Skip To Content

    31 Things I Bet You've Never Thought Of, But Will Make A Huge Difference This Fall

    Turn your coziness up a notch.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A two-in-one robotic Bissell vacuum and wet mop so you don't have to attend to tracked-in leaves, muddy footprints (or pawprints), and other debris. Instead, switch this baby on and hit the couch while it works.

    Amazon

    The robotic vacuum/mop is powered by a lithium ion battery that can run for up to 130 minutes. It's suitable for use on wood, tile, linoleum, and other sealed hard floors.

    Promising review: "I love this, it works so well! Super easy to use and figure out the different attachments. We have a dog who is constantly throwing grass and soil from her indoor potty all over the rug and we are also doing some home improvement projects so we have sawdust on the floor as well and this vacuum picks it all up super easily. I love that it’s so easy to change the wet and dry attachments and this thing has a surprisingly long battery life even on high power. I run this almost every day and I would say it’s well worth the price. My dog was a little scared of it at first but she has gotten used to it. Works great on our hardwood floors as well as on the rug." —Julia V.

    Get it from Amazon for $299.99.

    2. A set of silicone baking mats that'll replace reams and reams of parchment paper. If Netflix's 10+ reality cooking competitions have inspired you to spend more time in the kitchen whipping up snickerdoodles and crunchy molasses snaps, they'll pay for themselves in no time.

    A reviewer's photo of sugar cookies on the baking mat
    Two of the mats; one rolled up to show its flexibility

    Promising review: "These baking mats are absolutely fantastic. The quality is superb, and SUCH a good price. I use them for just about everything I put in the oven. From oven pizzas, cookies, you name it! I also love that besides food sliding easily off the nonstick surface, that they help protect all my baking sheets and such. It’s also super handy to just throw them in the top shelf of the dishwasher or even just wipe clean. Update: I’ve had these mats and used them almost daily for nearly a year now. They still look brand new and I have had no problems with staining, melting, or wear. When using them, I cook most items at 375 degrees but have used them at up to 425 degrees several times with no issues so far. These things are fantastic and have paid for themselves many times over in the superior non stick surface, ease of clean up and the cost of parchment paper and or/aluminum foil I used prior to discovering these." —Jezzhani

    Get it from Amazon for $12.45+ (available in packs of two, three, or four). 

    3. A jar of O'Keeffe's hand cream ready to swoop in and save your mitts after 20+ Purell applications. Keeping 'em clean is of the utmost importance, but if you already suffer from dry skin, hand sanitizer probs has you in a world of hurt.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I have a skin condition (related to eczema or psoriasis) on my hands that causes blisters, dryness, and cracking, especially during the winter. I used to scald my hands with hot water to get relief from the itching. I also used to keep bandages with me wherever I want to cover the bleeding cracks. The only things that has brought my condition under control are refraining from all caffeine and alcohol, limiting spicy food intake, and using O'Keeffe's after showering or washing my hands. It took about 30 years for me to realize these things and I'm glad I finally am able to manage my skin condition. O'Keeffe's has a protective barrier and works its way deep into the tissue to get at those thick calloused areas on my knuckles. I keep O'Keeffe's with me wherever I go and it's provided me with relief far better than anything else I've tried over or under the counter." —SoulRaker

    Get it from Amazon for $6.98.

    4. A hand-blown Chemex coffee maker from which you can brew the baddest cup of coffee your kitchen ever did see. This way, you won't have to change out of your slippies and venture outside to secure your morning caffeine fix.

    Someone pouring water in the glass coffee maker which has a wooden cuff
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I was uncertain about Chemex at first, but the product received consistently glowing reviews so I had to try it. This coffee maker brews the most delicious coffee I've ever tasted in my life. I fully taste the flavor of my beans and it's smooth whether I have my coffee iced or hot! Definitely recommend and will never use another coffee maker!" —Courtney

    Get it from Amazon for $109.68.

    5. And — to go with that — a set of five coffee syrups so you can whip up coffeehouseworthy drinks right at home. The whole pack costs less than two grande caramel macchiatos so you'll save a pretty penny, too.

    the set of five coffee syrups
    Monin / Via instagram.com

    What's included: 1.7-ounce bottles of caramel, amaretto, toasted hazelnut, Irish cream, and vanilla.

