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The year is off to a fresh start, and while that brings about feelings of hopefulness and new beginnings, the truth is that the winter months tend to make it hard to get out of bed, sometimes. So, how about a specific day designated to getting your cuddle on in the comfort of your bedroom (whether it be coupled up or solo dolo)?
Introducing national cuddle up day!
Yep, it's a real thing! The day is observed on Jan. 6 and looked to as a chance to clear your mind and body. So, obviously, the best time to get cozy is during the height of winter and, in case you don't have a plan in place for when that time comes, we've got you covered with some "cuddle up day essentials."
Shop: Homàsy Cool Mist and Essential Oil Humidifier, $32.99 (Orig. $35.99)
If you're going to be luxuriating indoors, why not make the experience as close to spa quality as possible? The first order of business: a humidifier. This one from Homàsy gives you more bang for your buck, as it integrates the humidifier and an essential oil diffuser into one. In addition to cleaning the air in your bedroom, this gadget features a seven-color LED mood light to add a relaxing ambiance to your day of calm.
Shop: Pinzon Faux Fur Throw Blanket, $36.99
When anyone thinks of cuddling, the first thing that usually comes to mind is a cozy — and effective — blanket. No paper-thin fleece here. This Pinzon faux fur throw blanket comes in two sizes (50 inches by 60 inches, and 63 inches by 87 inches) and three color choices (alpine brown, frost grey and ivory). The luxurious, soft materials make this the perfect all-day, no-frills companion for your day in.
Shop: Microplush Reverse Faux Sherpa Electric Blanket, $160
If the faux fur throw doesn't do it for you, or if you need to combat near-freezing temperatures, then this electric blanket may be more your speed. It boasts tons of features that will ensure you're at your preferred level of toastiness. It features 10 heat settings, 10-hour auto shut off and comes with a controller so you don't have to worry about getting up until you're ready to. It is also available in four sizes — twin, full, queen and king — and six color options.
Shop: Geneva Down Alternative Duvet Insert, $118.00-$198.00
So, you've got your blanket. Now how about updating your duvet insert? Over time, they tend to get flatter and flatter, indicating that it's time for a swap. This crisp white option, available at Anthropologie, is an investment, but is sure to be one you won't regret making thanks to its luxe, oversized silhouette, which makes it feel like you're being hugged by a cloud. It's also hypoallergenic, features a double-stitched edge with self-piping and comes in four size choices — twin, full, queen and king.
Shop: Meiz U-Shaped Body Pillow, $54.49
Don't worry — these aren't reserved for expecting mothers, only. Body pillows have seemingly become a hot commodity over the past few years, with more people investing in them just to guarantee a comfortable night's sleep. In addition to being a dream to lie on, this U-shaped body pillow aids in pain relief with its easy and comfortable support for the head, back, belly, sides, knees, hip and feet. Tons of shoppers have used this particular pillow from Meiz to remedy conditions like sciatica, gastric reflux, congestion, back pain and, most commonly, general relaxation.
There are few candles that have authentic aromatherapy benefits, and the highly praised Bath & Body Works Stress Relief three-wick candle in the scent "eucalyptus and spearmint" is high on the list. Described as having a "strong spa aroma" by reviewers, this candle remains one of the best selling items in the aromatherapy line. Featuring wicks that won't burn out and a blend of vegetable wax, this candle can burn for approximately 25 to 45 hours straight and features calming benefits due to its leading scents and notes.
Shop: Adjustable laptop stand/workstation, $29.88 (Orig. $36.88)
Need to work from home this winter? Or just want want to do some light web surfing or in from the comfort of your bed? No worries! This adjustable laptop bed table and computer stand is the perfect work station to ensure that you don't sacrifice your comfort for your productivity.
With a nifty dial, you can adjust the angle at which it sits, and if you need a mouse to further facilitate in your work, this product comes with a removable mouse board. Adding to its multi-functionality, its 360-degree adjustable legs ensure that it's seamless to use on the sofa, at a table, the ground and, of course, the comfort of your bed.
Shop: VAHDAM Assorted Tea Gift Set, $39.99
While you're cozy in bed, you surely need to be sipping on something soothing. How about some luxury tea? The VAHDAM assorted tea gift set — as featured in Oprah's Favorite Things for both 2018 and 2019, and in Chris Pratt's recently curated Amazon store — this collection of teas is made of 100 percent natural ingredients and works towards empowering tea workers' children. Made exclusively in India, these carefully handcrafted teas have been shipped to more than 85 countries across the world, disrupting the 200-year-old supply chain of tea being made by machines.
Shop: Fluffy Yarn Fleece Slippers, $9.90 (Orig. $14.90)
In the event that you must get out of bed, why not give your feet a treat with these plush, fluffy yarn fleece slippers from Uniqlo? These adorable treats for your feet are made from breathable firm sponge and a dual-layer of cushioned insoles. What's even better is that they only retail for $9.90 (Orig. $14.90), so get them while they last!
Shop: Leather Journal, $22.97 (Orig. $31.99)
With the year just beginning, now is the perfect time to set some yearly goals and actively begin a healthy habit of journaling. The first step toward making that happen is finding the right journal that motivates you to even want to begin — even if it's something as simple as its outer aesthetic that does the trick.
This handmade leather-bound journal from ThoughtSpace Journals is crafted from genuine leather, with each journal being specifically designed and hand-stitched. Between its sturdy leather exterior are thick-lined cream pages that are perfect to use with any writing tool. Let national cuddle up day be the official start to your journaling journey.