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10 Best Desktop Zen Gardens in 2022 (Toysmith, ICNBUYS, and More)

Sometimes, life feels like a game of whack-a-mole. You finish one thing, and something else pops up. You finish that thing, and then something else pops up. It’s a frustrating, dizzying, tear-inducing game, and you need to stop. Relax! Gaze upon a mini Zen garden.

There’s something about ripples–maybe the way they seem to just flow on forever, freely–that’s supremely calming. This, all Zen gardens have in common. But–and here, we return to the practical side of things–every kit has its own features: from the kind of sand and rocks used to what little statues are included. Only once you know what’s out there (and know yourself) can you find the garden that speaks most directly to you, as the Toysmith Deluxe Zen Garden did for us.

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  • Last updated: 08-16-2022
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How to Choose a Desktop Zen Garden – Buying Guide

And now we begin our quest for the best desktop Zen garden. Let’s contemplate together the components, size, and features each of these kits has to offer.

Rakes: Will You Draw Only Waves or Express Yourself in Many Patterns?

Rakes: Will You Draw Only Waves or Express Yourself in Many Patterns?
First off, all rakes need to be a practical size. There’s no “magic measurement” though–they just need to be a good deal smaller than your garden. Too large, and you can’t maneuver them into ripples and swirls.
Most rakes are made up of two interlocking cylinders (the handle and the head), with prongs coming out of the head. You use the prongs to draw out waves, and the cylindrical end to rub them out

If you want a really smooth surface to work with, see if the set includes a giant T-shaped rake. Or, if you want to design your own patterns–drawing out swirls or the petals of a flower–look for a pointed pen.

Look for Bigger Grains of Sand

Look for Bigger Grains of Sand

We know you’re tempted to go for fine grains that feel like silk under your fingers. But, remember, these gardens are desktop. Indoors. If the sand’s too light, it’ll fly out of the box at the slightest breeze. Bigger grains are heavier and easier to shape. It’s also a bonus if the set comes with extra sand because you do lose some over time.

Magnetic sand’s also making an appearance. It’s a break from tradition, but building gardens in three dimensions is quite absorbing.

Decide What Shape and Size Works for Your Space

Decide What Shape and Size Works for Your Space

If your desk looks like a tornado’s been through, then you’ll have to settle for a matchbox garden–smaller than 5 by 5 inches, maybe. If you’ve got the room though, bigger is better. There’s more space to rake and draw. We’ve found that gardens 7 by 7 inches and above are the most satisfying.

The same goes for shape. Narrow gardens are easy to squeeze along the edge of a desk and seem to take up less room. Square ones are more prominent, but allow you more freedom when designing. 

Circular ones are also lovely to draw on, and the lack of sharp edges somehow makes everything even more calming. But since you can’t push them up against walls, they take up the most space.

Look for Extras and Figurines That Appeal to You

Look for Extras and Figurines That Appeal to You
Traditional Zen gardens use rocks to represent islands and mountains. If you want to be faithful to this practice, look for sets with stones to scatter throughout the sand. If the pebbles are smooth and you’re a fiddler, it’s also calming to run your fingers over them.
Some gardens come with holders for incense or tealight candles, if you want to attain inner peace through your nose. You can find your favorite scents and just inhale as you quietly tend to your garden.
Look for Extras and Figurines That Appeal to You
You can also get extra figures–ceramic animals, for example, or Buddha statues. The animals often symbolize different meanings: cranes for luck and longevity, oxen for strength. The image of a meditating Buddha inspires tranquility and contemplation.
And for beach-dwellers: there’s now tabletop Zen gardens with little umbrellas and pails and shovels. It’s not the most Buddhist, per se, but if it calms you down, who’s to judge?

10 Best Desktop Zen Gardens

Here are ten little gardens that we found both calming and adorable, and they come in different sizes and shapes for your desk.

