March 14, 2019

Hygge Surprise Box Reveal

It's STILL winter, so I haven't totally missed the mark in trotting out this very extremely late post - I'm so heartily sorry to be so behind in putting together this full reveal over here. Sometimes, #LIFE.

This was such a fun box to put together, and I hope that those who got one of these had a great time opening it and discovering that my Hygge box had a bit of a twist - it was actually a Fika theme! If you're not up on your Scandinavian lingo, fika means 'coffee and snack break' in Swedish, but it actually signifies more than that - it has a cultural meaning as well. Fika is a ritual, and a state of mind - the idea of slowing down and recharging - not just once in awhile - but EVERYDAY.

A dear friend of mine has been throwing Fika parties in early December the past few years, and I think it's the most genius idea ever.

So as you can see, the book I used was 'The Little Book of Fika' by Lynda Balslev, and it's the cutest thing ever. It's daintily mini sized, but still large on content. Fika and its place in Scandinavian society is fully explained, and the entire back half of the book consists of recipes, treats, and drinks. It's just the sweetest pint sized book. And when I got the idea to wrap them up into cheery red and white tea towels, well friends, I gave myself a hearty inner pat on the back. I tied the bundles with twine and just look at how darling they are!

The vibe I was going for was festive, happy, winter picnic. I wanted the colors to be bright, cheerful, and something to really brighten up a gloomy winter's day!

To that end, I used some really lovely teas from Pukka - they came in fun primary colors, and the flavors are fantastic - Chamomile, vanilla and manuka honey, a turmeric blend, and a black tea variety that has warming cinnamon and cardamom.

I also included pencils from Marimekko, which you can see below. Marimekko is known for their bright, colorful Scandi designs, and every time I tucked a pencil into a box, I sighed because I really wanted to keep them for myself.

What really made these boxes special, in my humble opinion, were the knitted mug cozies. Aren't they so cute? I was going for the whole Fika experience - cozy drink and treats! Ok so the treats - my husband looked incredulously at me when we were at IKEA and I saw these candy bars. He was like, are you really putting in candy from IKEA and I was like, OH YES I AM, these are fabulous. And they are. I was very impressed with the flavors - dark chocolate with orange, caramel and almonds, milk chocolate with lingonberries and wild blueberries, and chocolate with a coffee crunch.

And Swedish gingersnaps. Those went in as well. Cookies and chocolate! I honestly think this was one of my best boxes so far. I'm STILL not charging enough for these boxes. Sigh - I'm long on creativity, short on business sense.

The last fun item that went in were these Fika cards, showing off various Swedish tea time treats. So darling right?

So there you have it! Hygge Box 2019. My next theme will be Japanese Tea Garden in April. And friends I have some sad news. It sold out, before I even got a chance to advertise it. My subscribers jumped all over that one! If you're hankering for something later in the spring, I'm doing a batch of British Boxes, and I have new Anne of Green Gables boxes with some special items that I haven't used before.

Right now I'm pondering on the Summer box - I think I know what I want to do, but if you have some ideas, shout them out! The only reason I got started with Hygge is because a dear blog reader suggested the idea to me.


  1. Love the mug cozies! By the way, in certain parts of the country, IKEA is still pretty exotic. I still haven't been inside of one!

    1. Hey IKEA is still an enchanted wonderland to me, and I do have one locally! It's a bit of a haul to get there, so I only go 2, maybe 3 times a year. My husband LOATHES going lol. I took Julia not long ago, it had been years since she had been and she thought it was the coolest place she had ever seen ha ha. She was enthralled by how big the warehouse was lol lol.

  2. I see nothing wrong with candy from Ikea, and I'm saving my bar for a special occasion. What a fun box; I'm glad I got to participate!

  3. Oh, and for summer ideas -- a Midsummer Night's Dream?