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    1. A faux-leather jacket because it's the perfect extra layer to first extend your favorite summer dresses and blouses into fall, and then extend your warmer sweaters into winter and put off wearing that puffy coat just a little longer.

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    I've been wearing this vegan leather jacket almost every single day for the last several weeks because it goes with like, 90% of my closet and keeps me warm in fall's in-between temps (oh and gives my summer dresses a delicious ~autumn~ vibe). It turns out everybody more fashionable than me wasn't kidding when they called a leather jacket a "staple piece"! This version is super soft to the touch, and at least to me genuinely looks like leather both up close and from afar. I can't speak to how long it'll last, because I've only had it for a month or so, but I have my hopes up!

    Promising review: "Amazing faux leather biker jackets! I bought both the navy and black and wear them both. The navy is super cool as it's so different. Great quality." —Emmy

    Get it from Walmart for $49.95 (available in sizes XS–XXXL and in black or navy).

    2. A pack of five pairs of liner socks so you can keep wearing all your favorite flats, pumps, loafers, and sneakers up until the moment it gets really chilly, and you have to call in your boots. Plus they have a no-slip piece of silicone in the back so they actually stay on your heel., Amazon

    Note that (despite the review below) YMMV depending on your feet and the shoes you plan to pair them with!

    Promising review: "These fit well and the backs have comfortable sticky tabs that keep the socks up to perfectly cover the part of my heel that is susceptible to blisters. I can wear these with several different styles of heels or flats and you can't see I'm wearing them at all." —SparkleFyre

    Get five pairs on Amazon for $11.99 (includes two each of the black and nude pairs, and one grey pair).

    3. And five pairs of super comfortable ankle socks because they're perfect for wearing with boots and booties once the thermometer hits 55 degrees.

    Natalie Brown

    I've owned these for about a year-ish now and they're still in excellent condition! While they're not pure wool like the listing claims they are (they're probably a cotton/poly blend with a max of like, idk, 10% wool?) I'm totally okay with that because they're still warm enough, and their selection of a range of pretty colors just plain brings me joy whether I'm opening my drawer or putting them on my feet. They fit well, never slip, and machine wash and dry with no problems!

    Promising review: "Just the right amount of warmth, stretch, and ankle-height — plus they're pretty! Had no idea when I bought them, but, if it's not too ridiculous to say, I've fallen in love with these socks. I REALLY like that they stay in shape and hold your foot without crushing the life out of it. Fit was perfect too. also never thought I'd be so enthusiastic about a sock, lol!" —dogpsych69

    Get all five pairs from Amazon for $10.99.

    Or read my full womens Amazon sock review for more (#5)!

    4. A leather conditioning cream so when you do pull your boots (or leather jacket, or favorite fall bag) out, you can give them a protective coat that also restores their original beautiful tone and softness.

    It conditions, restores, and weatherproofs your leather, although it does not waterproof it.

    Promising review: "This stuff is great. I pulled my boots out of the closet for the fall/winter season and saw they could use some help. They are brown leather boots and they had some water/snow/salt staining around the toe and sides. I probably shouldn't have worn them out in that type of weather, but this stuff completely brought them back to life. I bought this stuff because of the Frye name and the price, and I couldn't be happier with how they look and how easy it was to apply. Whole process took maybe all of five minutes? And they're ready to go right away. No need to wait for them to dry." —Jamie Zuber

    Get it on Amazon for $8.46.

    5. Or if your boots (or jackets or bags) are suede or nubuck, a multi-functional cleaning brush that even diminishes water stains, no spray or other cleaner required.

    You can totally use it with another cleaner or spray if you want, but it seems like reviewers have success without!

    Promising review: "This little brush works incredibly well! I was skeptical at first, because the shoes I need to fix were very damaged — as you can see in the photos, they are nude suede and have a lot of watermarks and dirt. I didn't think these shoes were salvageable, but this brush changed my mind. It's not perfect and you can still see where the watermark like is if you really really try, but overall, the shoes look 95% better and only took me about 10 minutes to fix." —Alexa

    Get it on Amazon for $6.99.

