2 February 2019

My Hygge Essentials Kit

I've always enjoyed a cosy Sunday at home and the key elements that contribute to a feeling of comfort and relaxation: a warm blanket, candles, a brew and a stack of books. But it wasn't until I read 'The Little Book of Hygge' last month that I discovered there is so much more to this feeling of cosiness.

In Norwegian, hygge means "well-being." The Danish concept encompasses both physical and emotional wellness, as well as being with people you love in a cosy environment. In the end, hygge doesn't just describe a feeling; it's one of those untranslatable words that expresses much more than one concept.

So hygge is a cosy place where everyone feels safe, comfortable, and surrounded by the people they love. This could be a weekend afternoon in winter snuggled under blankets with your loved one, listening to the rain whilst you're tucked up in bed, or a sunny day with friends at the beach.

Although hygge is generally something that just happens, and not necessarily something that can be forced - I decided to compile a list of items that contribute towards my ultimate feeling of comfort and happiness, or for you to feel inspired by a few special components to create some hyggelight times of your own...


Blanket
Nothing speaks happiness in winter than cosying up on the sofa with a blanket - this one in particular was hand-knit by my mum, which smells like home and contributes to that extra feeling of safety and comfort.

Candles
Candles are Hygge 101. It's all about soft, gentle lighting rather than harsh bright lights. Traditionally the Danes prefer unscented candles - but I'm a sucker for seasonal scents and those that encompass everything I love about winter, e.g, cinnamon & clove, fig & cassis, or amber.

Books
I have been a passionate book-worm since I was little, and after a long week of working at a computer 9-5.30 and then spending the evenings on my phone scrolling Instagram - the benefits of switching off all digital devices for your moments of hygge is invaluable.

Woollen socks
There is nothing hygge about cold feet. I have a whole drawer dedicated to my obsession with chunky knitted socks. My favourite pair were a Christmas gift from my sister - a cashmere pair from The White Company, and although the luxury of them are not what makes them hygge - it's more the thought and love that went behind such a special present.

Acoustic guitar
Whether it's practising myself, listening to friends or a loved one play, or indeed an acoustic Spotify playlist - there's nothing more relaxing than listening to acoustic guitar under a blanket..

Vinyl & a record player
Again, I try to minimise digital/electronic devices when I'm having a cosy evening - but a stack of my favourite vinyl records to play or discuss with friends makes me very happy! Perhaps I'll create a Hygge Playlist of my favourites...

PJs
I'm a huge pyjama enthusiast - my favourite have always been from Cath Kidston, they're soft brushed cotton and have the cutest patterns! Plus I usually only receive them as Christmas presents from my mum, sister, or nanna - so they always make me smile when I put them on.

Lush goodies
My favourite Sunday night routine is a classic Lush pamper night - there is no better feeling than dedicating an entire evening to self care and relaxation. At the heart of any pamper night lies the bubble bath, and this of course is fuelled by Lush. I even love going to the Lush store to hand select my pamper items.

Fairy lights
If candles aren't your thing, warm fairy lights will do just the job! They're also nice to repurpose after Christmas so that your home doesn't feel so bare after the festive season ends.

Slippers
To reiterate my cold feet comment - I have discovered the sheer pleasure of a comfy pair of slippers at the ripe old age of 29.

Treats/chocolate/pastries
A bowl of warm popcorn whilst watching a movie, a coffee + croissant on a Saturday morning, or a homemade stew on a cold winter evening. Comfort food is the ultimate way to add happiness to your cosy routine.

A warm beverage: tea/coffee/hot cocoa
I absolutely love a brew - the contents depending on the time of day. In mornings/afternoons I'm a huge coffee drinker. I do enjoy a Yorkshire Tea and used to drink them by the bucketload, but not so much no I've cut down on dairy - instead I opt for a special blend loose leaf herbal tea, in particular from Leaf (Their Autumn Leaf contains cinnamon, cloves and orange for added winter warmth). And of course we all love a hot chocolate in winter!

What's in your hygge essentials kit?

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  1. I pretty much have the same list as you, though I'd add my cat:)

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    1. Ahh I wish I had a little puppy or cat to cuddle! xx

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