Uber cool. This may be a bit 90's, but we still like it.
Instead of using an expensive bedside water bottle or a trendy vase for flowers, we have a small supply of chemistry bottles in the Florence (round bottom) and Erlenmeyer (triangular bottom) flask shape which we use regularly.
Costing anywhere from $1-$30 each, they are virtually unbreakable, easy to clean, and a classic design that you will feel instantly when you pick one up. The glass is thick, all edges are rounded, and the shapes are so nicely balanced that they sit firm and are easily carried around in your hands.
The extra bonus is the cool name in heat resistant white letters on the side of each flask along with the milliliter measuring lines that run down the side. MGR
(Re-edited from a post originally published 07.29.04)