How on earth could I write a series of Christmas gift guides without doing one about the home?! With less than two weeks to go, but a whole lot of winter left, I’m going to introduce you to a few gift ideas to help you keep your friends and family cosy this winter. While you don’t need ‘things’ to hygge, it can certainly help you create an inviting space when you come in from the cold outdoors – and if you’re looking for gift inspiration anyway… so let’s get hyggeligt!
Of course candles had to be on the list! The lighting is absolutely essential when it comes to hygge, and you’re going to have a tough time trying to hygge in harsh overhead lighting. Love Aroma is a great one-stop shop for candles, whether it’s cute little votives, dozens of tealights or big, show-stopping jars. Love Aroma very kindly sent me a few candles to show you, and my absolute favourite is this Aquiesse Sandalwood Vanille Luxe Candle Tin, which comes with matches in the lid! If you have a friend who’s always dreaming of their next holiday, the Kringle Coconut Wood scent is a good option, or if you’re looking for a little stocking filler, this little Root Crisp Autumn votive lasts for an amazing 20 hours, which is great value for a £1.99 candle! And of course, for the Yankee Candle fans, the jar candles make beautiful little gifts with a strong fragrance (I’m a big fan of the earthy Autumn Night), helping your lucky recipient hygge up their home. Candles make great gifts for pretty much everyone, so let there be light this Christmas!
Copper candle holder
I’m obsessed with all things copper, and it fits in really well with the typically minimalist Danish aesthetic. This Be&liv copper blossom tealight holder from Cloudberry Living is BEAUTIFUL, and looks so stunning with a flickering candle inside. This laser-cut metal holder was designed by Finnish designer Janne Uusi-Autti, and the seriously cool thing is that it comes in a flatpack box (remind you of any other Scandi retailers…?), meaning it can be posted really easily as a last-minute gift. I managed to assemble it myself in about five minutes, and when it comes to any sort of construction projects I am, to be completely honest, a bloody idiot. It also comes in black, white and gold, but this little magpie just can’t resist THE colour of the season. And because it’s such great quality, your recipient will get many, many years of enjoyment out of this piece – the perfect gift if you ask me.
Hot drinks are mandatory at this time of year. Whether your drink of choice is tea, coffee, hot chocolate or mulled wine (I’m not judging), you’re going to need a lot of mugs for those long, cosy evenings of hygge. I love these blue Jansen + Co tonal mugs, comprising pretty sky blues and hazy greys. Blue isn’t the first colour most of us think of when we think of hygge, but for me it’s all about contrast – the hot deliciousness inside contrasts with the wintery blue ceramic. I also have my eye on this punchy pink set. If, like me, you’ve ever tried to wrap a mug (four months later and I’d almost managed it), you’ll massively appreciate that these come in an easy-to-wrap giftbox, so you can practise your crisp edges and elaborate bows instead of trying to figure out how on earth to make the handles look neat. If you’re feeling generous, why not throw in some Hoogly Tea for good measure?
Cushions and throws
If you want to get hold of me between now and about March, I can almost guarantee I’ll be wrapped up in my nest of cushions, blankets and throws. You can coax me out with a cheeseboard or mulled cider. Until then, I’ll be settling down with one of these pretty M&S alphabet cushions. These embroidered velvet cushions are available in several neutral shades, so if you’re feeling generous you could splash out on one for everyone in the family (to avoid squabbling more than anything else). I also love this mulberry chenille throw from John Lewis (a little bit pricey, but this rich red would make a stunning Christmas present), and this Home Sweet Cosy Home cushion will keep its owner feeling snug all year round. The Scandi pop of red from these pure wool blankets are perfect for keeping your sweetheart warm on even the bleakest January day, and it’s reversible too, so you don’t need to worry about getting bored of the colour.
I don’t care if it’s a clichéd gift – receiving flowers makes me so happy. I probably check the Bloom & Wild site about once a week for new bouquets, and I’ve already got my Christmas flowers ordered (I’ve gone for the deep red Gemma arrangement). I’ve written previously about these letterbox flowers, but I really, really love them. If you’re not spending Christmas with your loved ones this year, you can say it with flowers to show you’re thinking of them. The offering this year is outstanding – you can get everything from mini Christmas trees (through the letterbox!) to fresh wreath and ongoing gift subscriptions, and there’s even a pretty Scandi-inspired pink and white bouquet if you’re going all-out with the hygge this year. I promise I haven’t been paid to say these nice things – I just genuinely love this company!
If you want £10 off your first Bloom & Wild bouquet, you can use my link to get started.
It makes me really happy flicking through photo albums full of real photos, and I actually think we’re going to see more people reverting to print photos in the coming years as Polaroid and Instax cameras rise in popularity. The effort that goes into assembling a photo album makes it a really thoughtful gift, and it can be a great gift if you’re on a tight budget. I really like this metal clip frame for a pared-down, typically Danish approach, and you can hang it anywhere to personalise your space. You could also pick up a plain photo album like this one (available in lots of colours) and add in printouts of all your friend or relative’s favourite snaps for a trip down memory lane. Or if you have lots of beautiful photos online, why not capture it in print with Printrbook, which pulls photos from your Instagram and Facebook accounts so you can create a personalised photo book? This is ideal if you have a relative who might not be so tech savvy, as you can share the world you live in online with something tangible for them to keep forever.
What’s on your home wishlist this year? Have you bought any gifts to help your friends hygge at home?
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