The Aero Garden ($150) lets you grow herbs and vegetables in your house without any dirt. Using Aeroponics technology, the plants grow in just water and air, and are ready to harvest in less than a month — up to five times faster than soil. The kit comes with everything you need (just add water!), including a salad greens seed pack. Also available are packs for gourmet herbs, cherry tomatoes, and international basil.
We absolutely love to cook, and we love our current sets of stainless-steel All-Clad cookware. Unfortunately, they can get pretty messy, and as great as the polished stainless looks, it's a little difficult to clean. The All-Clad Brushed Stainless-Steel Nonstick 11-Piece Cookware Set ($930) fixes this problem by introducing a handsome brushed finish to the steel that is easier to clean but still looks great. The set includes 10" and 12" fry pans, 2-qt. and 4-qt. covered saucepans, a 4-qt. covered saute pan, an 8-qt. stockpot with lid and a stainless-steel splatter screen — everything you need to start cooking like a pro.
While standard bottle openers can look cool, there's always been something a little awkward about their design. The Ribbon Bottle Opener ($18) will make sure you look as good opening your beer as you do pouring it thanks to a continuous loop design. Plus, since it's made from stainless steel, it's a whole lot more likely to match your kitchen decor than that plastic one that plays your team's fight song every time you use it. [Thanks, Rumann!]