Farewell, jack-o’-lanterns, the holiday season is officially here! If you’re not quite ready to pull out all the boxes of holiday decor stored in your basement or garage but you’re looking to add a little warmth to your space before Thanksgiving arrives, we may be able to help. Here are some of our favorite products to help cozy up your home ahead of the holidays.
Capri Blue Pumpkin Clove Jar Candle
One of the easiest ways to warm up your home this holiday season is to give your space a signature scent. A personal favorite is the Capri Blue Pumpkin Clove Candle, available at Anthropologie. This soy-wax blend candle smells like a freshly baked pumpkin pie without all the mess, and the subtle spice and cinnamon scent keep the candle from smelling too sweet. With a 70-hour burn time, you’ll get a lot of use out of this throughout the holidays, and these candles also make great gifts for friends and excellent hostess gifts.
If you want to skip the pumpkin spice and go right for the pine, look no further than this best-selling diffuser scent from Nest, which features a blend of white pine, fir balsam and birchwood. If you prefer the holidays to last a bit longer than New Year’s, you’re in luck. This diffuser lasts for approximately 90 days, and it will keep your home smelling like a winter wonderland well into January.
Using organic cotton and hemp, PrAna designs clothing for yoga, travel and adventure enthusiasts. All aspects of its business are socially responsible and sustainable, from its working conditions to its packaging. In 2021, PrAna’s packaging became 100 percent plastic-free.
The holidays are an exciting time, but they can also bring about their fair share of chaos. When you need a second to recharge, wrap yourself in a cozy Bearaby weighted blanket and let any lingering stress fade away. Not only are these blankets known to help ease anxiety and relieve stress by curbing high cortisol levels, but they also help the body naturally produce more melatonin. Bearaby is the gold standard for weighted blankets. Its velvet napper comes in a variety of rich hues and is made with luxurious eco-velvet, an excellent choice to curl up with for a long winter’s nap.
Nothing says “winter is here” quite like bringing out the flannel sheets. L.L. Bean offers several sheet options, but the Heritage Chamois Flannel Sheet Collection is made with the thickest, warmest flannel — perfect for those nights when the temperature drops below freezing and you’re looking to achieve maximum coziness and comfort while you sleep. L.L. Bean is known for its durable and high-quality products, and these sheets are no exception. You’ll be sleeping on these for many winters to come.
If you don’t have a Dutch oven, now is the time to add one to your cart! When we say this is the pot that can do it all, we mean it. From soups and stews to roasting meats and even baking bread, consider this pot a kitchen essential and an opportunity to experiment with several one-pot wonders throughout the holiday season. Even when it’s not in use, the Dutch oven from Le Creuset is a statement piece that looks beautiful sitting atop your stove. (We, of course, prefer it filled with chili or beef stew or a casserole of your choice.)
When it’s too cold outside for a bonfire, bring this beloved fireside treat indoors! Sharper Image’s Electric S’mores Maker uses an electric heater, rather than open flames, to safely roast your marshmallows. This set comes with four s’mores skewers, making it a great activity for snowy nights inside with family and friends. To really get into the holiday spirit, get creative with your ingredients. Use gingerbread cookies instead of graham crackers or peppermint bark instead of plain milk chocolate to take your s’mores to the next level.
’Tis the season for gift-giving, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do some shopping for yourself and your home. Don’t forget to shop through Rakuten and activate Cash Back for a little extra cha-ching in your pocket heading into the holidays. Happy shopping!