Give the Gift of Hygge

As you may have noticed, I want to talk about all things hygge this week! I think it's a great reminder at the holidays, when things get chaotic, to focus on cozy, comforting experiences. 

I spent many years trying to do all the things, go to all the parties, buy all the right gifts. It was stressful. The last several years I have really come to enjoy spending more time with friends and family, focusing on experiences and activities versus things. Especially now that I'm organizing homes full-time, I'm hesitant to bring too many new things into my own (which is why I love consumables as gifts - I can always put treats, wine, coffee to good use!). 

Last week, I got together with my sister and our mutual friend (and also my amazing designer - she's helped me do some awesome work on this website and created beautiful print marketing). We had a holiday cocktail at the Rob Roy downtown which is super decked out right now, including a twerking Santa (though he was out of order when we were there). 

We had a great time and exchanged small gifts - all fun, whimsical, usable items which makes my heart soar (I love using things up, it's such a satisfying feeling). Vicki gifted us both these awesome hygge-centric goody bags which included:

  • sparkly hand-made ornament by a local artist
  • festive holiday socks 
  • vintage spruce scented candle
  • delicious chocolate/peppermint treat

All of these things are pretty to look at and functional, not to mention the candle and socks are top of the list for creating hygge.

What are some of your favorite gifts you've given or received that are ultimate "comfort" items?