16 Gifts to Brighten a Loved One’s Home Office or School Setup

Shop cozy and creative gifts from stores like Nora, Love Travel Imports, and Thistle and Bess
Woolly wonders: Give your fellow plant parents a stylish alternative to terra cotta with the Aveva pot. These hand-made wool pots are lined with natural rubber and come in a range of sizes and colors. Avea pots, $19+, at Nora, 4240 Cass Ave., Ste. 109, Detroit; 313-831-4845; noramodern.com // Photograph by Rebecca Simonov

We’re spending a lot of time at home, so why not help your loved ones make it a place they want to be? This holiday season, transform their home office or home school into a vibrant, cozy, and creative workspace with gifts from metro Detroit shops like Nora, Detroit Wallpaper Co., Love Travel Imports, and Thistle and Bess.

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Modern Sprout Terracotta Kit, $19, at Nest, 460 W. Canfield St., Detroit; 313-831-9776; nestdetroit.com

Just add water: Give the gift of greenery with this Modern Sprout Terracotta Kit. 

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The Hex Paperweight, $64, at Pewabic Pottery, 10125 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit; 313-626-2000; pewabic.org

Rock their paper: The Hex Paperweight, inspired by Pewabic co-founder Mary Chase Perry Stratton’s hexagonal glaze tests dating back to the 1920s, will add a touch of historic charm to any desk.

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Matassa Fruit Bowl, $75 each, at The Henry Ford gift shop, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn Heights; 313-982-6140; giftshop.thehenryford.org

Beautifully blown: The Matassa Fruit Bowl from the Henry Ford gift shop’s new glass collection makes a beautiful edition to any home’s décor. The collection nods to the techniques of the master glassblowers of Murano.   

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Poppies Colossal Art Print, $85+, at Detroit Wallpaper Co., 339 Livernois St., Ferndale; 248-544-1054; detroitwallpaper.com

Flower-powered: The 48-by-72-inch Poppies Colossal Art Print will brighten any room in the house — no frame necessary.

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Dots Vases in White, $58+, at Abigail Murray; abigail-murray.com

Home grown: Brighten up a loved one’s space with these porcelain vases, all handmade by artist Abigail Murray from her Detroit studio. These vases are made to order, so it will take six to eight weeks to receive — but they are surely worth the wait.

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Heart Wall Magnets, $16 each, at Love Travels Imports, 19452 Livernois Ave., Detroit; 313-623-5800; lovetravelsimports.com

Hang it up: The kids can stick all of their quarantine creations on the fridge with these magnets from the Detroit-based artisan goods shop. Each magnet is crafted in South Africa from repurposed wood.

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Mystic Waters Handwarmer Mug, $23, at Catching Fireflies; catchingfireflies.com for locations

Bottoms up: Keep their drink and their hands warm with this ergonomically designed mug. The product is available in both left-handed and right-handed options so anyone can comfortably use it.

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Michigan Things 12 oz. Glasses, $12 each, at City Bird, 460 W. Canfield St., Detroit; 313-831-9146; citybirddetroit.com

Michigander roll call: Those who take a sip from these glasses will be reminded of they love most about Michigan, whether it be using their hand as a map, drinking every flavor of Faygo, or enjoying a fried chicken dinner at Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth.

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Michigan Pine, $68+, at Glass Academy, 25331 Trowbridge St., Dearborn; 313-561-4527; glassacademy.com

The great outdoors: Glass Academy owner and designer Chris Nordin designed this pine tree made of transparent green and shimmering brown glasses. Gift this to anyone who’d love a piece of Michigan’s woodsy landscape in their own home.

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(From left to right) Café Lamp ($299), Hive Lamp, ($429), and Valve Lamp ($259), at Hex Detroit, 2900 Orchard Lake Road, Ste. #5, Keego Harbor; 248-682-8818, hexdetroit.com

Shine bright: Light up their home office space with these unique Hex Detroit lamps, each hand-welded from genuine steel hex nuts and have various finish and mounting options.

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Mutual Adoration Marbled Wood Picture Frames, $44+ each, at Post by Mutual Adoration, 14500 Kercheval St., Detroit; 313-815-4059; mutualadoration.com

Picture perfect: Frame a beautiful memory for a friend with these picture frames, hand-marbled at the Detroit contemporary craft store.

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Alchemy Florida Water Natural Fragrance Botanical Perfume, $40 each, at Post by Mutual Adoration; mutualadoration.com

Spritz away: This perfume from the Ferndale henna studio and shop has notes of lavender, rosewood, and neroli, and is ideal for rooms and linens.

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Canvas Poppies Pillow (Teal/Cream), $55, at Scarlet Crane Creations; scarletcrane.com

Pillow talk: Spice up any seat in the house with this throw pillow from textile printing house and home goods shop Scarlet Crane Creations. The pillow features a screen-printed organic cotton canvas that is available to purchase by itself.

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Tech Traveler in Bourbon, $175, at Shinola; shinola.com for locations

“I’ve got gadgets and gizmos a-plenty…”: Help them keep their cables, earphones, and chargers all in one place with this leather portfolio. The Tech Traveler can also be monogrammed.

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Happy Habitat Angles Throw – Blush/Ochre, $160, at Thistle & Bess, 222 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor; 734-369-6092; thistleandbess.com

Naptime: Help them snuggle up at the end of a long day in this 50-by-60-inch, eco-friendly throw blanket made of recycled cotton.

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