21 Things To Help You Beat The Winter Blues

21 Things To Help You Beat The Winter Blues

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Promising review: “I opened the package and screamed for joy! As I placed the battery my hands were trembling with what was going to happen next! As I turned on the wacky waving inflatable tube man I knew I’d have a friend for life. Someone you can really count on cheering you up when you are feeling down. He brought me such joy I started to cry with laughter and happiness.” —Robert Wurstner

Get it from Amazon for $10.86.

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A heated blanket that’ll make you tell all of your friends “cya in March!”


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Promising review: “I got this today, and good timing as it is 15 degrees outside. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! It has a nice heavy feel to it. I only had to use medium setting to be completely warm. The texture is wonderful. Very soft on both sides. I especially like how the power connects to the blanket itself. The locking buttons on the side are perfect. My last blanket I had, the power cord always fell out. I was concerned a little because the price but it is worth every penny.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $69.99.

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A candle that smells like your home state for those gloomy winter days when the nostalgia starts to kick in.


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Promising review: “I got this as a surprise for my boyfriend. He moved to my state from Texas for college. I wasn’t sure about how it would smell but I figured even if he wasn’t a fan it would be neat as a decoration for his room. When I surprised him with the candle and he smelled it, he actually got very emotional and started crying because he said the smell instantly brought back so many memories of home. I don’t know how they did it, but Homesick Candles managed to replicate the smell of home so well in this candle that it took my boyfriend back home immediately. Definitely worth my money :)” —Bailey K.

Get it from Amazon for $28 (available in 51 styles)

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A Moog synth vinyl record from the ’70s designed to help houseplants grow — and happy plants make happy people!


Sacred Bones Records

Promising review: “Finding this album has become a sort of mission for me after I heard it played at the Los Angeles Triforium Project’s 60th anniversary of the Triforium. It’s one of those memories that never fade, and after being enchanted with one of the songs on the album, the album had to be mine. It’s just as great as I could hope it could be.” —assoluto

Get it from Amazon for $24.98.

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Mike’s Hot Honey, the tasty and versatile condiment that’ll give all of your blah meals — sweet or savory — a much-needed kick.


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Promising review: “This is now a staple for my kitchen. How I cooked without it before, I’ll never know. Makes the best vinaigrette ever, quick pan sauces for pork, unexpected zip in dozens of dishes. Does it come in gallons? Have given it as hostess gifts several times and everyone gets hooked.” —Martha Ronemus

Read our full review of Mike’s Hot Honey.

Get it from Amazon for $8.48 (for a 12-ounce container).

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The Fart Launcher 3000 to pass the time by passing gas — via a “stink cartridge” and blasted upwards of 10 feet away.


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It comes with one fart cartridge which launches 100+ farts up to 10 feet away.

Promising review: “Do you have kids? Do they think butts and farts are the most amazingly hilarious things in the world? Then look no further — this is the gift for them. They fart. In many ways. It’s funny. They will laugh. You will become annoyed. They will laugh more. Every child’s dream.” —kimbodian13

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

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A wake-up light that simulates a sunrise for those days when the sun is nowhere in sight.


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Promising review: “I got this alarm clock because currently I’m sleeping in a basement room with no windows (I promise it’s not as depressing as it sounds) and was having a rough time waking up in the morning without the sun to give me an extra nudge toward consciousness. I was also dealing with some noisy upstairs neighbors and figured having a light-based alarm would allow me to sleep with earplugs and still get up on time, though I was nervous that I might not respond to the light. Turns out I’m super light sensitive, and this works great as a wake-up device. Even my dog (who also shares my windowless basement room) has learned what the light means.” —Ladybug

Get it from Amazon for $95.

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A happy mirror that’ll get you to ~fake it ’til you feel it~.


Areaware

Get it from Areaware for $80.

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A mini bonsai tree reflection pool to calm your nerves — dunno about you but I’m feeling zen just looking at it.


Amazon

Promising review: “For the price, this is a steal!! It’s absolutely beautiful. Packaging was perfect, not a single branch damaged. I gave mine as a gift and my mother-in-law loved it and thought I paid so much more than I did, so it’s a perfect gift.” —Allea

Get it from Amazon for $21.98.

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A glass prism maker you can place in a window and watch beautiful rainbows pour in.


General Store

Get it from General Store for $32+ (available in small and large).

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A pack of wiener-dog corn holders to finally make you understand what a “corn dog” is.


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Promising review: “Adorable corn holders — these work great and are a perfect host/hostess gift for the Dachshund lover in your life!” —Tizzie

Get it from Amazon for $5.69 (for eight; also available in pig, cow, beer, and popcorn shapes).

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A lovably disturbing “Fuggler” plush toy that’ll take your mind off your troubles for a minute while you figure out what is going on with this guy’s face.


Amazon

Get it from Spin Master on Amazon for $17.48.

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A microwave- and dishwasher-safe mug for your reluctant pivot back to hot (non-cold brew) coffee.


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Its design also functions to make it a “hand-warming” mug for righties!

Get it from Amazon for $24.95 (available in four colorways).

