As an urban dweller, I don't come into contact with nature as much as I'd like. But I do have the benefit of a backyard full of birds: hummingbirds, blue jays, and all sorts of others that my amateur bird-watching skills have yet to identify.
Though bird-watching may not be the hippest hobby, there are tons of hip bird houses and bird feeders on the market right now. My favorite is probably this J Schatz Egg Bird Feeder ($125), which comes in a rainbow of colors. Here are the other great high-design bird dwellings I've found.