People have strong feelings about winter (it’s a polarizing topic, if you will), and the arguments on both sides are strong: One one hand, some people adore the chillier temps, the magic of snowfall, and bundling up in lots of layers. On the other hand, there’s no denying the allure of sunny days, shorts weather, and beach vacations that some people dream of all winter. No matter which camp you fall into, there’s one thing both sides can agree on: Soft clothes and cozy bedding are a *must* for the colder months.
Personally, I’ve been ready to get back to lounging on a beach since the temperatures dipped below 50°F. The one thing that makes me feel better about the impending months of cold weather? Grabbing some snuggly, soft essentials to keep me (and those on my holiday gift list who could use a winter pick-me-up) warm.
Since I moved to Boston, I’ve become a self-proclaimed expert in cozy loungewear because I practically live in it (hard pants are so 2019), and I take pride in making my bed a snuggly oasis to get myself excited to catch some zzzs (sleep hygiene is real and effective y’all). So if you’re looking for soft clothes and bedding recommendations, I’ve got you covered.
Here are my picks for cozy must-haves that will keep you and anyone you still need to grab a gift for warm all winter long.
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One thing about me is I adore matching sets that feel like pajamas but make you look put-together—and this coastal grandmother-esque set is no exception. With six muted color options and its seriously soft sweater knit, you won’t want to take this off, even just to wash it.
For days when I have the heat pumping in my apartment, I opt for this fuzzy set that comes with a hoodie and shorts made with Oprah-approved, beyond-cozy fabric. The relaxed fit and longer shorts give it major cool girl vibes, and although it’s on the pricey side, I assure you that you (or whoever you gift it to) will wear it enough to make it well worth the cost.
Looking for a UGG slipper dupe? Grab this pair for half the price. Pick from nine color options for the same cloudlike comfort, whether you wear them only at home or on the go. I wear mine every day as I putter around my apartment, and they’re still as fluffy and soft as the day I got them. They make a fantastic gift, and if you order them now through December 17, you’ll score an even better deal, since they’re on sale for $45.
IMO, you can never have enough warm socks. Plus, they’re perfect for stocking stuffers or a self-gift moment. Pamper yourself—or someone else—with three pairs of uber-cozy, vitamin E-infused, chenille socks that will keep anyone’s feet nice and toasty. Added bonus? The grips on the bottom are great for stopping clumsy people (read: me) from slipping.
I cannot get enough of this weighted and heated throw blanket that literally feels like a hug. Not only is it super soft, but at 13 pounds, it’s the perfect amount of weight that makes you feel snug but not crushed. The controller to change the temp is also easy to use, making it simple to adjust if you wake up and need a temperature change. Buy this must-have ASAP because it’s on sale for $90 until December 12.
Investing in my sleep meant making the big-girl switch from my cheap quilt to this luxe Serta comforter—and boy am I glad I did. No matter how cold it is outside, this fluffy comforter keeps me super snuggly. I opted to do without the duvet cover, since the comforter alone looks chic on my bed. Grab one for yourself and your bed will automatically become your favorite spot in your home. This is the winter of staying cozy, after all.