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
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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

These ASMR-Ready Headphones Promise to Lull You to Sleep

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AcousticSheep

What do hushed whispers, gently tapping fingernails, and Bob Ross’s voice have in common? They’re all examples of triggers that may cause what’s known as an autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR), or, as Dictionary.com succinctly explains it, a “calming, pleasurable feeling often accompanied by a tingling sensation” that can be triggered by soothing stimuli. ASMR has recently been recognized as an effective relaxation technique for those looking to calm their nerves; now, ASMR enthusiasts and novices alike can experience it in the form of a sleep-ready headband.

Upon first glance, SleepPhones: ASMR Edition may look like just a fabric headband, but the device actually features flat speakers tucked into soft, stretchy, eco-friendly material. Unlike regular headphones, SleepPhones can be worn comfortably to bed, even if you sleep on your side, and they come preloaded with content designed to help you relax. They feature eight hours of built-in ASMR content by 16 different ASMR artists (or ASMRtists), including but not limited to tracks with rhythmic tapping and "peaceful Italian whisperings."

A close-up of the SleepPhones speaker technology
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The speaker components of SleepPhones
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Using SleepPhones is designed to be a stress-free experience. The speakers have the ability to play for 20 ad-free hours with a mere three-hour charging time in between. There are also zero cords involved, meaning you won’t get all tangled up as you lie down or if you have a tendency to toss and turn at night. The small button located in the back of the headband allows you to start, pause, or skip tracks and control the volume.

For people looking for ways to relax beyond yoga and meditation, ASMR may be the way to go. One study observed that subjects watching ASMR videos not only reported feeling that aforementioned pleasant tingling, but were also found to have reduced heart rates.

You can get a pair of your own SleepPhones on Kickstarter with a pledge of $75 or more. They come in three different sizes with seven colors from which to choose.

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Make Shopping Easier With This Super-Light Reusable Bag

Nanobag 3.0
Nanobag 3.0

With the current state of our environment being what it is, it's vital to try to reuse, reduce, and recycle as much as possible. Every year, people consume billions of plastic bags, leading to tons of unnecessary waste. Many consumers have made the switch to reusable bags, but they're often not the sturdiest nor most attractive method of portage.

The Nanobag 3.0, which is now raising money on Kickstarter, claims to be a comfortable, easy-to-fold, high-quality bag that can reduce the number of single-use plastic bags needed per year. This super-soft sack can easily fit into the smallest of places, like the watch pocket in your jeans.

Putting a bag into the watch pocket of jeans
Nanobag 3.0

Weighing just 0.7 ounces, the Nanobag 3.0 is made of water- and dirt-repellant rip-stop fabric. You can carry about 66 pounds of goods in its 18-liter capacity, and the bag's reinforced handles work to distribute the weight evenly on your shoulder or arm. Attached to the bag is a small pouch that can carry keys or a small wallet, so you can have all your essentials in one place.

For each bag sold, one tree will be planted with the Eden Reforestation Projects, a non-profit organization that restores forests and reduces poverty in developing nations.

With over a month left in its campaign, the Nanobag 3.0 has already exceeded its goal of $3,831, raising over $73,000 as of June 17. By pledging $10 or more, you can get your own ultra-light and ultra-strong reusable bag on Kickstarter. Shipping is scheduled for December.

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