As the leaves fall off the trees and the first frosts of the year set in, it’s hard to ignore the fact that winter is on its way. When the cold hits, nothing beats curling up in a cozy sweatshirt or blanket, hot cocoa in hand. But even though we’d all love to stay nice and toasty inside, that isn’t necessarily practical (even during COVID-19 times, believe it or not). Sometimes, you just have to venture out. Whether you’re into bundling up yourself or you’re simply looking for the best keep-warm gadgets for that friend who’s always cold, you’ll want to take a look at our roundup of some of the coziest winter must-haves around.
Curl Up with a Cozy Blanket
Nothing beats the winter chill like a toasty comforter fresh out of the dryer. Whether you share the Eddie Bauer Reversible Sherpa-FleeceThrow Blanket with a friend or loved one or you swaddle only yourself in a cocoon of fuzzy goodness, you can never have too much blanket. Apart from the iconic plaid pattern, we love this blanket because of its soft-as-a-cloud fleece. Bonus: It’s machine wash friendly.
Keeping Warm Outside Doesn’t Mean Sacrificing Style
Without a doubt, workwear is trendy, and when winter comes along, incorporating that aesthetic becomes quite easy. Enter the Carhartt Beanie. Whether you’re a stylish hipster in Portland, Oregon, or an outdoorsy New Englander, this comfy, casual and practical beanie can help you perfect that on-point season look.
Make Sure You’ve Got Your Feet Covered
As a kid, your parents might have forced you to wear a hat during the winter. eAccording to them, you lose a ton of body heat from your head. This well-intentioned advice, however, simply isn’t true. According to a recent New York Times article, your body responds to the cold by reducing blood flow to your extremities; your body wants to protect your vital organs and, in doing so, leaves your fingers and toes more susceptible to frostbite.
Stave Off the Chill by Warming Up Those Hands
As we mentioned above, your body will work to protect your vital organs (and torso) before safeguarding your extremities from the cold. This means that investing in ways to warm your hands and fingers is just as important as grabbing some warm socks for your feet.
Treat Yourself to a Hot Beverage
"Cozy" doesn’t stop at your fingers and toes. Keep your body warm and your drinks warmer this winter with the VOBAGA Coffee Mug Warmer. Trust us: This might just be the best $30 you spend this season. If you’re like me, you make a cup of tea or coffee and then drink it a bit too slowly — meaning it cools off by the time you’re just halfway through. This easy-to-use, coaster-like device can slow down the cooling speed of hot beverages and even up the heat if needed, making it this winter’s must-have gadget.
Crank Up the Heat — Literally
Although the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to stay home a lot more often, that doesn’t necessarily mean we can always be bundled up in our favorite PJs and blanket. At the same time, you should never completely sacrifice that cozy feeling. Whether you’re back in the office or working from home, forget the thermostat wars and take control of your environment with a Lasko MyHeat 200-Watt Electric Portable Personal Space Heater. Featuring concentrated personal warmth, this little heater is the perfect desktop, tabletop and nightstand companion.
Keep the Heat Flowing at Any Socially Distanced Winter Gathering Outdoors
Curling up in front of the living room fireplace is the ultimate winter activity, but given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we might not be gathering indoors as much as we normally would, even during the winter months. If you’re eager to throw a safe, socially distanced gathering, you’ll want to invest in a quality heat source.