There’s this cute little Danish word called hygge (pronounced hue-gah), which I like to describe as coziness meets content soulfulness and tot love that?? Though of course hygge is for all seasons, fall and winter are totally the perfect times of year to hygge. So now that it’s officially September, I’m wasting no time getting my hygge on! The colder weather just invites lit fire places and hot drinks and fuzzy socks. And whenever loved ones are involved, all the better!
There are many ways you can easily incorporate this good for your soul feeling into all aspects of your life and home.
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First off, if you have any sort of fireplace, lucky you! We only use ours on super cold nights. And believe me when I say it actually gets cold where we live. Like -30°C is not even shocking. There’s no shortage of cozy opportunities here!
But even if you don’t have a fireplace, candles will do just nicely. Candles are the best. Candles are a warm hug. Candles are everything. Candles candles candles. But not just any candle, it has to be a good quality candle, and not too expensive. (We’re saving some cash for the upcoming holidays, yes?)
Now, if you do have the room in your budget, I’d definitely recommend Candles By Victoria. Her candles are so cute and such good quality! The only thing is they are a bit pricier (but totally worth it) and shipping can also get expensive, especially if you live outside of the United States. Side note – their “Marshmallow Campfire” candle is literally the best thing I’ve ever smelled.
But Bath and Body Works would be my go to place for candles. They smell good, they look nice, they last long, always lots of options (especially for fall and winter), easy to order online (often with free shipping) and you can usually get a good deal. If you subscribe to email notifications from Bath and Body Works, they’ll send you coupons and let you know when sales are happening. I usually buy when they have their 2 for 1 deals (or buy one get one free). As soon as I get the notification email for that sale, I stock up on all my fall and winter faves. This would include “Marshmallow Fireside” (similar to Candles by Victoria’s Marshmallow Campfire), “Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin” and “Leaves”.
I also really enjoy Woodwick candles, though these can also be pricier and there doesn’t seem to be as much of a selection. But they’re especially nice when no fire place is available, because they crackle and they’re uber pretty. FYI – Candles by Victoria also sells wood wick candles!!
And remember, unscented candles are great too! I love to buy handmade ones at my local market, but you can find them almost anywhere – Michael’s, Walmart, The Dollar Store… even if it’s just a few tealights set in pretty holders. Or grab your kids and some craft supplies (burlap, paint, lace, feathers, tin cans) and invent your own candle creations! P.S. If you’re really artsy smartsy, you can even make your own candles entirely 🙂
Hot drinks are the bomb dot com. Tea, coffee, hot chocolate with marshmallows, whatever floats your boat. Grabbing a Starbucks (or in my case, a half peppermint white hot chocolate – half decaf with whipped topping from Tim Hortons) is nice once in a while, but you’ll save yourself a lot of time and money if you get it in your head that it’s just as nice to make one at home. And as silly as it sounds, using your favorite cute and unique mug is what really makes it just scream hygge (except for the screaming part lol).
And soup! Food is the one universal thing that brings people together. Personally I’m not a huge fan of cooking, so I like easy. My favorite sweater weather meal is soup in the crock pot and fresh bread from the bread maker. This way you just throw the ingredients in and let those magic machines do the work for you. Click here for more hygge food ideas.
If you want to create hygge style, it’s probably easier than you think. It shouldn’t feel forced at all, the point is that it’s supposed to make you feel good! Pajamas and fun socks are totally acceptable here! Plaid, leggings, big sweaters, messy buns, a cute nail polish color… whatever feels most comfortable and charming to you.
And don’t forget to style your home. In addition to candles, the possibilities for a hygge home are endless. Pillows and throws automatically add an element of soulful coziness, and it’s easy to find them inexpensively. Plus books totally count as home decor. 😉 To be honest I’d love to go all out home decor shopping and redo my whole house. But since that’s not very reasonable, I just do what I can when I can and it makes a huge difference! All it takes is a little planning, experimenting, and sometimes a DIY project here and there. And if you can crochet, you’re already a hygge maven. Surrounding yourself with an inviting style you love will definitely boost your hygge mood.
Here’s the thing. Everyone needs some hygge in their life. There’s a reason why Denmark is one of the best places in the world to live. It’s not about ideal warm climates, or big houses and lots of material possessions. It’s about putting your phone down and stopping (Not just slowing down, it’s a stop sign not a yield sign!) to appreciate what’s around you. Especially when it comes to the people in your life! We work hard, yes there is joy in that too, but we’re also intentionally grateful for every single little thing. Even freezing cold snow days.