    Promising review: "I close my eyes and grab a different one each morning and they're all great. I use about half of what they call a serving and it gives a nice, subtle flavor. And it comes with recipes which I'll try this weekend." —anonymous

    Get it from World Market for $9.99 or Amazon for $12.95.

    6. A Kate McLeod body stone formulated to nourish and soften skin with a delicate mix of rose, frankincense, and neroli. Seasonal dry patches don't even know what's coming their way.

    Kate McLeod

    If you've never used a body stone before, it's super simple! Just warm it up with you hands and apply it to dry skin where it'll melt right in.

    Kate McLeod is a former bakery owner and pastry chef who turned her attention to creating "skin food." For two years, she developed her body stones right in her kitchen mixing pantry-sourced ingredients like cocoa butter and avocado oil.

    Promising review: "AMAZING!!!!!!! Melts into skin so incredibly. Never have I received this much moisture in my skin from lotions. My skin in a few uses is more moisturized and plumped up... I am hooked!!!!!" —Kristin

    Get it from Kate McLeod for $14+ (available in two sizes and with a muslin travel bag or reusable bamboo canister).

    7. A trio of no-slip claw clips you can pair with all of your shackets and blazers. Throw your hair up in two seconds or less and look chic all the while?? Sign me up.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I am always told by people my hair is the thickest hair in the whole world but incredibly these clips can hold my whole head! Amazing! Also pretty sturdy and cute with reasonable price. Recommend!" —Summer

    Get them from Amazon for $9.59+ (available in five color combinations).

    8. A pair of polka-dotted thigh-high stockings with a no-slip grip that'll keep them in place. This way, you don't have to shove yourself into a pair of traditional nylons that are sure to roll down all day.

    Kixies

    Promising review: "LOVE these! I’ve always struggled to find some that actually stay up on my thighs. Every other pair I’ve gotten from other companies roll right down! I've ordered three more pairs already!!" —Taylor W.

    Get them from Kix'ies for $28 (available in sizes A–D, which the manufacturer says are suitable for those 90 to 260 pounds).

    9. A monthly Foot Cardigan subscription because it's boot season and you've officially reached the point in adulthood where getting new socks is no longer boring but just the opposite — incredibly exciting!

    instagram.com, Foot Cardigan

    Each month you'll get a new pair of funky socks. You can pick from crew, premium, or no-show, and even switch up the style for the next month if you wish. Plus, as a sock club member, you'll get 20% off individual purchases, free shipping, and exclusive discounts so you can expand your collection at any time.

    Get it from Foot Cardigan for $12.99+/month.

    10. A foot file if you're sick of your cracked heels catching on your sheets while you try to fall asleep. Just typing that makes me cringeeeee.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "OMG, these should be standard issue to every human. I’ve bought them all — the cheap foot files and the expensive ones. None of them remotely compare to this one. I thought I was doomed to have course heels forever, but no more! With just one use, my heels are fabulous! The calluses this thing removed were absolutely disgusting, but I couldn’t be happier. You won’t be disappointed!" —JMart

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    11. Or an exfoliating Baby Foot peel so effective, the before and after photos will both give you nightmares and earn a spot on your vision board.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    If foot graters give you the heebie-jeebies (hi, hello, it's me!), try these instead. Just slip on the booties for one hour, wash away the leftover solution (there are 16 natural extracts), and then wait patiently as it takes five to seven days before your feet shed like a freakin' iguana. At the end, you'll be left with moisturized, baby-soft tootsies!

