They’re guaranteed to put a smile on your face when you’re having a particularly stressful day.

By Sarah Yang
Updated March 01, 2018
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Everyone needs to own at least one succulent plant. They require very little care—make sure they have plenty of sunshine and give them a good soaking when the soil is dry. The gold color-block planter will transform your desk in a modern glam spot. To buy: $24; amazon.com.
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As you’re reading this, take a look at the state of your desk. Is it littered with papers, folders, and other office supplies? Is it pathetically barren except for a laptop and a penholder? The way your desk is set up can make a big difference in your work life. Plants can help cheer up your surface and add some more character—and they’re an inexpensive addition. Here are some of our favorites below.

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Echeveria Succulent Plant

Everyone needs to own at least one succulent plant. They require very little care—make sure they have plenty of sunshine and give them a good soaking when the soil is dry. The gold color-block planter will transform your desk in a modern glam spot.

To buy: $24; amazon.com.

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Beach Garden Live Plant Glass Terrarium

You don’t have to have a green thumb to keep this terrarium alive. When it needs a watering (bout once a week), take your airplant and soak it in water for a few minutes. Shake the water off from the plant and let it dry fully.

To buy: $30; worldmarket.com.

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Bromeliad Plant

Add some color to your workspace with this bright red plant. The ceramic pot has an interesting patina that can make an eye-catching statement, too.

To buy: $27; amazon.com.

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Succulent Garden

Yes, you can have a full-fledged garden on your desk, even if it’s mini. This planter comes with a variety of succulents, but won’t take up too much space.

To buy: $25; 1800flowers.com.

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Color Orchids in Ceramic Pot

Orchids can be a bit high-maintenance, but even a novice gardener can keep them alive with some TLC. Give it bright, indirect light and water them once a week.

To buy: $30; amazon.com.