I received the Hygge Day Box in exchange for an honest review.
There’s a Danish proverb Söde Ord fylde kun lidt i sakken (fine words butter no parsnips) and such was the case this morning. I had every intention of getting up an hour or so before the kids to enjoy a cup of tea with a blanket and the fireplace channel, maybe put a batch of cookies in the oven for the lunches and fill the house with the welcoming scent freshly baked goodness. Start the day the best way, in a hygge atmosphere of warmth, wellbeing and coziness. But none of that happened. Instead I hit the snooze button three or four times before dragging myself downstairs to join the usual morning melee of lunch-making, homework-finding, sibling-bickering and out-the-door-getting before finally sitting down with my first cup of tea.
The good news is there’s always tomorrow to try again and plenty of opportunities to enjoy hygge throughout the day. It’s that comforting feeling you get when you put on your favourite fuzzy slippers or light a candle on the windowsill, the peace that comes with a walk along a tree-lined path, or the connection and fellowship in sitting down to a meal in the company of people who know your faults and love you anyway. All of which is celebrated on International Hygge Day this Sunday, February 28. The founders of the Canadian hygge subscription box, Hygge in a Box, put together a special edition Hygge Day Box to help people join in the fun. Like the seasonal boxes it’s a selection of special products and activities from Canadian makers and small businesses curated with the key tenets of hygge in mind. Here’s a look.
Each box includes a lovely product card with some ideas for bringing hygge into your daily life on one side and a detailed description of the contents on the other. Hygge in a Box was founded by two sisters — Jill and Lisa, both hygge enthusiasts — and is based in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
My Journey Journal Carolyn Carleton is a national award-winning author and loves to encourage women to be brave with their lives. We are partnering with her to deliver a free and custom hygge journaling workshop on Monday, March 1 for Hygge in a Box recipients. She designs a weekly journal that will help you develop an attitude of gratitude, intentionally live each day and be brave with your life. Discover why putting pen to paper can be one of the most therapeutic things you can do yourself. She lives in Saskatchewan with her husband and two daughters.
Hygge is more about experiences and less about things so I really like how Jill and Lisa have included this workshop (along with another activity and a recipe you’ll see near the end of this post). Journaling offers so many benefits and taking a pause to reflect is hyggelig for sure.
Notebooks Linden Paper Co. was founded by an illustrator and designer based in Port Moody, BC. They are passionate about designing high-quality stationery products that allow others to find pleasure in any task. Linden Paper Co. values beautiful products that have real and practical uses. Each handcrafted piece of stationery is designed to infuse creativity into your day. The ethos of the company is to live a life of balance between work, home and travel, and to enjoy and treasure every experience.
These pocket-sized notebooks are soooo pretty! I love the weight of the paper — my favourite pens (which are actually fine-point markers) don’t bleed through — and the size is perfect to keep in your purse or on a bedside table or just about anywhere.
Scandinavian Candle Hygge Space was created by Vancouver, BC based sisters-in-law, who have backgrounds in education and have a shared passion for hygge. Amongst them, they have five busy boys who really keep them on their toes! The inspiration for starting Hygge Space came from their passion for creating hyggelig moments with their family and friends by making everyday events extra special. This adorable hexagon candle is made with 100% essential oils and is phthalate and fragrance-free.
I love candles and the mixed materials and natural ingredients that make up this one but sadly the scent isn’t for me. It’s a blend of sweet orange, clove and almond. But I’m sure I can find someone who will enjoy it.
Eucalyptus Bath Melts Fill the bathroom with the invigorating scent of eucalyptus with these silky bath melts made of luxurious butters, oils, and essential oils. As you melt them into your bath water, be ready to be drawn into your skin to provide smooth and moisturizing results. Not a bath person? No problem, melt into a foot basin and give your tired feet a silky treat. Buck Na-ked Soap Company is based in Cambridge, ON, and they are committed to being chemical-free, using only pure, natural ingredients.
Ahhhh these melts smell so wonderful. The block is made up of six cubes that you can break off and use as many as you like. I’m going to treat my feet and try them in a makeshift basin. Maybe my daughter and I can make a spa date of it.
Foot Balm Tired feet? Dry heels? My Valhalla Soaps handcrafted this luxurious and effective Rose and Amaranth Foot Balm in Winnipeg, MB. It incorporates canola infused wtih rose petals and locally grown amaranth this is carefully blended with local beeswax and cocoa butter. It is then scented with peppermint essential oil to invigorate the skin with a pleasant tingling sensation. Smells like a peppermint patty and a little goes a long way.
