Winter Must-Haves for Dealing with the Cold: Part 1

January 9, 2013

Finally, it feels like winter in Los Angeles (at least it does in the mornings and evenings). I’m sure it’s much colder in other parts of the world than it is in Southern California, but I’m still fuh-reezing under three layers of long-sleeves and a sweater, sweats, some pretty thick socks, and a pair of fingerless gloves (for typing). I know, I must sound like a pansy to any of you who are from the likes of the Midwest or I don’t know…Alaska, but it’s cold, I tell you! Thinking about all the stuff I wish I had to keep me warmer and happier right now, it occurred to me that I might as well share some of those things with you. Here are (what I believe to be) 10 winter must-haves for weathering the cold weather! (Pun totally intended. Ha!)

Winter staple #1: Humidifier

Though I’ve never owned a humidifier, I think I need one this winter because I’m positive it beats holding a hot cup of tea under my face (which is what I’m doing at this very moment). The tea’s steaming vapors feel so warm and soothing…imagine what a humidifier will do for my entire room! In my search for a cool design, I found the Middle Colors Humidifier on dynamism.com. It comes in lots of colors and sizes to match anyone’s style, and though I’m usually a plain Jane, I am incredibly drawn to the limited edition crystal studded ones. Apparently, these humidifiers also have an aroma therapy function when you add scented oils, filling your room with relaxing , comforting mist. That’s a win-win for me!

Winter staple #2: Soups and Sandwiches

During winter, the two things I treasure most are warmth and comfort. One of the most comforting things is a meal that fills you up and warms your soul, so you can imagine my delight when I discovered this soup and sandwich tray, sold exclusively at UncommonGoods. Who doesn’t cherish warming their bellies with a bowl of chicken noodle soup on a cold winter’s day? Or having a toasted sandwich to go with some hearty tomato soup? I’m drooling… The fact of the matter is that this tray holds the key to both of my favorite things, and therefore, the key to my heart! It’s safe for use in the oven, microwave, and dishwasher, so it may hold the key to yours too!

Winter staple #3: Vacuum Flask (a.k.a. Thermos Cup) for Soup

As much as I adore a traditional steaming bowl of soup in the comfort of my own home, I would absolutely love to take it on the go or find a way to keep a portion warm if I don’t want to finish it all in one sitting. Thermos cups would do the trick, but most are better for coffee, not chunky soups or other foods that aren’t easily drinkable (like oatmeal, porridge, chili, stews–you get the idea). That’s why this item makes it on my list. A Thermo Pot from Black + Blum can not only keep your food hot (or cold) for up to 5 hours, it also comes with a stainless steel magnetized spoon! It holds 17 fluid ounces of deliciousness and comes with a 10 year guarantee on the vacuum seal, along with a seal of my approval!

Winter staple #4: Throw Blanket

Hello, Buddy Throw! This blanket, from La Tete Au Cube (heads up, the website’s in French), is such a funny idea. For those lonely nights in front of the TV, fight the solitude with a “buddy.” I’d like to snuggle up with one of my own in this cold weather! Made with 85% wool, this might be better than cuddling with your significant other…but, don’t quote me on that.

Winter staple #5: Warm Chairs

One thing I hate most when it’s chilly is sitting on cold metal chairs and feeling that icy shiver shoot up my spine upon contact with the metal. No matter how bundled I am, I can’t stand the sting of a cold chair. Then I came across these Felt Chairs by Tanya Aguiniga and was pleasantly surprised. She turns the surface of cold metal folding chairs into thick upholstered seating with hand-wrought felt. What a cool (err, warm?) idea! The only big disappointment to me is the price of each custom-made chair at a whopping $1,200.00. If you’ve got the cash to spare, this would make a great conversation piece; as for me, I guess my $3.99 Ikea seat cushion will have to do for now.

So concludes my list for winter must-haves at the moment. Stay tuned for Part 2!

What are your must-haves this season? Share below.

5 Responses to “Winter Must-Haves for Dealing with the Cold: Part 1”

  1. Terry Says:

    The throw is perfect! Looks warm and inviting especially when you need a hug :)

  2. Taranu Cosmin Andrei Says:

    About the humidifier, I must warn you not to use it excessively, otherwise the mold will grow on walls and the walls will also be wet and the clothes will gain an unpleasant smell. I had to use the humidifier too and what I previously said happened to me, so be very careful.

  3. kerah13 Says:

    The humidifier is great when used from time to time.
    A Japanese kotatsu (low heated table) with a snuggie is pretty warm and toasty too. :-) That’s the only time I could ever possibly recommend a snuggie!

  4. F Geiger Says:

    I usually store my meal in a vacuum flask whenever I take a stroll in the park during winter, but it usually gets cold by the time I consume it say 3 hours after preparation. I have yet to try Black + Blum’s brand before, but 5 hours of protection is undoubtedly long enough for me.


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