    Promising review: "WOW. Just WOW! I rarely take the time to write product reviews, but, honey, this stuff is the real deal. My feet were gross. Thick skin, crusty looking. I have tried using blades myself to no avail. Then a friend told me about this stuff, so I decided to try it. I showered and then put on the 'boots' and taped them closed and covered my feet with two layers of socks so the gel wouldn't seep out. I waited an hour, then took them off. They didn't look any different. So, I patiently waited to see some action. Today is the third day and I cannot believe my eyes! The skin is literally coming off in big sheets. If you are the kind of person who loves peeling skin and wants to see a drastic difference, you should buy this stuff. I love it so much I want to buy it for people. Even people I don't like. LOL. I know a lot of people with gross feet, who I think this would be perfect for. Yes. TMI, I know. But this is really amazing stuff. Don't walk. RUN and buy this stuff. (My apologies for the POTUS-style review)" —Annie

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    12. A mini Crock-Pot food warmer you can use to warm up your soup right at your desk — no need to fight over the one office microwave that always smells like fish!

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    The 20-ounce Crock-Pot is ideal for single lunch servings of things like rice or chili, but I also can't help but think how fun it'd be to have a tiny pot of spinach dip or queso all to myself and in the middle of a workday.

    Promising review: "I would give this 10 stars if I could. My coworker at a new job had one and I decided to buy one and try it. It's super simple to use: just put the food, then one hour before lunch, plug it in. No more need to kill your food in the microwave! It's also very easy to clean. Just pop the metal bowl out to wash it along with both lids. This items can save you $10 to $20 per day by bringing leftovers instead of eating out. Pays for itself in one to two days." —RPB

    Get it from Amazon for $25.46+ (available in two colors).

    13. A microfiber hair turban so your noggin doesn't freeze when you step out of the shower. These are also much easier to move around in if you've been known to not brush your hair for a good 30 minutes post-shower...

    model with hair in grey microfiber turban
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I wash my hair every day, and it normally takes 20 to 25 minutes to blow-dry with water dripping everywhere. This turban is my savior! I can just wear it after showering, do other things for 15 minutes, then the blow dry takes only five minutes! It's really great, especially in the summer. Who wants to have a hot dryer facing you for 25 minutes in this heat? I've used it for a year every day, and it's still doing the job perfectly." —Web Shopper

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

    14. A cooling weighted blanket because SAD (seasonal affective disorder) symptoms are about to rear their ugly head.

    The weighted blanket spread out on a king-sized bed
    Amazon

    Pro tip: For the most therapeutic effect (increased melatonin, decreased cortisol, and less stress/anxiety), go for a blanket that is roughly 10% of your body weight. It doesn't hurt to go heavier, but it does take some time to get used to, so give it a few days!

    Promising review: "I’ve always had trouble sleeping ever since I can remember. I move around a lot, twist and turn, and take sometimes HOURS to fall asleep — even then my sleep tended to be very poor. I would find that putting multiple blankets or pillows would help, because of the weight, so I decided to give this product a try. Ever since I started to use this blanket, I’ve had a lot less trouble falling asleep and STAYING asleep until I need to wake up for work. This definitely helps with anxiety and insomnia issues; I guess it makes me feel secure/safer. It’s definitely worth it!" —Natali Galindo

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in nine varied sizes and weights).

    15. A drain cover guaranteed to add ~inches~ of extra water to your bubble bath (now ft. a pumpkin bath bomb). No more readjusting every five minutes so all parts of your body can experience what it's like to actually be underwater!

    A before and after of a bathtub filled as far as it can be filled without the cover and then with the cover which is about 3-4 inches higher
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is a great item to add to your bath time routine! I usually take a bath once or twice a week as a way to unwind, but the tubs in my house aren't very deep and the water drains through the overflow drain very quickly. This makes it so that the water stays in and you won't have to choose what part of your body to keep under the warm water. It's easy to use and install; it just takes a few seconds to make sure all of the suction cups are in place." —Karen B

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in four colors).

    16. An ~affordable~ and aesthetic candle subscription because IT'S OFFICIALLY OCTOBER and there's simply nothing cozier than lighting up a new scent and crawling under the covers.

    Chelsea Stuart / BuzzFeed, Vellabox

    Vellabox subscriptions start at just $10 per month (!!) and if you choose to pay up front for a 6- or 12-month subscription, you'll save even more $$$. No matter which size/frequency you go with, each box features small-batch, hand-poured candles from American artisans.