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A winter-friendly “movies” beanie that’ll give new meaning to the phrase “comfort watch.”


Movies Brand

Get it from Movies Brand for $25.99.

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An electric pour-over kettle you’ll definitely want to leave out on the kitchen counter for all to see.


Amazon

Promising review: “I am so happy I purchased this amazing kettle! It is of high quality and craftsmanship! It is easy to use and has the best pour imaginable! The spout does not drip and the amount of water that comes out during a pour is perfect! I love the hold feature — it keeps the water temperature where you need it after the first cup of coffee, or tea pour, so that the kettle does not have to start to heat over again. The design is well thought out and looks lovely on the kitchen counter! The kettle itself and the handle are perfectly counterbalanced. I wish I purchased this kettle a lot sooner! You will definitely be happy with the Fellow Stagg electric kettle!” —KievaNina

Get it from Amazon for $145.47 (available in four colors).

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An Instant Pot to revolutionize the way you cook — and by that I mean, fewer reasons to blow your cash on takeout (and brave the storm).


Amazon

What can’t this thing do? It can cook rice, pressure-cook, slow-cook, steam, saute, make yogurt, and warm up food. It cannot drive your children to school.

Promising review: “I absolutely despise spending a lot of time in the kitchen after work. I am tired, just want to pour a glass of wine, and binge-watch Supernatural. My boyfriend can’t cook to save his life, so that isn’t much help either. I’d feel better eating something created out of real, edible foods rather than microwaved in a pouch with fake cheese, so I cook even when I stay over at his house. Just when I was pondering the option of breaking up and finding a man who can cook (not really), INSTANT POT HAPPENED! Dinner is done and ready to eat every time in less than an hour. Sometimes WAY less than an hour. I can’t believe I survived 30 years without one! It would have been AMAZING back when I was in college! I am constantly learning new things I can whip up (sometimes trial and error, sometimes recipe books). I can throw frozen chicken breasts in it, seasoning, just hit poultry setting, adjust the time up a bit, and boom. Super tender amazing chicken. Something about handling raw chicken makes me too disgusted to eat it once it’s cooked, so being able to throw it in frozen is such a relief.” —Sunahm

Get it from Amazon for $59.92+ (available in 6- and 8-quart).

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A massage ball that’ll help you destress after a long day, and also probably make a lot of friends.


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Promising review: “Amazing. Seriously, buy this. It is the best back massage I’ve ever had. I have trouble with my wrists and hands and can’t massage my husband’s back for very long. This is small and easily fits in my hand. I can give him a great massage without pain. He massaged my back with it as well and it’s phenomenal! I would definitely buy this again and I’ve recommended it to my family.” —Mifflinpartyofthree

Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in purple, pink, green, and blue).

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A luxurious foam spa pillow with seven suction cups that cling to your tub to give your shoulders and neck some much-needed orthopedic support when you’re kicking back.


Amazon

Promising review: “So, if you’re like me and live in an apartment you know the bath has little to offer. I was hesitant buying this product knowing I didn’t have a head ledge for the top bend to really rest on. But after putting it in my tub and soaking in a long-deserved bath this item was just what I needed. No stiff neck or sore back. Easy to place and clean. This is something I’ll recommend to all.” —Hannah Ruble

Read our full write-up of the Gorilla Grip Spa Bath Pillow here.

Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (also available in a three-panel option, pictured below, for $20.99).

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A pimple-popping toy to give you just the satisfying stress relief without the scarring that often accompanies it.


Amazon

Promising review: “It is addictively gross and relaxing all at once. It sat next to my computer and I found myself popping and picking at it when I was bored. The pus is surprisingly pleasant-smelling and was nice on my hands.” —J.D.

Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in three colors).

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A pair of shearling inserts to prioritize comfort above everything else this winter.


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Promising review: “My wife was complaining about her sore feet from walking around on the cold tile floor in her slippers. Not only are her feet warmer, the foam cushioning helps relieve her foot pain.” —watto

Get them from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in men’s sizes 8–14, women’s sizes 6–12, and two colors).

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And a countertop garden to give your kitchen some nice ornamental greenery and a hefty supply of herbs and veggies for your next homemade meal. (If you don’t get the chance to experience any sort of greenery outside or use your outdoor garden.)


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Promising review: “I love to cook, so the thought of having fresh herbs and veggies right on my kitchen counter was exciting. However, I had never had much success gardening. This new Goodful AeroGarden changed that for me. I made the best Caprese salad I have ever eaten last week with some fresh basil from my garden. My kids actually enjoy helping me harvest and eat something green. It is freezing outside right now, but we still have fresh produce growing in our home! I can’t believe it works this well. If you enjoy cooking or gardening, I would highly recommend.” —FreshMom

And read our full review of the Goodful Aerogarden.

Get it from BuzzFeed’s Goodful line, exclusively at Macy’s for $189.99 (available in black and sage).

Reviews here have been edited for length and/or clarity.

Looking for more great Amazon finds? Check out some of our favorite cheap things to buy on Amazon, some of the weirdest things on Amazon you might actually want, or read through all the rest of our incredible Amazon product recommendations.

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