Winter is the best time to embrace the hygge way of life. In the December issue of Viking magazine, we show readers how to celebrate the Scandinavian lifestyle concept of hygge by getting cozy, crafty and inspired by nature. What is hygge? It emphasizes finding warmth and happiness from comforting activities, food, atmospheres and togetherness. It’s about centering yourself, being present and renewing your spirit.
As you shop for loved ones this Christmas season, look for hygge-themed items to put into a gift basket or box. Here are some fun ideas that will keep your family cozy and entertained at home for the holidays.
Settle in by the fireplace for an evening of games. This hygge magnetic poetry kit has more than 200 cozy word magnets to create fun phrases.
These colorful hygge notecards from Minnesota-based illustrator Kirsten Sevig come in four designs.
For ideas on how to bring coziness to your home, work and life, check out “American Cozy: Hygge-Inspired Ways to Create Comfort & Happiness” by Danish-American author Stephanie Pedersen.
For the baker on your list, these gingerbread cookie cutters make adorable little houses that are fun to decorate and eat.
Skandinavisk’s home and body fragrance collections are inspired by the Nordic region. This hygge scented candle adds a cozy touch to any room.
Winter is the perfect time to get in the kitchen and bake. For some comforting sweet recipes, check out “ScandiKitchen Fika & Hygge” by Brontë Aurell. It’s filled with more than 60 cake and treat recipes.
With more than 300 conversation-sparking questions, this hygge game is fun to play around the dinner table or fireplace.
A warm pair of Nordic-style socks is the ultimate hygge gift.
Gløgg is one of the most festive Scandinavian drinks of the holiday season. This Nordic gløgg mulling spice blend is a mixture of cinnamon, orange zest, allspice and cloves. Add it to a batch of mulled wine or cider.