Winter is here and so are the holidays, so it’s the perfect time to help out your friends and family members who are cold no matter what the temperature outside is with gifts to keep them toasty and snug.
Whether it’s in an air conditioned office in June or in a radiator-rattling apartment in the dead of January, there’s always someone who’s complaining about the temperature. And apparently replying, “Why don’t you just build a fire then” is an unacceptable answer.
So here is a list that will hopefully get you on the right track so that everyone can stay at their preferred temperature throughout the entire year.
OK, this may come off as a little passive-aggressive but 2008’s most popular novelty gift is ageless, really. Is it a blanket with sleeves? A backwards bathrobe? Whatever it is, it’s genius and it’s perfect for both the office and home, enveloping you in warmth while also giving you the ability to continue carrying on your tasks. Best of all, after 10 years, there are some great designs for extra festiveness.
There are almost as many types of space heaters as stars in the sky and prices can range from “very affordable” to “who do they think I am, the Monopoly Man?” How much you want to spend is up to you, but there are plenty of great options at great price points, like the Vornado Personal Vortex Heater pictured above. The compact fan promises to keep your chill pal warm while not blasting hot air everywhere else to make you sweat.
So maybe restraint isn’t your thing. Maybe you only want only the very best and most extravagant for your friend who is super into Thrones, man. If so, then feel free to drop a lot of pennies on this very accurate wilding jacket. In fact, Game of Thrones-inspired clothing is a pretty big thing on Etsy, so you have your choice of styles.
Price: $369.09 on Etsy
Maybe you want to help your friend stay warm in more subtle ways. How thoughtful! Try out this seat warmer, another idea that can deliver personal warmth without disrupting anyone else’s temperature settings. Plus, that massage option is pretty sweet.
Price: $69.99 at Target
A sarcastic gift would be a jacket. Sure, that may give you a chuckle, but does it actually help? Maybe, but you can have your joke and help out your friends by giving them this heated, insulated jacket (available for both men and women) that delivers some extra warmth bundled up in the outerwear. It’s not a Snuggie, but it’s still pretty nice.
OK, so $160 may seem like a lot for a foot warmer, but it’s Hello Kitty! There is a cheaper option that comes with an extra fleece if you’re not ready to drop so much money, so you’ve got that going for you.
Price: $160 at Amazon
Do you have a coworker or cousin who just sits there and mutters to themselves about how The Last Jedi just ruined the Star Wars franchise with those damn PORGS? Well, here’s your perfect revenge. Dare them to not use this blanket next time they feel chilly.
Price: $17.43 at Hot Topic
This is may be just a bit over the top but also a perfectly cromulent gift for your family member that’s always complaining about being cold. It apparently retains 90 percent of body heat, is great to keep around in case of emergency, and is said to be made with “NASA designed material used in space exploration.” If it’s good enough for NASA, it’s good enough for anyone.
Price: $4.95 at Fire Supply Depot
While that mylar sleeping bag is inspired by NASA, you could also take the more conventional route with a real NASA blanket. It may not be the kind made for astronauts in space, but it’ll still keep you warm, it looks pretty soft, and it’s NASA! Available in a nice burgundy color, too.
Price: $44.95 at NASA
10. Electric Blanket
Space heaters and electric blankets can run can range widely in price depending on size, make, and tons of other factors. But this Sunbeam brand blanket seems like a great bargain, is in the middle of the price range, and in the upper range in terms of quality.
Price: $71.99 at Kohls
11. Hand warmers
Hand warmers can be shoved in pockets, socks, shoes, or anywhere on your person to keep the warmth going for a while. They’re also incredibly cheap, meaning you can buy them in bulk for the chilly pal in your life.
If you want to keep your feet warm and look good doing it, consider one of dozens of options on the animal slippers market. Rhinos, monkeys, and pigs are all great but nothing trumps the mighty, mythical unicorn. It adds a magical air to wherever you are, be it home or the office.
Price: $9.70 on Amazon
Maybe slippers are a bit too casual for your cold friend who needs to stay toasty in the office. Far more subtle are these rechargeable heated socks which can keep your lower body warm without having to add and entire extra layer. Plus, you can turn the heat from these socks off before you get too warm.
Price: $89.99 at Verseo
What if you can’t go with the unicorn slippers and you’re a bit wary of having those heated socks directly on your legs? Then maybe it’s time to try heated insoles.
Price: $99.99 at Sharper Image
15. Jam band threads
There’s nothing like a warm summer evening enjoying the soothing jams of bands like the Grateful Dead or Phish, am I right? So maybe all your chilly pal or family needs is something to bring them those warm memories.
Price: Grateful Dead Bolt Jacket: $45 at Dead.net Phish beanies: $25 at Phish Dry Goods
Maybe that friend of yours doesn’t dig unicorn slippers and you don’t have the money for that fancy Hello Kitty foot warmer. Split the difference with these fingerless warming gloves shaped like Pandas for a mix of the practical and whimsical. These USB gloves are perfect for keeping your hands warm in a cold office environment while showing a little bit of personality.
Price: $35.00 at Urban Outfitters
Sure, a BedJet is meant to help keep you comfy when you’re sleeping, a system designed to keep warm air flowing under the covers for the chilliest nights. But there’s nothing — NOTHING — that says you can’t use a BedJet to direct that flow under your office-approved blanket or Snuggie. Plus, the phone app-based controls make it easy to adjust settings from your desk. What’s not to love?
Price: $299 at BedJet
Hot tea, coffee, or hot chocolate are easy ways for people to stay warm regardless of the time of year. Even better? Keeping that warm liquid piping hot so the warmth starts in your stomach and spreads through your body.