Currently, international travel is a no-go for most folks, yet that doesn’t mean woolgathering about far-flung destinations is off the table for when it’s safe to, once again, move about the cabin and roam the planet. For now, your loved ones can rest and daydream, research and learn, and apply the principles of hygge, a Danish and Norwegian word for the art of comfort and coziness, to their daily routines.
For those in your inner circle who love to explore the far corners of the globe, yet appreciate downtime at home between trips, here are the best hygge-inspired gifts to encourage comfort and wellbeing.
Many cool products are made in Portland and the handblown glasses from North Drinkware definitely fit the description. Each glass has a specific mountain crafted on the bottom of each pint and tumbler—Mt. Washington in New Hampshire; Mt. Hood and Mt. Bachelor in Oregon; Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker, and Mt. Saint Helens in Washington; Mt. Shasta and Half Dome in California and other crags from Wyoming, Colorado and Vermont. This is a gift that will positively impress your loved ones this year.
Pohenui Island, New Zealand
Jeremy Moon, founder of icebreaker, was inspired by a chance meeting with a sheep farmer on Pohenui Island in New Zealand that catapulted his career into the activewear business, eschewing synthetic materials, and making natural solutions instead. What began in New Zealand has now, after 20 years, blossomed to 40 different countries. What’s more: icebreaker plans on utilizing all plastic-free materials by 2023. Gift a best-seller: the Women’s Merino 250 Tech Long Sleeve Crewe Thermal Top, which comes in four different colors and a variety of sizes.
Protecting your feet while wandering around outside, forest bathing under trees, chasing after your little ones, or basking in the rare sunshine on a winter day, allows you to enjoy the elements—come what may. For a classic duck boot style, that’s waterproof and stylish, choose the Kathmandu Winter Snow Boot made by Northside.
Inspired by the bygone mining town of Tincup, Colorado, named after the tin cups miners would drink from, TINCUP whiskey was created by Jess Graber, a mountain and history lover. Two American whiskeys—high rye Indiana bourbon and single malt Colorado whiskey— are blended together and aged in oak barrels before being mixed with Rocky Mountain water.
Co-founder Cameron Diaz has created a wine from organically farmed grapes called Avaline, which is best shared with friends while at home. Ingredients are listed on the website and no unessential additives, sugars, or concentrates are used. White, Rose, and Red wines are offered at $24 per bottle—it’s a gift that won’t break the bank.
For fun stocking stuffers, made by the pioneering brand Sea to Summit, give the gift of comfort to your adventurer friends and family. The Aeros Ultralight Deluxe Pillow, for example, will help your loved one stay restful and snug, deep inside their sleeping bag while sleeping outside. The brand also makes useful items like towels, sleeping bag liners, reusable dishes, and TSA-approved travel containers and locks.
La Jolla, California
Everyday California makes well-reviewed clothing and accessories for everyone in your family—kids too. A portion of the proceeds are donated to Greenwave, which promotes a sustainable form of food production through regenerative ocean farming. For women who love a comfortable, oversized sweater in bright colors, choose the Hickie Cardinal, made out of soft-to-the-touch eco-fleece.
Sometimes the best way to practice hygge and get comfortable at home is to turn on the radio, cook, and fill your house with deliciously smelling noshes. The Unofficial Hogwarts for the Holidays Cookbook, written by Rita Mock-Pike from Illinois, is a perfect gift for anyone in your family who finds solace wearing an apron and holding a wooden spoon. Talk about the scenes in the popular movie and cook with your kids, following step-by-step recipes organized by season as well as by holiday. Licorice Wands, Pumpkin Tarts, Chocolate Fudge, Mince Pies, Porridge, and Cherry Soda recipes will help you bond and bring out creativity in the kitchen.
Rest and relaxation is brought to you by Deckers X Lab and their innovative KO-Z SNPR. This is the best footwear option for recovery, constructed with soft sheepskin and cow suede leather, as well as wool. Your feet will be toasty and warm when you don a colorful pair. If you know and love HOKA ONE, Teva, and UGG brands, you’ll love the latest styles created by this brand. Order online or visit the store, located in Goleta, California, in person.