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    29 Useful Products That'll Help Make A Big Difference This Winter

    Lower temps call for smart solutions.

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    1. A pair of fleece-lined tights because you shouldn't have to give up on wearing all your favorite dresses just because the temperature dropped below freezing.,

    Promising review: "I hate wearing tights. I have never had a pair of tights I could stand wearing for more than an hour. I bought these for a trip to Canada, planning to sacrifice comfort for warmth. I wore these today to test them before they earn valuable suitcase space. I had them on for about four hours. SUPER COMFY. Almost like wearing p.j.s. My favorite feature is the way the back seam is sewn so you won't get a wedgie. My legs were warm. Just the right amount of stretch without being baggy. BUY THEM! You won't regret it." —Amazon Customer

    Get them on Amazon for $17.99 (sizes S/M or M/L available in black or navy).

    2. And jeans with built-in fleece because trying to prevent your long underwear from bunching up while you put on or pull up your jeans takes the kind of patience and time that I, for one, do not have.,

    Some reviewers say they run a little small, but others recommend ordering your true size.

    Promising review: "The perfect winter jean! Such a cute, modern, flattering fit. Fits nicely on the hips rather than way up under my boobs like Carhartt's do. Extremely soft fleece material that keeps me very warm in the Colorado winter. I definitely recommend these jeans for anyone wanting to stay warm and look cute." —sara

    Get them from Amazon for $36+ (available in waist sizes 25–34 inches, all 30 inches long; and four colors).

    3. A fabric shaver to cut all the pills off your favorite sweaters and other winter knits in no time, so they look perfectly brand new again.,

    It has three different depth settings you can adjust depending on the fabric you're working with. Oh, and it works on furniture upholstery, too!

    Promising review: "Seriously the best 12 bucks I’ve ever spent. I bought this for a particular cushion of my couch that my dogs like to lay on so it was extra pilly. It worked so well that I’ve been searching around my house for other things to de-pill. I’ve done some sweaters, pillows, pants and even my slippers. Worked great for it all. Super happy with this little contraption." —ScarLo

    Get it on Amazon for $12.99 (available in eight colors).

    4. A five-window insulation kit that'll put a stop to any drafty cold air that might leak through, so your heat doesn't have to work so hard *and* you save $$ on energy bills.

    Plus, of course, you stay warmer!

    Promising review: "SORCERY!!! What a difference this has already made! Using an infrared thermometer, the temperature inside went from mid 50s to 66.7 within minutes of installation. The furnace was always set to high 60s until we installed the film. Now it's set at 63 degrees, and the furnace is blowing less frequently and for shorter periods of time. Another bonus to this product: the road noise from outside now sounds muffled, so less noticeable/annoying. That's HUGE. And as a side note, the one I bought was in fact crystal clear." —Public name

    Get the five-window kit on Amazon for $6.99.

    5. And a draft guard to do the same for any gaps under your front door (and back door, and side doors, depending on how big your place is).


    Promising review: "This draft stopper is exactly what I need. An added, unexpected bonus is that it not only keeps drafts at bay, there is also much less noise leaking into the room. I wanted a draft stopper that would stay in place and not need constant adjusting. Mission accomplished! I also like that the foam baffles can be removed so the casing can be washed. A VERY successful, satisfactory purchase." —djc

    Get one on Amazon for $16.99+ (available in four colors).

    6. Plus a pack of foam socket sealers that'll stop any last little bits of determined cold in its tracks for very little effort or money.

    Promising review: "These actually work. I admit that I had my doubts at first, but then I verified the results with the Black & Decker TLD100 Thermal Leak Detector. Outlets that were at least two or three degrees lower in temperature prior to install were actually warmer than the wall after install. Pretty amazing. Package comes with mostly double round socket and a few square. Our house has all square, so we cut the round to fit the square plate and they work very well. We used the light switch cut outs for cable coax outlets which made a huge difference." —K. S.

    Get a pack of 24 on Amazon for $2.02.

    7. A mini pop-up tent designed so you can watch your kids' sports games but still stay warm and sheltered from the rain, snow, and wind.

    They're called ~Under the Weather~ Pods, hehe. It pops up quickly, has a little roof and three clear plastic walls that are easy to see through, and you can zip several together side-by-side, while still keeping the front closed!

