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So you got your boots, winter coat, hats, gloves, snow shovel, and thermal underwear. You might think you’ve got everything you’ll need this winter, but you probably missing a few things that will make the cold weather a little more bearable. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with 20 products you didn't know you needed this winter. The best part? You can get them all on Amazon, meaning you can them Primed to your home ASAP.
1. An easy way to stay warm outdoors
Planning to be outside for an extended period this winter? You need these cult-favorite warmers. I’ve personally used the hand warmers several times for sporting events and they’re seriously a game-changer. This variety pack comes with not just warmers for your hands—you also get toe and body warmers, too. You’re getting plenty of bang for your buck and even if you don’t use all of them right away, it’s great to know you’ve got extras around, just in case.
2. This top-rated ice scraper
You can’t get through the winter, especially in places like New England, without an ice scraper. It just isn’t going to happen. But even though we all know this, you’d be surprised how easy it is to forget and be SOL when a major snowstorm hits. Don’t end up like that—grab this ridiculously popular ice scraper and brush combo now, before you forget. Reviewers say it’s durable, easy-to-use, and best of all, it’s cheap. This is one purchase you definitely won’t regret come January.
3. These thermal blankets that’ll keep you warm in an emergency
No one wants to think about getting stranded in their car during the dead of winter, but it happens. While this scenario is really scary, these dual-sided aluminized mylar emergency blankets could literally be a lifesaver, since they retain up to 90 percent of your body’s heat and can also block out rain, snow, and other moisture. My friends all laughed at me when I bought these emergency blankets last winter for my car, but I’d rather have these around than risk frost bite during the wintertime.
4. Touch screen gloves so you can actually text outside
The worst part about the cold? The fact that you can’t use your phone when you’re outside. Well, you could, but you usually have to take your hands out of your gloves to do so. I’ve tried a plethora of touch screen gloves in the past and most either don’t work well or aren’t warm enough. But this pair from North Face is a happy medium. They actually work, and while they aren’t the warmest gloves, they keep your hands covered when you take them out of your pockets.
5. A travel mug that keeps your coffee at the perfect temperature
The cold weather means that you have a limited amount of time to enjoy your coffee—even if you use an insulated travel mug. To solve your lukewarm drink woes, invest in the Ember Travel Mug. It magically keeps your drinks at your ideal temperature for up to three hours. After testing it, we found that it lives up to its promise even though its on the smaller side. That means you can drink your hot cocoa at a warm 136 degrees while you Christmas tree shop.
6. A super-hydrating argan oil mask
Winter isn’t just brutal for its low temperatures—you might not realize, but all that cold can wreak havoc on your hair, too. This hydrating argan oil mask is insanely popular with readers (and Amazon reviewers) because it does a terrific job of restoring and replenishing hair that’s weak, damaged, or that’s been over-processed. One reviewer referred to it as a “hair savior,” while others remarked that it can make hair that’s especially coarse or prone to dryness feel especially supple.
7. A gel that protects your dry lips and more
Dry skin. Chapped lips. Painful burn. The cold weather is tough on our lips and face, and is very painful to deal with throughout the season. Aquaphor not only heals dry skin, but it also creates a protective barrier to prevent moisture loss, which is why you’re going to want a tub of it on your bedside table this winter. Plus, it can be used on more than just your lips. Our lifestyle writer swears by it, and we think you will too.
8.This fabric defuzzer that can make old sweaters look like new
Part of the fun of wintertime is getting to fish all your favorite cozy sweaters out of storage and bundle up in them. The problem though? All those old sweaters and soft fuzzy things that make the cold weather bearable can get so pilled, especially over the course of a season. This fabric defuzzer is the perfect solution, since it safely removes fuzz, lint, and pilling and can make your sweaters look like new.
9. A weighted blanket to snuggle up with
It’s much more cozy to snuggle up with a weighted blanket over even the fuzziest normal blankets. Don’t believe me? We put the most popular weighted blankets to the test and found that the Gravity Blanket excelled at comfort and warmth. It’s extra soft thanks to its velvet cover but it also provides just the right amount of pressure that will make you say goodbye to whatever blanket you’ve been using before.
