Hygge is a quality of Danish culture. It cannot be translated using a single word. Rather, it includes many of the pleasures we link with everyday living - relaxing with friends, enjoying good food, and creating a cosy evening with a candle or two. It refers to a mental state of cosiness, warmth, and togetherness in the heart of winter.
It also helps the Danes get through the long, dark and cold winters. The Danish word, pronounced "hoo-ga", is commonly translated into English as "cosiness".
The origin of the word ‘hygge’ comes from a Norwegian word meaning ‘well-being’. It first appeared in Danish writing in the 19th Century and has since developed into the cultural idea known in Denmark now.
Denmark is constantly being vote the happiest country in the world so they really are doing it right!
How to Hygge
Find a space in your home where you can sit, feel cosy and just relax. Make sure you’re surrounded by soft furnishings. Some warm fairy lights or scented candles will also add to the beautiful atmosphere that you have created.
Make a reading list or a playlist that you can sit and get comfortable with and get warm in your corner. A few books… Me before You by Jojo Moyes and Dream a Little Dream by Giovanna Fletcher.
Maybe do some baking. The smell of homemade banana bread will surely make you feel homely and, well, maybe hungry.
Snuggle up with a chunky, woolly jumper and soft socks. Ooooh, sounds good, right?
Our new range of scandi animal mugs would be a lovely addition to your Hygge space. The beautiful designs are inspired by the Nordic and Scandi patterns, which are very on trend this winter. Our cute polar bears are looking up at the personalised message and their jumpers look super snug! Pour yourself a cup of tea or a hot chocolate and enjoy your little space this winter.