    Promising review: "We had a ballgame today where it was 30 degrees, one minute it was raining then it would turn to snow. While everyone else was freezing cold I was warm and toasty — I only had a long sleeve shirt and yoga pants on while everyone else was layered up. I had extra stuff with me but it put in the floor of the pod 'cause I was so warm. others had three or four blankets on top of their layers of clothes. I put a small propane heater in there and it felt like I was sitting in my living room. I highly recommend this product as I am a very happy customer! I’ve looked at them for years but always backed out and finally decided it was time to get it. I will never sit out in a cold snowy or rainy ballgame ever again." —Jeff & tennille chambers

    Get one on Amazon for $99.99 (available in six colors), or the XL version for $129.99 (available in seven colors), also on Amazon.

    8. A pair of plush-lined fleece Isotoner touchscreen gloves with special material on the thumb and pointer finger so you can use your phone and keep your hands toasty warm at the exact same time.


    Promising review: "Let me just tell you these gloves are FANTASTIC! They are warm, look great, and you are able to use your phone with the gloves still on. Very important when you live in Chicago! I would recommend these gloves." —Emma L. Wensel

    Get them on Amazon for $31.30+ (available in seven colors/patterns).

    9. A miniature portable light therapy lamp with 10000 LUX (a measure of ~illuminance~) to help revive your energy levels after the sun sets at like, 4:30 in the afternoon (because winter, sigh).

    Promising review: "I love this light. It makes me feel way better when it's grim and dark and wintery. It's very bright, and just what I was looking for. I guess my cat missed the sun too, because she makes a point of lying in front of it when it's on. Light therapy for elderly cats: highly recommended. Light therapy for people: also recommended." —Jessa

    Get it on Amazon for $29.95.

    And if you think you suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (or even just the ~winter blues~), read more about seasonal depression.

    10. A refillable hand warmer that's perfectly pocket-sized and lasts for up to 12 hours to keep your digits toasty even when Jack Frost doesn't seem to want to give you a break.


    Promising reviews: "In my opinion, Zippo is an iconic American company. They have updated their products slightly to stay relevant with the times, but have remained with their high quality and durable products. This hand warmer is much like the one I had as a cub scout when I was a young boy. It seems to be a bit sleeker and modern with the bright color, but it remains with the core functionality and simplicity. Awesome product." —mark99tj

    "I need to get some odorless fluid to use, but it's an incredibly pleasant warmth. There's no flame, so don't worry — instead there's a catalyst inside that 'smoulders' the fuel, slowly, vaporizing it to burn. It kept me warm on an extremely cold camping trip." —Eric M

    Get it on Amazon: the lighter for $11.84 (available in six colors/patterns) and the unscented hand warmer fuel for $3. (Also available in an additional color, Chrome, for $12.95.)

    11. Or a rechargeable hand warmer that doubles as a backup phone battery (and flashlight!), if pouring fuel into a pocket-size container sounds a little messy.


    The heat comes from both sides of the little device, and you can set it to either 105 degrees or 115 degrees! On the low heat setting, it can last for up to seven hours. Oh, and it has a little flashlight on one end, too!

    Promising review: "I am a mailman in South Dakota, the last few weeks have been BRUTALLY cold and windy, like -20 windchill type cold! I bought two have been extremely pleased with them. I keep one in my coat pocket and on the lowest setting it really does a nice job of keeping my hand warm between boxes. After about five hours, it dies, then I go to my backup. The only downside: one lasts for about three and half hours, while the other lasts a solid five. may be a slight QC issue. Worth every dime the last two weeks alone!!!" —s. brown

    Get it on Amazon for $37.99.

    12. A dual-handled snow shovel designed to give you the maximum amount of leverage, which means you'll be able to clear your front sidewalk with basically half the effort and in half the time.,

    The second handle's a little flexible, so you can use it to help lift the front, heaviest part of the shovel higher up, no straining under the weight of the snow.