    6. A bulk pack of instant spiced apple cider mix because while drinking fresh-pressed cider is always the tastiest, sometimes you just want something quick and easy that won't go bad if you don't finish the entire jug in a week.


    Promising reviews: "So delicious! This is a fall/winter tradition around our place. I keep a ridiculously large stock of this on hand in cooler weather months." —Solumadur

    "Makes for a great drink around a campfire without having to find fresh cider all the time." —HusbandDad&Geek

    Get it on Amazon for $23.76 (12 boxes of 10 packets each; just add hot water).

    7. A sturdy, eight-piece, stainless steel pumpkin carving kit so you can keep your tools from year to year, instead of always throwing out those cheap ones because they end up bent out of shape by the end. Reviewers also say there are enough tools here for a couple of people to share, too, so no one has to wait too long for their turn.


    The kit includes: four different saws/knives, a scooper with serrated edges (to make removing all the inner pulp a little easier), a poker (for sketching out your design before you start carving with a knife, and two scraper things (made for sculpting pumpkins like this one).

    Promising review: "Love the pumpkin carving kit! In years past I've always bought the cheap kits and then thrown them away. This kit is such a good deal and very good quality. I will have it for a long time. Sturdy handles, no bending metal tips. One kit was enough for four people to carve at one time and share the tools. Lots of options for tools." —Justine McNeice

    Get it on Amazon for $19.99. (If you prefer one with stencils or need one that's a little more young kid–friendly, this $9.99 kit also gets good reviews, and a few reviewers say they think it'll last them for several years.)

    8. A book that will help you decode what exactly's going wrong with your new indoor houseplants thanks to the seasonal change (or the fact that you've now brought them inside).


    (But of course that will depend on the plants and how often you spritz and/or water them!)

    Promising review: "I AM GOING TO SAVE SO MANY PLANTS!!! I was truly a horrible plant parent for the last 30 years, but this book has changed that! I am definitely on the road to recovery, I feel like everyday my plants live I am less and less like the plant murderer I was. Book is stupid simple to understand, colorful, and SUPER DUPER informative. Heck you can even find your plant without knowing its name!" —Jeremy

    Get it from Amazon for $13.49.

    9. A grill cleaning stone because summer cookout season has taken its toll and this will take less elbow grease to make those grates shine than pretty much any other method.


    It may still take SOME elbow grease, but will still be easier than other options!

    Promising review: "Completely restored my three year old grill grates. Used to clean them with a box of Brillo pads and a headache but this product did the job so efficiently. Will definitely be keeping on hand for as needed cleaning. Would recommend cleaning in a deep sink so you can rinse stone residue off as you go, cannot use this at the grill without rinsing as the stone gets smaller as you go. Worth the price!" —hbinoc

    Get it from Amazon for $6.88.

    10. Some rainboots that, unlike every other pair you've owned, are super lightweight so besides keeping your feet toasty and dry during the season's unexpected downpours, you also won't feel like you're clomping around as you head to your next destination.

    And when I say light, I mean light: these are Crocs (again! even I'm surprised), so they're made from their trademark super light foamy plastic. The consensus among reviewers seems to be to size down by at least a half size, unless of course you plan to insert orthotic insoles. (Ofc, these are ones you'd definitely want to wear socks with!)

    Promising review: "Having to walk to and from my job six days a week in a semi-rural setting required me to invest in a pair of rain boots, esp. since it seems to rain every day of late. After wearing them twice they seem to have taken on the shape of my foot and ankle. They got more supple with use which is really nice as when at first they seemed stiff. They are absolutely lovely to walk in, there is support and a certain amount of warmth. My feet didn't get all clammy. They are super comfy and most important they get the job done. My feet are kept nice and dry (I even stepped in a few puddles on purpose — what fun!) I recommend these definitely, and I am difficult when it comes to footwear!" —gabrielannouncer

    Get them on Amazon for $10.21+ (most around $45; available in four colors and sizes 4–11, no half sizes, although some sizes are sold out in some colors).

