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When it comes to bundling up and embracing winter, we could all stand to learn a thing or two from the Nordic countries. They practically invented the concept of coziness, and they even have a word — hygge — for making things cozy and enjoying cozy living.
As February creeps up and winter starts to feel really long and really real, we’re looking for (affordable) ways to bring a little hygge into our lives. Keep scrolling for 15 items from Amazon — all under $30 — to warm up your life, from kitchen must-haves to bedding to hand warmers to help you brave the cold.
Amazon’s top-selling leggings have everything you need to stay cozy in the dead of winter: a fleece lining, high waist, tummy control top, the perfect ankle length, plus tons of colors and, most importantly, big side pockets! Wear them on your own while you’re bingeing the Bachelor, or under your pants when you’re meeting friends outdoors for socially distanced walks.
They have a near-perfect rating from over 11,200 reviewers—and some are raving about a secret feature.
“Warm and cozy. Washed them a few times and they’re holding up well. Here’s another BIG benefit for others who live in a house with dogs or cats: These leggings don’t attract pet hair. Other fleece-lined leggings I’ve bought online are pet hair magnets, but these are not. Huge benefit if you plan to wear these while laying around on the couch with your dogs,” writes a rave reviewer.
Shop it: BALEAF Fleece Lined Winter Leggings, starting at $18 (was $21 to $31), amazon.com
There’s nothing less cozy than dry, cracked skin. You know the kind — when your hands stick to the inside of your pockets and collect fuzzies from your blanket. Fight the dryness with this top-rated humidifier with optional color changing lights for extra ambience. You can even put your favorite essential oils in it.
“We have noticed a difference within just a few days,” writes a reviewer who purchased the humidifier for their toddler. “I like that you fill it from the top and how easy it is to clean compared to what we have had in the past. I have not used essential oils with it but it’s a nice option. I also really like the night mode, which turns off the power and tank lights, I’m very light sensitive I usually end up having to put electrical tape over the power light. For that feature alone I will probably purchase a second one for our bedroom this winter.”
Shop it: Homasy Cool Mist Humidifier, $30 with on-page coupon (was $42), amazon.com
Available in a rainbow of colors, this incredibly soft oversized throw is perfect for cuddling up on the couch or as an addition to the end of your bed to keep those feet warm at night.
“I absolutely love the pattern, which adds a simple but noticeable texture over clean white sheets,” writes a reviewer who shows off the blanket in photos. “The throw is lightweight enough that I can see myself using it over the summer but warm enough to keep me cozy in between seasons.”
Shop it: BOURINA Throw Blanket, $20 (was $24), amazon.com
Amazon’s No. 1 best-selling robe is super plush and cozy, available in eight colors, machine washable, and on sale! If you dread getting out of the shower, this one’s for you.
“STOP! You must OWN THIS ROBE! (they ain’t even paying me to say this)!,” writes a five-star reviewer. “If you were looking for spa-like luxury with your pocketbook in mind...you’ve got a winner here. Don’t feel guilty about it. You deserve it—you only get one life and everybody should feel this rich in a bathrobe!!”
Shop it: NY Threads Womens Fleece Bathrobe, from $19 (was $35), amazon.com
Nothing makes a home feel more alive than a living thing. This beautiful (and hard to kill) fiddle leaf fig plant may only be 1-inch tall, but it’ll grow to be a big presence in your home.
“I was hesitant to purchase an indoor plant online, but I now would do it again,” writes a plant lover. “This plant is already probably my favorite indoor plant ever. Absolutely darling and looks very healthy.”
Shop it: Costa Farms Ficus Lyrata, $28 (was $36), amazon.com
Need to warm up your space but don’t want to drag an eyesore heater into the living room to mess up the feng shui? This little machine is the answer.
“Super cute and worth the money,” writes a happy shopper. “I bought this to heat up a very chilly master bath, of course taking care to keep it well away from any areas that may get wet, have towels/area rugs, or where I might bump into it. It puts out the heat and is very quiet.”
Shop it: Kismile Space Heater, $22 with on-page coupon (was $29), amazon.com
Missing your regular massages during the pandemic? You can work out all those kinks in your arms and legs yourself with this nifty little vibrating gizmo that’s adored by over 5,100 reviewers who give it a near-perfect rating.
Says a relaxed customer: “Simple, easy to use, and soothing. It works. Great for a few minutes relief at the end of the day. Worth the price!”
Shop it: HoMedics Quatro Mini Hand-Held Massager, $8, amazon.com
Spoon this body pillow to improve your sleep posture — and prepare for sweet dreams. Medium density and filled with polyester, it’s also great as a ‘husband’ for back support while reading or watching TV. Save 10 bucks right now.
“This body pillow is so darn soft and it's easy to manipulate it to different positions that help me with my sleeping problems...,” says a reviewer.
