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Feeling Like... Team H&W's Holiday Gift Guides

Posted on December 03, 2018 by Melissa Andersen

Hygge & West Holiday Gift Guides

Call us sappy, but we're firm believers that the giving that comes with the holiday season will always be more fun than the getting. We love scouring our favorite shops for the *perfect* gift for everyone on our lists—and there's just something so heartwarming about seeing the recipients' eyes light up when they open their holiday packages. That feeling, well, that's what hygge means to us.

Need a little inspiration for your own holiday shopping this year? Each member of the Team H&W rounded up some of their favorite items to give, so keep scrolling to check off everyone on your nice list (and why not be a little naughty and treat yourself to a few, too?).

Feeling Like H&W Team Holiday Gift Guides | Christiana Coop

CHRISTIANA COOP

Hygge & West: Tell us about the gifts you choose and why they pair so well with your pattern of choice.

Christiana Coop: I chose Florebela (Fawn). I’m moving to a little farmhouse in the country about an hour north of San Francisco, so I’ve been obsessed with farmhouse décor and design. I think this pattern is so classic and perfect for modern, but timeless farmhouse vibes. I’m pairing it with, okay I’ll admit it, gifts I’d personally love (and, of course, would love to give to my country neighbors that I have yet to meet) to enhance the cozy factor around the holidays.

1. Farm From Home: This book is so inspiring for a unique perspective on moving from the city to a farm. 

2. Solar-powered lantern: I just love the idea of hanging these from a remote tree to welcome guests and for those afraid of the dark.

3. Solo stove: Aimee actually got me this and it’s so easy to turn on and move around to any location on the farm!

4. Stelton kettle: This chic kettle makes it easy to boil water for a lovely afternoon tea quickly and in style.

5. Table runner:  The pattern and texture of this runner are perfect for a meal gathered around a farmhouse table.

6. Hygge & West Home: Julie Backer’s chapter is so inspiring for modern (and pattern-filled) country living!

H&W: The holidays are all about tradition and memory-making. What are some of your favorite holiday traditions or memories of holidays past?

CC: I actually love our traditional Christmas Eve. For as long as I can remember, we eat my mom’s homemade clam chowder after sitting around the fire eating appetizers—the highlight of which is my favorite tuna dip (it’s basically canned tuna, blue cheese, and cream cheese and I look forward to it every year and eat way more than my fair share!). Then we set up our New Mexican luminarias down the driveway before venturing out to walk around the neighborhood and see the Christmas lights. It’s all pretty simple, but I think having these same traditions every year makes them so special. I just love it.

H&W: What do you have planned for the holidays this year? How are you planning to add extra hygge into the season?

CC: This year, I’m so very excited because I’ll finally have room to get a tree and go wild with white fairy lights. So I’m planning to have a lot of friends over for extra hygge evenings around the fire with cheese and pre-holiday bubbles. Then I’ll head to New Mexico to spend Christmas with my family.

Favorite holiday movie: A Christmas Carol (the one with George C. Scott)

Favorite holiday song: "I’ll Be Home for Christmas" by Bing Crosby

Favorite holiday dish or cocktail: That’s got to be a Bloody Mary on Christmas morning. Just my brother and I seem to enjoy them, so we usually make them together and it’s a delicious way to ease into the day and whet our appetites for the big meal!

Feeling Like H&W Team Holiday Gift Guides | Aimee Lagos

AIMEE LAGOS

Hygge & West: Tell us about the gifts you choose and why they pair so well with your pattern of choice.

Aimee Lagos: This year, we’re taking a family trip to Costa Rica the week after Christmas, so I’ve had travel on the mind. I chose Cities Toile (Ebony) to pair with travel-themed gifts!

1. The perfect sightseeing bag: If I’m going to be out and about all day, I always take my Small Sutton MZ Wallace bag. It’s lightweight, big enough to hold all your essentials, and the crossbody strap keeps your hands free. It also packs down to nothing in your suitcase.

2. Peace and (almost) quiet: They’re pricey, but for someone who spends a lot of time on planes, they are game changers. Enjoy being able to actually hear movies, or keep them on while you catch some ZZZs. They almost block out the sound of crying babies. Almost.

