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Cozy Gifts They’ll Use All Winter Long (and Beyond)

Design: theSkimm | Photos: Brooklyn Candle Co., Lunya
October 24, 2022

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We’ve heard that the best gift to give is one you’d really want for yourself. And if that’s the case, then we’re always gifting cozy. Because name a better feeling than receiving something warm to wrap yourself in when it’s chilly outside. Now, imagine giving that feeling to someone else. Pure magic. We rounded up the softest, plushest, most soul-warming things they’ll use way past the holidays, from hoodies to fuzzy clogs (huge yes). Get ready to snuggle up.Want more holiday gifting ideas? Check out The Shoppes at Skimm Ave. for our recs for everyone on your list.

Girlfriend Collective

An extra-soft hoodie they’ll throw on year-round…

Not only is it made of recycled plastic bottles (hello, get a reusable one), but this cropped hoodie features a microfleece that’ll make them feel like they’re wearing a blanket. It has a hood and kangaroo pocket, and goes great with shorts in the fall or as an added layer for warmth in the winter. We’re partial to the baby blue, but it also comes in black and oatmeal, and sizes XXS–6XL. Psst…use code SKIMM20 at checkout for 20% off (minimum purchase of $100). ($92, Girlfriend Collective)

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A moisture-wicking plush slipper they can wear to the mailbox…

Speaking of sustainable, these are made with responsibly sourced leather (among other recycled materials), but don’t skimp on comfort. The wool-blend lining will keep their feet warm as they shuffle to get the paper or to their local coffee shop. The sturdy sole will keep them from slip-slidin’ around even when it’s icy. They’ll thank you later. ($85, Sanuk)

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A throw blanket that’s what dreams are made of…

Lizzie McGuire would approve. And so do we. This is our go-to blanket to wrap up in for a streaming sesh on the couch. It’s made of extra-soft microfiber that won’t pill or wrinkle and will only get softer with use. It comes in ten neutral colors, and can be thrown in the washing machine when it needs a deep clean. Easy-peasy. ($147, Nordstrom)

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A robe that makes getting out of a hot bath a little more bearable…

As long as Brooklinen keeps making robes, we’ll be buying them. Spread the love by gifting the super-plush version to your sister, mother-in-law, or partner. We can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t appreciate this Turkish cotton beauty that’s equivalent to  wrapping up in one of the brand’s luxurious towels. It comes in several colors and sizes XS–XL. ($99, Brooklinen)

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Woman wearing loungewear

Loungewear you’ll want to gift to everyone you know…

Female-founded. Size inclusive. Sustainable. And ooooh so soft. Giapenta's loungewear takes comfy to the next level. Their buttery soft joggers are perfect for everything from lounging to travel. And their slouchy long-sleeve tee is totally coffee-run- (or stay-at-home-) chic. Wrap them up individually or as a set. And snag a set for yourself, too. Go ahead, get cozy. ($78 + $68, Giapenta)*

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A sustainably made fuzzy clog…

Show the recipient you’re fashion forward by gifting what’s sure to be the next It shoe. The foam outsole is made with renewable sugarcane, with a plush lining made from trees. But it still has all the comfort Ugg is best known for. We’d even pair these with a knit sweaterdress or flared jeans. They come in black, cream, or red. Go ahead, spice up their life. ($120, Ugg)

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A body lotion that never feels sticky…

If we could take a bath in this lotion, we would. It’s somehow thick and hydrating, but lightweight at the same time. Color us impressed. When the weather gets really raw, they can slather this on, and with ingredients like marula oil and niacinamide, it’ll work hard to actively strengthen and soothe their skin. It’s also fragrance-free for the most sensitive skin. ($28, Nordstrom)

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Tan plaid shacket
Old Navy

A shacket that’s an instant multi-season staple…

Think: a transitional weather must-have meets winter-friendly warmth. Because this layer’s got…layers. With a soft-brushed exterior and smooth taffeta lining made to move with you. Plus a longer length to keep everything comfy and covered. ($74.99, Old Navy)*

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Brooklyn Candle Studio

A minimalist candle with a universally appealing scent…

No matter how common, everyone enjoys receiving a nice candle. This one is handmade in Brooklyn, New York, with eco-friendly soy wax for the cleanest burn. It smells like sage, rosemary, and pulling on your favorite leather jacket on a perfect October day. Sold. ($28, Brooklyn Candle Studio)

