I’m always on the hunt for unique ideas whether it is DIY, recipes, or in this instance- gift ideas! FOr me…they happen to be gifts for myself! Something special & a bit different! The Apollo Box is one of those specialty curated sites featuring products you might not find elsewhere! I picked out three including the Dino Sphere from BioPop with 200 ml of living, bioluminescent dinoflagellates that emit a blue glow in a dark room, a gorgeous necklace with a preserved flower trapped in a hand blown tiny glass ball, & of course the popular Marimo Aquarium Kit Orb Vase! Keep reading for all the details & even a discount code!
The Dino Sphere from BioPop is something I’ve spotted a handful of times & totally fell in love with! Growing up in southern California we had lots & lots of plankton in the sand come August. We’d arrange bonfires around the special season so we could see our glowing steps at night! This dinosaur is similar…but definitely a more home-friendly idea!
What is the Dino Pet? The Dino Pet is a living, interactive ‘pet’ that photosynthesizes during the day and glows brilliantly when you play with it at night. The alluring blue glow emitted by the Dino Pet is bioluminescence, made from microscopic sea life called dinoflagellates. By using sunlight, water and nutrients, instead of batteries or electricity, the Dino Pet allows you to hold one of nature’s most magical occurrences in the palm of your hand. Far more than a toy, the Dino Pet is a contemporary living art piece, introductory pet, biological magic trick, conversation starter and science lesson that instills a sense of wonder in people of all ages.
To put everything together is actually really simple! As soon as your package arrives you’ll want to open it up! Because your little buddies are alive- be sure to treat them as such! The directions are simple so just follow the basics & you’re good to go! I just wanted to show the little plug as well. You’ll also receive a bit of food & can order replacements to keep glowing on!
Your little dino will require 12 hours or indirect sunlight or artificial light during the day & 12 hours of complete darkness in the evening. Give your pet a little shake & watch it glow! Swirl & play with a light hand so you don’t overdo it as well. It doesn’t take much! Ryan is absolutely fascinated with the whole process- I forget not everyone grew up with glowing creatures! We take a bit of time each night to give our dino (his name is Frank!) a little love!
Preserved flower trapped in a hand blown tiny glass ball. It comes with a silver plating metal chain. What a beauty! You can wear it everyday you like. The glass ball is fragile, and is not water proof. Please treat it with care. Available in 7 different colors.
I am absolutely in love with this delicate, little necklace! The flower inside looks so sweet & I chose purple because it is my favorite color! The clear orb isn’t too large that it overtakes an outfit which means I wear it a lot more too! The preserved flower combined with the clear orb is a conversation starter as well because I’ve also gotten lots of questions & compliments.
I was totally feeling natural & live gifts & decor, right? Here’s my last one! I’ve been wanting a pair since I read a sweet love story awhile ago when I saw these unique little moss balls popping up! They’ve been gaining tons of popularity as little marimo moss balls. I knew I wanted an orb as well so this kit is perfect!
There is actually a Love Story with Marimo. About 100 years ago, there lived a young girl on the island of Hokkaido, whose father was the head of a village near Lake Akan. The girl’s marriage had been arranged but unfortunately, she fell in love with a commoner and they decided to run away together. When the lovers reached Lake Akan, they jumped in. They then metamorphosed into little Marimo balls and lived happily ever after. – source here
Inside your little orb you get :
– 2 marimo moss balls(10mm diameter);
– 1 piece 3.5″ footed round terrarium has three little “legs”(4 inches tall and 3.5 inches wide at the base);
– (The top opening is about 0.7 inches in diameter);
– 3 oz sky blue glass gravel/3 oz white stones;
– 1 resin yellow duck/1 resin girl and 1 windmill;
– a little mini seashells;
– 1 sea fan(NOTE:The sea fan is random sampling fit the footed glass orb)
You can choose between two styles here but I definitely couldn’t pass up the little ducky! My mom collects ducks so every time I see it I can’t help but smile! If you love the idea of a pet but travel or just aren’t responsible… this is perfect! I’ve had it sitting on my dining room table & I just switch out the water about every two weeks. Simple! Your little Marimo balls grow about .5 cm per year & they actually can live up to 200 years!
Be sure to use the code STEPH for 15% off on The Apollo Box site as well!