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What Is Hygge?
Pronounced “hoo-gah,” this Danish cultural concept has no equivalent in the English language, but it roughly translates to an atmosphere of coziness and contentment — taking shelter from the cold with warm lights, soft blankets and the comfort of life’s simple pleasures. If you’ve ever warmed your hands by the fireplace on a peaceful, snowy night, you’ve experienced hygge. Brush away any lingering winter blues and boost productivity by bringing hygge into your workspace with these picks.
No more floor-, shelf- or desk space? Hang up your mood-boosting, concentration-supporting, air quality–improving indoor plants instead, using the stylish, space-conscious 2V Hanging Planters from Convivial Production. $64, convivialproduction.com
Keep your desk — and therefore your mind — clear of clutter with the UMBRA Junip Phone Holder, a two-in-one tool with a clever U-shaped body that lets you store your phone and phone accessories or other small trinkets in one place. $10, umbra.com
That’s a Wrap!
When the sun is low, the chill is high and the deadline clocks are ticking, wrap up in Parachute’s luxurious Speckled Waffle Robe and meet targets in complete comfort. $129, parachutehome.com
Only the Essentials
Harness the power of aromatherapy with this kit of essential oil blends from Saje Wellness Therapy, designed to help relieve stress, support digestive function and improve mental clarity. $38, saje.com
When faced with a mountain of hard work, don’t get cold feet! Keep cozy and charge forward with these sweet Plot Twist Fluffy Feet Slippers from Sunday Forever, so it can truly feel like Sunday, forever. $42, sundayforever.com
Candles are an essential hygge element, which is why Calgary-based Milk Jar Candle Company designed their clean-burning, hand-poured Hygge candle: a medley of vanilla, tobacco and cedar. $26, milkjar.ca
Brass with Class
Nothing cultivates cozy ambiance like a handy desk lamp, and the IKEA BAROMETER strikes the perfect balance between modern utility and vintage style. $40, ikea.com
Make feeding your plants an elegant experience every time with Greendig’s gleaming golden sand-finished Oasis Water Can with a long, slim spout for precise water distribution. $30, shopgreendigs.com
Plan for Peace
Hygge isn’t just about how things look on the outside, but how you feel on the inside. Command your sense of calm and stay organized this year with Hadron Epoch’s 17M Signature Planners. $30, hadronepoch.com
Snug & Stylish
Did you know that a study from Cornell University found cold temperatures can lead to more work errors? Bundle up and stay focused with The Turkish Blanket, available in Natural Fog and Cool Black. $88, byoganow.com
Editors’ Pick: Brain-Boosting Bevvy
Fuel your workday with Toronto-based Parallel Tea Co.’s Original Superblend: Yerba Mate + Guayusa. Loaded with antioxidants, this tea was developed specifically for improving concentration and work performance by providing a long-lasting energy boost and sense of well-being. $15, paralleltea.com