10. An electric kettle for a quick cuppa
Electric kettles are superior to the stovetop ones. They boil water fast, have preset temperature settings for different teas, and don’t make an annoying whistle when ready. This is all essential if you want to cozy up with a cup of tea on a chilly winter’s night. This electric kettle from Cuisinart is our favorite because it boiled water the fastest and automatic flips to warm mode once ready.
11. A heated towel rack for chilly bathrooms
I don’t know about you, but my bathroom is the coldest room in the house. So even when I’m taking a steaming hot shower, as soon as I get out, I’m freezing again. But that could be remedied with a towel warmer—like this popular one. It has rave reviews because it warms up your towels in just 30 minutes and gives that “fresh out of the dryer” feeling.
12. A mat to rest your boots
Boots trend to track dirt, muddy water, and ice salt all throughout your home. Stop this mess in its tracks with a mat to house all your shoes before they hit your floors. This boot tray It has a 4.8-star rating on Amazon because it's well-made, easy to clean, and has a 1.2-inch raised edge, so water won't spill over onto your floors.
13. This cover that’ll protect your windshield during storms
Scraping ice off a car windshield isn’t exactly anyone’s idea of a fun time, but it’s often necessary if you need to travel somewhere in your car and there’s just been a snowstorm. Unless, that is, you have this windshield protector, which reviewers say actually helps to keep your windshield clear of ice and snow. It’s made with heavy-duty polyester and is supposed to be easy to install, so it could be a total game-changer this year.
14. These cute but functional leg warmer cuffs
At first glance, these leg warmer cuffs might seem like just another fashion accessory. But in fact, they can be a great option for boot lovers who are looking for some extra warmth during the wintertime. Thick and cute, these cuffs (which reviewers say aren’t ideal for wide calves, unfortunately) can fill in the space between your boots and legs and stay in place throughout the day on account of their bulkiness.
15. A humidifier to cure your dry cough
The cold, dry air means that many of us will be hacking up a storm this winter season. But you shouldn’t have to suffer. Instead, use a humidifier to bring some moisture back into your room. This one from Vicks is our favorite because it can run continuously for up to 10 hours and has a medicine cup that sits on the exhaust, so you can add some healing vapor on your sick days.
16. This spring-assisted shovel that helps reduce strain
Worried about shoveling this year, and specifically about what kind of damage it might do to your back? This ergonomically designed shovel was designed to give lifting leverage and in the process, reduce the risk that you might pull or hurt your back. It’s ultra wide and reviewers say it’s pretty heavy-duty as well, so it’s definitely a must-have shovel for anyone looking to be extra cautious this year.
17. Our favorite affordable electric blanket
These grueling winter months can make it so that all you really want to do is huddle under a blanket and avoid everyone. Make it an electric blanket and you’re really in business though. You can grab our favorite affordable electric blanket and stay warm all throughout the night, even as the temperatures plummet.
18. This shearling jacket that’s so on trend right now
It feels like teddy coats have been everywhere this season, and winter’s just getting started. Warm, fuzzy, and really on-trend, this coat is made with shearling-like fabric and is designed to fit oversized. Perfect for nights when you want to mix things up and not just wear your same old boring winter jacket everywhere, this jacket is insanely cozy and looks killer with a pair of Doc Martens, too.
19. A hand warmer that doubles as a phone charger
While we love keeping a few hand warmers in our pockets, you’re going to want this electric one at your desk. This chargeable warmer, which doubles as a phone charger, only takes one second to heat up, so you can quickly warm up your fingers. Plus, the charge lasts about eight hours, so you can stay toasty all day long.
20. This cold-resistant steering wheel cover
Most cars, unfortunately, don’t have heated steering wheels. Instead of suffering with cold hands for the first 10 minutes of driving (or being that person who wears gloves in the car), place this padded cold-resistant cover on your steering wheel. Reviewers say it’s incredibly comfortable and adds much-needed warmth to your steering wheel.
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