Winter is a strange time.  Hundreds of years ago, it was something to be feared and prepared to battle against.  Ice storms, rain, dark days and freezing temperatures meant that crops couldn’t grow, and livestock couldn’t eat, so it was a dangerous time for communities across the world.  The constant changing of the seasons meant that there was, at least, a consistency for our ancestors, and they knew that, to quote the Starks, “winter was coming”, and they could attempt and do something to up their odds against the cruel season.

Nowadays with our insulated homes, big winter coats and woolly hats, we are protected against the cold that autumn and winter brings and many people quote that winter is their favourite month, and in fairness, I can’t blame them!  Mulled wine, winter walks through the countryside, dark nights with a hot chocolate or a Sunday roast in an English pub while the weather rages outside, really allows for a sense of hygge.

Hygge (pronounced hyoo-guh) is a sort of buzzword at the moment, and I can see why.  The word is Danish in origin and doesn’t really have a direct translation into English.  Putting it into Google Translate gives you the word ‘fun’, but most argue that the closest word is ‘cosiness’.  The Danish would argue that it goes further than that, though; that it describes a sense of wellness and contentment in the simple things, especially when you feel safe and secure within yourself and those around you and our aim is to provide a range of gift boxes that are pure happiness in a box, pamper and relax gifts for him and her and gifts that say I’m thinking of you. Check out our Relax and Pamper Collection.

Here at OohBox we have a whole host of gifts that give you a hygge or in our case a Hug!  A heated wrap, herbal tea, crumbly Cartwright and Butler biscuits, and beautifully scented candle, what better way is there send a virtual cuddle to someone you love!

As the nights get longer, the weather turns colder, and so many of us feel an urge to nest.  With self-care being so important at the moment, why not practise a little hygge yourself this season?  Or grab the kids and dive under a blanket to watch a film, winter is the best time of year to gather your loved ones around you and snuggle up with a good film.  With our Chick Flick, Date Night, Blockbuster and Night Before gift boxes we can send a selection of sweet treats, cosy socks, a cheeky tipple (over 18’s only) and scented candles perfect for the run up to Christmas and beyond, and as Christmas passes and we all start to prepare for the year ahead our Mindful, Relaxer and Happy boxes are the perfect selection of chill out products before we head back to normal after the break.

Our 21st century world doesn’t afford us many opportunities to ‘switch off’, but if there’s ever a time to take a moment for yourself, you’ll be sure to find it in the depths of winter and within our fabulous hand-picked collection of gift boxes.


December 06, 2021 — Julie Selby