The Gift of Workplace Zen

Peace on Earth—and in the office, too. This holiday season, help your employees and clients feel special, relaxed, and stylish with these tech-free office gifts, all available locally.

The Gift of Workplace Zen

Copper dotted table lamp

Made of laser-cut, copper-plated steel, this origami-esque lamp made in Minneapolis casts the perfect light for chill office ambiance. Tandem Made, $450;

Sowden bottle

Staying hydrated is key to staying productive. Do it in style with these stainless steel water bottles suitable for hot and cold drinks. Available in a variety of colors and sizes. George Sowden, $35 to $40, Forage Modern Workshop, Mpls.;

Spirit rocks

Place these tiny ceramic sculptures on your desk, in a potted plant, or on the windowsill to spice up your space’s style—it’s like Stonehenge, but cuter. Available in a variety of styles. A Mano, $15, A Mano Studio, Minneapolis;

Wobbly brass pen holder

Keep your favorite pen within arm’s reach with this sleek and useful accessory. $66, The Foundry Home Goods, Mpls.;

Eeny Meeny Miny trays

Let this cute trio of bentwood trays take care of the small stuff. Available in three color combos. Blu Dot, $129;


These geometric, handmade-in-Minneapolis vases are perfect for those who find beauty in simplicity. Furniture by DeGarmo, $38, The Maker’s Studio, Excelsior;

Crinkle throw

Stay cozy while you work with this soft, lightweight cotton throw. Available in six colors. Hay, $125, Design Within Reach, Edina;

Dove handmade wool rug

This rug hails from Guatemala and is handmade as ordered. With its soft colors and lines, nothing adds more serenity. Meso Goods, $645, Upstate MN (Grand Marais) and Show & Tell MPLS;

Beetle meeting chair

Take a seat that’s chic and smart, comfortable and ergonomic. Available in a variety of color combinations. Gubi, $1,349, Rypen, Minneapolis;

Ona diffuser

Aroma is a crucial element of atmosphere. Add essential oils and breathe easy with this bamboo and glass electric diffuser. $79, West Elm, Edina,

In Due Time notepad set

This set includes a weekly calendar, a numbered checklist, and a blank memo pad, with gilded edges to ensure you stay organized and sophisticated. russell + hazel, $20, russell + hazel flagship store, Mpls.;

“Lincoln” vintage metalsmith copper pen by Retro 51

Pens don’t have to be boring. These copper models by Retro 51 patina with time. Retro 51, $40 to $67, Art Materials, Minneapolis;

Custom birchbark journal/sketchbook

Bring nature into the office with these handmade, customizable notebooks fashioned from Minnesota trees. All His Bark Studio, $45–$85, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis;

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