Gift Guide: New décor can ease pain of being stuck at home

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      Home is where the world turns for most of us almost all of the time. And we can expect that to continue until we finally get two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine pumping through our system.

      So if you’re like most of us, you may be thinking about what you can buy for the person on your shopping list who’s spending oodles of time within their four walls. Here are some ideas.

      Orca Lounge Chair

      This comfy, hand-sculpted, solid-wood piece is offered in walnut, cherry, maple, and oak and upholstered in leather or whatever else the buyer might desire. The Orca Lounge Chair is crafted in Vancouver, and its designer, Jay Miron, was inspired by an African chief’s chair. (Available at SwitzerCultCreative; no price listed)

      Klein 3000K LED Headboard Reading Light

      Many of our friends and loved ones are spending more time in the bedroom reading books or scrolling on their tablets and laptops. And what could enhance these experiences better than a high-powered, energy-efficient LED light that tilts to the perfect position? Once a person is done with the Klein 3000K, it can be folded back into a tighter position, making it the ideal gift for the minimalist in your life. ($177.49 on sale at Robinson Lighting & Bath)


      Vintage Hull Pottery Dishes, Mid-Century Modern

      Impress the vintage dish lover on your list with these delightful pottery pieces. They’ll make the recipient feel like they’re living in a more comfortable time, when our lives weren’t being utterly disrupted by a pandemic. ($10 each and up at Attic Treasures)

      Giant Gold Wall Clock

      This timepiece is only for someone with a big, empty wall, because it takes up so much space. At 120 centimetres in both height and width and with its Roman numerals, the Kare Design–manufactured Giant Wall Clock looks like it belongs in a medieval castle. So even if a person can’t go to Europe, they can feel like they’re on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. ($1,229 at INspiration Furniture)

      Moe’s Home Collection Ecomix Bull

      If you’re shopping for a bullish stock-market investor with an environmental bent, how about an abstract-style sculpture made with natural and reclaimed materials? The Moe’s Home Collection Ecomix Bull stands 45 centimetres high and weighs 4.5 kilograms and was originally created in India. ($169 discounted price at