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30 things you need if you're obsessed with fall

Bring on the sweater weather

24 things you need if you're obsessed with fall Credit: Anthropologie / Amazon

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Let's just admit it. This summer was weird—no concerts, no traveling. It was basically a “fake summer” and rightfully so, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to put the season in the rearview mirror.

I also happen to be obsessed with fall. The weather, the food, the holidays—I love it all. So while autumn will certainly look different this year, I still intend to make the most of the season with leaf peeping, baking up a storm, and curling up by the fire. If you feel the same, here are all the things you need to still have a great fall, from pumpkin-everything to the coziest home decor.

1. This pumpkin spice starter pack

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The OG pumpkin coffee

I have a lot to thank Starbucks for (like getting me through many work days), but the most important is the invention of the pumpkin spice latte. Now you can whip up your favorite drink at home with these coffee pods—which people say taste as flavorful and bold as the real thing. 

Get the Starbucks Fall Bundle from Amazon for $27.80

2. This plush throw you'll want to snuggle up with

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You'll never want to leave your couch

There is no better way to spend a cold autumn evening than curled up with a good book, a mug of hot chocolate, and the coziest blanket known to man. And this fleece blanket comes pretty close to the latter. Not only does it come in deeply fabulous colors, but it's also machine washable. Win-win.

Get the Bedsure Sherpa Fleece Blanket from Amazon for $24.99

3. This candle that smells like apple cider

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Stop and smell the apples

Good news: Just because there isn't a freshly baked pie in the oven doesn't mean your house can't smell like there is. Anthropologie shoppers are obsessed with these Capri candles, especially in the spiced cider scent, which has hints of apple, cinnamon, clove, and fir. 

Get the Capri Blue Jar Candle in Spiced Cider from Anthropologie for $32

4. The spookiest sweatshirts

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ModCloth has the best Halloween clothes selection

Okay, Halloween might be cancelled, but you can still get festive in the comfort of your own home. Why wait for Christmas to don your most festive sweaters and sweatshirts? The spooky girl options at ModCloth range from cute to creepy and are a great way to incorporate a little Fright Night flair into your everyday attire.

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5. Our favorite slow cooker

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Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

Just set it, and forget it

Some call it fall, others call it slow cooker season. And after trying out some of the top models on the market, our experts named the Cuisinart Multi-Cooker the best slow cooker of the year because it performed better than the others at all of our food tests and was hands down the easiest to use (and clean!).

Get the Cuisinart 3-in-1 Cook Central 6-Quart Multi-Cooker from Amazon for $159.95

6. This fire that doesn't require wood or matches

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Credit: Pleasant Hearth

It even has glowing 'embers'

Real fires are cool, but fake fires are even better if you're trying to avoid the mess and the possibility of, you know, burning the whole house down. Users like that this crackling log, which plugs right into the wall, because it's super simple to install and still looks and sounds like the real thing.

Get the Pleasant Hearth Electric Crackling Log from Amazon for $49.99

7. This fall wardrobe essential

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Credit: Legendary Whitetails

Stay warm no matter how cold it is outside

Soft, thick, and cozy, flannel is basically this season's uniform. According to reviewers, this flannel shirt from Legendary Whitetails is one of the best of its kind because it fits true to size (a.k.a it's flattering!) and it's not too heavy, nor too light, making it perfect for any weather. 

Get the Legendary Whitetails Flannel Shirt from Amazon starting at $29.99

8. The perfect pie dish

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Bring on the apple pies

Everyone turned to quarantine-baking a few months ago during the cold weather, so there's a good chance people will be returning to it as the cooler weather arrives. Not to mention, fall is just simply the best time to make comfort food, holiday dishes, and the one and only apple pie. You're going to want the best pie dish money can buy, which is this one by Emile Henry. When we tested it, we found that it is unmatched when it comes to producing crispy, flakey crusts. Plus, it looks beautiful while doing it and cleans easily in the dishwasher.

Get the Emile Henry Modern Classics Pie Dish from Amazon for $39.99

9. The prettiest pumpkins you can buy

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Credit: Bath Bath & Beyond

Absolutely gourd-geous!

What's elegant, shiny, and sparkly all over? These mosaic pumpkins from Bed Bath & Beyond. If you want to decorate for fall, but don't want your place to look cheesy, these mosaic pumpkins are just the ticket. They can help you add some subtle, yet glamorous seasonal style to your home.

10. This elegant doormat

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Add elegance and a pop of color right to your doorstep

This doormat sets an elegant tone for the season at your doorstep. It's hand-stenciled and made from all-natural coir. Plus, it has a non-slip backing. Reviewers also love that the colors don't fade and the doormat lasts for several seasons.

