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The Winter 2020 Box

When the frosty weather outside has everyone heading indoors to cuddle up under thick blankets in front of a crackling fire, you know that vinterhygge is officially here. This is the season that most people commonly associate with the concept of hygge, and we’ve made sure you’ll have plenty to treat yourself with while the snowflakes swirl outside your window.

Add some hygge flair to your space

One of the items we’ve included is a wooden sign created by House in the Oak Trees. The minimalist design and neutral colors mean that the piece will match your decor, no mater what your interior colour scheme. As an added bonus, the colour palette is calming to the eye, and will bring a sense of peacefulness to your space. Not only will it make a beautiful addition to any room, it will also be a visual reminder to take those small moments throughout the day to just relax — find a home for it in the space where you need that message most.

We also included a book by writer Louisa Thomsen Brits, aptly entitled The Book of Hygge: The Danish Art of Contentment, Comfort and Connection. Turn on some soft lights, grab your favourite knit blanket, and page through the book as you learn more about where hygge came from and how you can incorporate it into your life.

Indulge in your favourite comfort foods

There’s nothing better than a piping bowl of soup on a chilly day. However, layering all those flavours for a truly satisfying soup can be intimidating. Though we love to putter around the kitchen, sometimes you just want a simpler process, which is where the packaged vegan noodle soup mix from Simply Delish comes in. All you need to do is grab your favourite pot, bring some water to a boil, and add in the package contents. The hearty, savoury scent will fill your home, and you’ll have a delicious dinner ready in no time. Plus, it allows you to enjoy the mindful moments of stirring and watching the soup gently simmer without the hectic grocery shopping and ingredient prepping.

After some time spent out in the snow, the best way to warm your body is from the inside out with a hot beverage. We’ve included a card with hot chocolate mix from Little Tin Card Co. that you can transform into a sweet indulgence. Add your milk of choice, from decadent whole milk to your favourite non-dairy beverage, and top with whatever strikes your fancy. Whipped cream, marshmallows, sprinkles — the sky is the limit!

Last but not least, we’ve included a sweet treat so beautiful you may be hesitant to take a bite! The chocolate lollipop from Flour & Flower features a stunning edible flower encased in white chocolate and tied with a bow. Tuck it away for when you need a little dose of sweetness and beauty in your day

Surround yourself with cozy textiles

Crafting is a fantastic way to bring a bit more mindfulness and relaxation into your life, and crafting involving textiles and repetitive motions in particular can be an immensely soothing activity. For that reason, we included a cross stitch kit from interior designer Diana Watters. The process of creating it will bring some stillness into your day as you add one stitch after another, and the sweet mountain scene will have you thinking of relaxing time spent in nature whenever you look at the finished product.

And, because you can never have enough cozy socks for the winter, we’ve included a pair from the brand Conscious Step. The New York-based company has products that are all organic, vegan, and fair-trade certified. We especially love that they partner with various charities to make the world a better place, doing things like providing clean water and books to those who need them most.

Turn your bathroom into your own private spa

While a visit to a spa can be a lovely indulgence, why not transform your own bathroom into a private oasis after a hectic week? There are many things that can add ambience to a hot bath, from your favourite bubble bath mixture that creates thick, velvety suds atop the water’s surface to a calming playlist of songs you love. A candle transforms your bath experience in two ways — by infusing the air with a stunning scent and by casting a flickering glow over the space. The soy candle we included from 11 Past 11 is topped with a crystal, which provides another small bit of joy and beauty in your day.

It can be tough to find time for a luxurious bubble bath multiple times per week, which is why the shower mist from Souldeo is a must-have for your bathroom. The mist contains eucalyptus and menthol essential oils, and all you need to do is spray the mist into your steamy shower. The combination of scents is refreshing and energizing, and the mist will transform your morning shower from another task on your list to a quiet moment of indulgence.