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50 Best Products for Surviving Winter

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Cold Comfort

Hate the cold? Join the club. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to make Old Man Winter a little more tolerable, whatever he decides to dish out this year. Here are 50 smart buys that can help you survive the cold, from the best coats and space heaters to serious gear such as car shovels and emergency road kits

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Hothand Hand Warmers
Amazon

Hothands Hand Warmers

Price: Starting at $7 from Amazon
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These disposable, air-activated hand warmers heat up as soon as you rip open the package. Slip them in your gloves or pockets for up to 10 hours of heat.

Road Chews Tire Traction Mats
Pep Boys

Road Chews Tire Traction Mats

Price: $15 from Pep Boys   
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The only thing worse than nasty winter weather is getting stuck in it. Wedge these traction mats under your tires to get a car out of the ice or snow. They can also be used in mud or sand when the weather is warmer.

Related: 21 Things to Keep in Your Car For Safe Winter Driving

Snow Joe Ion Snow Blower
Amazon

Snow Joe Ion 18SB Battery-Powered Snow Blower

Price: $190 from Amazon
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One of Cheapism's best cheap snowblowers, this lightweight Snow Joe gets the job done without a cord, or the hassle of maintaining a gas engine. It can go up to 50 minutes on a charge. (Amazon sells it with a charger; if you find it for cheaper elsewhere, be warned that the charger may be sold separately.)

Mambe Extreme Weather Outdoor Blanket
Amazon

Mambe Extreme Weather Outdoor Blanket

Price: Starting at $89 from Amazon
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Waterproof and windproof, the Mambe Extreme blanket is perfect for cold-weather sporting events or for keeping in the car for emergencies. Thick fleece keeps things cozy, and a radiant heat reflective lining locks in body heat.

Stabilicers Lite Walkers
L.L. Bean

Stabilicers Lite Walkers

Price: Starting at $25 from L.L.Bean
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Make almost any pair of shoes winter-ready with these ice cleats, which clip over footwear for added traction in ice and snow. They can be rolled up and stuffed in a purse or bag when they're not needed.

Hopkins Subzero 60" Quick Lock Pivoting Snowbroom
Amazon

Hopkins Subzero 60" Quick Lock Pivoting Snowbroom

Price: $36 from Amazon   
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A sturdy ice scraper and snow broom is a must for every vehicle. This one features a quick-lock 60-inch extension pole, an extra-wide scraper, and a squeegee.

Smartwool Trekking Heavy Crew Socks
Amazon

Smartwool Trekking Heavy Crew Socks

Price: Starting at $22 from Amazon
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Wool socks are a winter must: They're great at keeping feet warm while still wicking away sweat and letting feet breathe. This pair from SmartWool has a flat-knit toe seam and an elasticized arch brace for extra support.

AAA Sport Utility Shovel
Amazon

AAA Aluminum Sport Utility Shovel

Price: Starting at $20 from Amazon
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Put this lightweight shovel in your trunk so you can dig out of a drift if necessary. It can be taken apart and stowed in three pieces, and adjusts from 26 to 32 inches depending on your needs.

Ready America Cold Weather Survival Kit
Home Depot
Cooyoo Touchscreen Gloves
Amazon

Cooyoo Touchscreen Gloves

Price: Starting at $11 from Amazon
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Especially for people who live in colder climates, touchscreen gloves can lend a helping hand. These have thumb and index finger functionality, come in multiple color combos, and, with a wool exterior and fleece lining, provide warmth as well as easy device handling. A perfect stocking stuffer for under $20.

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Cuddl Duds Thermal Top
Target

Cuddl Duds Thermal Top

Price: $19 from Target  
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Stay cozy in comfortable, machine-washable, long-sleeve tops that provide a toasty layer of warmth in cold weather. They come in a variety of styles.

Thermos Stainless King Food Jar
Amazon

Thermos Stainless King Food Jar

Price: Starting at $24 from Amazon
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It might be cold outside, but your food can stay warm in this Thermos food jar, made with vacuum-insulated stainless steel that keeps hot food hot (or, in cooler weather, cold food cold). It even comes with a full-size folding spoon that stays nestled in the lid.

Lands' End Women's Long Down Coat
Lands' End

Lands' End Women's Long Down Coat

Price: $125 from Lands' End
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This water-resistant coat with 600-fill power down will make even the worst winter weather bearable. It also has an insulated, adjustable hood, a storm-flap closure, and a two-way zipper.

Related: The Best Gifts for Women Who Have Everything

Heated Seat Cushion
Kohl's

Heated Seat Cushion

Price: $30 from Kohl's
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Didn't opt for the heated seats when you bought your car? Not a problem with this heated seat cushion. Plug it into the 12-volt outlet and secure it with elastic back straps and under-seat hooks. Choose from high or low heat with an easy-to-use controller.