    11. A pack of two pair opaque, run-resistant tights because they'll let you keep wearing all your favorite dresses even as the temps drop and actually hold up to lots (and lots) of regular wear.


    Promising review: "I like to wear tights to work and I’ve literally had these for so long! I wear them a few times a week and they wash well. I have had them snag and get little pulls (where the fabric pulls out and leaves a little loop) but it’s honestly so much harder to get runs in these than regular tights. The other day I hit my leg on a loose nail on a post outside work. It caused a little snag in the fabric which seemed to disappear when I washed them. With that being said they will still get runs so expect to have to replace them occasionally. About a year ago I bought four pairs and I have two left. One pair has a little fabric pull from one of my cats snagging it, but it’s not turned into a run yet so I pretend it’s not there. The other pair is perfect still." —R. McCartney

    Get two pair on Amazon for $12.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL — don't forget to consult the size chart in the photos — and in three colors).

    12. A fabric shaver — it'll eliminate all the pills leftover on your sweaters from last year so they look brand new. Then that will be so satisfying you'll turn to your couch, sweatpants, and/or any other pilled fabric you can find to de-fuzz.

    It has three different depth settings to choose from so you get a close shave without risk of damaging even your intentionally fuzzier sweaters.

    Promising review: "This thing is excellent. I just 'repaired' two cashmere sweaters and one modal-blend jersey top to like new condition. The waste compartment fills up quickly and will start clogging the blades if not emptied frequently. I will share one trick I found for emptying the area around the blades. Remove the waste compartment and hold the unit vertically over a garbage can while turning the defuzzer on. Blades will spin and the rest of the pills will fall out. Enjoy." —Fine Print Reader

    Get it on Amazon for $11.64 (available in seven colors).

    13. A bottle of wool and cashmere shampoo because its formula includes lanolin, which will keep the yarns in your favorite wool sweaters softer than dry cleaning will. Also unlike dry cleaning, this will completely remove odors, and reviewers say it helps with those pesky deodorant stains, too.


    You can use it either in the washer or to handwash your more delicate items. It's also cedar-scented.

    Promising review: "This wool detergent is amazing! I’ve used it to wash at least 20 cashmere or merino wool sweaters so far, and they came out cleaner and softer than when I dry cleaned them. I turn the sweaters inside out and wash using the “wool/silk” setting on my front-loading machine using cold water. Lay the sweaters flat on a drying rack or towel to dry. I noticed over the years that my dry-cleaned sweaters were getting discolored around the armpits since the dry cleaner wasn’t actually cleaning the deodorant residue/sweat from this area. I was able to fix that in several cases by using a stain treatment before washing with this detergent. There is a slight fragrance, which usually bothers me, but isn’t too bad in this case. (I would prefer a fragrance-free product though.)" —The Purista

    Get it from Amazon for $18.39.

    14. And a three-tier, space-saving, doorframe-/shower rod-hanging drying rack so you can actually lay your sweaters flat to dry the way the tags ask you to, even if your bathroom/closet/laundry room's kinda on the tiny side.,

    It twists up like a car window shade for storage, so it doesn't have to take up a ton of space when you're not using it! And it's big enough to fit sweaters up to size XXL, according to one reviewer, although they do note that the sweaters hang over the edge by about an inch. Also, be careful when you open the package; some reviewers say it tends to spring open suddenly.

    Promising review: "I used this on my shower curtain rod and was pleased with the flexibility to rotate the flat drying racks to adjust articles and shape the drying space. I believe I can fit two in my tiny condo bathroom and will likely purchase another. I use for washing cashmere articles which are much softer when hand-washed, and other delicates. Like other reviewers, I urge, when unpacking, to watch out! It does spring forth...! However when folded it collapses to near nothing — really useful for small spaces." —Lagringa

    Get it on Amazon for $13.99.

    15. A low-profile portable bag holder to keep the leaf bag open for you while you scoop 'em in after raking — it'll save you time whether you do it by yourself (no somehow finagling them into the bag) or whether you usually do it with a buddy (you can both be raking, instead of one person holding the bag).

