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Deck the halls with lots of cozy gifts


With IRL events taking over our holiday calendars, we’ve all gained a greater appreciation for our living room sofas.

For your loved ones looking to embrace “hygge” — a Danish term that basically means peak coziness — these items will help them achieve that mission.

Ember self-heating mug

Skip the annoyance of having to reheat your cup of coffee or tea after it’s become cold. The sleek mug — the latest design comes in 10 ounces and 14 ounces — can be controlled via a mobile app that allows you to control the temperature (120 to 145 degrees Fahrenheit) of your beverage. Unlike other mug warmers, which typically function as a hot plate for the cup, the Ember mug heats your drink from within, keeping your beverage at a consistent temperature as you drink it without altering the taste. For those who prefer to take their drink on the go, consider Ember’s travel mug. (Also seen in our tech gift guide.) From $149.95 at Ember

Pluto customizable pillow

Pluto is an Asian-owned company that makes customized pillows based on your body stats, how you sleep and your personal preferences. All you have to do is fill out a quick questionnaire that asks you your height and weight, what position you fall asleep and wake up in, and how you’d rate your current pillow. Based on that information, Pluto’s algorithm determines which pillow — out of more than 35 variations — would best help you rest most comfortably. Also check out the 12-pound body pillow known as the Puff, which you can hug and squeeze throughout the night.
$110 at Pluto

Cooking Gift Set Co.’s mulled wine cocktail kit

Show off your mixology skills by making your own mulled wine with the help of Cooking Gift Set Co. As the name suggests, this woman-owned business makes foolproof kits for various dishes such as hand-pulled noodles, French tarts, wood-smoked barbecue and Chinese soup dumplings. We especially liked this cocktail kit, a 10-piece set that comes with the tools and ingredients you’ll need to make the spice-infused beverage, which can be brewed in a large pot or crockpot. You can use your cheapest bottle of red or white wine for this kitchen experiment. (The company suggests oaky chardonnay, merlot or zinfandel.) The kit includes enough spices to brew roughly eight bottles of wine.
$49.99 at Cooking Gift Set Co.

Heath Ceramics serving dish

Home cooks and people who enjoy hosting will cherish this handmade serving dish from Heath Ceramics that is just as functional as it is beautiful. Introduced in 1955 by co-founder Edith Heath, the dish has a lid that was designed to double as a raised pedestal and footed serving platter. The serving dish comes in three variations, including Moonstone, a signature glaze that was developed more than 50 years ago at Heath Ceramics.
$183 at Heath Ceramics

 Los Angeles Times/Tribune News Service



Ember self-heating mug. (Ember/TNS)
Ember self-heating mug. (Ember/TNS)
Pluto customizable pillow. (Pluto/TNS)
Pluto customizable pillow. (Pluto/TNS)


Cooking Gift Set Co.'s mulled wine cocktail kit. (Cooking Gift Set Co./TNS)
Cooking Gift Set Co.’s mulled wine cocktail kit. (Cooking Gift Set Co./TNS)



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