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18 Winter Essentials If You’re Always Cold

the best winter essentials if you're always cold
Image: Sanuk | Design: theSkimm
Jan 6, 2022

If you’re someone who tends to feel cold more often than not, we hear ya. You’re always trying to warm up, find a cozy place to curl up in, and prevent your toes from freezing. Layers are your best friend and a hot cup of coffee or tea is your savior. And now with winter fully underway, you’re just looking to stay as snug as possible. 

To help you stay warm all day and night, whether you’re outdoors or not, we rounded up the best winter essentials. From hand warmers to fleece-lined leggings, here’s what you need to banish that annoying chill. 

Sanuk slip-on slippers with a wool and tencel shearling lining…

These slippers are the definition of cozy. They’re perfect for indoor wear, but since they have a SugarMat outsole, they can also be worn to run errands comfortably. One Skimm HQ’r owns these and adores them. And a tip: If your feet get too warm while wearing, you can collapse the leather heels and wear ’em like backless slippers. ($85, Sanuk)

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An organic herbal tea blend to slowly sip in the morning…

Pick the one that speaks to you. Maybe you’re looking for something more calming. Or maybe you want a minty energizing boost. All are individually made from a specific blend of herbs and spices. If you’re looking to cut back on coffee but want something warm before you start the day, here’s your solution. PS: Use code SKIMM10 for 10% off at checkout. ($14.50+, Golden Flourish)

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Or a subscription that lets you try coffee from around the world…

Aka a coffee world tour from your kitchen. Personalize your monthly (or bimonthly) shipment so you can receive up to 24 ounces of freshly roasted beans from places like Costa Rica and Brazil. You’ll also get brewing tips, flavor notes, and a postcard from the featured country. Rise and grind. ($9+/month, Atlas Coffee Club)

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Plush lounge socks to wear with winter boots…

What’s great about these socks is that although they’re warm, they won’t make your feet overheat. They’re made from a breathable and moisture-wicking viscose (from bamboo), so they’re a bit cooler than traditional cotton. Since they’re constructed with a certain weave, they’re safe to machine wash and won’t pill. If you don’t like them (spoiler: you will), Cozy Earth lets you return items up to 100 nights after purchase. They’ll cover shipping in the US and you’ll get a full refund. ($36/3 pack, Cozy Earth

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A large electric heating pad for ultimate warmth and muscle relief…

If you’ve got some soreness going on — look no further. This heating pad can relieve aches and pains. It’ll warm up quickly, has three heat levels, and can mold to your body. It’s big enough to use across your back or stomach, so use it when you have a chill or when you’re a bit sore from yesterday’s workout. ($29.95, Amazon)

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Genius heated slippers to keep your toes toasty all winter… 

Turn your feet into literal baked potatoes with these unbelievably cute slippers that are USB-powered. They’re the perfect pair to keep under a desk as you work from home or in an office. The slippers heat up pretty quickly and will stay warm for hours on end. Trust us — we’ve tried them. ($48, Urban Outfitters)

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High-quality tech gloves so your hands aren’t numb outside…

These are touch sensitive all over — not just at the fingertips — and come with an anti-slip palm grip so your device won’t fall into a pile of slush. Whether you need to control your playlist for your winter run or just need to update the group chat, these are reliable gloves to have in your pocket. They also have an inner lining so your fingers will be warm while on the go. ($13.95, Amazon)

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Sporty ear-warmer headbands for chilly park jogs…

No more ‘I can’t feel my ears when I’m with you’ moments after a workout. These premium fleece headbands get bigger around the ear area so they’ll actually cover ’em and won’t accidentally slide around while you’re moving. The headband has high elasticity too, so it’ll stretch to fit your head comfortably and sit perfectly around your ponytail. No headaches or ear aches here, thank you very much. ($13.99/3 pack, Amazon)

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Fleece-lined leggings to wear on winter hikes or as a base layer while skiing…