3. Monocle travel guides: Christiana and I have used these on most of our recent trips and we love them. They contain great resources for shopping, sightseeing, and dining, and they also do a great job of giving you a taste of local culture.

4. Something warm: These scarves are awesome for travel—they’re big enough to wrap up in on the plane if you get chilly, and twist up into a chic scarf when you reach your destination. Plus, they come in so many pretty colors.

5. A snazzy luggage tag: This will help the recipient quickly identify his or her black roller bag in a sea of black roller bags, and the bright yellow will perk up even the most jet-lagged traveler.

6. Our book: I know—this doesn’t really have much to do with travel, but we sure did travel a lot while making it, so a lot of my recommendations come from our time on the road shooting the book.

7. A nice water bottle: I get really dehydrated on long flights, so I’ve started bringing a water bottle along. This pretty Corkcicle x Rifle Paper Co. collaboration is my favorite one.

H&W: The holidays are all about tradition and memory-making. What are some of your favorite holiday traditions or memories of holidays past?

AL: There are so many—I have wonderful memories from my childhood and wonderful memories from Christmases with my boys. My husband reminded me of one the other night: my younger son was obsessed with Little Einsteins when he was two. It had just come out, so they didn’t have toys of the characters in stores yet, so I decided I would make him a Rocket. It took hours, and I was up until midnight Christmas Eve finishing it. The next morning, when the boys came downstairs, my son ran over to the fireplace and picked it up and looked at us and said, “What this?” and we said, “It’s Rocket!” He looked at it and threw it down and said, “That not Rocket.” We all laugh about that every Christmas.

H&W: What do you have planned for the holidays this year? How are you planning to add extra hygge into the season?

AL: We just finished the first phase of our home remodel, and I now have the kitchen of my dreams, so I plan to do a lot of cooking and baking. We’re also finally able to entertain again after losing our kitchen for four months, so we’re excited to have people over for lots of big and small gatherings. We has our first Friendsgiving the week before Thanksgiving. Instead of making traditional Thanksgiving food, we decided to make everything that we and our friends all love to eat, so it was a bit of a mish-mash, but delicious! And we’ll do our annual Holiday Singalong Jamboree this month, which involves more food, and lots of off-key renditions of holiday songs around the fire.

Favorite holiday song: "Little Drummer Boy," because it was my Grandpa’s favorite.

Favorite holiday movie: We watch Elf with the boys every year, so that’s become my favorite.

Favorite holiday dish or cocktail: Vin Chaud—we spent a Christmas in Paris, and now we cannot have Christmas without this drink.

Feeling Like H&W Team Holiday Gift Guides | Aimee Lagos

OLA SUPERNAT

Hygge & West: Tell us about the gifts you choose and why they pair so well with your pattern of choice.

Ola Supernat: My gifts center around the theme of aiming to do better by your body and mind. Bruno (Coral) pairs well with my theme—the abstract, fluid lines of the pattern could be a metaphor for how our lives are always in flux and how there is always room—and time—to be a better self. Plus, the Coral colorway is quite festive.

1. Baggu pouches: These pretty pouches keep you—and your stuff—organized.

2. Evan Healy Whipped Shea Butter: This luscious shea butter provides fantastic skin protection in the cooler months.

3. Alarm clock: A real alarm clock (rather than the one on your phone) will help avoid screen time in bed—the phone can stay in another room for the night.

4. Pumpkin seed oil: Pumpkin seed oil is not only delicious drizzled over fresh bread topped with avocado and tomatoes, but it’s also good for you.

5. Foam roller: Some may say foam rollers are evil, but your body will thank you! Plus, you can listen to music or (try to) do a little meditation while rolling—a win-win for body and soul!

6. Hygge & West Home: This book is both a feast for the eyes and a reminder that it’s not just things that make up a wonderfully cozy life.

H&W: The holidays are all about tradition and memory-making. What are some of your favorite holiday traditions or memories of holidays past?