Get the Scrolled Pumpkin Doormat from Amazon for $23.49

11. This 'smart' coffee mug

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Better coffee? There's an app for that

If you're someone like me who needs their coffee to be so hot it's basically burning your mouth, you might benefit from a smart coffee mug like the Ember one, which lets you control the temperature via your phone. One of our experts tried it for herself and was pleased to find her tea really did stay warm for hours.

Get the Ember Mug from Bed Bath & Beyond for $99.99

12. These buffalo check pillows for your couch

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There are 13 different color combinations to choose from

Most trends come and go, but it seems that the buffalo check craze is here to stay—and I'm more than okay with that. If you're mad for plaid, you'll like these pillow covers, which are highly rated on Amazon for being great quality (the fabric is thick and fits pillows well) and easy to clean.

Get the Miulee Decorative Square Throw Pillow Covers (Set of 2) from Amazon for $10.99

13. These boots with a cult following

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Duck boots come in tons of colors and heights

People are obsessed with L.L.Bean duck boots—and for good reason. With a soft flannel lining, water-resistant exterior, and broken-in feel, these boots are often sold out or on back-order (so act fast!). Some customers even call them the most comfortable shoes they've ever owned.

Get the Women's 8" Tumbled Leather Boots from L.L.Bean for $159

14. This brilliant bonfire accessory

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You can use these to roast hot dogs, too

Whether it's just you and your household or you're having a very small socially-distanced bonfire, it'll be a great way to enjoy the outdoors this fall. Take your marshmallow roasting (and s'mores eating) skills to the next level with one of these colorful skewers. Comfortable to hold and easy to extend out to their full 34-inch length, the retractable sticks have over 2,000 positive reviews on Amazon.

Get the Sumpri Marshmallow Roasting Sticks from Amazon for $17.95

15. These thermal socks to keep your feet warm

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Fuzzy footwear is a must

No slippers, no problem. All you really need for toastier toes is a pair of these thick thermal socks, which use an extra-heavy lining so your feet stay warmer for longer. According to their hundreds of glowing reviews, the socks are ridiculously soft and comfortable to wear around the house. 

Get the Hot Feet Heavy Thermal Socks from Amazon for $12.95

16. The best streaming device

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Credit: Reviewed / TJ Donegan

Stream your favorite fall shows and movies

If your favorite fall activity (like mine) is streaming classic Halloween movies like Hocus Pocus or the latest fall shows, you're going to want the best streaming device to do it. We love the Roku Ultra because of its ease of use, impressive sound and picture quality, and wide selection of streaming services, including Disney+, Amazon Prime, and more.

Get the Roku Ultra from Amazon for $79.95

17. This wine subscription for anyone who loves wine

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Credit: Reviewed / Kate Tully Ellsworth

It's like a winery delivered to your door

Chances are you won't find me at a winery this fall like I normally would be. Instead, I'll be staying in and enjoying a wine subscription from Winc. Our managing editor, Kate Ellsworth, tried it and is absolutely obsessed with it. You get to custom-pick how many and what kind of bottles you want to receive and they'll be shipped right to your door. It's the perfect way to try new wines and get your wine-fix during this bizarre time.

Sign up for Winc today and get $20 off your first box

18. This chunky knit scarf to wear outside

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Pick from 40 different colors

When it comes to scarves, the bigger, the better. It can never be too oversized, too warm, or too chunky. That's why this infinity scarf has over 1,000 5-star reviews which say that it's high quality—a.k.a it's soft, not itchy—and really keeps your neck warm. Just don't forget to pair it with a top-rated mask if you're venturing outside.

Get the Neosan Knit Infinity Scarf from Amazon for $8.99

19. A Kindle to get your read on

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Credit: Reviewed / Michael Roorda

Tackle your book list

Fall is the perfect time of year to cozy up, watch the leaves falling outside your window, and open up a good book. A Kindle is a game-changer for readers because you can read in any light situation, download books at the click of a button and bring them on-the-go with ease. Our favorite Kindle is the Kindle Paperwhite because it has a high-quality display, it's easy to use, plus—you can download and listen to audiobooks on it, too.

Get the Kindle Paperwhite from Amazon for $149.99

20. This pan so you can make your own donuts

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Breakfast just got a lot more delicious

Three words: apple cider donuts. They're a seasonal staple and one that you can whip up using this popular pan. Nearly 1,000 home cooks have given it a 5-star rating, saying that the non-stick surface makes the pan easy to clean and use (the donuts slide right out!). 

