The Gift of Workplace Zen

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.

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;