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The North Face Women's Shellista II Waterproof Winter Boots
Dick's Sporting Goods

The North Face Women's Shellista II Waterproof Winter Boots

Price: $140 from Dick's Sporting Goods
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Go anywhere in these North Face boots, which combine a trendy knit and leather upper with a grippy rubber sole. PrimaLoft insulation and a waterproof membrane keep feet warm and dry, too.

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Snow Joe Enviro-Blend Ice Melter
Walmart

Snow Joe Enviro-Blend Ice Melter

Price: $13 from Walmart  
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There's no need to wait for afternoon sun to make your icy sidewalk safe again. This eco-friendly ice-melter won't harm your patio, grass, or other surfaces, and starts working immediately on contact with snow and ice.

Patagonia Lined Beanie
Backcountry

Patagonia Beanie

Price: $45 from Backcountry 
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This beanie, made of tightly woven recycled polyester, comes in a variety of colors and patterns that will keep your head warm stylishly this winter. 

Toro Power Shovel
Home Depot

Toro Power Shovel

Price: $109 from Home Depot
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If you've got a smaller area to clear that would be awkward for a snow blower, the Toro Power Shovel can handle a few inches with ease. And at just over 12 pounds, it's easier to manage than a blower.

Threshold Flannel Sheet Set
Target

Threshold Flannel Sheet Set

Price: Starting at $23 from Target
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A set of brushed flannel sheets are a must for cool weather. Target's Threshold flannel sheets come in a wide range of solid hues and prints, with a deep-pocket fitted sheet that can fit thicker mattresses, too.

Sunbeam Quilted Heated Mattress Pad
Amazon

Sunbeam Quilted Heated Mattress Pad, Queen

Price: $59 from Amazon
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Grab this heated mattress pad and stop wrestling with electric blankets at night. You'll get dual-zone controls with 10 heat settings and an auto-off feature that kicks in after 10 hours of use.

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Lasko Full Circle Ceramic Space Heater
Amazon

Lasko Full Circle Ceramic Space Heater

Price: $68 from Amazon
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Resist turning up the thermostat with this space heater, which can sweep heat a full 360 degrees around any chilly room. It has two heat settings, a remote, a programmable thermostat, and a carry handle to make it easy to move.

Twin Draft Guard Extreme
Amazon

Twin Draft Guard Extreme

Price: $17 from Amazon
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Keep the heat bills down by insulating doors with this handy draft guard, good for doors up to 36 inches. The hook and loop closure ensures a secure fit and keeps the cold air outside where it belongs.

Ear Mitts Bandless Earmuffs
Amazon

Ear Mitts Bandless Earmuffs

Price: Starting at $18 from Amazon
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Keep your ears warm and your hair coiffed with these bandless earmuffs, which have thermal fleece and Thinsulate insulation. They come in two sizes and can be stuffed easily in a pocket or purse.

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Running Snail Hand Crank Radio and Phone Charger
Amazon
Security Chain Tire Chains
Amazon

Security Chain Tire Chains

Price: $87 from Amazon
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Tire chains are a winter essential in truly icy, snowy climates. The diagonal pattern of these chains provides better traction than traditional tire chains, and they don't require much clearance around tire sidewalls for installation.

Lands' End Men's Suede Moc Slippers
Lands' End

Lands' End Men's Suede Moc Slippers

Price: $55 from Lands' End
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These moccasin-style slippers will be your new go-to winter footwear for around the house. Suede or textile uppers, a foam foot bed and a rubber outsole make them as cozy as any slipper but durable enough for quick trips outside.

Related: 22 House Slippers to Keep You Cozy This Winter

Nest Learning Thermostat
Best Buy

Nest Learning Thermostat

Price: $200 from Best Buy 
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Reduce that heating bill sticker shock with the Energy Star-rated Nest Learning Thermostat, which learns your preferences automatically and adjusts to meet them. It also guides you toward more energy-efficient choices.

Columbia Men’s Fleece Neck Gaiter
Amazon

Columbia Men’s Fleece Neck Gaiter

Price: Starting at $16 from Columbia  
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Long scarves can be stylish but impractical for long periods in frigid weather. This neck gaiter has an adjustable draw cord, contoured hem, and soft microfleece to keep you warm without any adjustments necessary.

Husky Liner Weatherbeater Floor Liners
AutoAnything

Husky Liners Weatherbeater Floor Liners

Price: Starting at $55 from AutoAnything
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Keep your car clean as a whistle with these heavy-duty floor liners, which repel everything from slushy snow to motor oil. Built-in cleats keep them in place, and they're available in three colors.

Mainstays All-Purpose Boot Tray
Walmart

Mainstays All-Purpose Boot Tray

Price: $5 from Walmart
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Stop tracking in snow and ice by keeping winter footwear on this boot tray, made of durable polypropylene. Simply wipe it or hose it off when it gets dirty. It's also a great for holding pet food and water dishes, buyers report.

Zojirushi Travel Mug
Amazon
Chezmoi Micromink Sherpa Comforter Set
Amazon

Chezmoi Micromink Sherpa Comfort Set

Price: Starting at $53 from Amazon
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Upgrade to a cozier comforter to banish winter's chill. This reversible set features cozy Sherpa to keep you plenty warm at night. It has box stitching to keep the fill from shifting and leaving uncomfortable cold spots, and it comes in several solid colors.

