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    30 Things To Help Make Your Nights At Home Better (Now That Night Apparently Starts At 4:30PM)

    Commence hibernation.

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    1. A handleless mug to comfortably keep your hot beverage close to your heart where it belongs — and your hands toasty, too!

    reviewer drinking from mug with a pocket on the side for their hand to slide into and grip

    The mug is dishwasher- and microwave-safe.

    Promising review: "The colors are even more vivid in person, and the mug looks and feels great. It's larger than I expected (about 1.5" taller than a standard mug), which makes it fit my hands nicely without fingers feeling cramped in the pocket. When filled with fresh coffee, it's too hot to hold for long, but once it's had a few minutes to cool down, it's perfect for a cold morning." —awehrman

    Get it from Amazon for $29.90 (available in 21 colors and in right- and left-handed versions).

    2. The Sister Pie cookbook for those snowed-in weekends when you just want to hunker down and bake, bake, bake.

    sister pie by Lisa Ludwinski
    Lorena Jones Books

    Sister Pie is one of my favorite local bakeries, so I can't help but recommend you bake your way through their most renowned recipes like Sour Cherry-Bourbon Pie, savory hand pies, and — my personal favorite — Buckwheat Chocolate Chip Cookies.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.59, Bookshop for $23, or search for it at your local library.

    3. A pair of fluffy criss-cross slippers you'll want to wear basically every waking moment once it drops below 65 degrees.

    reviewer holding tan fizzy criss cross strap sandal slippers

    Promising review: "Right away when I opened the box I was excited to see how these felt. I have to say I was not disappointed at all! They are the softest fluffy slippers I have ever had on my feet! The soles are the perfect material where you won’t ruin these if you need to go to the basement or laundry room in your building. I also like the peep toe, slide style as it keeps my feet warm and protected but they won’t get too hot. They fit nicely and would be a great gift too!" —C. Duke

    Get them from Amazon for $23.99 (available in sizes S–XL and nine colors).

    4. A heated blanket to swaddle yourself in so you stay snug as a bug in a rug until the sun comes day...eventually...maybe.

    model wrapped in grey microfiber and white shearling heated blanket

    Promising review: "I got this today, and good timing as it is 15 degrees outside. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! It has a nice heavy feel to it. I only had to use medium setting to be completely warm. The texture is wonderful. Very soft on both sides. I especially like how the power connects to the blanket itself. The locking buttons on the side are perfect. My last blanket I had, the power cord always fell out. I was concerned a little because the price but it is worth every penny." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99.

    5. A subscription to Book of the Month so you always have a must-read queued up for snuggly nights by the fire.

    book of the month box
    Book of the Month

    What you get: Your choice of one of five titles a month with an option to skip a month and save your credit whenever you please.

    I have Book of the Month and absolutely love it! I really look forward to selecting my book every month and adore all the info they give about each option. As an avid reader, I'm always looking for a new, fun read and Book of the Month makes it easy and fun!

    Get it from Book of the Month for $14.99/month.

    6. A Golden Girls jigsaw puzzle to pluck away at while you binge the show itself — and at a whopping 1000 pieces, you have a LOT of episodes to look forward to!

    the four main golden girls characters on a puzzle

    Get it from Toynk for $27.99.

    7. A hand-held milk frother for whipping up your very own specialty drinks to have for dessert without having to venture out into the cold, cold world.,

    Don't forget the AA batteries!

    Promising review: "This has revolutionized my coffee routine and allows me to make lattes, like they do at Starbucks, at home. I have used it exclusively with plant-based milks (coconut, almond, etc.) and it perfectly froths non-dairy milks. I can't tell you how much money I have saved not having to go to the coffee shop every time I want to have a delicious latte. It makes a beautiful, delicate foam that holds up for the whole cup of coffee. I love that there's still foam even in the last sip. Also, you can use this for the fancy cold foam to have with iced coffee drinks. I love this device so much! I have recommended it to literally everyone I know and plan on purchasing another frother in the near future just so I can keep one at the office to make sure I never have to make coffee without it. I couldn't go back to just coffee and cream after having tried the perfect lattes made by this." —Lindsey Catherine

    Get it from Amazon for $13.97 (available in 13 colors).

