Monday, November 28, 2016

A Little Scandi for Xmas

After a yearlong bad relationship with Birchbox, I thought I was done recommending subscription boxes as gifts. Like many so called "surprises," the biggest surprise about my Birchbox subscription was how many useless items it contained: perfume samples I hated, a million self-tanners, truly ugly nail polish shades. Norsebox, however, looks different.

Like many in the USA and beyond, Scandinavian style has hit the sweet spot for me. Scandi style manages to be both modernist and cozy, minimalist yet luxurious. Everything is so damn pleasing to the eye and useful in the home. Norsebox is the subscription extension of the genre, a quarterly gift box with a premium Scandinavian product in it. The one pictured above, for September, had a "Fika" theme, meaning coffee and a treat (something Scandinavians do often during their dark, long winters of the sky and soul). Those are some stylish mugs, ready for caffeinated nectar to grace them.

Each Norsebox features 1-5 items valued at $85-100, from such revered companies as Ferm Living, Iittala, Muuto, and Royal Copenhagen. This is good, good goodies, my friends. The boxes run about $54 each plus shipping, and you can stop at a single box or give a year's worth of fabulous decor and practical pieces. See it all at Norsebox. And give a little hugge to a friend or family member this year.

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