August 15, 2022

Create The Perfect Corporate Gift Using The Hygge Manifesto

What is Hygge?

In essence, the Danish word hygge (pronounced "hoo-gah") means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people. The warm glow of candlelight is hygge. Cozying up with a loved one for a movie – that’s hygge, too. This Danish concept essentially encompasses a feeling of cozy contentment and well-being through enjoying the simple things in life.

In keeping with the theme of our Fall Pop-In happening August 23-24, we wanted to share the Hygge Manifesto written by Meik Wiking. It is a 10-point hygge action plan, designed to discover happiness within the simple pleasures of everyday life.⁠ We have tailored our offerings for the pop-in to reflect the Hygge Manifesto with the goal of helping you spread happiness with your holiday gifts. Read on to see some of the featured items and how they reflect the individual steps within the 10-point hygge action plan.

Step 1- Atmosphere

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There is no better way for one to truly unwind and feel at peace than when their space is comfy and cozy. There are a lot of different ways to go about creating the perfect cozy space. Turning down the lights and lighting a candle is what the Hygge Manifesto recommends for step 1 of the 10-point action plan, but curating the perfect atmosphere doesn’t stop there. There are many luxe gifts that can help make setting the tone a breeze, even for those who have it all.

We've curated a few products to help you set the mood for a comfortable evening at home.⁠ Pictured above is the Fellow Ode Brew Grinder and Everywhere Mug. Having the right tools and set up can take your coffee game and morning routine from a chore to a treat. Other great luxe gifts we recommend are wireless charging plates, luxe laptop stands, and elegant hourglasses.

Step 2- Presence

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The 2nd step of the manifesto stresses the importance of presence and being in the moment. Today, we all slip into the world of our phones so easily that we forget to enjoy what is going on around us. This step reminds us to turn off our phones and enjoy each other's company. An excellent way to do this is by hosting a game night with loved ones. Games like Jenga, cards, or chess are great activities for a fun night in. Don’t forget the popcorn!

Step 3- Pleasure

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Enjoying the pleasurable things in life, such as a sweet treat, is something that can instantly lift your mood (or someone else’s). If you are looking for some items to make someone’s day, think of a special treat that they can enjoy straight from the package (like shortbread cookies). Alternatively, some loose leaf tea or even a tea set would make the perfect gift that your recipients could continue to enjoy.

Pictured above is the FLiKR FIRE personal fire pit. This unique gift makes for a special treat bringing all the cozy vibes and can even be used for a s'mores night too! It’s the ultimate crowd pleaser.

Step 4- Equality

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To represent equality in the form of a holiday gift, we’re showcasing brands whose missions are philanthropic and focus on giving back. Featured above is Bombas, a company who sells the comfiest socks, underwear, and t-shirts we could imagine and whose mission since day one has been to help those experiencing homelessness. For every clothing item purchased, a clothing item of the same kind is donated to those experiencing homelessness. Now that’s Hygge.

Step 5- Gratitude

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We took our own spin on gratitude by emphasizing crowd-pleasing outerwear. Pictured above is a man taking it all in and enjoying the present moment. He is content and grateful for his current state (not to mention his warm and stylish outerwear). This step reminds us to show gratitude for the things we have in life, so although it may be cold, gear like this is something to be grateful for.

Step 6- Harmony

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In the 6th step of the manifesto, harmony is highlighted as we are reminded that life is not a competition and there is no need to compete with others or brag about our achievements. To encompass this, we pulled together some items that will help to encourage harmonious living. Enjoying music together on a wireless speaker is a great way to shut everything off and connect with others as you enjoy some tunes. Alternatively, a backyard BBQ is another way to practice harmony by bringing people together around food. Think items like a grill set, apron, etc. An outdoor picnic with items such as a water-resistant blanket and picnic basket is another great option to live out this step.

Step 7- Comfort

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Get comfy with our selection of relaxation necessities. In the 7th step of the manifesto, we focus on comfort and what better way to get comfortable then with items that will help you step into your self-care regimen? Being able to unwind and feel truly comfortable at the end of a long day is one of life’s greatest pleasures. It’s something that everyone not only can enjoy, but deserves to enjoy. Help your recipients step into their ultimate comfort with gifts like stress relief oil, athleisure, fuzzy socks,  or a luxe robe (like the ones pictured above.)

Step 8- Truce

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The 8th step in the manifesto is truce. This step recognizes the importance of staying away from drama and discussing politics another day. To turn this into something tangible, we sought out items that would help to break the ice. A movie night in with a portable projector and popcorn is a great way to relax our minds and just enjoy one another's company. Card games that evoke conversation are another way to keep the drama at bay and focus on getting to know each other. We like this one from The Book Company!

Step 9- Togetherness

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To celebrate togetherness, we recognize the importance of creating memories with our loved ones. While memories can be made anywhere, sometimes life can get busy and we might forget to carve out the time for memory making. Unique gifts like the cocktail kit pictured above or a pizza grill set will help you and your recipients to create memories that will last a lifetime.

Step 10- Shelter

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Finally, the last step of the 10-point hygge action plan to finding happiness is shelter. In this step, we look at the importance of creating a space where you are able to recharge at the end of a long day and feel at home. Create a place of peace and security with our home must-haves like NodPod, the weighted blanket for your eyes. This is a real treat after a long day of staring at screens. An essential oil diffuser is another great gift that can really transform your space from being just a roof over your head to a sanctuary.

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