    I have been subscribed to this box for about six or so months now and I LOVE it. The candles smell incredible, the jars/labels are soo aesthetically pleasing, and they're even packaged in reusable drawstring bags. I also appreciate the little card that comes in the box that explains the scent and gives you a lil' more info on the candlemaker so you can shop them directly for additional scents.

    Get it from Vellabox for $10+/month (available in 6- or 12-month subscriptions).

    17. A canister of chai that tastes JUST as good as your favorite coffee shop cup. If you already have a stove top espresso pot, you can even make it ~dirty~.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Not gonna lie, I went on a serious reconnaissance mission at my local joint just to figure out what kind of chai they were using and lo and behold it was this bad boy! All you have to do is add water or milk (and ice if you want it cold) and BAM, you've got a chai that could go for $5+.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.50+ (available in two sizes).

    18. A set of heel caps so you don't become one with the earth next time you attend an outdoor wedding. 'Tis the season, after all.

    plastic flower-shaped cap on stiletto heel keeping it from sinking into gravel
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I just tried these last weekend at an outdoor wedding with an indoor reception. They were amazing! I kept them on all night. First, I walked outside in thick grass, and the wedding photos were taken in a mushy grassy area. I didn't sink even a little bit. It was fantastic. My heels were fabulous. I then decided to leave them on for the rest of the night since they made my heels more stable and comfortable. So glad I tried them. I was showing them off to the other ladies, and everyone loved the look of them." —J. L. Dossey

    Get a pair on Amazon for $9.99 (available in four sizes).

    19. A Yes Plz Coffee subscription to ensure you get new beans delivered straight to your door every week (or every other week, or once a month — you get it). Something that's particularly important if grocery store runs are the bane of your existence.

    The coffee beans which come in a clear plastic bag
    Yes Plz Coffee

    Beans for the single-origin releases and blends are sourced from around the world before being roasted in Los Angeles. And you can trust the guys behind Yes Plz — Tony (Tonx) Konecny and Sumi Ali — as the coffee-obsessed duo worked as baristas, head roasters, and "nomadic coffee consulters" at beloved joints like Intelligentsia, Blue Bottle, and Victrola Coffee before diving into their own direct-to-consumer roasting company.

    Get it from Yes Plz Coffee for $17+ (available in two sizes and your choice of one to four shipments a month).

    20. A BedJet cooling and warming system that makes it possible to regulate your nighttime temperature if your partner either a) has already turned on the heat or b) drags out their AC use well into November.

    Amazon

    The futuristic gadget (which works on beds of all sizes) is outfitted with biorhythm sleep technology. Basically, that's just a fancy way of saying it's programmed to change the temperature each hour of the night to help you sleep better. You can also set the temperature to whatever degree you'd like by using the accompanying remote. If you're a cold sleeper, you can also set it to heat mode and it'll warm you up 15 times faster than a regular ol' blanket! Just plug the small unit into an outlet, slip the vacuum-like tube under your sheets, set your preferred temperature, and you're good to go. Since there are no wires or anything like that, it also won't affect the coziness of your mattress.

    Promising review: "First time I have ever been moved to write a review on Amazon but this is the single most amazing product if you sleep hot! This thing WORKS and it is saving my life! It only took a NASA engineer to solve my propensity to burst into flames every night at 2 a.m.!" —Matthes

    Get it from Amazon for $449.

    21. A flexible EveryPlate subscription so you can forget about cooking after a long day at the office (aka your desk in the corner of your bedroom) and enjoy a homestyle meal that takes less than an hour to to whip up.

    Moo Shu beef bowls
    EveryPlate

    When signing up, you can choose how many people you're looking to feed (two or four) and how many meals you'll likely want per week (three to five). Each week, you'll have 16 meals to choose from. So you have an idea, some recent options have included crispy Caesar chicken with roasted carrots and garlic mashed potatoes, Cuban-style bean and rice bowls, and thyme-seasoned steak with garlic ciabatta and roasted green beans.

    If you're going away for a week or know you won't have time to cook anything, you can always skip a week, too. It's truly that flexible.

    Get a subscription from EveryPlate for $4.99/serving + shipping.

    22. A spa-esque towel warmer for those who LIVE for taking fresh linens out of the dryer and then immediately cocooning in them. This is honestly the thing I miss most about not having laundry in my building.