    Promising review: "I just used this shovel to clear the first snow of the year here in New York, and I loved it! We got two inches, followed by some rain, so the snow was very heavy. I'm a tall guy and most shovels force me to bend over, leading to a sore back. I'm happy to say that my back feels great compared to other shovels that I have used, and I finished the job faster than usual. The springiness makes it easier to throw the snow farther, and helps you to control the shovel as you reset to scoop again. My elderly neighbor set down his cane to give it a try, and he was able to lift and throw the heavy snow!" —JE

    Get it on Amazon for $21.79. Or invest in a bigger ~snow pusher~, which is like your own personal plow: that's on Amazon for $74.99.

    13. A polar fleece blanket perfect for adding an extra layer of warmth to your bed between your sheet and duvet, so you can stay cozy all night long without having to crank up your heat too much.,

    Promising review: "I was not disappointed. It does have more "body" to it, but is far from heavy. Also the construction seems durable and it's easy care (machine wash/dry). But most important it is comfortable and WARM. I mean mid-winter, below-zero warmth. No cool air getting through it. Similar to one I purchased from L.L. Bean years ago (for about 3x the price). This is not just a throw blanket; it is an on-your-bed-to-keep-you-warm-all-winter blanket." —Jack O Lantern

    Get the queen size on Amazon for $17.99+ (available in sizes twin–king and four colors).

    14. A personal-size heater you can take with you literally wherever you go (school, work, the car...wherever you'll have a USB setup).

    Promising review: "This little heater is perfect if you need a little extra warmth at your desk. It's practically silent, which is a huge plus for hiding heaters that are against company rules. So long as you keep it within a few feet, you'll get plenty of heat to take the chill of a cold office. It will not heat up your whole cube or office, so you won't hear complaints from those weirdos who are hot all the time. And so what? Who wants to share their precious heat with those jerks anyway? Since it's low wattage, there's less of a chance of blowing out a block of breakers in your crappily wired office building. Stay toasty, my friends!" —FancyFeet

    Get it on Amazon for $19.95 (available in three colors).

    15. A lip balm that will protect your kisser from the harsh wintry air you encounter every time you step outside.

    Promising review: "My lips usually crack and bleed in the winter no matter what I put on them. This is literally the first winter ever that my lips are perfect. This is the best product I've ever used! It's nice and soft, not greasy. I've bought it for several coworkers who also suffer like I do. I hope they never stop making this!" —Mel Belle

    Get a tube on Amazon for $8.

    16. And an extra-moisturizing hand cream to overcome the cracked, peeling dryness that plagues almost everyone's hands thanks to dry air and the indoor heating that makes it even drier.

    Promising review: "Hands down the best hand lotion on the market! I’m in the middle of one of the most brutal winters the East Coast has seen in a long time and on top of it all, I drink a lot of water which has me using the restroom all the time. The constant washing was wreaking havoc on my hands! They were so dried out and shriveled. I got this lotion and from the first application I could feel it working its magic into my skin. It’s been about a week and my hands are smooth, hydrated and look great! I cannot sing enough praises about this lotion and I will be using this often!

    The directions recommend a tiny amount (about the size of an pencil eraser) so your hands don’t get sticky but this wasn’t enough for me so I use a tiny amount on the back of each hand and rub it in. There is a slight stickiness but it goes away within a minute or so. I wouldn’t recommend using more than two small drops though. Will definitely buy again!" —Natalie M.

    Get a 3-ounce tube on Amazon for $4.99.

    17. A phone power bank because through the summer and fall you've somehow forgotten how quickly any weather below 50 really drains your cell phone's battery.


    Promising review: "You can charge and iPhone X from start to finish three plus times in full with this charger before you need to charge it. It is compact, durable, and just a fantastic overall device. The device comes with the charger itself, a mesh bag to carry/store it in, and a cord to charge the device." —Andrew Peterson

    Get it on Amazon for $25.99.

    18. A 24-pocket over-the-door organizer perfect for stashing all your gloves, hats, scarves, and other accessories you have to layer on before you head outside.,

    For ultimate convenience, hang it on the inside of your coat closet door!

    Promising review: "Makes a great cold weather accessory organizer. This is our second season using this organizer. I put it on the back of the coat closet door, right over a row of coat hooks. I can fit earmuffs, gloves, mittens, hats, ski masks, and more into the pockets.) (We do let the gloves and hats dry before putting them away! Come springtime, I put the organizer on the back of the door to the storage closet. So much better than bins of hats, gloves, mittens to dig through." —AMYR

    Get it on Amazon for $8.47.

