Christmas is less than two weeks away! Hope you have a head start on your shopping! If not, consider gifting some coziness this holiday season. Who doesn’t want another pair of warm, fuzzy socks? Or a scented candle that crackles? Maybe you just want to get your own hygge on. Or cosagach. Or whatever you want to call it. Whatever the reason, cozy gifts are one of my favorite things to give (and receive!). Here are a few ideas to give the gift of coziness this year…
Furry blanket. I am a sucker for a nice, warm furry blanket. I have several that I keep around my apartment: one on my bed, one on the couch, one on my desk chair, and one in storage…just in case. You can find faux fur/fuzzy/fleece blankets at several different places: Target, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Macy’s, West Elm, Amazon, etc. My favorite place to buy them is – of course – HomeGoods. They are usually pretty cheap…around $15 there, so you can stock up for yourself and get some as gifts. For extra coziness, buy a coordinating throw pillow or two to go with it!
Fuzzy socks. Socks are the one thing that I buy my family EVERY year for Christmas. My go-to socks are usually Smartwool or Darn Tough, but the ‘Cozy Chenille Sock‘ from UGG may be the coziest-looking sock I’ve ever seen. (Check out UGG’s ‘Fair Isle Fleece Lined Crew Sock‘ and the ‘Pom Pom Fleece Lined Crew Sock‘ for more sock coziness.) Target also has a pretty good selection of well-priced fuzzy and fleece-lined socks. I have several socks from the Gilligan & O’Malley brand that I love to sleep in. And…of course…Amazon would probably have a thousand different socks to choose from, so that is always an option as well. Just make sure you order in time for Christmas!
Sweaterized mugs. No, “sweaterized” is not a word, but it’s the best way I can describe mugs with those cute, knit covers. I love cozying up to a book or movie with a cup of something warm: hot chocolate, coffee, tea, cider, etc. And I bet it’s even cozier when you drink those out of a mug with a cute, soft “cozy.” Target sells mugs with knit covers already on them, but Etsy is definitely the place to buy the “cozies” (that’s apparently what they are called…how convenient!) by themselves. Most are hand-made too!
Comfy fleece. If there is one piece of clothing that I wear almost every day in the colder months, it’s my Patagonia Re-Tool Snap-T Pullover. I actually keep it on the corner of my bed so I can throw it on as soon as I get up in the morning, and I usually don’t take it off until right before I go to sleep. (I have slept in it before and let me tell you that it is TOASTY.) It’s the coziest, warmest, most comfortable fleece I’ve ever had. Of course, there are endless options when it comes to cozy fleeces. Try brands like The North Face, L.L. Bean, Eddie Bauer, and True Grit. Most clothing stores, however, should offer something in the cozy category. After all, hygge and self-care are all the rage right now.
Cozy robe. I know the Christmas pajama tradition is popular with a lot of people, but if you don’t want to give another set of PJs, give a robe instead! A few years ago, I received the UGG ‘Duffield’ robe as a Christmas gift, and it has been one of my favorite gifts I’ve ever gotten. Mostly because I actually use it, and it’s a great Hallmark Channel Christmas movie-watching robe. In my opinion, however, you can’t go wrong with a good flannel robe. They are easy to find (check J. Crew, Target, L.L. Bean, Woolrich, or any department store), and offer a great range of prices. Usually anywhere between $20 and $130. Sherpa or plush robes are also cozy options and should be in the same price range. Robes for everyone!
Hot water bottle. For instant comfort and coziness, the classic hot water bottle can’t be beat. Get one with a knit or fleece cover for the ultimate cozy night in. I don’t often see hot water bottles in stores (not the pretty ones anyway), but Boden seems to have the cutest hot water bottles ever made. How can you not love the little pom poms??? Amazon does have quite a few options as well, and you can find more of the functional-looking ones at Wal-Mart and most pharmacies. They also come in handy when you are sick or need to alleviate pain, so buy one for yourself for the impending flu season.
Scented candle. This is one of the most important aspects of hygge (aka coziness). Candles create soft, ambient lighting and evoke a sense of warmth and comfort. My favorite type of candles are Woodwick candles. They have wooden wicks (duh) that crackle like a fireplace when you burn them. If that’s not the coziest candle ever then I don’t know what is. If you’re not into the crackling sound, then literally any candle will also work. Get a Rewined candle for the wine lover in your life, or a Homesick candle to remind someone of home. I usually get my candles at HomeGoods or Target, but where can’t you buy candles these days?
Books. Maybe this is not a thing for most people, but for me, books always give a sense of comfort. I love a good coffee table book display, and having a home library is one of my life goals (with a sliding ladder, of course). If you want to give someone an entire year of cozy ideas, Adriana Adarme’s book, A Year of Cozy, is the perfect gift. (It’s on my Christmas list!) Plus, it has the most cozy-looking cover I’ve ever seen. There are also several books dedicated to hygge that would make great gifts for someone looking to cozy up their life. The Little Book of Hygge and Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness are two great options. Or, just get any book that looks pretty to liven up someone’s coffee table, shelf, or end table. Bonus points for antique books! They really up the cozy factor IMO.
Even more cozy gift ideas…
Fuzzy body pillow
Fleece-lined lounge pants
Essential oil diffuser with mood lighting feature
Heated or electric blanket
Soft and soothing eye mask
Digital fireplace DVD (or stream it on Netflix like I do!!!)
Hope you got some good ideas for giving the gift of cozy this Christmas. Check back soon for more gift guides and a post about Christmastime in Chicago!
Disclaimer: None of the items listed in this post are sponsored. I don’t get paid in any way, shape, or form for any of this; I’m just throwing out ideas. Pretty much all of the items listed here are things I either already own or want/are on my Christmas list.