If I understand it (I probably don't...) the Higg's field is a field that permeates the universe, and its excitations are the Higg's bosons. It seems that this implies that the Higg's field is a property of the universe itself, and not generated by something like an electric field would be generated by charged particles.
Quantum Electro Dynamics seems to state that the electron is the excitation of the "electron field" - if this is incorrect then stop me there, of course.
Does this mean that the electron field is also some field that simply permeates the universe? Or is the electron field somehow generated by something else? Alternately, is the electron field a mathematical convenience without physical existence?