    It folds flat for super simple storage, and reviewers also pull it out to use as an extra trash can year 'round for parties and picnics.

    Promising review: "Every year I dread, not the raking of the leaves, but getting them into the bag. I've tried metal and plastic trash bin containers and the bags always slip in and it seems this part of raking is what takes the most time and is most frustrating. Used this today and it took me probably 75% less time than when I used other typical containers — the bag holds on tight, no slipping —and you can push leaves down into the bag without the bag slipping off the stand! I used the 39-gallon Hefty bags and they worked perfect with this stand!" —jmt64

    Get it from Amazon for $21.76.

    16. And a pair of leaf scoops to give you bigger than bear–paws so you can move those leaves from your neat pile (post-jump, of course!) into said bag more efficiently than you could with your bare/even gloved hands.


    Promising review: "Our neighbor came over to our home as he saw my husband raking leaves to showed off his Christmas present (he's a gadget guy) and see if my husband wanted to try them out. My husband used them and actually cut his time in half outside picking the leaves up. Without them, it's a task since we have two oak trees in our front yard. He liked them so much that immediately had to get him a set." —Valerie Suarez

    Get them from Amazon for $7.75.

    17. Or the Bag Butler, which holds bags open on their sides so you can literally rake the leaves into the bags, turn them right side–up for a final scrunch, and tie the bag in one swoop.

    Promising review: "I hate raking leaves and I've tried other leaf solutions like the huge plastic taco thing. This one plain works and makes swift work of leaves, even raking alone. I use 39-gallon bags. Make sure to insert the Butler into the bag so the handle cutouts are toward the bag opening. That way you can lift the bag and hold onto the Bag Butler to shake the leaves down once or twice if desired (so you fit more leaves per bag). I find that I can rake to the end of the Bag Butler and shake down twice before raking to the top again and tying the bag." —CenTex

    Get one from Amazon for $33.95.

    18. A super moisturizing unscented hand cream so for once you're prepared to actually stop your hands from cracking thanks to the extra dry air you have to deal with the very moment you turn on your home's heat.


    Promising review: "It was only October and the skin on the tips of my fingers was so cracked and raw, in spots it was actually bleeding. So this arrived yesterday, and I have to tell you, this stuff is no joke: my hands feel, oh, I don't know, 80% less dry (e.g., *significantly better*) and my cracked and bleeding skin seems to be healing right up. It's not greasy, and the scent is a sort of very light, fast-vanishing herbal smell — totally unisex. It ain't cheap, but it works, and you don't have to use much to see results." —Ondine

    Get it from Amazon for $15.

    19. Some adhesive foam weatherstripping because even if you have zero handy experience, it's easy enough to add to the frames of any doors that you realize have been letting in some of that chilly, blustery autumn day.

    Plus it could help improve your electric bills from here on out, because there's less energy lost!

    Promising review: "I just noticed a cold draft coming in from the door between my porch and kitchen. Ordered the 1/2 inch wide, 1/8 inch thick, 50 ft (perfect fit). Super easy, works and looks great! The door is a little more snug to close and needs an extra push, but that's the way it's supposed to be. I have extra weatherstripping for future door projects if needed." —KG in CT

    Get 13 feet of it from Amazon for $13.49 (available in 14 sizes).

    20. And if your home is prone to drafts, a kit designed to seal off windows, too, especially later in the season as you anticipate winter even more.


    Promising review: "We bought a 200 year-old house, and over time will be replacing many of the windows. We live in the Northeast), and it gets COLD here in the winter! The old windows are beautiful, but drafty, even with their storms. I saw this product and thought, "Why not?" We covered eight upstairs windows, one dining room window, and a guest room window. The drafts are GONE and we went from 66–67F in the upstairs bedrooms (with the thermostat set to 72F downstairs to try to get enough heat into those bedrooms) to 70–71F upstairs, without the chilly drafts." —Wendy

    Get a five window–kit on Amazon for $6.98 (also available: kits for patio doors/large windows, and three and ten window–kits).

