As the days grow darker and the air cooler we retreat inside our homes as winter comes our way. Now more than ever, as we spend more time inside our homes, is the time to practice the Scandinavian tradition of Hygge. Hygge is a quality of coziness that makes a person feel content and comfortable. It's also often used as an adjective meaning "cozy or comfortable." Where did hygge come from? About mid-20th century, the Danish word hygge (pronounced \HEW-guh\) began appearing in English writing, as a noun and adjective, to refer to cozy and comfortable surroundings that invoke an inner sense of contentment or well-being. The Danish word carries a similar meaning, and the Danes borrowed it from Norwegian, where it has the meaning of "comfort" and "coziness."

Scenes of hygge include warmly snuggling by a roaring fire on a cold winter's night while sipping glogg or hot cocoa; or a candle-lit reading nook with tea and cookies or wool woven blankets with hand knit sweaters by a roaring fire. In these scenes, the fire and candles are traditional elements in establishing hygge. This tradition is likely connected to the endlessly dark Nordic winters, during which people in the past found comfort and relaxation in watching their flickering dance.

Hygge is the special place you create for yourself and loved ones to winter the storm. Our environments shape how we feel and think, this fall and winter create a place of warmth, healing and relaxation by practicing the art of hygge 

Bring Hygge into your life and home with APORTA Shop's limited edition monthly gift boxes.

The Hygge Gift Box by APORTA Shop. Let APORTA's Danish heritage set you up for the perfect Hygge experience. Inside each monthly box are curated surprises to calm you, keep you cosy and invoke the hygge spirit. Hand picked by APORTA Shop owner Noelle Sharp, items in the Hygge Gift Boxes are exclusive to their boxes and not found in store or online. 

Treat yourself or a loved one with the calming gift of hygge. Sending as a gift? Leave a note in the "note" section when checking out and a hand written note will be included (please keep under 5 sentences or less). Limited edition. Boxes will be shipped the first week of each month. There are limited boxes available so purchase ahead of time to secure your hygge box.