Whether you're planning to host holiday gatherings or just want to get your home ready for a cozy winter, there are simple steps you can take to slowly start getting ready for the season. See our tips on everything from festive tableware to thoughtful gift stashes and fragrant cleaning products, and make your space a warm and inviting haven for the winter ahead!
1. Set the mood with candles
If you haven't already, now is the time to rummage through your cabinets to dig out lanterns and candleholders and dust them off for the winter season. Brass candleholders have been trending in recent years, and especially older pieces may need some polishing in addition to dusting. Iittala reintroduced the brass Nappula candleholders last winter (at last!), and this autumn's novelties include brass candleholders added to the Alvar Aalto collection.
2. Check your china and cheering glasses
Are you planning to host holiday parties or other gatherings this winter? You still have time to avoid last-minute panic and ensure that you have enough mulled wine glasses and serving dishes. Our forever favorite for serving mulled wine is HAY's simple glass mug, where the drink's color shines through, while a more traditional style is represented by Iittala's Tsaikka, which has been released this winter with a black metal holder. If your tableware situation isn't quite up to date, we recommend exploring the world of charming vintage dishware on Franckly, our marketplace for preloved design.
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3. Stash 'em gifts
Do you know that feeling when someone gives you a gift, but you don't have a gift to give in return? Many of our team members have a dedicated "gift stash" for such situations: you can collect smaller gifts throughout the year for unexpected needs. It's a good idea to choose these gifts so that you can eventually use them yourself if a need for them never arises. We recommend items like hand soap, candles, or even kitchen towels for your gift stash.
4. Textile TLC
Are you one of those who change their curtains, tablecloths, and cushion covers every season? Or is a folded blanket on the couch a big enough effort for you? Whichever camp you belong to, it's worth taking care of your textiles before you start using them again after storage. Even a worn-out blanket can look like new after brushing, steaming, and removing lint balls.
5. Festive and fragrant
If you're already stressing about cleaning the home for the holidays, you might want to prepare not only mentally but also by investing in some functional tools and effective cleaning products. Our top tip for avoiding stress about tidying? Skip the scrubbing altogether and instead focus on refreshing scents. Bring a wintery pine scent into your home with Kinfill's all-purpose cleaner, Hetkinen's Twig cleaning spray, or Metsä/Skogen's Havu cleaning soap.
6. Go wild with flowers
A rich and impressive flower bouquet can instantly add a festive atmosphere to your décor, even if you don't have any twinkling lights or lavish decorations. Traditional holiday flowers and plants, at least here in Finland, include amaryllis, laurel, and of course poinsettia, but we encourage you to experiment with different combinations and even get a little creative. You can also be creative when it comes to choosing vases – check out Franckly's selection of vintage vases, for example.
7. Don't forget your own wishlist!
It's all too easy to focus on everyone else and their gifts, especially as an adult, but we encourage everyone to do so. Expressing your wishes may feel awkward or even selfish, but isn't it just silly to receive things that you don't need and that burden the environment and your mind? We believe it's completely okay to tell people about a long-loved design item on your wishlist or some activity you'd like to do with them. Indeed, your wish can also be non-material: a shared dinner, a pampering session, or even company for a weekly workout.
Text: Emmi Ratilainen Images: Suvi Kesäläinen, manufacturers