    8. And pumpkin pie sauce so that drink can always and forever be a pumpkin spice latte.

    bottle of torani pumpkin pie sauce

    Promising review: "One of my favorite things about fall is getting pumpkin spice coffees from the coffee shops. When I saw these on Amazon I was excited that I could have my pumpkin spice drink all year long. I have enjoyed adding this syrup to my coffee in the summer as much as I do during the fall." —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $10.08 (also available in five other flavors).

    9. A tranquil quilt set to snuggle under every night, because if you're going to be spending a lot more time in your room, it'll be such a treat to have linens you really love.

    monochromatic blue quilt and shams with a half moon pattern in two stripes down the middle

    Jungalow is a Black woman–owned business started by designer Justina Blakeney. Their mission is to sustainably make your space more creative and inspirational — basically everything at Jungalow is on my wish-list! If this quilt in particular isn't speaking to you, check out the rest of their bedding options here.

    Get it from Jungalow for $140+ (available in full/queen or king sizes) and the matching shams fo

    10. A tube of Kiehl's Lip Balm #1, because dry air is on its way, which means chapped lips, which means misery. I used to get chapped lips ALL the time, but since I started using this every night a few years ago, I don't think I've gotten them once.

    three squeeze tubes of lip balm

    The balm is phthalate-, paraben-, cruelty-, and gluten-free.

    Balm #1 is definitely expensive for a lip balm, but it's truly the best I've ever used. Even though I use it daily, day and night, each tube lasts me about six months. A little goes a long way with this thick, clear balm, and it never feels heavy or sticky. It simply makes my lips feel their best. I don't see a future in which I don't always repurchase this when my tube runs out — I've been using it for about two years, and have zero complaints.

    Get it from Sephora for $10.

    11. A light-up birch branch garland to instantly turn your living room into a sparkly winter wonderland (that's much warmer than the frigid one outdoors).

    branch on mantle with lights at the end of its individual sticks

    The branches are battery operated, bendable, and have a timer.

    Promising review: "This product is of good quality and very realistic looking. I love the branch/twig vine and when lit it looks absolutely beautiful. You can bend the branches to your liking and having a timer option is fantastic!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99+ (available in five styles).

    12. A scarf knitting kit if you need to fill idle time during winter evenings and nights, which now accounts for basically 100% of the day.

    We Are Knitters

    This beginner kit comes with enough wool yarn to complete the project, an instruction guide in English or in Spanish, and either straight or circular size 11 knitting needles. If you're already a knitting pro, check out the rest of their kits for more of a challenge!

    Get it from We Are Knitters for $57 (originally $76, available in 12 colors).

    13. A New York Times crossword puzzle book to pass the time and strengthen your mind at the same time. Make "crossword and chill" a thing, 2020.

    monday crossword puzzle book edited by will shortz with 50 puzzles

    Promising review: "I love this thing! The print is nice and large, and the spiral binding is super nice. The paper is still newspaper-y which makes it feel like a newspaper crossword without having to lug around a newspaper. I use erasable pens, and they erase great. The boxes are plenty big enough for the letters and the crosswords are all appropriately 'Monday' difficulty. Great thing to have! Can’t wait to finish it and move on to Tuesday!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.69.

    Want more of a challenge? Try the Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday versions of this book for increasing difficulty!

    14. A cute and classic loose leaf teapot for anyone whose comprehensive plan for battling shivers begins and ends with tea.

    robin's egg blue tea pot

    Promising review: "Had this teapot for a while now and I am OBSESSED! The infuser is surprisingly great for loose leaf tea. I use it one or two times a day, and it has held up great so far. Plus, it is adorable to look at and has added such a nice pop of color to my kitchen." —Kimberly Bringas

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in six colors).

    15. And some loose leaf tea from Brooklyn Tea that makes any night spent at home feel a little cozier. I particularly recommend their Vanilla Rooibos and Darjeeling teas. Hmmmm maybe I'll go put on some water for a cup of rooibos right now, that sounds good.

    the writer's two bags of loose leaf tea on a wooden tray with a mug and small saucer of looseleaf darjeeling
    Rachel Dunkel / BuzzFeed

    Brooklyn Tea is Black-owned and based in — you guessed it! — Brooklyn, New York. I love their tea because it's very high quality *and* they give you super precise brewing instructions on the back of the packaging. So helpful! Due to high demand, orders will take three to four weeks, but it's worth it! And hey, it's something to look forward to.

    Get them from Brooklyn Tea: the Vanilla Rooibos for $5.99+ (available in six sizes) and the Darjeeling for $6.99+ (available in six sizes).

