15 Hygge Gifts For Everyone On Your List Since We’ll All Be Inside This Winter
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Here's what you need to know about the cozy Danish tradition of hygge and some gifts and tools that will help you embrace this Zen lifestyle.
At the height of the coronavirus pandemic, people found solace in old TV shows, baking banana bread, and the then-new app TikTok. As the seasons changed, so did our coping strategies and ways to stay healthy at home during quarantine. This upcoming coronavirus winter, however, likely means reverting to some of the old ways with fewer opportunities for socially distant outdoor gatherings and more time indoors alone or with your quarantine crew.
Since everyone will be spending more time inside, it makes sense to create a cozy and warm home atmosphere and environment—one of the main pillars of hygge. Even with tough, Nordic winters, the Danes still manage to be one of the happiest countries thanks in part to their hygge practice and way of life, according to a 2020 World Happiness Report.
What is hygge?
It’s hard to pinpoint an exact definition for hygge (pronounced “hyoo·guh”). The word itself roughly translates to “coziness.” The philosophy and tradition of hygge encompass feeling cozy, content, and joy with the help of just the simple pleasures in life. Applying this practice and feeling doesn’t necessarily require any special items.
Spending quality time with friends and family is another important part of this Danish lifestyle, especially since the high season of hygge is Christmas. Although socializing looks different during the pandemic, it’s also a time where people need other people the most, so hygge fits in perfectly. Embracing this philosophy may help you even when the holidays are hard.
Prepare to make the most of this coming winter season with the help of hygge. Here are the gifts for family, friends, and yourself that will help you embrace hygge this pandemic winter and beyond. (Also, check out these stocking stuffer ideas.)
The best hygge gifts
The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living
Cozying up with a good book is the perfect example of embracing hygge. It’s an instant mood booster. And what better book to curl up with than one that explores this Danish tradition? The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, has great reviews and goes in-depth on everything you need to know.
Colsen Tabletop Indoor-Outdoor Firepit
One of the best parts about firepit season is sharing the warmth with friends and family. (And, also, the s’mores.) But it doesn’t have to end with freezing weather. You can take your summer s’mores indoors thanks to this Colsen portable indoor and outdoor firepit. It’s fueled by smokeless, odorless, rubbing alcohol and is the perfect gift for your friends or family who have way too many candles.
Tranquility Temperature Balancing Weighted Blanket
This cozy weighted blanket from Tranquility has a mind of its own. It warms when it’s cool and cools when it’s warm, so you’ll get plenty of use out of it no matter the time of year. Plus, weighted blankets bring comfort, reduce anxiety, and may help sleep—things many people need help with thanks to the stress of 2020. (Here are 10 more of the best weighted blankets on Amazon.)
Homemade Sourdough Bread Kit
Home bakers will love this sourdough bread kit from Uncommon Goods, which includes instructions and recipes to make your own loaf. It has an extremely important instant sourdough culture, plus a dough whisker, scraper, muslin cloth, and salt. It’s beginner-friendly and includes many of the tools you need to create bakery-style bread. You may want to pair this gift with one of the bestselling healthy cookbooks so they can make a whole feast.
BESTINNKITS Smart Coffee Set Auto On/Off Gravity-Induction Heating Plate
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The BESTINNKITS heating plate is one of the best gifts for coffee lovers, tea lovers, and hot chocolate-drinkers alike. Grab this gift for the person who’s become even more attached to their desk now that many people work from home. It’s also a good stocking stuffer for college students trying to finish their online semester. Not only can this plate warm up your favorite beverages, but it can melt candles without a flame and defrost meat, too.
Bamfan Bath Caddy Tray
Soak up the benefits of baths with this bath caddy. It’s luxurious without breaking the bank, and the design is waterproof and adjustable, so it fits almost any size tub. It also comes in three different colors to go with any aesthetic. It’s the perfect gift for yourself to take the stress-busting act of taking a bath to the next level. (Here are some other good self-care products that may make great gifts.)
UGG Women’s Fluff Yeah Slide Slipper
One of the best slippers for sore feet is also one of the coziest. This fluffy pair of slip-ons comes in 16 different colors and has a strap in the back to keep them comfortably on your feet.
The Cosy HYGGE Winter Colouring Book
Hygge is about enjoying the little things in life. Instead of stressing about big gifts with hefty price tags, opt for The Cosy HYGGE Winter Colouring Book by Elizabeth James. Pair it with a pack of crayons for the creative people in your life or non-creatives who may need a break from looking at screens all day long. Coloring books aren’t just for kids. In fact, adult coloring benefits include less anxiety and more creativity.
Luvamia Fuzzy Fleece Knitted Long Sleeve PJ Loungewear
9-Piece Mulled Wine Cocktail DIY Kit
Mulled wine, which the Danish called glögg, is a warm seasonal beverage that’s perfect for sharing with friends and family during the holiday season. Give this DIY cocktail kit gift to your friend who’s usually the perfect host or hostess. They’ll have plenty of time to practice their drinks during the cold winter months.
Complete Arm Knitting Kit for 8×8 Pillow
Keep your hands and mind busy with this Complete Arm Knitting Kit from EcoLuna Designs. Create a chunky 8×8 pillow with your hands and the soft, chunky, cotton yarn—no needles required. It’s perfect for beginners, thanks to the easy-to-follow pattern book. Plus, knitting is one of the best relaxing hobbies you can do.
MZOO Sleep Eye Mask
Take a break and rest your eyes with the help of this MZOO sleep eye mask. This gift is ideal for anyone who’s having trouble catching z’s due to the pandemic stress. Use this mask to soak up the benefits of napping mid-day or help you get better sleep at night. Sleep eye masks are cheaper than blackout curtains and are simply one of the easy ways to sleep better without spending a ton.
24 Days of Tea
The Advent calendar gift from DAVID’sTea is one of the best gifts for tea lovers. The set includes 24 different teas, including flavors like salted caramel oolong and winter earl gray. Is there anything that whispers hygge more than a warm cup of tea on a crisp day?
Puzzle Stackable Storage Fridge Bins
$30 for 6 bins
Kitchen organization might not sound like a traditional hygge activity, but the finished product will leave you with peace and calm every time you open your fridge door. Gift this set of stackable storage bins to your friend who binge-watched all episodes of “Marie Kondo” and “The Home Edit” over quarantine and is now looking to apply their knowledge.
Regal Games Family Bingo Set with Cage and Shutter Slide Cards
Although socializing in the time of coronavirus is mostly virtual, that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Spending quality time with those you love is a key part of hygge. Not only is this bingo set a great gift for your friend who really misses trivia night, but it’s a good gift for you and your friends or family to play over Zoom or Facetime. Playing games like bingo is also one of the weekend activities that beat stress and keeps everyone in touch. (Even if that means appealing to their competitive side.)