OS: My favorite holidays are the ones I get to spend with my family back in Poland. I haven’t been able to go home for Christmas for a few years now, but my thoughts are always there during the season. Some of my favorite memories include baking with my mom and grandma; going to the Holiday Market; eating enough Polish food to last me until the next time I get to go home; ice skating with friends; and long walks followed by hot tea and cake in our warm, cozy kitchen.

H&W: What do you have planned for the holidays this year? How are you planning to add extra hygge into the season?

OS: We’re going to Bora Bora for the holidays. It definitely won’t be a white Christmas, but I think island lifestyle goes hand-in-hand with the concept of hygge. We’ve booked our accommodations—overwater bungalow!—and the only plans so far include starting our mornings with leisurely breakfasts on the porch and ending back on the porch reflecting on the day. We’ll take it one day at a time, enjoying everything as it comes (even a torrential downpour, which is a high possibility since we’re going during rainy season).

Favorite holiday song: Any classic Christmas carol

Favorite holiday movie: Home Alone

Favorite holiday dish or cocktail: Potatoes in the US, pierogi in Poland

Feeling Like Team H&W Holiday Gift Guides | Melissa Andersen

MELISSA ANDERSEN

Hygge & West: Tell us about the gifts you choose and why they pair so well with your pattern of choice.

Melissa Andersen: When I think of the holidays, I think of wintry days spent cooped up in a cozy mountain escape. A rustic log cabin shared with loved ones, a roaring fire inside, a snow storm roaring outside, good food, and Christmas music—does it get any more hygge than that? I paired my gifts with Snow (Gold) because it invokes those cabin feelings with just a touch of glitz and glam—perfect for the holidays.

1. Dot bowl: This handmade vessel is a beautiful way to make all those holiday treats feel even more special.

2. Mountain mugs: I have a soft spot for ceramics, especially when you can see the artist's hand. These mugs bring that cozy, mountain-y feel to your coffee or hot chocolate, no matter where you live.

3. Faux fur throw blanket: Every snow day needs a warm, fluffy blanket to snuggle under. This faux fur version is comfy and cruelty-free.

4. Dinner bell: Something about a snowy winter cabin makes me long for the simple lifestyle of bygone days, and this steel dinner bell gives me all those old-timey feels with a modern twist.

5. Fatwood crock: Because how else are we going to get a roaring fire going in our cabin? This crock and kindling serve a purpose and look great while doing it.

6. Embroidered pillowcases: These embroidered pillowcases make lazy mornings in bed so chic—and a little cheeky, too. 

7. Shearling slippers: Cozy and cute—what's not to love about these slippers that bring all the hygge and toasty toes, too!

8. Hygge & West Home: A snowy cabin weekend demands good reading and interior eye candy, and this book has both in spades. Plus, Stephanie Housley's ultimate mountain home is the stuff my log cabin dreams are made of!

9. Woodland smoker: This whimsical wooden smoker brings the aroma of cedarwood to any space in your home—and looks darn adorable while doing it.

H&W: The holidays are all about tradition and memory-making. What are some of your favorite holiday traditions or memories of holidays past?

MA: In my big, Italian family, the holidays are all about traditions, from the foods we eat every year—lots of seafood and pasta, a serious antipasto platter, decadent traditional desserts, and so much more—to the rituals we partake in, like the long process of making and hand-forming dolalucci cookies. But my favorite is definitely driving out to the country to cut down our tree. We make a day of it with lunch and antique shopping afterward, and it's the perfect way to kick off the season.

H&W: What do you have planned for the holidays this year? How are you planning to add extra hygge into the season?

MA: My husband and I just had our first baby (!!!) so the holidays are going to be very different this year. Since the baby will only be a few weeks old, we'll likely avoid the big family gatherings and mostly lay low at home instead. We're planning to cook up a big feast for two, binge on Christmas movies, and just soak up every second with our new little bundle.

Favorite holiday song: Brenda Lee's "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" for something classic, and Otis Redding's "Merry Christmas Baby" for a little more funk.

Favorite holiday movie: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation—it's mandatory holiday viewing in my family.

Favorite holiday dish or cocktail: Dolaluccis! They're a traditional Italian Christmas cookie that's super labor intensive to make, but so worth the effort.

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