Can you feel it? That chill in the air. The clear, cool light. Those stunning sunsets when you’re briskly walking back from your afternoon coffee run. Yes, winter is coming, and to us, that means one thing: It’s hygge time.
By now, you’ve heard all about hygge, the Danish art of getting cozy during the cold weather season. Think of it as that moment of bliss when you wrap yourself in a soft blanket on the couch on a Sunday afternoon, that perfect sip of tea when it’s not too hot, not too lukewarm. When your feet sink into slippers after a long day of running around. It’s those simple pleasures inside when it’s cold and miserable outside. In other words, hygge — pronounced hoo-gah — is that warm and fuzzy feeling you get at home during what feels like a never-ending winter.
We’re taking a leaf out of the Danes’ hygge playbook and slowing down to savor the comforts of coziness with these six tips on how to hygge this winter.
1. First, make your cocoa
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It’s just not hygge without hot cocoa. Starbucks Hot Cocoa Classic is our choice for velvety, decadent hot chocolate — just add hot milk. And because hygge is all about treating yourself, we love to add a dollop of Nutella and make it rain with giant marshmallows.
2. …or mulled wine
Put a pot of mulled wine on over low heat (or even easier, in your slow cooker!) and not only will you be greeted by the most delicious of holiday scents, but you’ll be cozying up to this warm, aromatic Northern European winter drink in no time, rich with red wine, honey, orange juice, and cinnamon.
3. Light your fire – or a candle
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Fireplaces are great if you have access to one, but candles are just as hygge-worthy. Mrs. Meyer’s Scented Soy Candles in Basil have a winter-friendly, fresh herb fragrance and a 35-hour burn time so you can keep the candlelit glow going for longer.
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When was the last time you soaked in a bath? If you’re still thinking about it, it’s been too long. Run a candlelit bath with Prince & Spring Epsom Salts in relaxing Lavender or invigorating Eucalyptus. The high-quality salts magically dissolve away muscle tension and stress, while the essential oils clarify the mind.
5. Sock’s on
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Buh-bye old, worn out socks with more holes than Swiss cheese. Treat your toes to cottony, new socks (we love Happy Socks in bright prints), then snuggle up under a soft throw blanket. Now bring on the Netflix and binge!
6. Hotel hygge
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Ready to hygge to the max? Book a hotel for the ultimate weekend staycation. Choose a room with creature comforts like a king bed and 24-hour room service. Pro tip: Book with Boxed Hotels and save up to 55% off your favorite hotels everywhere.
How do you live the hygge life? Share your tips in the comments below!