    16. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream — a head-to-toe moisturizer that soothes parched skin anywhere on the body, making it a winter must-have. A dollop of this on your face, hands, and elbows before bed will make for much happier skin this season.

    tub of ultra repair cream

    This cream is paraben-, phthalate-, and cruelty-free, as well as vegan.

    Promising review: "I have sensitive skin and breakout from everything. This cream is so great and goes on clean, meaning there's no oily feel or anything like that. I noticed my skin texture is softer and smoother — less breakouts, too. Highly recommend this!" —Mbois

    Get it from SkinStore: a 2-ounce version for $14 and a 6-ounce version for $34.

    17. A soft faux fur blanket to hibernate under for the foreseeable future — I don't know about you, but that's about all my winter plans consist of.

    red microfiber blanket

    To care for this blanket, machine wash cold and tumble dry. Not so hard!

    Promising review: "I met this blanket on Thursday, we slept together on Friday, got married on Saturday, and haven't been apart since! I love it so much." —Randy A. Cascino

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99+ (available in 21 colors and five sizes).

    18. A bathtub tray for when you need to defrost after facing the icy tundra that is the walk from your car to your front door.

    reviewer's tub with bamboo tray across it holding a book and other accessories

    The side trays are adjustable to fit a variety of tub sizes.

    Promising review: "Perfect gift for the bath lover, and great way to make a bath look more thoughtful and designed even when not in use. Our tub is deep and has handles that this tray fits perfectly on. The ability to slide it apart makes it easy to customize to the right width. When not in use the trays and holders are a perfect place to store bath accessories (bubble bath, candles, etc.). The holder fits an iPad 12" in the vertical position, but not really horizontally, that's tough if you wanted to watch a show. It's possible to prop it up though using the grooves in the tray so overall this does the trick. It comes with removable soap/wine trays that can be reconfigured or removed entirely if your tub is not as wide." —C McA

    Get it from Amazon for $49.97.

    19. A blanket sweatshirt called The Comfy, because admitting to yourself you're going to be on the couch until April is an important step towards finding your bundled winter bliss.


    Promising review: "When I saw The Comfy on Shark Tank I just knew I had to have one. I live near the beach and it is perfect for chilly mornings and cool evenings. I absolutely love mine. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the fabric. It feels so luxurious that I want to wear it all the time. I bought myself a navy blue one but I am already thinking of getting a couple more ordered for both my kids. Great product." —Kat

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in two styles and 12 colors, as well as a kid's size).

    20. A pair of sheepskin insoles for upgrading any old pair of shoes into the warmest, coziest pair of slippers you ever did wear.

    white fuzzy sheepskin shoe insoles

    Promising review: "My wife was complaining about her sore feet from walking around on the cold tile floor in her slippers. Not only are her feet warmer, the foam cushioning helps relieve her foot pain." —watto

    Get them from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in men's sizes 8–12, women's sizes 6–12, and two colors).

    21. A wedge pillow that'll literally have your back while you get comfy reading, knitting, gaming, or just chilling and watching The Office for the millionth time.

    model leaning in bed against a wedge-shaped pillow

    Promising review: "Sitting in the bed can be luxurious unless you are sliding down or pillows are going between the mattress and the bed. These pillows elevated me enough to comfortably knit for hours and kept any pillows from their normal disappearing act." —Williamettia Scott

    Get it from Amazon for $43+ (available in two sizes).

    22. A set of eight flameless candles to create a ~cozy mood~ without worrying about dozing off around a real flame.

    three large, three medium, and two small white flameless candles

    The candles have a timer function and require AA batteries.

    Promising review: "I ADORE these candles. Five years ago I ended up living with several cats. At that point, I stopped burning candles (for everyone's safety). I missed the warm glow of candles. A couple of years ago I came across these lovely, wax, flameless candles WITH timer. I have them scattered throughout my house on random bookshelves, in large houseplants, bathroom counter, kitchen counter, etc. and they all pop on just after dusk (via the timer). Around the holidays we put one in each window. It's an effortless way to make your home feel a little bit warmer and cozier every single night!" —Aaron

    Get the set of three from Amazon for $39.99.

    23. A four-quart Crock-Pot, because one of the nicest things you can do for yourself during the most difficult season is ensure there's a hot, delicious meal waiting for you at the end of the day.

    small red crock pot with glass lid

    The stoneware insert and lid of the Crock-Pot are dishwasher safe!