    19. A windshield ice cover so you (hopefully!) don't ever have to scrape ice off your most important car window ever again.

    It attaches to your mirrors with straps plus can be tucked into shut car doors to prevent theft (and to further keep it in place). It's waterproof and measures 75x42 inches, which means it fits most cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs.

    Promising reviews: "After a month of ice, lots of snow, and below zero temperatures, I LOVE THIS PRODUCT!!!! The amazing thing to me is its ability to withstand -20 degree temperatures with snow and ice. No cracking, tearing, or any problems with this windshield cover." —SunnyFunny

    "Fit my Dodge Caliber like a glove. (If my car was any bigger it wouldn't work.) The straps go around the side mirrors, then the flaps fold into the car and you shut the doors. This keeps the fabric nice and tight so the wind will not move it. It covers the wipers and the little space between the wipers and the hood, so ice and snow won't accumulate there either. I pulled it off after light snow last night and it just slid right off. I folded it and threw it in the back. Perfect for winter weather." —Paula

    Get it on Amazon for $29.95 (also available as a rear window cover. If you suspect you'll need an ice scraper anyway, you can get a highly-rated one on Amazon for $8.60).

    20. Or a giant (but telescoping) foam snow broom specifically designed to push layers of the fluffy white stuff off your car, if that's the trouble you deal with most.

    Because it's foam, it's super lightweight and it won't scratch your paint, and the telescoping handle makes it easier to fit in the trunk. It also has two flashlights on the front, so you can see what you're doing on those dark winter mornings.

    Promising review: "Especially great for any vehicles with a high roofline. Very easy to remove light or heavy snow quickly and safely on vehicle surfaces. Have always used the old brush type snow removers...this is faster and with telescoping pole reaches across roof line of SUVs and minivans easily. The scraper is useful for light buildup on windows, but a hand scraper will provide much more leverage. Only drawback is is does consume space in vehicle unless you unscrew the pole. No excuse for leaving that snow on the roof when driving with this tool!" —Frank

    Get it on Amazon for $17.20, or one without the headlights for $11.75.

    21. A set of four shower curtain clips to help keep the steam in and the cold air out for as long as possible, because the worst way to end a warm shower is with a blast of chilled air.


    Promising review: "Have a lot of trouble with leakage around my tub when I shower. Tried double liners, magnets, etc but curtain still blows enough to leak onto the floor and from there through the ceiling of the dining room downstairs around an infinitesimal gap between flooring and wall. I was desperate, so I gave these a try. Problem solved. Liner stays tight against the tile and can be freed for cleaning." —D. Polsky

    Get the pack of four on Amazon for $6.99.

    22. A rich moisturizing cream you can slather on when your skin's upset by the endlessly dry air from the indoor heat and the outdoor, well, winter.,

    I use this stuff in the winter, and I still swear there's nothing better to combat occasional dry skin. It claims it helps restore the ~natural skin barrier~, and is fragrance free.

    Promising review: "I developed a dry, patchy area on the side of my mouth, but figured it was dry skin due to winter. After a week it spread to my chin and other side of my mouth. I thought it would go away on its own but then three weeks passed. I tried moisturizers and coconut oil but nothing worked. I was frustrated and embarrassed by this patchy, scale-y skin on my face! As a last ditch effort I tried CeraVe and it was much better after two days! Its now a month later and its still gone."—Kathleen

    Get it on Amazon for $17.

    23. A pair of super cozy fleece shoe inserts to make your old loafers (or boots!) new again — and to keep your toes snug so they don't complain even a little bit when you venture out to walk the dogs.

    Promising review: "These are great insoles. Just enough of an arch for a little support but not so much that your feet hurt (if your foot is on the flatter side like mine). I bought these insoles because my boots were just a little bit large around the top of my foot and my feet were cold. I was wearing two pairs of socks to compensate for the looseness in the boot but no longer have to since I bought these insoles. My feet are now warm and no more looseness around the top of my foot. Also no need for a second pair of socks. I wear a women's 8.5 and chose the size 9 insoles. The insoles fit perfectly and no trimming was needed. I absolutely love these!" —Karen

    Get a pair on Amazon for $12.99+ (available in womens sizes 6–10 or mens 8–14).