    21. A foldable stadium seat because sometimes you need a little cushion and back support if you're going to be cheering on the team for hours at a time.


    It has a strap that attaches to the bleachers for stability, folds up small with an easy-carry handle, and has a mesh pocket on the side where you can stick a water bottle.

    Promising review: "These are fantastic! Our daughter is in the high school marching band, meaning we spend a lot of time in stadiums for football games and countless competitions between the other bands. Some of the competitions are all day long, starting with the rising sun and ending sometimes after 10 p.m., after the finals. That's hard on the butts and the backs! These offer a nice cushion for the tush on those cold, hard metal bench seats and a comfortable backing that is not rigid, but cradles your back. The strap keeps it pretty well secured to the bench. The only thing I would improve would be a longer carrying strap (which is also the bench strap), and maybe some how to secure an umbrella to keep your hands free when you're applauding wildly!" —PenMadesen

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

    22. A Neti Pot so you can rinse all the junk out of your congested sinuses and help kick your seasonal fall allergies to the curb. Yes, fall allergies are definitely A Thing, even though you mostly hear about them in the spring and summer!


    Just make sure to only use distilled or previously-boiled (then cooled) water. And if you're concerned about it (or if you have chronic sinus infections), you can discuss it with your doctor, of course!

    Promising review: "I was having one sinus infection after the other, sometimes leading to bronchitis. The underlying cause was my allergies, especially in the fall. I took antibiotics, (and used an Rx antihistamine), but the infection returned as soon as i was off the antibiotics. Ten years ago, my daughter introduced me to sinucleansing. It felt like really dirty hands might feel after a good wash! The sinus infections/bronchitis stopped. I've been using it ever since." —S. Smith

    Get a starter kit on Amazon for $10.10.

    Want to learn more? Here's everything you need to know about Neti Pots.

    23. A bug bite suction tool because those pesky mosquitos just won't quit until you get at least one good freeze, and this lets you gently extract at least some of the venom that makes those bites itch, so even if the bite doesn't go away completely, you don't feel such an urge to scratch.

    Rebecca O'Connell / BuzzFeed

    Bek, an editor here at BuzzFeed, owns one of these and notes that while it doesn't completely get rid of your bites, it does put a halt to the itching. It works with mosquitoes, bees, wasps, biting flies, no-see-ums, chiggers, and sea lice! Note that some reviewers say the suction can be really strong, so try to use it gently; and the company doesn't recommend using it on your neck or face, because it can cause bruising there. (Read the full directions before using it!)

    Promising review: "Bought this on a whim as I get constantly bit by mosquitoes in the late summer/early fall months. We keep the AC on and the windows closed in my apartment but they somehow still find a way in. Used this twice last night after I noticed a bite swelling up near my armpit and it relieved the itch instantly." —"chex314"

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $18.95.

    24. A pair of butterfly wings for when the party's two days away and you have zero idea what you want to wear as a costume. These will be warm and comfy (you can wear whatever all-black clothes you already have), *and* arrive at your doorstep by the big day thanks to Amazon Prime.

    Note that it's only printed on the back side, but that hasn't bothered most of the reviewers! The collar (which is a printed fabric) attaches via Velcro so it's easy to put on and take off, and there are finger loops on the end of each wing (which some reviewers report break, and others report repairing with a safety pin).

    Promising review: "These are awesome!! I needed a super easy Halloween costume and here it is! Colors are gorgeous and with a black dress it will be a great costume!" —Erin A

    Get one set of wings on Amazon for $12.88+ (available in 23 colors / designs; some are spider web-ish instead of butterflies), and an antennae headband for $7.50. If you want wings that are printed on both sides, you can get one option on Amazon (that also includes a bodysuit) for $44.95.

    For more last-minute Amazon costumes, check out: 31 Halloween Costumes Under $30 (it includes a VSCO girl sksksk shirt, lol) and 17 Inexpensive Outfits That Are Basically Easy Halloween Costumes. Or check out a bunch of the best costume ideas for 2019.