Get the Wilton Non-Stick Donut Baking Pans from Amazon for $20.79

21. These dark and moody plates

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Add some drama to your dinner table

Goodbye bright whites of summer, hello dramatic darks of fall. This sultry stoneware collection from Anthropologie is neutral enough to use all season long yet striking enough to use as a subtly spooky set for Halloween. 

Get the Old Havana Dinner Plates (Set of 4) from Anthropologie for $72

22. This teach-yourself-to-knit kit

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Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

All you need is We Are Knitters and some free time to get started

Any person obsessed with fall is likely obsessed with chunky knitted sweaters and scarfs. Instead of buying them, you can learn how to knit yourself with a We Are Knitters kit. It's the perfect indoor fall activity to keep you occupied and relaxed. We tried and loved it because it gives you all of the materials you need and walks you through easy step-by-step directions.

Get a We Are Knitters knitting kit

23. This gadget to peel all of your apples

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Twist, peel, repeat

Apples for the apple pie that you are craving aren't going to peel themselves—and doing it with a potato peeler or, worse, a measly paring knife just isn't going to cut it. Instead, consider this cast iron contraption which Amazon customers say is super easy to use. In fact, one reviewer even claims it can peel, core, and slice an apple in under 40 seconds!

Get the Johnny Apple Peeler from Amazon for $28.97

24. The cutest dish towel

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Dish towels don't have to be boring...

Washing the dishes may be America's most hated chore but these adorable dish towels will at least make the task a little bit more bearable. They make for a fun and functional statement piece that you can add to your kitchen and look forward to unpacking each fall for years to come.

Get the Hello Pumpkin Tea Towels from Wayfair for $28.99

25. A Rachael Ray-approved loaf pan

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Pumpkin bread, galore!

Whether you’re still into making sourdough or you’re ready to move onto pumpkin bread, you need a high-quality loaf pan to help you get the job done. We find this loaf pan designed by Rachael Ray does the job best because the silicone inserts make it easy to grip and the nonstick finish never falters.

Get the Rachael Ray Yum-o! Nonstick Oven Lovin' Loaf Pan from Amazon for $11.99

26. This rake to make the best leaf piles

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Credit: Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar

You have to rake anyways, why not make fun leaf jumping piles?

If jumping into a big ol’ pile of leaves is your thing, you’re going to need a rake to gather them from the yard and get them into formation. We’re obsessed with the Truper Tru Tough rake in particular because it's easy to maneuver, efficient, and works on every terrain we tested it on.

Get the Truper Tru Tough 24-in Leaf Rake from Amazon for $42.33

27. Fun puzzles to beat the boredom

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Dare to solve a thousand-piecer

There might be a little more time spent indoors this fall than others due to COVID-19. But that doesn’t have to mean boredom for you and your household. You can prepare yourself with all of the games and puzzles your heart desires. This puzzle maker has puzzles for every skill level, plus tons of fun themes.

Get the Buffalo Games Puzzles from Amazon starting at $7

28. This drink dispenser to make your favorite fall cocktails

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Fall drinks are the best drinks

One of my favorite things about fall is the drink variety. Apple cider. Sangria. Hot chocolate. With this drink dispenser, you can prepare all of these cocktails in a big batch (1.3 gallons) for your household. Whether they’re hot or cold, this can hold them both. Plus, reviewers love the look of the wooden stand and the fact that it’s easy to use and dishwasher safe.

Get the Navaris Beverage Dispenser with Stand from Amazon for $79.99

29. A weighted blanket to bring you comfort

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Credit: Reviewed / Camryn Rabideau

This blanket feels like a giant hug

A weighted blanket is a must for everybody, in my opinion. Not only are they incredibly warm, but the weight puts a gentle pressure on your body to create a calming effect, which is much needed in 2020. Out of all the weighted blankets we tested, we love the Gravity blanket because the weight felt just right compared to others and it's made of high-quality material that will last for a long time.

Get the Gravity Blanket from Gravity for $189

30. This carving kit to bring your Jack-o'-lanterns to life

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Bring your Jack-o'-lanterns to life

Ah, pumpkin carving. One of falls most beloved (and messiest!) traditions. Once you’ve acquired a pumpkin, you’ll want proper tools to win the carving contest at home this year. This professional kit has everything you need and reviewers love how sturdy and easy-to-use the tools are. Did I mention it’s under $20, too?

Get the BOOtiful Professional Carving Kit from Amazon for $11.92

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