    24. And a pack of four pairs of merino wool socks because you can't have fuzzy insoles in every pair of shoes, and your toes will still want to be warm all winter long.


    Promising review for the women's socks: "Living in New England it gets pretty chilly during the winter. These socks were just right. Not too thick and not too thin. I was worried about the bottom wearing out but it's been couple months worn everyday at work and have been holding up great. None of the four pairs have holes. I wear them with steel toe boots during weekdays. They're comfortable enough and not slippery wearing them indoors on our wood floor doesn't feel too slippery either. Easy to wash and comes out clean every time. For the price, if it lasts me couple years I'll be very happy. The temperatures I've worn with these socks in are in the 15–39°F range and kept me warm but not hot. I have not really worn them when it's single digit temperature or colder so I can't say how they will do in a very frigid climate. Excellent socks for winter!" —Nyan

    Get the pack of four pears on Amazon for $24.90+ (available in three colors).

    25. A heated toilet seat that's kind of hilarious to consider, but that your butt just might really appreciate on January mornings when the temps drop below zero and your HVAC system has trouble keeping up.

    Promising review: "My wife thought this was the silliest thing in the world. "who needs a warm seat?" she kept saying. She mocked me, until the moment she sat on it. Now she tells me, "every time I sit down in the bathroom, it makes me smile." Totally worth the investment!

    I didn't write this review until we'd had the thing installed for about two months. It appears to be very easy to keep clean, definitely resists staining, etc, and is sturdy. The instructions say to keep the lid down to maximize heat, and that is a must — with the lid up, the seat is lukewarm. But when you keep the lid down, it's toasty — and that is SUCH a luxury when you stumble into the bathroom at 3AM. Ahhh!" —Jim Smith

    "My only complaint is I can't go back to sitting on normal cold toilet seats." —Paul McIsaac

    Get one made for a round bowl on Amazon for $71.96 (+$12.02 shipping), or one made for an elongated bowl on Amazon for $71.96 (+$13.55 shipping).

    26. And a pack of two warming seat covers for your car so you can be at least a little more comfortable while you wait for your engine to warm up enough to turn on the "real" heat.


    Promising review: "I was a little worried these would be crappy, but they're actually quite nice! They're not fancy and they don't stay snug on the seat, but your back and bum will be nice and toasty! If you just want to be warm and don't mind readjusting these once in a while — or having cords in your car — I'd say these are worth the money." —Ashley Miravalle

    Get the pack of two on Amazon for $35.82 (that's about $17 each).

    27. A bottle of wool freshener and deodorizer, so you can put off the dry cleaners (or, gasp, hand-washing) for your sweaters and coats just a little bit longer.

    Promising review: "This spray does a great job keeping fabrics smelling fresh and eliminating odor. I use it between washes on my sweaters (wool and cotton). It takes out any staleness or odors from restaurants and bars. I also use it to spray my couch to get rid of any dog smells. One bottle lasts about a year for me." —Polly Darton

    Get it on Amazon for $8.41.

    28. Two ~toasty~ hand warmers powered by USB because you have enough on your plate finishing up all your papers and finals without having to deal with chilly fingers.


    Promising review: "I bought these after we had several extremely cold days in the office. They are really cute and do the trick. A little bulky to use for a long time but they work and warm your hands up well." —tlc

    Get them on Amazon for $24.99. Several reviewers note that they're too small for adult/bigger hands; you can get an adjustable version from a different company on Amazon for $34.95.

    29. A cool-mist humidifier that will work to combat dry nose (which can cause nosebleeds!) and allergies to dust, dander, the Christmas tree and other gunk that you're exposed to only in the cooler months.,

    And yes, it does have a spot where you can drop your essential oils for the perfect ~scent experience~.

    Promising review: "Great humidifier! I’ve been running for two days (throughout the day only, on high the first and medium on the second) now and haven’t had to refill. It is very quiet and looks great. I have a two-month-old and it really helps her breathing with our dry air in Arizona. My plants seem to be happy too. Glad I made this purchase." —Nicole Pitre

    Get it on Amazon for $36.99.

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