Everyone wants to give gifts that are wanted and useful. Check out this wish list of useful gifts, especially for loved ones that live in harsh winter climates.
Stocking stuffers don’t have to be all about candy and toys. Sprinkle in some of these useful winter gifts that are all about winter safety, comfort and warmth — because isn't that what the holidays are really about?
A heated ice scraper that melts ice as it scrapes sounds like a huge improvement over scrapers that rely purely on old-fashioned elbow grease. This wireless model charges instead of plugging in for added safety. And for $15 it won’t melt away your holiday fund.
This gadget does it all. The Handwarmer with Smartphone Recharge doubles as an emergency flashlight that shines for up to 50 hours, plus it serves as a backup phone charger. For warmth, simply switch it on for up to five hours of comfort. And it delivers that comfort quickly, as it can heat up to 104 degrees in 60 seconds. Meanwhile, it will charge a phone (including all the popular Apple and Android models) in 3.5 hours. A super-slim, lightweight design also makes it ideal for outdoor activities. And it’s eco-friendly — it can be recharged over 500 times, all for the price of $35.
It’s a cold job, but somebody’s got to do it. Let them know it’s their job with this scraper mitt. The water-resistant fabric on this scraper mitt keeps hands warm and protected while they scrape away in comfort. One size fits most for $11.
Give the gift of warm hands to those you love. These eco-friendly, boil-heat storage hand warmers are rechargeable. Just drop them in boiling water for a few minutes whenever they stop providing heat. At $25, this is a great gift for anybody on your list.
If you have anyone on your list who’s addicted to gadgets, they’ll love these gloves. Available in five color variations, the fingertips are covered with special material which allows them to work with any touchscreen in the freezing cold — minus the frostbite. And making a tech geek happy for $19 is almost unheard of.
This coaster-like heater from Mr. Coffee is sure to be the recipient’s new favorite mini-appliance. It’s designed to do one thing: Keep coffee, cocoa or tea hot to the last drop. It fits easily on a counter or desktop (and a stocking) and is extremely portable. The cost for always hot coffee is only $8.
Your guy might shy away from wearing UGGs in public, but you can show him what he's missing with these plush sheepskin insoles. They fit any shoe and provide warmth, cushioning, and comfort, all without the perceived fashion faux pas. UGG comfort for only $30? Now that’s cozy.
Imagine their surprise when they reach into their stockings... only to find more stockings! Yes, they’re a little pricey, but these Hammacher Schlemmer heated socks get hotter and stay that way longer than any of their competitors. They use a remote control, rechargeable lithium-ion battery and ultra-thin heating elements to keep toes toasty for up to 10 hours at a time. This $199 gift is perfect for the avid outdoorsman (or woman).
Winter can be tough on the skin. This rich cream soothes dry, chapped hands, leaving them noticeably softer and smoother. Added bonus: It uses exfoliating fruit acids and antioxidants, including vitamins A and E, to help diminish signs of aging. You’ll get 4.2 ounces for $24.
Now that all your shopping is done, take some time to safeguard your home as well. Browse through the "Home Matters" archives to learn how to get your winter storm preparedness kit in order, make sure your fireplace is ready for winter duty, and decorate for the holidays without creating a fire hazard.