Over the past few years, the Danish concept of hygge (pronounced "hoo-gah" by the way) has seeped it's way into our North American culture. And what a blessing it has proved to be! Now, just in case you're not familiar with the concept of hygge, while there is no direct translation for the word in English, the term loosely refers to "creating a warm coziness during the long, cold winter months". But really, it's so much more than that. Hygge is an experience; or perhaps, an understanding of the important things, and moments in life.
Let me be clear; Hygge is not something you can purchase. Hygge is really about a state of mind. That being said, while hygge itself cannot be purchased, you can definitely invest in some practical items that will contribute to heightening your hygge experience.
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And, although hygge, as an experience, is expressed uniquely by every individual, there are some things that will absolutely add to the warm and cozy vibes that are intrinsically linked to a hygge atmosphere.
Here is a list of my top10 favorite Hygge essentials.
1. A cozy throw.
This is first and foremost on my list of Hygge essentials. And let me just say, while any blanket adds a touch of cozy Hygge ambiance, there is something so lovely about curling up under a luxuriously soft, faux fur blanket, especially on a cool, dreary day. Here are two gorgeous options you can have shipped right to your front door.
2. Cozy slippers or reading socks.
While I really do spend most of my time barefoot, I do love a good pair of reading socks for cooler evenings. It's so lovely to curl up with a good book and have warm and toasty feet. Aren't these cozy animal print reading socks just adorable? Even as a grown woman I'm totally over the moon for these!
3. Hot-water bottle.
Look. Get a hot-water bottle. It's not an item one would typically think of when acquiring Hygge essentials but let me tell you, it is such a treat to snuggle under a heavy throw with the added comforting heat from a hot-water bottle. I'd strongly urge you to find one with cozy sweater though. They are so much nicer for cuddling!
4. Cozy cardigan.
While any soft, snuggly sweater will do, I personally prefer a cardigan that I can easily slip off if I end up feeling a little too warm. This cable knit cardi is absolutely to die for!
I know. It's been said a million times. The thing is though, candle light just adds so much tranquility to a Hygge space. While any candle will work, I personally tend to stick to white or cream colored, unscented candles. White or cream looks so soft and pretty in any space. (And I prefer unscented candles because of item #6.) These hand-poured candles from amazon are so simple but so pretty. A perfectly hygge candle!
6. Diffuser with cozy scents.
I love using essential oils in my diffuser. My all time favorite scent is Thieves. It's warm, spicy smell is so comforting! Did you know that the sense of smell is the sense most closely tied to memory? What could be more Hygge than that? This ceramic/wood diffuser is a beautiful, choice for a neutral and natural, hygge atmosphere.
7. Favorite mug.
For me, the mug I drink from is super important. It needs to look pretty but more importantly, it needs to feel good in my hand AND have a good lip! This ceramic mug is perfect. It has gorgeous color and shape, and on top of that, it has good, wide handle that you can really hang on to.
I mean, it's chocolate. It doesn't need an explanation......My favorite is Lindt! You can stock up here!
9. Favorite book.
Just imagine curling up in your favorite chair with all of these, previously listed hygge favorites, while reading a fabulous book! Can you picture yourself there? Wrapped in a luxurious throw, wearing cozy reading socks and a comfy cardi; a comforting hot-water bottle snuggled in your lap; sipping something hot from your favorite mug while you indulge in delicious chocolate; flickering candle-light and the rich scent of Thieves permeates the air, and you have nothing to do but sink into the pages of a fabulous novel. This picture right here, is the epitome of Hygge. Unless of course, I'm in the mood for;
10. A favorite hygge movie.
I bet there's a few here that you've never heard of; like this one!
These simple essentials, for me, are the perfect picture of a glorious, Hygge evening. And whatever your perfect hygge evening might look like for you, I hope they've inspired you to invest in a few hygge essentials for your own perfect cozy evening!
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And, as always,
stay holy, Beloveds;