This post is sponsored by Albertsons.
One of the biggest requests I got from people this year was:
What do I get the people who don’t need anything?
You love them. And you want to show them your appreciation. But you are lost on gift ideas! Because they have everything they need. And because they’re very particular. Whether it’s the fact that they buy everything they need themselves all year long. Or because you don’t want to get them the run of the mill grandparent / teacher / mother in law ideas. I have your answer:
Give the gift of Hygge!
What is Hygge?
Hygge is a Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment. It can be a feeling, a moment, either alone or together with friends or family. It’s all about being cozy!
Creating a Hygge gift basket:
So get cozy and give cozy! Because hello – who doesn’t love that feeling of contentment? Like when you’re bundled up in front of the fire. A cup of coffee or tea (or hot toddy!) in your hands, a great book, and maybe an indulgent treat or two.
And THAT is what this Hygge gift basket idea is all about. Making it possible for the ones you love and appreciate to have those moments.
The boys wanted to get in on helping create a Hygge holiday, too! We talked about some of the things Grammy and PopPop liked: chocolate, fresh roasted coffee, pie, bold teas, and time with the boys. And as soon as we finished our list, I knew exactly what to get them. A basket full of goodies, and a coupon book!
Our local Albertsons store:
Albertsons is our one-stop shop for everything these days. Groceries, yes. But so much more! Fresh flowers, fresh in-store made meals, speciality gifts, health care and easy gifts. We’ve literally been there so much that most of the employees know us by name.
In fact, a few of the ladies in the check-out lines save stickers for the boys, because they know it’s their favorite. And one of the gentlemen that helps with stock always comes out and says hello, bringing with him a sample of some awesome new product they got in store.
That’s how we discovered the new Signature RESERVE™ Chocolate French Truffles. That first day, I literally bought three boxes, and went back the next week to hoard more!
Albertsons’ exclusive Signature RESERVE line is all about decadence and premium quality. From their beautiful packaging, to the unique and flavorful products, there is something for everyone. Especially those in need of some Hygge in their lives.
What we included in our Hygge gift basket:
Thanks to my love of thrifting, we have tons of amazing baskets. I love presenting gifts in these, because they can be reused afterwards. I lined the basket with a scarf I picked up from a front display at Albertsons on Broadway, as it really made everything feel so much more cozy and Hygge. The boys and I went through the aisles and also picked out:
My mom and I can get down on some tea. But we don’t like weak flavors. When I was little, we always put on the kettle and made the most amazing orange tea. It immediately warmed me from the inside, out, and made me feel better. So it was a no brainer to include the Signature RESERVE Cranberry Blood Orange and Hibiscus Berry Loose Leaf Teas. I’ve started making a large batch, and putting half in the refrigerator for later. The Cranberry Blood Orange is seriously amazing. It has a kind of holiday feel to it, so it’s perfect for this time of year especially.
My dad prefers coffee, and the boys wanted to make sure PopPop got something special to drink Christmas morning while we open presents. The Signature RESERVE Costa Rican Coffee is hard to beat. From fresh grinding it in the morning, to brewing and then enjoying. Oh. My. Deliciousness. The house fills with the fresh roasted smell.
Signature RESERVE Dark Chocolate Caramels. My parents definitely prefer dark over milk, and I know why. Especially the Signature RESERVE dark chocolate is so full of decadent creamy goodness! They’re slow cooked in copper kettles, and that little sprinkle of sea salt is just perfection. We also added our favorite Signature RESERVE Chocolate French Truffles. Because no Hygge gift basket would ever be complete without them. They are the epitome of yummy happiness. Our favorite check out lady warned us after our first purchase – you will get addicted!
To quench the sweet tooth:
Are you ready for this? After the suggestion from one of the Albertsons employees, we found the most delicious pairing for an after dinner treat. Signature RESERVE Madagascar Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, and Pecan Pie Filling. No sweet tooth can resist! Don’t get me wrong, the Madagascar Vanilla is amazing on it’s own. Actually, we had to go buy more because Zach inhaled a carton one day after adding it to the top of his cherry danish. But the bourbon aged pecan pie filling is out of this world. And together with the authentic vanilla bean ice cream – YUM. Literally a match made in heaven.
To make memories:
Since we’re moving in a few weeks, our biggest thing right now is creating quality time with family. The boys had the most amazing idea of creating a coupon book for Grammy and PopPop! Full of ideas of fun and easy and “Hygge” ideas to do together. We came up with a list of 6 different Hygge coupon gift ideas! Things like “movie and snuggles”, “breakfast in bed”, “game night” and “baking together”. All things the boys said they loved doing most with their grandparents.
The holidays don’t have to be about competing for who buys the most. Or who can spend more. Our holidays always revolve around spending time with those we love, and creating memories. This Hygge gift basket idea can include as many or as few indulgent items as you’d like. Instead of driving yourself crazy trying to buy something at the mall, think of ways you can keep the Hygge feeling of coziness last after the holidays are over.
For us, that means spoiling them, but not with items they’ll never use. Rather, with indulgent and high quality goodies they may not treat themselves to normally. Find Signature RESERVE products that are sure to invoke feelings of Hygge all year long, exclusively at your local Albertsons store!
Make your holiday gift basket special with ultra-premium Signature RESERVE products. I buy my Signature RESERVE products at my local Albertsons, and you can also find them exclusively at all of the Albertsons Companies family of stores, including Safeway, ACME Markets, Jewel-Osco, Vons, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Shaw’s, Star Market, and Carrs/Safeway. Visit www.albertsons.com to find a store near you.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Albertsons Companies. The opinions and text are all mine.