I can’t believe I’m writing my first Christmas gift guide of the year! I really enjoyed putting these together last year, and I’m fully in the Christmas spirit, so crack on your favourite festive tunes, grab a hot drink and we’ll reconvene here in five minutes…
Even though hygge absolutely cannot be bought, I always say that there is nothing wrong whatsoever with buying ‘things’ to help you along on your hygge journey. That’s why I thought I’d start with gifts to help with comfort and joy, two things we want in an abundance throughout the festive season. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, this time of year is for shutting out the bitter winds and the frost outside and embracing the warmth, cosiness and togetherness inside. Here’s to the great indoors, and here are my picks to make Christmas just that little bit more joyful for you and your loved ones.
A fun Christmas jumper
I recently discovered Jolly Christmas Jumper, and I love the fun, festive designs of their sweaters, hoodies and t-shirts. My entire family tends to run hot, so I like that these are sweaters as opposed to full-on chunky knits. I think it’s the law that everyone in the UK has the heating on too high on Christmas Day, making these a great compromise. They very kindly sent me a Here For The Hygge sweater with these sweet little badgers, and I can confirm it’s super comfy (and on brand!) and lovely quality. I also really like the geometric Three French Hens design, and I reckon the Rain Deer sweater would be the perfect thing to keep you cosy long into spring.
A luxe cushion
I bought myself one of these H&M velvet cushion covers a couple of weeks ago in a deep forest green. I firmly believe you can’t have too many cushions, and this one is a great price, so I just had to have it. Buying cushion covers is also good for storage, as you don’t have to find somewhere to stash loads of full cushions – you can just switch the covers each season. I’m actually really digging the whole H&M cushion collection this year – this sweet little deer, and this brilliantly OTT gold sequinned design. It’s so impractical (imagine falling asleep on that!), but sometimes beauty is my hygge…
A snug throw
I struggle a bit with having a champagne taste on a lemonade budget, so I’ve made it a personal challenge to find more lower-budget options for these gift guides. That’s why I’ve picked out this Sainsbury’s sherpa throw, which is HUGE and great value. I hate it when you buy a throw and discover it’s miniscule, so I love this massive beast. The fluffy sherpa side is perfect to keep the entire family snug on the sofa, while the checked side looks wintery without being overtly ‘Christmas’, meaning you can keep it out into January and beyond. Or, for a TOTAL bargain, how about this cosy Ferskensten red and grey fleece throw from JYSK?
If you know someone who’s always cold, why not give them the ultimate gift – cosiness they can take with them anywhere? The beauty of this reversible blanket shawl is that it takes its recipient (which can totally be you) through the entire festive season with ease. Throw it on for that mad last-minute Christmas Eve dash for something you forgot (cranberry sauce, every time) and crash red-cheeked and cold-fingered in your front door, before sprawling out on the sofa in front of The Snowman… and stay snug in your blanket the entire time. Go on, you know you deserve it.
Some festive bedding
One thing that has always bugged me about Christmas gifting is that so many gift items are obviously Christmassy. This is fine until around New Year, but after that it’s a bit sad to have so many remnants of Christmas kicking around. That’s why I prefer ‘wintery’ gifts, and why I love this Nordic bedding set. It doesn’t scream Christmas, but it would look just as good in December or on a chilly March evening – much more versatile. Or, if you tend to get particularly cold in bed, this checked brushed cotton bedding set from M&S will keep you extra snug. If money was no object, I’d also throw in one of these beautiful fluffy hot water bottles from The White Company – Father Christmas, are you listening?
Yeah yeah yeah, socks are hardly an imaginative Christmas gift, but you can guarantee they’ll get used. I love the presentation of this Yawn gift set, with its cosy sleep socks and lavender bag, and Topshop’s 3 for £8 socks are some of my favourites (this glitzy Fairisle pair has caught my eye). For animal lovers, these suuuuper fluffy fox bed socks will keep even the chilliest toes toasty warm, and anyone with a taste for the brighter things in life will love a box of Happy Socks. And anyway, you can pretend you’re a stock image model for literally any newspaper article about hygge! That’s got to be fun, surely?
Sweet, silky dreams
For anyone who’s not a good sleeper, the tiniest shard of light peeking through the curtains in the morning can wake you up. Annoying! If you’re buying for someone who just desperately wants their 40 winks (or even 30 of them), this silky eye mask will keep the pesky light at bay for a little bit longer. The 100% Mulberry silk makes it gentle on the skin overnight, and it’s so comfortable they’ll barely know it’s there. I’m also a huge fan of silk pillowcases, as they’re naturally hypoallergenic and kinder to skin and hair – a very worthwhile investment for something you’ll use every single night. Getting a good night’s sleep is crucial for feeling good physically and mentally, particularly over the hectic Christmas period, so this is a great choice for someone who deserves sweeter dreams.
So, these are my picks for helping you and your friends and family enjoy a more comfortable and joyous Christmas!
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