    Promising review: "Great design, beautiful color. I like that the interior is ceramic crockery, rather than aluminum or metal like many models. It is also the perfect size for making anything from soup, to an entire (small) roast chicken, family, party or personal size." —amazcustomer

    Get it from Amazon for $23.04.

    Read about my love of my own Crock-Pot in "The Crock-Pot Is The Best Way To Make Delicious, Simple, Home Cooked Meals."

    24. A humidifier to ensure you're not drying out while just hanging around at home. Your sinuses and skin will be sooo thankful.

    small blue teardrop-shaped humidifier

    This runs for 16 hours before running out of ~steam~ and features an automatic shut-off feature just in case you forget.

    Promising review: "I've never used a humidifier before so the whole experience is new for me. However, I powered the Ultrasonic Cool Mist on and within an hour I noticed the air felt significantly different in my apartment. I live in the northern U.S., so I'm used to dry, cold winters and the dry noses/skin that accompanies them. However, since using this product every night, I've noticed the cracks are healing and not coming back! Even though the function is excellent. I'm also impressed by how silent the machine is. We put it in our bedroom and I have no problem falling asleep. 10/10 would buy again, and I've recommended it to my family and friends." —Chandler

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    Check out "This $40 Humidifier Will Probably Change How You Sleep Forever" for more on how this little thing can help you all season long.

    25. A cardamom milk candle whose sweet but not-too-sweet scent is truly as calming as a warm glass of milk — perfect for unwinding at the end of the day (even if that day ends before you even leave work).

    the candle in a light pink glass

    I L-O-V-E this candle. I normally go for brighter scents, but this one is calmly sweet and really helps me relax. Otherland candles are also just great! They burn for a loooong time and will look incredible among your decor.

    Get it from Otherland for $36 or Nordstrom for $36.

    26. A soft-as-can-be robe to pop on after a warm shower, because the amount of time you lay on your bed staring at the ceiling post-bathing is only going to get longer as the days get shorter.

    reviewer in long pink robe

    Promising review: "I bought this robe for my wife because she is always cold in the mornings and night and she absolutely loves it! Looks and feels like you could only get through a five-star spa stay! She says that it is very comfortable and warm and also makes her feel like a millionaire! If you are looking for a robe, this is a must buy!" —HB

    Get it from Amazon for $33.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and 37 styles and colors).

    27. A flannel pajama set, because rocking matching PJs is a one-way ticket to starring in your very own Hallmark holiday movie.

    Old Navy

    Get it from Old Navy for $35 for sizes XS–XL (originally $39.99, available in 13 patterns) and $39.99 for sizes 1X–4X (available in six patterns).

    28. An insulated Yeti Rambler mug if you have a tendency to forget your drink in various places and only find a cold mug of sadness upon finding it. Never again!

    reviewer's black yeti mug with lid and stainless steel interior

    Besides being used for hot liquids, the mug can also be used for serving things such as oatmeal *or* to keep cold beverages cold. It comes with a lid, is dent-resistant, doesn't sweat, and is dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "Wow, what a great product. I’ve transitioned from a regular coffee cup to this. I was always reheating my coffee but no longer. This mug keeps my coffee hot for a minimum of 2 hours. Allowing me to get a few things done around the house, while i enjoy my coffee here and there." —Kendra Hubick

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in 19 colors).

    29. A hydrating face mask formulated with sweet almond oil, plant-based squalane, and hyaluronic acid so you can treat your tired skin to some TLC and have a self-care night as often as you need.


    This mask is cruelty-free.

    Promising review: "I woke up this morning and my face felt dryer than usual. It always looses moisture in the cooler months. I knew I needed to reorder Moon Mask. It’s a life-saver for the cold, dry months. I use it every night and a little goes a long way. I love Moon Mask so much!" —Bre

    Get it from Glossier for $22.

    30. An adult swaddle — yes, you heard me right — to gently snuggle you and keep you safe from drafts, twisted blankets, and any under-the-bed monsters that would otherwise get your feet.

    Hatch Sleep

    I have one of these and cannot recommend it enough. I love to be tucked in or have some pressure on me when I sleep, but a weighted blanket can be just too much sometimes. The Hatch sleep pod keeps me nice and cozy but is breathable, so I don't get overheated. 10/10.

    Get it from Hatch Sleep for $89.99 (originally $110, available in three sizes).

    Will the sun ever come back????


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