Your winter road trip to Grandma's house just got a little cozier. Coffee lovers (or hot cocoa sippers) can keep their beverages warm from driveway to driveway with this heated travel mug that plugs into the cigarette-lighter. So, bring a cup (heck, bring a carafe!) and drink a hot cup of the good stuff while you're on the road—no need to stop for gas station coffee. Available at Sharper Image; $49.99.
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10 Things to Buy If You're Always Cold
Heated Travel Mug
Heated Mattress Pad
End the nighttime thermostat wars by cuddling up with a mattress warmer. This smart mattress pad provides even, all-over heat where you want it, and zero heat where you don't, meaning one partner can crank up the temperature while the other sleeps on the cool side of the bed. Genius. Available on Amazon; from $64.59.
Heated Lotion Dispenser
If the near-constant shivering weren't bad enough, winter brings on the other uncomfortable side effect that is chapped, dry skin. Fortunately, there's one genius gadget that enables you to warm up and revitalize dry skin all in one go: a heated lotion dispenser. Just add your favorite lotion to this dispenser's reservoir, and in two minutes you'll have a soothing lotion that moisturizes more deeply, to boot. Available on Amazon; $21.84.
Heated Slipper Boots
Fuzzy slippers are great, but ones with built-in heating pads? Well, that's just what cold temperatures call for! Step into these indoor-outdoor slipper boots, activate the heat via a wireless remote control, and then enjoy having feeling restored to your frigid toes. You can count on the boots' rechargeable batteries to provide up to five hours of warmth—perfect for walking around cold floors in the house or out to start up the car. Available at Brookstone; $69.99.
Heated Seat Cushion
No, it's not going to win you any design awards, but there's something to be said for the direct effectiveness of a heated seat cushion. Basically, it's an electric blanket that you sit on. What's good about that? You enjoy warm comfort while keeping your hands free. The Wagan Heated Seat Cushion with Lumbar Support even plugs into the 12-volt outlet in your car—a godsend for those who can't ever seem to keep the chill away while driving. Available at Amazon; $24.95.
On a dark, chilly afternoon, few things are more satisfying than a steaming cup of tea, coffee, or cocoa. But if you want it to stay hot until the last drop, you need to do one of two things: drink it down quickly or get the Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer. No more complicated than it needs to be, the simple, inexpensive device plugs into any wall outlet, switches on and off, and performs its modest purpose admirably well. Available at Amazon; $7.99.
Cold weather can leave you shivering in bed, but you don’t need to suffer through chattering teeth all winter long. Replace your comforter with the Sunbeam Quilted Fleece Heated Blanket for cozy yet controllable warmth. The polyester blanket uses ThermoFine technology for temperature adjustment, which maintains consistent heat control on any of the 10 settings. Also, if you choose to sleep in on the weekends, there’s no need to worry about safety: The blanket automatically shuts off after 10 hours of use. Available on Amazon; $51.99.
Portable Electric Fireplace
Don’t you wish you could constantly relax near the warmth of a fireplace? With the Northwest Mini Portable Electric Fireplace Heater, this dream can become a reality. The gadget, which closely resembles the real deal, can be transported to your office, living room, bedroom, or anywhere else you desire a bit of warmth. Two heat settings allow for customizable control, while the push-start button and automatic shut-off are easy to use—no wood or open flame required! Available from Bed Bath & Beyond; $54.99.
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Hot Chocolate Maker
The most delicious way to warm up in winter is with a steaming up of hot chocolate! This 32-ounce hot chocolate maker quickly heats and dispenses the sweet beverage. With two settings—Heat-Froth and Froth—you can easily blend a cup (or more) of hot cocoa. And if you need an extra boost of caffeine, use it to create lattes, mochas, and other delicious drinks. Available on Amazon; $29.99.
Personal Space Heater
Is it only you who is feeling chilly? Then you need the Lasko 102 My Heat Personal Ceramic Heater. The 200-watt space heater quickly provides warmth to your personal area with its fan-powered delivery. Thanks to its compact size you can easily carry it around the house or office to kick out the cold when you get the chills. And with over-heat protection and a cool-touch exterior, you can maintain proper fire safety. Available on Amazon; $19.99.