This balm is magical! My heels were a sight before I started using it a few days ago and now it’s like I’ve got new feet! Melts into the skin to soothe and moisturize. (I didn’t feel any tingling but the peppermint scent is lovely!)
Crochet Basket Lolerfly is a small shop created out of love for crafting and is based in Surrey, BC. A stay-at-home mama, Annie is the hands behind the crochet/knitting needles. Starting out as a hobby and a way to create gifts for family, she began to sell crochet and knit items on Etsy in 2016, and things grew from there. Using quality yarns, attention to detail, and a love for trying out new colours and designs, Lolerfly loves to create beautiful pieces for people’s home and babies! This basket is cute as a plant holder, for desk supplies, jewellery and anything you can think of.
Our other plants are jealous.
Winter Blend Coffee Inspired by the Grand Cafes of Paris, Balzac’s Coffee Roasters was brought to life by a burning ambition to bring that culture to the Great White North i.e. Canada. The company was founded in Stratford, ON in 1996, led by the entrepreneurial and artistic vision of one woman — Diana Olsen. Proudly Canadian, Balzac’s has 14 distinct and beloved locations across Ontario. This organic fairtrade coffee has a rich and harmonious balance of sweet plum and dark chocolate notes.
My husband and his brother were just talking about Balzac’s coffee the other day so it was a great surprise to see this can in the Hygge Day Box. We’ve bought it in the past (my hubby’s a fan) and now we’re freshly stocked.
Hygge Book Embrace The Cozy Life with Hygge and rediscover the joy of the simple things through the Danish concept of Hygge. This easy read will inspire you to slow down and enjoy life’s cozy moments while helping you re-energize and reconnect with what’s truly important. Based in Vancouver, BC, author Pia Edberg has spent over 15 years studying personal development, backed by a psychology degree, and numerous certifications in the personal development fields. The Cozy Life with Hygge has been a bestselling book, was picked up by five traditional publishers worldwide and translated into multiple languages.
This book is an accessible and enjoyable guide to all things hygge, from hygge history, mindset, hospitality and homemaking to hygge music, gifting, exercise and more. I’m especially excited to try some of Pia’s favourite Danish recipes — childhood favourites like rice pudding, pancakes and a fruit dessert are all included — and her hygge sleeping and waking routines. If you want to incorporate more hygge in your life, The Cozy Life with Hygge is a great place to start. (Paired with Hygge in a Box, of course! 😉)
Hazelnut Praline Chocolate Located in Severn, ON, Georgian Chocolate Co. handcrafts locally made and ethically sourced chocolate using 100% traceable cocoa beans. They partner with emerging artists to design their packaging to bring new artists the opportunity to be seen. This gluten-free creamy milk chocolate has an intense cocoa taste with subtle caramel notes and a sweet crunch of hazelnut praline. This is nothing more hygge than indulging in a sweet treat.
Milk chocolate is my kryptonite so I was delighted to see this bar. Hazelnut praline, hello! 🤤 I think I have maybe two squares left for Hygge Day, LOL. And the packaging is adorable. Very Fantastic Mr. Fox (one of our favourite movies to watch as a family).
Last but not least, an invite to a Chocolate Molten Lava Cake Party this Sunday to celebrate International Hygge Day (a Zoom baking class with culinary instructor and dietician Shauna Lindzon) and a recipe for Leann’s Cinnamon Twists (the winner of the Hygge in a Box recipe contest). Jill and Lisa kindly invited me to the baking class and you know I love to bake so I’m all over that, plus it’s just a fun way to mark the day. And we have to make the cinnamon twists. They look amazing, oh em gee. 🤪
I’ve tried a few Hygge in a Box boxes now (you can see them here) and I think this Hygge Day one is my favourite, not only for the products and experiences, but for the inspiration. Now more than ever (which is really saying something for mid-winter!) I’m excited to adopt a more hygge mindset and look for more ways to slow down and enjoy the unique warmth, comfort and connection that hygge brings. Thank you, Jill and Lisa!
Hygge in a Box is available to buy as a quarterly subscription or a single box for $114.99 CAD + shipping/each with limited edition boxes like the Hygge Day Box released throughout the year. (That one sold for $89.99 CAD + shipping.) March 30, 2021 is the deadline to order the Spring Box shipping in April, and the cut-off for ordering the next special edition box, the Mother’s Day Box, is April 5, 2021 (unless it sells out earlier). Hygge in a Box ships across Canada and the US.
What do you think of the Hygge Day Box? How do you enjoy hygge? ❤️