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The Best Winter Essentials Our Editors Use to Stay Warm and Cozy

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Brrr! It’s pretty cold out there. We don’t know about you, but when the real winter weather starts to kick in, it’s hard for the DrewandJonathan.com team to leave our houses. Why would we go out there when we could be warm and cozy at home? In fact, that’s what makes this time of year kind of great. You have an excuse to stay in and unwind, whether that’s by reading a book in your corner nook or watching movies with your family. If you agree, then this list of our best winter essentials we keep on-hand will be your new best friend.

We’ve gathered up a few items our editors just can’t live without when the temps drop—and we think you’ll love them, too. They include home decor staples like candles and cozy throw blankets, as well as little luxuries like smart home finds to keep your coffee or tea warm. There are even a few drugstore beauty recommendations! We hope you find your new favorite homebody guilty pleasure, and let us know what your cozy must-haves are by messaging us @DrewandJonathan!


Verilux® HappyLight® Lumi Plus Light Therapy Lamp



On the days when the sun doesn’t shine, I sit in front of this lamp while I’m reading, journaling, or doodling and let its benefits sink in. Plus, it has timer and brightness settings so you can adjust it to your preferences. – Aly, Community Manager


Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug



If you’re like me, you probably have a habit of setting your coffee down and forgetting it’s there until 30 minutes later. Well, I’ve got the item for you. This smart mug keeps your beverages the perfect temp, so you never have to worry about your drink getting cold. – Ally, Community Manager


Scott Living Cestoni 48″ Freestanding Console Electric Fireplace

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When the weather outside is as frightful as it is now, there is nothing more delightful than this electric fireplace. In addition to warming my home (and soul, quite frankly) it also adds much-needed storage and style to my apartment. – Megan, Editor Director


Snailax Heated Foot Massager



My feet are constantly cold, so when thick socks just aren’t cutting it, I break out this little beauty. The compression and heating levels are adjustable so you can go from a light kneading all the way to deep tissue shiatsu in one go. It fits neatly under my desk and makes a world of difference! – Heather, Digital Coordinator


Vaseline Petroleum Jelly With Cocoa Butter



This stuff is the best. I slather it on my lips and nose during cold weather walks with my dog so I don’t get chapped, and it also works as a salve to protect my dog’s paws! – Aly, Community Manager


The Maker Gardener Candle



A friend of mine gifted me this and I mean it when I say: I have never smelled something quite as amazing. Now, my perfect recipe for a cozy winter night is this candle, a good book, and a hot cup of tea. (Here’s a two-pack of my favorite blends, if you’re interested.) – Megan


Le Creuset Enamel on Steel Zen Kettle



Speaking of, when the winter blues hit, I drink more tea to stay warm. The Le Creuset Teakettle heats fast, is high-quality, and dries quickly so I can use again. – Jimmy, Art Director


Barefoot Dreams Blanket



This cozy blanket is perfect for curling up on the couch for everything from movie nights to lazy Sundays, especially when it’s cold and gloomy outside. – Annie, Community Manager


Lodge Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven



A dutch oven isn’t just for cooking (though it is the perfect vessel for stews, soups, braised meats, bread…you get it.) But I also love using it for simmer pots—during any season—and especially in the cold winter months. Simmer pots are a simple, easy way to make your home smell incredible, and dutch ovens are the best to make them in. Fill the dutch oven with water, add in fresh, fragrant ingredients like cinnamon sticks, vanilla extract, and star anise, and bring it to a boil. Then turn the heat down and let it simmer. Your whole house will smell good for hours. – Bree, Digital Editor


Microfiber 20lbs. Weighted Blanket



I’m obsessed with this blanket year-round—but especially during the winter months. It keeps me warm and cozy when the temperatures dip, plus it feels like I’m constantly being wrapped in a big hug. Who doesn’t want that?! It also comes in a variety of colors, so you can choose the one that best fits your home’s color scheme. – Erica, Social Media Director


Smart Heated Chair Pad



What’s not to love about a full-sized sherpa heating pad?! It drapes perfectly over my office chair for those early morning email sessions and keeps me cozy throughout the day. You can also use it outdoors if you’re braving this kind of cold! – Ally


NIVEA Cocoa Butter In-Shower Lotion



I don’t know about you, but when it’s chilly outside, it’s even harder for me to get out of a hot shower. NIVEA’s in-shower lotion gives me an excuse to have one more minute of warmth before having to brave real life. Plus, it cuts out having to stand on cold tile to lather yourself in lotion and wait for it to dry. Win-win. – Bree

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