Even a little bit of color―say, something as small as a cupful―can dispel cold-weather blues.
Local nurseries and plant stores start selling pots of daffodils, hyacinths, and other spring-blooming bulbs about this time of year. Pick up a few (4-inch pots generally go for around $5 apiece), and transplant them into cute bowls or mugs. (We thought these measuring cups were a great way to brighten a kitchen.) After they finish blooming, you can add the bulbs to your garden and enjoy their show for years to come.