When it’s cold, wet and snowy outside, you can find me keeping warm indoors. While I might not be the Wicked Witch of the West, sometimes I feel like I might just melt away if I have to leave the comfort of my couch. That said, I’ve mastered the art of a cozy home, and it doesn’t cost a lot. You can get everything you need at Walmart for snuggling, staying warm and keeping busy on a chilly day — I'm talking electric blankets, fuzzy slippers, reverse coloring books and slow cookers. (I'm all about the comfort food once the temperatures drop!) Read on for 11 affordable winter essentials — starting at just $4 — that you need in your arsenal if you’re planning to stay in at all this season.
This sherpa-lined fleece electric blanket has six heating levels and it's big enough to cover a queen-sized bed. If you want to use it at night, don't worry — it shuts off automatically after five hours, so you can fall asleep worry-free. Nearly 3,000 fans gave it a five-star rating. "I only have to turn on the electric heated blanket for just a few minutes and my bed is so warm for the whole night," said an impressed customer.
Feeling chilly? Turn up the temperature with this bestselling portable space heater. Thanks to its compact size, you can keep it under your desk or place it by your feet while you watch TV at home to warm up in seconds. As for safety, it has an innovative tilt-detection sensor that improves accuracy and reliability for better tip-over protection. "Great little heater," wrote a satisfied shopper. "It's small but works wonderfully. You can set the temperature and how long you want it on. It's heating my living room — about 200 square feet — with no problem. It heats up super fast. And it's very quiet! So quiet that I've gone in to make sure it's still on a couple of times."
On a winter day, there's nothing I love more than whipping up some cold-weather comfort dishes. This slow cooker comes courtesy of Drew Barrymore's home goods line and has five pre-set functions for meat, poultry, stew, soup and chili. It's large enough to feed seven people! "It works like a dream," declared one happy home cook. "Very pretty. I made a roast in it and let it cook for 10 hours, and it came out extremely tender."
Your leggings have met their new best friend in this sweatshirt, which you can score now for just $10 in a variety of sizes and eye-catching colors. Designed with a relaxed fit and a classic crew neck, this super-soft cotton-blend knit pullover has a high-low hem that's perfect for covering what needs to be covered. "Best top," raved one Walmart wearer. "Very comfortable. Fits to size. I bought every color. Love!"
These sherpa fleece-lined slippers will keep your tootsies toasty, whether you're watching movies on the couch or doing chores around the house. They're also padded with layers of high-density memory foam that mold to your feet, while the supportive insole keeps your dogs from barking after a long day. Available in 10 additional colors including red, pink and dark gray. "The cushioning is amazing. Feels like you are walking on a fuzzy cloud," shared a five-star reviewer.
On the hunt for some cozy socks to warm you up this winter? This seven-pack comes with an assortment of fun pastel colors. The moderate thickness makes them perfect for wearing to bed, too. More than 4,000 shoppers gave these toe warmers — which are less than $2 a pop — five stars. "The socks are truly fuzzy and cozy — on their own or worn under heavier footwear to provide extra warmth. The 'fur' around the top adds to the cuteness of the socks," wrote a happy wearer.
As soon as the temperatures drop, the skin on my hands turns dry. Made with nourishing ingredients like vitamin E, Curel's dermatologist-recommended long-lasting cream protects from dryness. It also lasts through three hand washes, so you don't have to reapply it each time. "This hand lotion is a pleasant surprise! I am constantly looking for a lotion that will actually keep my very dry (and extremely picky and allergy-prone) skin moisturized. Nothing ever seems to work, but this lotion has been doing a great job at moisturizing and soothing my hands. It's deep moisture while still not being greasy," said a fan.
Sip at your own pace! This 12-ounce stainless steel self-heating mug will keep your coffee, tea, hot cocoa and more hot for longer. It has a built-in rechargeable battery that can keep your drink warm for up to three hours, or you can place it on the included charging coaster to keep your drink hot all day long. "Hot, hot delicious coffee," said a caffeine fan. "I love hot coffee. I don't know if any other mug has been able to keep my coffee as hot for as long a period as this wonderful little mug."
This cozy-knit throw was made for chilly days indoors. Snuggle under it while watching movies and drinking hot cocoa on the couch or bring it to bed for extra warmth. Choose from six colors and patterns including beige, brown and gray leopard. Some reviewers call it a more affordable dupe of Oprah's favorite Barefoot Dreams blanket! "I have a Barefoot Dreams blanket and this is pretty close," shared one impressed Walmart shopper.
Just because you don't want to go outside doesn't mean you don't want your home to smell like it. Bring the fresh scent of the winter trees inside with this 22-ounce Yankee Candle. More than 20,000 shoppers are fans. Said one: "This is one of my favorite Yankee Candle scents. I love burning it in the fall and winter. Makes my home seem cozier!"
Bored? Test your creativity with this reverse coloring book. The book provides watercolor paintings, but there are no lines. Instead, you use a pen, marker, pencil or anything you can draw with to interpret each image and draw your own lines. "So addictive," wrote a fan. "I am thoroughly obsessed with this! ... Some pictures are obvious designs like flowers while others are more abstract so you decide what you want them to be! Looks so 'professional' when you finish. No artistic talent needed."
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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