Gifts for Zen Men – mini ecosphere for your desk


Does your guy need to feel big? (Female readers stifle a chuckle.)

The mini glass ecosphere has all of the advantages of a fish aquarium, but without the drawbacks of changing filters, cleaning tanks, scooping out gravel and having your place smell like an Atlantic City clam bar at low tide.

If we were marketers, this is where we’d toss out buzzwords like “unique” or “one-of-a-kind.” We don’t want to go there, but really,

There is simply nothing out there comparable to the mini ecosphere.

Part art, part botany, part aquaculture, the ecosphere is self contained and self sustaining. It requires no maintenance, no feeding, no filtering.

Just give it a little sunlight and boom! Your guy has a tiny little universe sitting right on his end table. Its packed with algae, shrimp and bacteria that live and thrive and creep and crawl and eat and swim in filtered seawater for up to three years.

Everybody wins. Your guy gets a conversation piece that is stunningly beautiful and incredibly interesting at the same. The shrimp and bacteria get to go about their business without getting vacuumed up by a baleen whale.

The sphere is made of hand-blown glass and NASA is even experimenting with the concept for future human space colonization.

Get your guy the lowest-maintenance pet in existence, stare at the shrimp and bacteria inside and think to yourselves, “one day, this could be us.” It’s just really cool. 


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Andrew Lisa

Andrew Lisa is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. Over the course of his life, he has received a mountain of gifts that were unusable, ugly, impractical and otherwise unforgivably disappointing. Many of the people who bought these gifts were decent and well-meaning human beings. They weren't bad people, they were just bad shoppers. All they needed was a little guidance and direction when picking out that perfect something for that special someone. He does not want your guy to suffer as he has suffered.