    A model pulling a towel out of the silver towel warmer
    Amazon

    The towel warmer has four timer settings (15, 30, 45, or 60 minutes) and an auto-shutoff feature. It can fit two large towels.

    Promising review: "This does an awesome job of keeping up to two bath sheet sized towels warm. Several time settings. This is awesome to get out of the shower and have. I won’t go back to not having heated towels — it’s amazing!" —Anne Bowman

    Get it from Amazon for $145.43+ (also available in white).

    23. A pack of Miracle-Gro water storing crystals that'll help your plants (both indoor and outdoor!) survive droughts and downpours whether they're caused by nature or your inability to keep track of their watering schedule because Survivor is back on and, frankly, that's got your full attention.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Mix the crystals in with your regular potting soil and they'll absorb water and release it when your plant is thirsty.

    Promising review: "I have deck rail flower boxes and they get full sun most of the day. I filled in the drain holes to hold more water and added these to the soil. Both made a huge difference in the quality of life for the plants. They were and still are gorgeous even if I couldn't water every day. I do have to admit I used more per planter than the recommended amount." —Pattijwr

    Get it from Amazon for $11.47+ (available in packs of one or two).

    24. A two-pack of draft blockers because *your* name is on the utility bill and you'll be damned if you pay even a penny for any hot air that Houdinis its way out of the house.

    a white draft-blocker on the bottom of a door
    Amazon

    Plus, it'll help muffle outside noises — something particularly helpful if you live in an apartment building or with noisy roommates.

    Promising review: "I’ll admit I was skeptical of these at first but after applying them to four of our doors we are thrilled! We live in an older home that is in no way energy efficient ;-) We got these to help keep the hot summer heat out of the house. We have only had them for a short time but they look so good! They actually upgrade the doors a bit ;-) The application went well and it is a firm hold. The flooring in our house meets the door almost so there’s not much room for movement and these stay put firmly when opening and closing the door. I have no doubt that they will stay on for a long time. Will probably buy another pack for the doors leading to our garage." —AHA

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $8.95+ (available in five colors).

    25. A temperature-controlled smartmug guaranteed to keep your latte alive and kicking for however long it takes you to drink it. Once paired with your smartphone, you can choose the exact degree you'd like your beverage (between 120 degrees F to 145 degrees F), so no more sippin' on lukewarm coffee at your midday meeting!

    Amazon

    A single charge can keep your drink piping hot for 1.5 on-the-go hours or if you leave it on the charging coaster, it'll maintain its temp all day. There's more to the stainless steel mug than just temperature, too. It'll automatically turn on and off when it senses your cup is empty or liquid has been poured in. It's basically the mug of your dreams.

    Promising review: "Best thing since sliced bread! I hate when my coffee gets cold. I was originally looking for one of those warming coaster, but then I saw the Ember mugs...there was no turning back. I can take my coffee with me into my boss's office and it still stays hot?? Yes please. I used that app and have adjusted my temp down to 127 degrees. It stays at that temperature the entire time. I’ve not had an issue with battery life either, doesn’t take me more than an hour to polish off a cup of coffee. I HIGHLY recommend." —Mathews

    Get it from Amazon for $99.50

    26. Or, if that's just too high-tech, a one-of-a-kind hand-warming mug with an ergonomic pocket you can slip your chilly fingers right into.

    Clay in Motion

    Clay in Motion is a family-run pottery studio based in Milton-Freewater, Oregon. Since 1981, Bob and Corina Neher have been throwing, firing, and glazing functional pieces.

    Promising review: "I bought one of these at a shop in Branson, Missouri. It is my absolute favorite mug ever! I love how you can tuck your hand in the handle! I can't wait to get more of these as this is my special feel good mug! When I want to have a cozy night I use this and wear my favorite jammies and all is well with the world!" —Monica

    Get it from Clay in Motion for $20 (available in 17 colors).

