Spread The Joy - Using Hygge In Gift Giving
Gift giving is one the most fulfilling aspects of the festive season. Generally, people will think of the joy in receiving a special gift for the holidays but being the giver of a meaningful gift can be even more gratifying. Great gifts are really more about the thoughtful intention behind them, than the actual gift itself. A hygge gift is well thought out, and might include something homemade or something cosy for the home.
Embracing the spirit of gift giving should start with thinking about the person you are giving to. Look into their interests and hobbies - really think about what makes them happy! Listen for any mentions of clues as you interact with them and ask mutual friends or family for ideas if you’re stuck, or even ask for their Christmas list.
Once you are ready to shop, try independent shops, craft fairs and markets and handmade platforms such as etsy when looking for a great gift, as there tend to be more unique finds. While you are in the shop remember to keep focused on the preferences of the receiver, not your own, and keep an open mind.
Ideas for gifts that encompass the hygge concept are many. Winter hygge is all about the feeling of cosiness and warmth so it’s no surprise that gifts for the home are at the top of the list. Textiles such as blankets, throws and pillows make great gifts. Warm lighting is key in a hygge home, so things like candles and tea light lanterns also make the perfect present too.
Seasonal food and drinks embrace the hygge lifestyle as well. Putting together a hot cocoa kit is a wonderful idea for your chocolate loving friend - contrive the sweet gift, using a thoughtful mug, a small decorative spoon and some coco mix. Or you could put together the ingredients for your most favourite cookie recipe, wrap them in a basket and include the handwritten recipe and note.
Wrapping your gift is nearly as important as the gift is. The wrapping is the presentation of your gift, so it should be neat and festive. Some ideas for hygge gift wrapping might be; a natural-looking and cute cardboard box, wrapping paper with snow, birds or nature on it. You could even get creative and use a knitted stocking or something seasonal to put your gift in.
The ideas are endless when it comes to spreading the Christmas cheer through hygge gift giving. After all, it’s far more joyful to give than receive.