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The word “cozy” gets thrown around a lot these days, even more now that the holiday season is upon us; but this year has people clinging to the concept of cozy more than ever, often in an effort to combat the bleak state of the outside world. More than just an indicator of something soft or warm, it’s a way for many to seek some solace and comfort in a time when little is provided. Thus, the cozy gift is more imperative than ever.
While the usual selection of blankets, slippers, sweatshirts and candles might have sufficed in years past, 2020 has proven that in order to achieve peak coziness, the bare minimum just isn’t gonna cut it. So if you find yourself determined to gift others the intangible (i.e., that warm and fuzzy feeling) through the tangible, you’re going to want to consider the 20 gifts below, all of which take the concept of coziness to new heights. Among them you’ll find self-heating mugs, personal fireplaces, shearling slippers — basically everything needed to truly fulfill the idea behind the word.
The Yaasa Weighted Blanket
Yes, this is a pricey blanket but it proves to be well worth the cost. The Yaasa Weighted Blanket is 15 pounds of pure heaven, an experience that is best described as a warm, firm hug. Promoting a more restful sleep and inducing calm, the blanket is just as suitable for relaxing on the couch and makes a handsome addition to one’s home thanks to the large knit pattern resembling a giant cable-knit sweater.
Vitruvi Stone Diffuser
Vitruvi’s sleek diffuser is made from high-quality porcelain and features a matte ceramic cover, so it won’t look out of place no matter where you place it. As you move it throughout your house, from office to bedroom to living room, use different scents to create a specific ambiance depending on the space you find yourself in.
L.L.Bean Merino Wool Ragg Socks
Spare yourself from the agony of having to sacrifice your bare feet to the chilled, ice-cold floors and pad around in L.L.Bean’s Merino Wool Ragg Socks instead. Crafted from premium, non-itch Australian wool, the socks are the perfect thickness for keeping your feet toasty while still managing to wick away moisture.
Brooklinen Super-Plush Robe
It doesn’t get much more cozy than an ultra-fluffy and super-plush bathrobe.
Maison Balzac Glass Oil Burner
If you’re looking for a fragrance experience that feels a little more luxurious than the typical candle, consider Maison Balzac’s Glass Oil Burner (and oil blends). The glass burners with accompanying Australian beeswax candle lend the act of burning the scent a ceremonial feel that immediately elevates the experience and space in which it’s burning.
There are few things as aggravating as waiting for your coffee to cool down, losing track of time and then taking a sip only to find your drink turned completely cold. Luckily with Ember you won’t have to make constant trips to the microwave, thanks to their app-controlled mug that allows you to set — and maintain — an exact drinking temperature.
Entireworld Giant Sweatshirt
At first glance this might look like your typical gray sweatshirt, but Entireworld’s iteration of the classic features an oversized fit (hence ‘Giant’ in its name). The wide hem and long sleeves are perfect for withdrawing into (you know, like a turtle) yet isn’t so oversized as to make you look like you’re drowning in fabric.
Gantri Cantilever Table Light
In order to achieve peak coziness, it’s all about creating the right kind of ambiance. Lighting plays a key part in this, so in order to properly set the mood, avoid harsh and instead opt for something like Gantri’s Cantilever Table Light. In addition to a modern geometric design, the lamp features a dimming switch, allowing one to easily adjust the brightness of the lamp’s warm glow.
Birkenstock Boston in Black Shearling
Who wouldn’t want to slip into these shearling beauties upon waking up every morning?
Stagg EKG Electric Pour-Over Kettle
A warm, steaming mug of tea or coffee is a cozy essential, and now you can make the perfect cup every time with Stagg’s Electric Pour-Over Kettle, which relieves one of all the guessing that comes with trying to achieve the right temperature.
Christopher Elbow Peppermint Drinking Chocolate
Ditch the Swiss Miss and treat yourself to a more sophisticated hot chocolate experience with Christopher Elbow’s Peppermint Drinking Chocolate. The chocolatier’s gourmet dark chocolate is infused with natural peppermint which nicely offsets the richness of the chocolate thanks to its bright, fresh flavor. Just don’t forget the marshmallows and whipped cream.
Everlane Felted Merino Track Pant
Give the sweatpants a rest and slip into something a little more luxurious like Everlane’s merino wool track pants which will prove all the more warm and comfortable.
The Sill Norfolk Island Pine
Yes, this lil’ pine does ever-so-slightly resemble Charlie Brown’s infamous tree from A Charlie Brown Christmas, but that’s what makes it so charming! Even those who don’t celebrate the holidays will appreciate the warmth and homey vibe the pine provides, and will be rewarded with the most important aspect — the fragrance.
Origins Feel Good Hug Cinnamon, Clove, Lemon Body Wrap
This year has robbed us of many things, most notably human touch, and as a result, hugs have been rendered nonexistent. If you find yourself pining for the warm embrace of a friend or family member, give them (or yourself) the next best thing with Origins’ Feel Good Hug Body Wrap. Simply pop the ‘Hug’ into a microwave at one-minute intervals until desired warmness is achieved, then place it on your neck, back, arms or anywhere you feel tense, and let the essential oils wash over you as the warmth soothes any tension or stress.
D.S. & Durga Portable Xmas Tree Candle
There are few scents that capture the season like that of the pine tree. For those who don’t have the real thing yet still want the full experience, D.S. & Durga’s Portable Xmas Tree candle smells so much like an actual Christmas tree that you’ll have a hard time believing you didn’t go and chop down one yourself.
Usual Wines Mixed Pack
Make your insides feel all warm and gushy and achieve a nice natural flush courtesy of Usual Wines’ assortment of Brut, Red and Rosé.
Ferm Living Bon Wooden Tray
Why should you have your meals at an actual dining table when, instead, you can enjoy them from the comfort of your couch, or even bed, with this wooden tray from Ferm Living. Inspired by traditional Japanese woodwork, the minimalist tray is ideal for the oft talked about but rarely put into action breakfast-in-bed, or comfortably enjoying a cup of coffee or tea without worry of spilling. Maybe the grandparents in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory were onto something …
Farmhouse Pottery Ivory Sheepskin
Vegans, avert your eyes — this old-fashioned sheepskin is made from New Zealand shearling and is supremely soft to the touch. Drape it over the back of the couch or place it directly on the floor to relax on while you sip hot cocoa.
FLIKR Personal Concrete Fireplace
Not everyone has the luxury of a real, live fireplace, but FLIKR provides the next best thing with their Personal Concrete Fireplace. Suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, the “fireplace” would make a nice addition to one’s coffee or dining table to add just the right of warmth and ambiance.
Piecework Paradise Found Puzzle
As you relax in your cozy robe with your cozy shearling slippers and your cozy mug, you’re going to want a cozy activity to keep you occupied. Nothing lends itself better to a cozy atmosphere than a puzzle, a leisurely pastime that poses no sense of urgency. Yet, if you want a puzzle that feels a little more adult, Piecework’s puzzles elevate the concept, allowing you to create a work of art in the process.
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