    27. A bug bite suction tool because it's this or scratching at it until it bleeds and that is not the way, my friends. Don't let the lil' suckers get in the way of your backyard bonfires — you've waited months for this!!

    instagram.com, amazon.com

    The Bug Bite Thing (of Shark Tank fame) works on bites from mosquitoes, bees, wasps, biting flies, no-see-ums, and more. Basically, the gadget sucks out insect venom and saliva — two things that lead to itchiness and irritation. With that out, your skin should stop swelling and be back to normal in no time!

    Promising review: "I am a magnet for bites of all kinds and carry topical and medicines with me at all times — so I figured this would be a good product to see if it really works. I woke up with a bug bite on my arm so I used this little tool (three times per the instructions) — immediately after using, it stopped itching! And less than 24 hours later the bump/bite gone! There is a very faint red mark from using the thing, but a small price to pay IMO. Bottom line: it’s awesome. I’m carrying it with me everywhere!" —Rebecca

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $19.95 (available in three colors).

    28. A Sips By subscription box filled with premium teas personalized to match your taste preferences. Every month, you'll get sent everything you need to steep and sip your way to serenity.

    Top-down view of a model holding a cup of tea sitting in front of a Sips by box filled with different types of tea bags
    Sips by

    In every box, you'll get four premium teas, enough to make 15+ cups (45+ if they re-steep), steeping guidelines, exclusive discounts, and recipes created by tea experts!

    Get it from Sips By for $45+.

    29. A mini 4-liter humidifier that produces a cool and quiet mist capable of relieving dry skin, sinus headaches, allergies, and irritated eyes.

    The white humidifier which has four small legs
    Amazon

    The attractive white unit has three mist settings (low, medium, and high), an auto timer, sleep mode, and easy-to-read water level indicator.

    Promising review: "This humidifier has been life changing. The dry climate is brutal on my skin and sinuses. I’ve only been using it for a couple of days and I can already breathe better. Just a couple of drops of eucalyptus oil on a cotton pad and my room feels and smells great." —Anna Ashely

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

    30. A nourishing cleanser ideal for anyone dealing with dryness, dehydration, and/or skin sensitivity. The clean formula uses only natural ingredients — like green tea and aloe vera — to flush out pores and maintain moisture.

    The amber bottle which has a black pump
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I started to use this cleanser a few months ago. I have very dry, sensitive skin and have found lots of cleansers too harsh for me. This cleanser is very gentle with a wonderful smell and cleanses my skin without making it feel dry and tight. This cleanser does not strip my skin of moisture so I find that I need less moisturizer after using it. My husband commented that my skin is 'glowing' these days! Definitely recommend it!" —VJ_Tiburon

    Get it from Amazon for $48.

    31. And a custom Function of Beauty moisturizer that'll quench your skin's thirst with tsubaki oil, squalene, vitamin E, and a few other ingredients determined by the results of your skin quiz. Start using it now and you won't have to worry about swapping your routine again come winter.

    The moisturizing gel, cream, and lotion which come in ombre blue, purple, and green containers
    Function of Beauty

    Function of Beauty's skin quiz asks about your skin type (dry, balanced, oily, combination), how much makeup you usually wear (none to full coverage), how sensitive your skin is (not at all or all the time), your skin goals (reduce breakouts, even tone, anti-aging, etc.), and whether you prefer fragrance free or a light citrus and cucumber scent. Depending on your answers, it'll match you with the most effective gel, cream, or lotion moisturizer.

    When I took the quiz, for example, I said my goal was to calm/soothe and reduce breakouts, and the results noted that key ingredients in my moisturizer would be aloe extract and salicylic acid. The quiz also said a quick-absorbing lotion would be my best match.

    Promising review: "My skin looooooves it. NO dryness. My skin is clear, bright, and happy. Shocked at how great it has been for my skin. I'm a little stressed about it running out." —Jamie

    Get it from Function of Beauty for $44.99.

    You, embracing fall with everything you've got:

    The WB / Via giphy.com

    Reviews in this post have been edited for length and/or clarity. 

    Looking for the perfect gift for any occasion? Check out all of BuzzFeed’s gift guides!

    illustrated gift guide
    BuzzFeed

    Need A Shopping Buddy?

    Get great products - from pros in the fine art of buying stuff online - delivered to your inbox!
    Newsletter signup form