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A pair of cotton-silk bike shorts that’ll make them feel put together…

Up their loungewear game with these ribbed, high-rise bike shorts that promise to never bunch or stretch, thanks to a healthy dose of nylon and silk in the fabric. They’re breathable, machine-washable, and also come in a legging version if that's more your style. Psst…this brand makes some of our favorite pajamas if you want to treat yourself while you’re at it. ($118, Nordstrom)

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A weighted blanket to help them sleep better at night…

Who doesn’t crave better sleep? This heavy blanket feels like a warm bear hug with the power to soothe their stressed body as they stream or snooze (added weight has been proven to decrease an anxious mind and help muscles relax). It has a breathable cotton cover that won’t trap heat and comes in four colors and three weights, so order depending on their body size. ($99+, Casper)

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Naked Cashmere

A classic V-neck sweater that’ll never go out of style…

It’s made from lightweight cashmere with a ribbed trim, and can be layered over a button-up shirt or tee. It’s oversized so be sure to size down if you think they’d prefer a more fitted feel. It comes in three gorgeous neutral colors and sizes XS–L. ($175, Naked Cashmere)

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A pair of high-waisted leggings to take them from the gym to brunch…

With almost 60,000 five-star reviews (can you say wow), these affordable leggings have just the right amount of stretch while also providing coverage and support. Whoever you snag these for will find themselves wearing them for much more than just yoga class. They come in two sizes that should fit those who wear S–XXL. Psst…they’re also machine-washable. Nice. And for more great holiday gifts from Amazon, check out our storefront. ($13.99+, Amazon)

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A plush from "Toy Story 3" that will always make them smile…

If it’s not these three happy peas nestled in a pod, then we don’t want it. Buy them a stuffed toy because they’re too ‘adult’ to buy one for themselves, or snag one for your sibling’s kid who will now think of you as the most fun aunt. The pod even has a zipper so they can take their peas on the go. C’mon — how cute is that. ($13.99, Amazon)

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An adorable hat to keep their ears warm…

The colorful contrasting ribbed knit is sure to help them stand out, plus the oversized pompom on top is just too cute. It’s super soft, won’t make their head scratchy, and thick enough to shelter their head from the cold. Love. ($41.95, Backcountry)

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A bamboo tray so they can take a relaxing bath…

This tray has a place to rest a glass of wine, their iPad for binging a show, and even a candle. It’s adjustable to the width of their tub and rests easily on the edges, while the water-resistant bamboo can be wiped down easily and won’t get soggy and rot. Give them the gift of me-time. ($29.99+, Amazon)

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Uncommon Goods

A handmade pillow they can heat up or chill…

Help them relieve stress and tension in their shoulders with these pillows filled with all-natural cherry pits. They can heat them over and over again to soothe cramps, or they can pop them in the freezer to use on sore muscles after a strenuous workout. Reviewers say it stays warm for up to 20 minutes and is a great gift for new moms. And for more great holiday gifts from Uncommon Goods, shop here. ($32, Uncommon Goods)

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Cozy Earth

A trio of cozy socks to lounge in…

Because they can never have enough nice socks. These are made with soft bamboo ribbed fabric that won’t pill and will hold up after every wash. They come in four different color combinations and two sizes. Did we mention they’re Oprah’s favorite comfy socks? We have personally worn them and can confirm they’re the best. ($38.40, Cozy Earth)

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Sips By

A tea subscription box for a gift that keeps on giving…

If you have a tea lover on your hands, we can’t think of anything better than a delivery of four premium teas to their doorstep every month. They’ll get personalized picks and steeping notes based on their preferences, like whether they’re more of a chai or green-tea person in the mornings. You may want to enlist the help of a partner or relative to help customize the box, but that’s half the fun. ($19.99/month, Sips by)

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Sock slippers so they can feel like a Who in Whoville…

Cindy Lou would love these, and so do we. They’re fleece-lined, so they’ll actually keep their feet warm, and the pompom on top is just too adorable. They also have a nonslip sole for even the slickest of hardwood floors. They come in three bright colors and two sizes. ($55, Verloop)

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A light that’ll help them achieve better sleep…

This adult night-light will glow softly as they read in bed, then gradually dims to signal it’s time to rest, much like the sun setting. The light is warmer than typical fluorescent overhead lights, and can also be set to turn on in the morning for a more peaceful wake-up. Plus, it looks super chic. Yes, please. ($129+, Casper)

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