Yes, it’s freezing outside, but you still need your outdoor time. Being inside 24/7 is…a little confining (if you ask us). These leggings are high-waisted, have two side pockets, and have a hidden waistband pocket for a key. Customers love them, raving about their thickness and warmth. Your legs will be insulated so you can enjoy your time spent outside despite a chill in the air. ($27.99+, Amazon)

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A long sherpa coat to wear literally all the time…

If you’re always chilly, you know the key is to layer. This coat makes a perfect middle layer that won’t be too stifling while you’re inside. If you’re heading out, you’ll be able to still throw on a heavier parka without feeling too bulky. Since it reaches way past your butt, more of you will stay covered. ($49.97, American Eagle)

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Flannel sheets that’ll turn your bed into a cloud…

Scratchy sheets? No thank you. L.L.Bean works to make sure their flannel is velvety soft. Its exclusive process removes fibers from the surface of the fabric to leave it feeling smooth. And it definitely holds up — because customers rave about these sheets. They’ve got over 700 five-star reviews. Sweet dreams to you. ($32.95+, L.L.Bean)

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A cozy throw that’ll make any night in feel luxurious…

It’s hard to find a comfy blanket that also looks chic on the couch. The super-soft microfiber throw has a cult-like following and comes in neutral colors to match any home decor. It can be easily thrown in the wash without risk of pilling. Plus, it makes an ideal travel blanket, too. ($147, Nordstrom)

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A blanket scarf that can double as a shawl…

Made from a blend of viscose and modal, this scarf feels like cashmere but at a fraction of the price. The most important thing? It’s huge. Extra length means the ability to wrap and knot the scarf, covering up as much as your neck and chest as possible. Customers have compared the feel to cashmere and say they can hardly tell the difference. Plus it comes in 28 colors. It’s a win-win. ($14.99, Amazon)

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A small personal space heater to keep by your desk or in the bathroom…

Or wherever you tend to get a chill. If you find yourself shivering at your desk, keep this by your feet. If you hate getting out of the shower because you know you turn into a human icicle upon stepping out, let this warm the room. (Note that it’s built for small spaces, so don’t expect it to warm up your entire bedroom.) It works via ceramic coils that can heat up quickly, and has tip-over protection — the base is extra sturdy. Pro tip: Be careful while using. Don’t leave it plugged in for hours or leave it turned on after you leave the room. ($23.59+, Amazon)

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The famous “Amazon Coat” that you’ve seen everywhere...

And for good reason. It’s very warm, has tons of easily accessible pockets, and has a fleece-lined hood. It’s long enough to cover your butt, so you’ll be able to wear leggings without freezing. If you’re skeptical — don’t be. It’s got over 14,000 five-star reviews. ($159.99+, Amazon)

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An oversized sweatshirt you can cuddle up in…

It’s gigantic, it has a front pocket for your phone, and it’s made from flannel for ultimate warmth. It’s pretty much a wearable blanket, with more than enough room to cover your legs and feet when you’re curled up. Evenings spent on the couch never felt so good. ($28.99+, Amazon)

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A pack of hand warmers that are odorless and disposable…

These single-use warmers are great if you’re heading to an outdoor sports game, tailgate, concert, camping or fishing trip, or any sort of activity outside. You just shake to activate, slip them into your gloves, and they’ll heat up in 15 to 30 minutes. If they start to cool off, expose them to the air again and shake a bit more. Once you’re done with them, you can throw them directly into the trash. PS: They’re also TSA-approved, have an estimated shelf like of three to four years, and can provide heat for up to 10 hours. ($5.79/10 pack, Amazon)

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Fingerless gloves so you have full movement...

If you don’t like the limitations of regular gloves, fingerless is the way to go. You’ll be able to text and type easily, grasp items, and handle things with more care. These help keep our fingers warm, but allow us to type faster on a keyboard. They aren't bulky, which makes wearing them inside more comfortable. ($14.99/4 pack, Amazon)

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