Let’s all bow down again to the Danes for rebranding winter’s enforced house arrest with hygge, the state of blissful, homebound coziness. (Pronunciation lesson here.) And because we’ll be spending so much time indoors (in the living room, on the couch) these hygge-enhancing gifts are the perfect way to show your love.
A perfect accent to any oversized art books, the Pallina magnifying glass ($220 CAD at mjölk.ca and $156 USD at skultuna.com) from Sweden’s Skultuna gives an assist with the fine print while looking much more stylish than a traditional magnifying glass with a handle.
For warming from the inside, this Wellness mint-glazed stoneware tea-for-one mug ($29.50 at chapters.indigo.com; they ship to the USA) includes a stainless-steel infuser for loose leaf, and the pot rests on top to retain heat, because I’m not the only person who brews a cup and then forgets about it until it’s cold.
b. kissed lip balm from Lilah B ($46 CAD and $34 USD at sephora.com) is cool enough for your coffee table and looks more like a polished beach rock and less like the minty lip smoother that it is.
The Chanel La Crème Main, Texture Riche ($70 CAD and $50 USD at nordstrom.com) exterior is smooth and matte, houses wonderfully (but not aggressively) scented hand cream, and is much more pleasing to the eye than a pump bottle of Keri lotion. You’re also pretty much guaranteed that no one will have bought this for themselves.
The classic Nest Hearth candle ($56 CAD and $42 USD at saksfifthavenue.com) is the best roaring fire substitute if the gods didn’t see fit to give you a marble mantled fireplace.
Forget the Hermès blanket with the repeating H monogram (unless you’re getting it for me, in which case thank you!) – the more stealth Hermès Avoine wool-and-cashmere blanket ($1,575 CAD and $1,275 USD at hermes.com) is much cooler (the giant ‘H’ is only clear when the blanket is completely unfolded).
A Georg Jensen Helena Tea Egg ($68 CAD at hopsongrace.com; they ship to the USA) is perfect for your style-fiend friend who likes a cutlery and kitchen tool drawer completely curated.
A curly, soft grey Gotland sheepskin from Black Sheep/White Light ($349 USD at blacksheetwhitelight.com) injects Scandi style into any room, lightening the look of your antiques, softening a hard bench, or adding cozy flair draped over an ottoman or couch.
This smooshy Canvas Sherpa Moose Cushion ($19.99 CAD at Canadian Tire) is transcendently soft and adds the perfect note of Canadiana to your nest. In the US, try a fleece fringed throw cushion ($34 USD at urbanoutfitters.com) or a classic Roots cabin pillow ($68 USD at roots.com) to hit that cuddly note.
We can eat too much this time of year. But the Cuisinart Air Fryer and Convection Toaster Oven, ($239.99 CAD on sale at thebay.com and $199 USD at bedbathandbeyond.com), famous for making crispy french fries and chicken wings using the tiniest amount of oil, also magically transforms corn tortilla wedges into tortilla chips. Which means you can have nachos – yes, NACHOS! the greatest #theresnoplacelikecouch meal ever – as often as you want. (I would like an invitation if you do this, please.)
What's on your hygge wish list this holiday season?
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