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Toysmith Deluxe Zen Garden 1

Toysmith

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ICNBUYS Zen Garden with Boat Bridge 1

ICNBUYS

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We pay your sales tax Tabletop Zen Garden Home Decor Gift 1

We pay your sales tax

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Be Good Company Executive Sandbox – A Day at the Beach 1

Be Good Company

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Wonderful Zen Deluxe Wooden Zen Sand Garden 1

Wonderful Zen

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fengshuisale Feng Shui Zen Garden 1

fengshuisale

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Paintspiration Handmade Natural Mini Zen Garden Kit 1

Paintspiration

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Gifts & Decor Tabletop Zen Garden Kit 1

Gifts & Decor

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Toysmith Mini Zen Garden 1

Toysmith

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SPACECARE Magnetic Zen Sand Garden Box Set 1

SPACECARE

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Deluxe Zen Garden

Zen Garden with Boat Bridge

Tabletop Zen Garden Home Decor Gift

Executive Sandbox – A Day at the Beach

Deluxe Wooden Zen Sand Garden

Feng Shui Zen Garden

Handmade Natural Mini Zen Garden Kit

Tabletop Zen Garden Kit

Mini Zen Garden

Magnetic Zen Sand Garden Box Set

Features

Sand for Contemplation, Cranes for Longevity, a Book of Quotes for Inspiration

Personalize the Garden with Many, Many Figures and Designs

Enjoy the Aroma of Incense with a Miniature Buddha

A Cute and Lighthearted Beach Getaway

Draw Anything You Wish in the Sand

A Small Shrine to Provide Peace of Mind

Quietly Stack the Pebbles and Draw in the Sand

Soft Candlelight, Smooth Pebbles, White Sand: Three Forms of Relaxation

The Serenity of Buddhism, the Size of a Cellphone

Magnetic Sand: Build Your Garden in Three Dimensions

Price$20.48$39.99$18.99$29.99$39.95$28.98$34.99$18.86$9.99$30.99
RakesLong-handled rake, bamboo rake, broomPronged rake, pen rake, T rake1Grooming rake and digging shovel6 bamboo rakes1111Rake and 2 shovels
Extras2 ceramic cranes, polished stones, meditation bookletBoat bridge and othersRocks, incense, incense burner, 2 candles, sand, Buddha statueSand, sand pail, seashells, starfish, sun umbrella, beach chair, sandcastleWhite sand, stones, "Zen" stone, 2 figurinesSand, Buddha figure, lotus figures, incense burnerSand, stacking stone towerSand, rocks, candle holderRocks, sand, 3 figurines4 magnets and iron powder
Size9 x 9 in.9.4 in. diameter6.5 x 3.3 x 8.9 in.8 x 10 in.6.9 x 8.5 x 0.3 in.14 x 5 x 1.25 in.8.2 x 7.2 x 0.75 in.7 x 6.25 x 2.25 in.4 x 3 in.8.6 x 2.75 x 0.6 in.
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ToysmithDeluxe Zen Garden

$20.48

RakesLong-handled rake, bamboo rake, broom
Extras2 ceramic cranes, polished stones, meditation booklet
Size9 x 9 in.
2

ICNBUYSZen Garden with Boat Bridge

$39.99

RakesPronged rake, pen rake, T rake
ExtrasBoat bridge and others
Size9.4 in. diameter
3

We pay your sales taxTabletop Zen Garden Home Decor Gift

$18.99

Rakes1
ExtrasRocks, incense, incense burner, 2 candles, sand, Buddha statue
Size6.5 x 3.3 x 8.9 in.
4

Be Good CompanyExecutive Sandbox – A Day at the Beach

$29.99

RakesGrooming rake and digging shovel
ExtrasSand, sand pail, seashells, starfish, sun umbrella, beach chair, sandcastle
Size8 x 10 in.
5

Wonderful ZenDeluxe Wooden Zen Sand Garden

$39.95

Rakes6 bamboo rakes
ExtrasWhite sand, stones, "Zen" stone, 2 figurines
Size6.9 x 8.5 x 0.3 in.
6

fengshuisaleFeng Shui Zen Garden

$28.98

Rakes1
ExtrasSand, Buddha figure, lotus figures, incense burner
Size14 x 5 x 1.25 in.
7

PaintspirationHandmade Natural Mini Zen Garden Kit

$34.99

Rakes1
ExtrasSand, stacking stone tower
Size8.2 x 7.2 x 0.75 in.
8

Gifts & DecorTabletop Zen Garden Kit

$18.86

Rakes1
ExtrasSand, rocks, candle holder
Size7 x 6.25 x 2.25 in.
9

ToysmithMini Zen Garden

$9.99

Rakes1
ExtrasRocks, sand, 3 figurines
Size4 x 3 in.
10

SPACECAREMagnetic Zen Sand Garden Box Set

$30.99

RakesRake and 2 shovels
Extras4 magnets and iron powder
Size8.6 x 2.75 x 0.6 in.

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