With Christmas only a few weeks off, it’s time to do some Christmas shopping if you haven’t done so already. Every year in November and December, great crafts and food markets are hosted nationwide in preparation for the festivities. Not only are the markets an excellent way to get into the Christmas spirit, you will also be able to score some great gifts not found in the high street shops. If you are in need of some gift inspiration, have a browse through our top 5 hygge-inspired presents to give your loved ones a bit of Nordic style for Christmas.
#1 Specialty Coffee
Enjoying life’s simple pleasures is central to the Danish concept of hygge. What better way to kick this off than gifting someone an artisan bag of coffee not found in regular supermarkets? Give them a moment to unwind and salvage every sip of specially roasted coffee. An online shop like Bailies Coffee is a great start to find that perfect Christmas gift. What’s more, they have even created a dedicated Christmas Blend for their customers to enjoy.
#2 Tealight Holder & Lanterns
Add some cosiness to their home and buy them a beautiful tealight holder. The shop Rose & Grey have a great selection, including a little white house, brass lanterns and standing star. Not only will these add a beautiful atmosphere in their home over winter, they will look great whole year round. Alternatively, have a look at the website notonthehighstreet.com for a varied selection of lanterns and tealight holders.
#3 Lavish Flowers & Plants
Essential to creating a cosy home is adding some live plants and flowers. Not only do flowers and plants have a positive effect on our moods, it also helps relax people and brings home a Nordic style. Surprise your parents or grandparents with a bouquet of Christmas flowers by Bloom Magic. They deliver all across Ireland, including Galway. Alternatively, follow the trend of rustic looking planters and gift someone a small plant pot with a succulent – ideal for those people without green thumbs as succulents require little care.
#4 Handmade Mugs & Cups
Handcrafted ceramic mugs are all the rage. Not only can you found exquisite pieces on Etsy for Ireland delivery, shops like Anthropologie have a few amazing pieces as well. Their collection ranges from modern, sleek styles to rustic, printed mugs. You are guaranteed to find something to your recipient’s taste. Some personal favourites are the Sussex Mug or Yesteryear mugs. These mugs are ideal for cold winter nights in, on the sofa snuggled up to a dog or cat.
#5 Wall Art
Bare walls scream anything but cosy. Change this and gift your family member or friend a great piece of wall art. Go for a minimalistic print that is not too colourful or busy. This will only add an air of flamboyance, something that clashes with the concept of hygge. Fantastic independent artist Cathleen Nyman has created a gorgeous collection of hand-drawn illustrations. The similarly talented Justin Landon draws minimalistic illustrations that will look fantastic on any wall. Check out his collections by clicking here.