12 cozy things under $50 to keep you warm this winter
Turn up the heat in more ways than one.
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We've officially hit that point in winter where the excitement of the holidays has passed and spring is still a depressingly long ways off. The only thing lower than our motivation to get out of our cozy warm beds is the temperature outside. Brr. Instead of turning up your thermostat so high you’ll fear opening your next heating bill, grab one of our favorite cold-weather finds. From buttery soft throws to snuggly, oversized sweaters, the best items to keep you warm this winter won’t cost you more than $50.
1. This best-selling throw blanket from Nordstrom
Have you ever been so cold you couldn’t focus on anything besides your own deep sense of despair? Looks like you need Nordstrom’s most popular tassel-lined throw with nearly 2,000 reviews, made of machine-washable polyester. It comes in five neutral colors to accompany any sort of décor—and mostly importantly, it’ll reinforce the idea that you belong on the couch for as long as humanly possible. Our style and trending editor owns it and is obsessed.
2. This Carhartt hat with over 67,000 reviews
Whether you’re looking for a hat to keep your head and ears warm during a snowfall, during a skiing session, or at home perched in front of the TV, Amazon’s top-rated hat is made of stretchy acrylic coming in 28 colors each cooler than the last. Reviewers say its thick material fits snugly enough to stay put no matter where your winter activity schedule takes you.
3. This snuggly scarf from Anthropologie
We all need that one go-to scarf that operates quite literally as our security blanket when we venture out into the great outdoors. This best-seller from Anthropologie does the trick with its softly knit polyester-nylon blended fabric. Featuring subtle fringes on each side, it comes in both a burnt orange and green hue—the latter of which seems to be a favorite among customers.
4. These Lululemon gloves
Gloves are tricky thing, since before putting them on, you likely find yourself wondering if it’s worth it to be without your phone for a hot minute. These super-warm gloves will make the digital detox worth it thanks to a bamboo and cashmere blended fleece material, complete with a removable hooded layer once you need some extra grip. According to reviews, these mittens are best suited for larger hands.
5. This fleece Patagonia headband
Headbands are unfairly overlooked. What else will you wear on a good hair day? Kick hat hair to the curb with this thick fleece headband from Patagonia that's perfect for outdoor runs. Boasting a 4.8-star rating, it keeps your ears warm and cozy with a high pile and minimal seams—all while providing ample ventilation to your scalp. One reviewer even says it it’s such good quality it “feels like it will last forever.”
6. This fleece-lined winter layer
A solid indication that your garment of choice is about to be the coziest material to ever grace your skin is if it’s lined with fleece. This Wrangler hoodie with over 12,000 reviews is a number one best-seller in its category for its heavyweight material, relaxed fit perfect for layering, casual button closures, and four front and side pockets. Coming in six plaid patterns, this uber warm winter essential will become a year-round staple for its versatility and ‘90s cool kid vibe.
7. These well-insulated snow pants
One of the main factors preventing us from leaving the warm comforts of our homes is a lack of access to snow pants. Invest in a pair—like these from Arctix with over 12,000 reviews—and you’ll feel invincible against the elements, as well as so much more inclined to take up awesome winter sports you’ve been meaning to try. Available in 21 colors, these snow pants are engineered to keep out water, wind and snow, while hem guards ward against wear so you can enjoy them for years to come. Belt loops along the waist guarantee a perfect fit, and gaiters at the ankle hug the exterior of your boot to keep snow at bay. Reviewers say this snow pant option seems to be equal if not greater in quality compared to leading sportswear brands.
8. These pillow-soft slippers
Shout out to slippers for quite literally being the foundation of our warmth, what with heat escaping first from our extremities. These best-selling Bearpaw slippers hug your foot from every angle, helping you feel supported on days when it feels like you haven’t moved a muscle in far too long. It features a rubber sole for extra traction and a super-soft shearling interior for those way-too-cold mornings. Of their 4,900 reviewers, many say your normal shoe size will feel snug upon first wear, and soon fit like a glove. Or slipper. And if you're looking for an Ugg look-alike, you can snag Bearpaw's popular Loketta slipper, too.
9. These super warm socks
If skiing, hiking, snowshoeing or snowball-fighting are in your winter forecast, you’re going to want to keep your feet toasty with these godsends—Hot Chillys. They’re thin enough to slip into a stuffy, tight boot and prevent moisture buildup, yet thick enough to prevent chafe and keep you warm. The strategically placed ventilation channels combined with the contoured feel will make these the only socks you want to wear this season.
10. This layer-friendly Under Armour pullover
If it feels like half- and quarter-zip sweaters became a thing overnight, you aren’t wrong. And for good reason: They layer perfectly over a thermal base or under a down jacket, and look trendy just on their own. Complete with a moisture-wicking fabric that won’t turn your sweat into icicles, this Under Armour layer available in 32 colors is great for outdoor workouts. Of its 2,700 reviewers, one pleased customer says it’s “almost too perfect.”
11. These classic Champion sweatpants
If you’ve been sporting nothing besides sweatpants this quarantine, join the club. Lean into your loungewear-centric wardrobe with one of our favorite loungewear items: these unisex Champion sweats with over 6,200 Amazon ratings. Made of soft cotton jersey, you can easily wear them both to bed and during the day. Reviewers rave about the sweats' quality given the affordable price.
12. This cozy oversized sweater
When it comes to sweaters, the bigger and baggier the better (say that three times!). This Amazon best-seller with over 5,000 reviews and available in 21 colors doubles as a hug on a cold day. It’s made of a two-ply cashmere and wool blend, making it as cozy as it is classy. One five-star reviewer says “Absolutely love this sweater! Quality is great, it’s oversized and perfect for leggings. It is so soft, I’m getting another one or two for sure!”
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