Alarm Clock

Instead of bolting upright at the jolt of a buzzing alarm clock, imagine hearing the gentle sound of a chime, coaxing you to awaken. The Digital Zen Alarm Clock from Now & Zen provides an acoustic, resonating, programmable chime housed in either Maple, Walnut, or Black-lacquered hardwood cases ($99.95 to $119.95).

Rather than a snooze button, there's a "gradually-increasing chime sequence" so if you don't fully hear it the first time, the sounds become more frequent. This kindly clock can also be used for business meetings, exercise programs, or anything else that needs timing.

Available at www.now-zen.com.