    25. A set of thick, soft, 100% cotton flannel sheets — if you live somewhere where it ends up quite chilly at the end of October, and even colder in November, these velvety covers will add just the right amount of extra warmth night after night.


    Promising review: "We live in New England and put flannel sheets on our bed every fall/winter. Our current sheets finally wore out, so we purchased these. Honestly, I wished we had purchased them sooner. These sheets are much warmer and softer than what we had been sleeping in. These are an excellent product and we are looking forward to many more comfortable nights of sleep." —Jared Bryant

    Get them from Amazon for $54.99+ (available in sizes twin–Cal king and four colors).

    26. A peeler, corer, and slicer device that will cut the prep time for your famous apple pies in half, because it takes only like, 30 seconds to take an apple from whole to fully prepped for the next steps in your secret recipe.

    I've used similar devices before and let me tell you, they're pretty amazing! This one suctions to your countertop so it won't move one bit as you turn the crank to push the apple through. Then it simply slides right off the core! Oh, and if you love the peels, the peeler part is totally optional — you can turn it on and off.

    Promising review: "It’s super easy. Used it to slice apples for an apple pie. It worked wonderfully. My kids have pulled it out to serve themselves apples for a snack. And I’ve also used it to peel potatoes and to make curly fries (I just remove the coring blade). It worked great for all of the above. I truly highly recommend this product." —Camila Irwin

    Get it on Amazon for $29.99.

    27. Or just a straight-up apple corer, if you have a veggie peeler already (or just don't care to peel your apples for whatever recipe you're making). The core comes out of the open area on the head of the gadget, so you can move on to the next apple in, like, seconds.


    It has a nonslip grip handle, and is dishwasher safe.

    Promising review: "Works very well! If you twist it gently when you make contact with the apple to break the skin it's pretty easy. If you just drive it in with pressure, however, it could lead to an accident. Just gently twist to sort of saw through the skin, then it's easy peezy." —S Graves

    Get it on Amazon for $8.99.

    28. A miniature portable space heater (it stands about 10 inches tall) because you're freezing cold the very *instant* temperatures drop below 70, and while you should also layer up with sweaters this will give you all the heat you need right where you need it.


    It heats up to a 300 square foot–area, has three quiet fan settings, a bunch of different heat settings, a carrying handle, and a cool touch–exterior and overheat protection (for safety reasons!)

    Promising review: "This little heater is AMAZING. My office at work is SO cold. I had to replace the heater I was using, which did practically nothing. With this heater, on the low setting and lower heat (I used to have to use the highest setting and highest heat) it warms my office up in no time. My office is not big, but with the oscillation feature, and higher heat settings, I'm sure it would easily warm a big office or small room." —Bookaddictlt

    Get it on Amazon for $27.98.

    29. A high quality 100% cotton flannel shirt with chambray-lined cuffs and collar, so you always have the perfect thing to wear whether you're apple picking, hiking through the autumn leaves, staging an autumnal Instagram photoshoot, or carving pumpkins.


    I mean obviously you can wear anything you want to all of those activities! I just find a nice flannel shirt so irresistibly, quintessentially ~fall~. As with all online ordering, be sure to check out the size chart before you order! It is machine washable, though you should stick to the directions and wash on gentle on cold, then hang or air dry.

    Promising review: "The quality of the shirt is excellent in every respect. I am so pleased! The fit is feminine due to the placement of darts in the front and back. There are numerous added touches to this shirt that elevate it to a level of quality that rivals Woolrich (editors note: $59 for a similar style) and other 'high end' brands. The shirt is beautifully tailored and features buttons imprinted with the brand name. Another distinctive touch is that the back shoulder panel is also embroidered with the Legendary brand name. The fabric is a high quality, beefy flannel that is cozy and maintains its softness when washed. The sangria plaid is a rich, beautiful blend that is very flattering." —Mia M

    Get one from Amazon for $29.99 (available in sizes XS–XXL and 1X–2X, and in four plaids. Some sizes in some styles are +$4.99 for shipping).

    Your mood, after you fix a few problems you have then sit down for a hot cup of well-deserved apple cider:

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