Holiday Gifts for the Design Lover

Nine gifts to brighten the home this holiday season, all found at shops around town.


Calisto Vases, $86-$130
Room and Board, 375 Newbury Street, Boston

These bright vases look like glass, but they’re made from bendable hot glue by New York artist Tony Wurman, and come in a variety of sizes.


Cactus and Confetti Face Tea Towels, $18 each
Olives and Grace, 623 Tremont Street, Boston

For the kitchen, cheeky designs are hand printed on unbleached flour sack cotton for a lighthearted look.


A Stone Food Slab, $74
American Stonecraft, Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover Street, Boston

Cut and polished from New England field stone, this food board is great for serving cheese and makes a handsome table trivet.


The Nelson Night Clock, $480
Lekker Home, 1313 Washington Street, Boston

For fans of midcentury design, this brushed brass table clock has a rounded glass face for a modern look.


Tipsy Paper Weights, $35 each
Room 68

It’s impossible to knock over these teardrop table top objects, made from solid brass and turned maple.


A Boston Map Print, $12-$65
JHill Designs, 423 West Broadway #300, South Boston

Artist Jennifer Hill designs patterned print maps of the city and surrounding towns in her South Boston studio. This one combines the city coordinates and year of settlement, and each neighborhood is filled with a bold pattern.


A Handwoven Mohair Throw, $360
Nantucket Looms, 51 Main Street, Nantucket

Woven on Nantucket from brushed mohair yarn, this extra-soft throw is a welcome keepsake.


Cabin Ceramic Mug, $9
Patch NYC, 46 Waltham Street, Boston

For the next best thing to coffee in the pines, gift these cozy ceramic mugs in pairs.


North Canoe Paddle, $180
Boston General Store, 305 Harvard Street, Brookline

Made from walnut, aspen and western red cedar wood, these paddles function upstream and make a striking addition to any wall space.