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Hygge is a Danish word loosely translated into English, describes the phenomenon of feeling cozy and at peace while enjoying the simple things in life. Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) first entered the North American lexicon in 2016 after the publication of The Little Book of Hygge, in which author Meik Wiking writes, “In other words, what freedom is to Americans. . . hygge is to Danes.”
Since then, the charming concept has become an integral part of celebrating the winter holidays. After all, who doesn’t dream of curling up in front of a fireplace, sipping on a warm mug of hot chocolate whilst reading a book, knitting a scarf, or doing a jigsaw puzzle? We’ve created this gift guide for anyone who—especially after the challenges brought on by 2020—could use a little bit more hygge in their lives.
1. The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well
The book that started it all. The author, Meik Wiking, is the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and penned The Little Book of Hygge to share the secrets of how the Danes stay happy despite such long, cold, dark winters.
2. Paddywax Hygge Collection Scented Candle, Wild Fig + Cedar
Candles are a key element of creating a hygge atmosphere. This woodsy-scented candle comes in a beautiful ceramic container and was hand-poured in Nashville, Tennessee.
3. Warm Fuzzy Slipper Socks
These cable-knit socks with fleece lining will keep your tender tootsies warm on a cold winter’s night. Rubber grips on the bottom will keep you from slipping and falling on smooth floors.
4. Reindeer Christmas Sweater
An important part of getting into the holiday spirit involves selecting the right sweater. This festive reindeer knit will help you look the part while partaking in hygge winter activities.
5. The Cosy Winter Hygge Colouring Book
An adult colouring book is one of the easiest ways to bring a sense of hygge into your life. Relax with a warm beverage of your choice, bust out the pencil crayons, and get colouring.
6. Women’s Printed Thermal Waffle Knit PJ Set
Is there anything cozier than a set of matching pajamas? We think not.
7. Kylimate Tea Cup with Filter and Lid
A hot cup of tea enjoyed out of a unique ceramic mug is pretty high up on the list of hygge canon activities. In lieu of tracking down a one-of-a-kind, artisanal ceramic mug, this Kylimate mug with a built-in infuser will certainly do the trick.
8. Winter Wool Socks
Wool socks are a hygge (and winter in general) essential, so why not stock up with this cozy, colourful five-pack?
9. Ghirardelli Hot Cocoa Double Chocolate Pouch
Treat yourself to a pouch of the best hot chocolate mix on earth. No really— Ghirardelli hot cocoa triumphed over eight contenders to win the title of best overall hot chocolate mix, according to Spruce Eats.
10. Women’s Fleece Lined Leggings
There are leggings and then there are fleece-lined leggings. While the former is stretchy and comfortable, the latter will brings your cozy game to a whole new level.
11. Orville Redenbacher Microwave Popcorn
Is there a more hygge snack on earth than microwave popcorn? We think not.
12. Ginger Bread House Kit
This ready-made gingerbread house kit takes the stress out of baking and constructing your own gingerbread house. Perfect for the dessert-lover whose baking skills aren’t quite at Great British Bake Off-level.
13. Red Heart Hygge Yarn
Knitting is an extremely hygge activity—especially if occurring in proximity to a rocking chair while ensconced in a fleecy blanket. Yarn makes a great gift for both beginner and advanced knitters alike.
14. 16″ Free Standing Electric Fireplace
One of the cornerstones of hygge is performing cozy activities in front of a roaring fireplace, but what if your home doesn’t have a fireplace? In that case, we suggest this portable electric fireplace that guaranteed to make any indoor activity at least 15 times more cozy.
15. Indoor Electric Stainless Steel S’mores Maker
This tiny electric grill makes it easier than ever to bring your favourite camping activity indoors for the winter.
16. Christmas House Village Figurine Set (10 pieces)
Christmas village figurines will add a tinge of nostalgia to any hygge-worthy home.
17. Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Scented Soy Candle
Another candle to help up the hygge quotient in your home.
18. Eddie Bauer Plaid Flannel Sherpa Throw
There’s nothing more hygge than cuddling up under a soft, fuzzy blanket. We especially love the red and black Buffalo plaid pattern on this Eddie Bauer blanket.
19. Eurographics Northern Lights 1000 Piece Puzzle
Make the hours spent indoors this winter fly by with the help of this 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle.
20. Scandinavian Christmas Gnome Lights
These adorable Christmas gnomes will brighten up your home literally and figuratively. In addition to being super-cute decor, they also light up.
21. Scandinavian Comfort Food: Embracing the Art of Hygge
Plan a menu around hygge using this authentic Scandinavian cookbook, with recipes for Swedish meatballs, pancakes, and quiche.
22. Swedish Folk Flowers Winter Pillow Covers, Set of 2
Add a whimsical touch to your living room with these adorable fox-themed pillow covers.
23. Large Cotton Rope Storage Basket
The perfect rustic basket for storing all your hygge activities, like puzzles or knitting supplies, in.
24. 1500 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton Bed Sheet Set
The most hygge decision of all might be the one to stay in bed all day. Make every night feel like a luxury with these high-thread-count sheets.
25. Sherpa Wearable Blanket
Blankets are indispensable to the hygge lifestyle and we can’t think of a more innovative product than this wearable blanket hoodie. It’s a little bit ridiculous—but perfectly cozy.