Home for the Holidays” was the theme of Wednesday evening’s Dish and Design event presented by The Detroit News’ Homestyle magazine. It was an apt motif if there ever was one, as fewer folks will be traveling this season to visit family and friends. 

The virtual event, hosted by Detroit News design writer Maureen Feighan, gave tips on getting ready for December by way of gift-buying, table decorating and food and drink. More than 350 readers tuned in to the online party. 

Rachael A. Woods of gift shop and “functional art gallery” ArtLoft (4160 Cass in Midtown Detroit) presented unique and colorful gift ideas, including some fun socks and luxurious but affordable cashmere scarves for men.

Woods, who is also a jewelry designer, recommended artful ornaments as a gift, too. During Dish and Design she showed off a modern, bird-shaped mood lamp from Italy, popular 1,800-thread-count sheets and a playful pitcher from Capetown. 

“It’s a great conversation piece,” Woods said of the white, oversized pitcher. “We have all kinds of price ranges, and that’s what ArtLoft is known for.”