glass—Vida, Senti, and Alto—each slightly varied in shape and pairing recommendations. The tulip-shaped Vida goes well with sweet, well-rounded, and chocolatey coffee, the Senti has a wide diameter that maximizes aroma and pairs best with nutty, earthy, and caramel beans, and the hourglass Alto is ideal for fruity light roasts.

You can start with two Vida glasses for $45 on Kickstarter, or check out other buying options here.

If you’re wondering what else you should be doing to maximize your coffee experience, don't drink it as soon as you wake up, and invest in a good grinder.

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This Alarm Clock Makes You Chase It Down to Get You Out of Bed

Clocky the Alarm, YouTube
Clocky the Alarm, YouTube

Even self-proclaimed morning people sometimes struggle to rouse themselves from the warm abyss of deep-stage sleep. This, of course, can result in a series of haphazard jabs at your snooze button until you’re really running late, or the universally dreaded failure to ever hear your alarm go off in the first place. Meet Clocky, the nightstand pet designed to rescue you from all of your alarm-clock issues and anxieties.

Clocky is a rambunctious, responsible alarm clock who will perform a number of irksome yet effective antics to get you up and at ’em. First of all, he’s very, very loud, so you’re sure to be jolted from even the most corpse-like slumber. Then, he’ll roll away from wherever you’ve left him, continuing to emit a variety of noises while you’re forced to chase him down in order to curtail the cacophony. He can survive a three-foot fall, so you can station him atop your nightstand, and he’ll bounce right down the stairs, too, if that’s what it takes to get you moving. (He won’t, however, brew your morning coffee for you … but this alarm clock will.)

Clocky the alarm clock
Amazon

You can customize the snooze settings based on your preferences. Clocky’s default is to have the snooze button disabled, meaning that he’ll zoom away as soon as the alarm goes off. If you’re a little more forgiving of your own “just five more minutes” habit, you can choose for Clocky to let you hit the snooze button once, twice, or more before he rolls away—and you can also set the length of time your snoozes will last.

Sometimes you really do deserve to flake on sunrise yoga and burrow farther into your covers for an extra hour or two, so feel free to disable Clocky’s runaway feature before mornings when you’re planning to play it by ear.

You can purchase Clocky for $40 from Amazon.

Wondering how people ever woke up on time without fancy gadgets like Clocky to help them? Find out here.

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