Danish people call it hygge. We call it cozy. The term, which means to comfort, or to console, has never been more meaningful. Who needs another box of chocolates? Instead, reward the ones you love with a gift that keeps giving. We’re thinking of weighted blankets, plush pillows, and super comfortable pyjamas.

The festive season is fraught with stressful moments and bookended with financial burdens. (Thanks, we hate it). Instead, let’s usher in a new era, of thoughtful AND practical gifts, that won’t break the bank.

While loving winter has its merits, let’s face it, cold temperatures aren’t for everyone. Instead of coaxing and cajoling loved ones outside, join ’em inside instead. Snuggle season is the most wonderful time of the year, so set the stage with a few flourishes.


More than just pyjamas, This is J Sleepwear boasts loungewear and relaxed looks for the entire family. Yes, the matchy-matchy outfits of your dreams are part of their lookbook, but no gaudy butt flaps or busy patterns. Jamie, of This is J, has been creating these looks for 20 years! Ethically made in Canada, This is J dyes, designs and prints all their own fabrics. The bamboo pyjamas (like this Henley Harem Set -$179) are beautiful, and comfortable, and continue to get softer with age. Libby’s had a pair since 2013, still as good as their day one.

Stop by This is J at the One of a Kind Show, where she’s practically a fixture, in her 16th season going strong. She insists this is the best way to engage and learn directly from her customers. So be sure and swing by and let her know Auburn Lane sent you!

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Netflix and Chill or a Hallmark Movie Marathon? Either way, bundle up with a super-lux cozy blanket to seal the deal. Engineered to keep its shape, the Hush Knit Weighted Blanket ($329, shown here, in Minky Velour) makes for a beautiful gift. Equally at home on the couch for cuddling, or as a layer for your boudoir, this Canadian company specializes in complete sleep solutions; think bamboo cooling sheets, icy weighted blankets and premium mattresses. Stop by their pop-up at Yorkdale Mall to test it out yourself.


Pillows can be a personal choice, feather, bio-soy, foam, firm, soft, you get the drift. Instead of trying to guess, impress them with a Bearaby Hugget. Hand-knotted from plant-based Melofoamâ„¢. Acting as a traditional pillow or as a squishy stress-relieving ball, Hugget’s are designed to be super-sustainable and soothing. Use it as part of your rest routine, meditation practice or just mindlessly watching movie after movie. This tactile pillow is a natural de-stressor. From $39.

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Treat their feet this holiday season with slippers that toast tootsies and look kinda cute to boot. UGG’s Fluff Yeah Faux-Fur slingback slippers ($125) add about an inch, keeping your back happy and feet supported. With a sturdy grip and funky furry look, these warm slippers are super plush and soft, and completely vegan-friendly.

We have a saying around here for winter, “Happy feet, happy heart.” And while socks seem like an abysmal gift reserved for teachers and acquaintances, these cheerful Timbit socks ($9.99) are just too sweet to not include. Use them as stockings, or send them in the mail to someone dear.