Shop it: ELNIDO QUEEN Full Body Pillow Insert, $23 (was $33), amazon.com
Two words: Down. Slippers. Need we say more? These booties with suede soles are fleece lined and come in 6 classic colors to keep your feet toasty all winter long.
“I've had these for two years now and they are still keeping my feet warm and I love that I can go outside to the patio without worry. My feet were always cold in winter but with these slippers they stay warm even on the cold tile floor indoors or outside on the patio,” writes a rave reviewer. “These are great! Going to get another color.”
Shop it: Holiberty Waterproof Cozy Down Warm Fleece Slippers, from $10 (was $20), amazon.com
This trio of three K-beauty peel-off masks that are each formulated for common winter skin issues is the perfect way to treat yourself on a cold winter night.
“I purchased this item as a gift and ended up keeping it! My skin feels hydrated and has cleared up my old acne scars!,” says a happy shopper. “Buy this ASAP!”
Shop it: I DEW CARE Mini Meow Face Mask Set, $14 with on-page coupon (was $17), amazon.com
Stay warm as you brave the frigid cold with this little personal hand warmer that fits in your pocket and runs for hours. Plus, it has a USB outlet so it doubles as a portable charger.
“Originally we were looking for those old school heat pack pocket warmers. However, for nearly the same price this one is reusable, provides a power bank to charge our phones and does not seem wasteful to the environment,” says a five-star reviewer. “After about two weeks of use (three different outings) we have been glad we had it as it gets cold! So much so that my kids have both requested one.”
Shop it: Saferell Rechargeable Hand Warmer, $20, amazon.com
We don’t need to tell you about the wonders of wool socks — they’re simply unbeatable when it comes to warmth and comfort. And at just $9 for a five-pack, these are a steal. They come in 27 solid or patterned combos, but we’re partial to the classic fairisle print.
“I work in a kitchen in southern Maine and as the weather is getting colder my feet have been freezing during my shifts. I considered making the hike to pick up a few pairs of wool socks from LL Bean, but they're crazy expensive. I saw these on Amazon and figured, screw it, they're inexpensive and if they're awful I can just cut them into fingerless gloves or something. But they're amazing!” writes a wool sock lover. “They fit great, I was worried they'd be itchy but they aren't at all, and for the price they really can't be beat.”
Shop it: Justay 5 Pairs Wool Socks, $9 (was $10), amazon.com
What’s more soul-warming than a flavorful home-cooked meal? Nothing, if you ask us. A cast-iron skillet is a must in every chef’s (or aspiring chef’s) kitchen since it adds so much nuance and flavor to everything you cook on it. This hefty, pre-seasoned classic is trusted and beloved by over 12,800 reviewers who give it a 4.7-star rating.
“What can I say, I love my cast iron skillet! This thing gives a nice charred flavor to meat, and is super easy to clean,” writes a fan who has happily converted to the ‘cast iron life.’ “I even baked a stuffed pizza in this last night with my wife. If you are not familiar with the cast iron ways then let me tell you, you are missing out. This thing cooks better than a Teflon pan, is easier to clean, and doesn't release harmful chemicals into your food.”
Shop it: Utopia 12.5-inch Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet, $25 (was $30), amazon.com
If you don’t have a rug at your bedside, in your bathroom, or in front of your kitchen sink, it’s time for that to change. Nothing makes your home feel warmer than a rug, and this elegant neutral pattern is adored by over 4,200 reviewers who give it a 4.4-star rating. And it’s a whopping 72 percent off!
“I love these rugs so much I’ve bought four now. They’re super soft and add a great touch to any room,” writes a repeat buyer. “You can’t beat these for the price, and if they do get ruined, you aren’t out a few hundred or thousand bucks. We drop and accidentally spill and knock stuff over. It happens. If it does, these hold up pretty well! They’re just amazing rugs for the price and feel great under your feet! If your decor/design goes out of style, these are easily changed out and don’t cost a fortune to make a statement and finish off a room.”
Shop it: nuLOOM Misty Shades Deedra Area Rug, $23.50 (was $80), amazon.com
If you miss getting facials at the spa, then a facial steamer is a must. It’s the best, most relaxing part of a facial, after all. And while it may seem like a frivolous luxury, at just $28, the benefits far outweigh the cost. Using a steamer opens your pores so that your skincare products can be better absorbed, and it’s great for your respiratory system.
“I usually have a deep cleansing every two months, but with the stress of quarantine my skin started to get acne and all businesses were closed so I made the decision to do a deep cleanse by myself. I bought this machine to open my pores and this is the result after almost two weeks,” writes a reviewer who shared before and after photos.
Shop it: JOMARTO Nano Ionic Facial Steamer, $28 (was $36), amazon.com
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