Vesture MicroCore Lava Buns Heated Seat Cushion
Amazon

Vesture Navy Lava Buns

Price: $33 from Amazon
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If you'll be spending a lot of time sitting around in chilly weather, Lava Buns can keep you toasty. Just zap the microcore reusable pack in the microwave before heading out, and it will keep your backside warm for about six hours.

Heated Steering Wheel Cover
Hammacher Schlemmer

Heated Steering Wheel Cover

Price: $120 from Hammacher Schlemmer
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Hate driving in gloves? With this PVC leather heated steering wheel cover, you won't have to. It heats up to 114 degrees and provides four levels of heat. Charge it up with the included AC adapter for an hour of warmth.

Rechargeable Warming Glove Liners
Sharper Image

Rechargeable Warming Glove Liners

Price: $180 from Sharper Image
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Looking for an eco-friendly alternative to hand warmers? These warming glove liners are fully rechargeable, providing up to five hours of heat. The thin elastic isn't bulky inside gloves, and there are three levels of heat.

DryGuy Air Boot and Garment Dryer
Amazon

DryGuy Forced Air Boot and Garment Dryer

Price: $72 from Amazon
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Easily dry out boots, hats, gloves, and other winter gear in just an hour or two with this boot and garment dryer. It has two extension tubes than work with taller boots and a three-hour timer that ensures safe operation.

TaoTronics Cool Mist Humidifier
Amazon

TaoTronics Cool Mist Humidifier

Price: $52 from Amazon
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Don't let the dry winter air wreak havoc with your skin. This humidifier has a large, easy-to-fill tank good for up to 30 hours, and an antimicrobial filter. It's also quieter than other models, making it a great candidate for the bedroom.

Lasko MyHeat Personal Ceramic Heater
Home Depot

Lasko MyHeat Personal Ceramic Heater

Price: $20 from Home Depot 
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Perfect for anyone who works in a frigid office, this little ceramic heater directs all of its warmth to you instead of the surrounding room. It's only 6 inches tall, making it inconspicuous on a desk. It also has overheat protection and stays cool to the touch.

TSP Snow Pusher
Amazon

TSP 48-inch Snow Pusher

Price: $80 from Amazon
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Save your back by clearing off the deck or patio with a snow pusher instead of a hard-to-manage shovel. Its rust-proof polyethylene blade can easily clear a few inches from a flat surface, and it comes with a wall hanger clip for easy storage.

Women's Snow Pants
Target

All in Motion Snow Pants

Price: Starting at $38 from Target
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You don't have to spend a mint on good snow gear. These polyester snow pants are wind- and water-resistant, and keep wearers warm without adding bulk. The straight leg allows enough room for layers underneath.

FrostGuard Signature Windshield Cover
FrostGuard

Frostguard Signature Windshield Cover

Price: $33 from FrostGuard
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Hate clearing your windshield on a frigid morning? Eliminate the issue completely with a windshield cover that keeps ice and snow from sticking. The weather-resistant PVC lining and woven elastic straps keep it intact and in place.

Mophie Juice Pack
Amazon

Mophie Juice Pack

Price: Starting at $49 from Amazon
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Anyone who likes to walk or run in the cold knows that low temperatures can drain their phone battery rapidly. This lightweight, impact-resistant phone case doubles your phone's battery life without the need for an inconvenient battery pack.

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Under Armour Cold Gear Leggings
Dick's Sporting Goods

Under Armour Cold Gear Leggings

Price: $50 from Dick's Sporting Goods
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These leggings have a brushed interior and fast-drying exterior to lock in warmth while it's frigid. They also wick away sweat to keep skin dry, and added elastane means there's plenty of stretch for any cold-weather exercise.

Patagonia Micro Puff Hoody
Backcountry

Patagonia Micro Puff Hoody

Price: $299 from Backcountry 
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Stay warm without added bulk in this Patagonia coat, which has synthetic insulation that compresses and packs easily. The outer shell is windproof and water-repellant, and the quilting keeps the coat's insulation exactly where it needs to be for maximum warmth.

Pajama Warmer
Pajama Warmers
Towel Selections Fleece Bathrobe
Amazon

Towel Selections Fleece Bathrobe

Price: Starting at $40 from Amazon
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A cozy bathrobe is a must for lounging around in the winter. This lightweight polyester fleece robe is double-stitched for lasting comfort, machine-washable, and available in more than 15 bright colors.

Towel Warmer
Bed Bath & Beyond

Towel Warmer

Price: $80 from Bed Bath & Beyond 
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Treat yourself to the luxury of a toasty towel when you step out of the shower. This warmer can accommodate two oversized towels at once and keep them at up to 120 degrees for when you're ready to use them.

Neosporin Lip Health Renewal Therapy
Walmart

Neosporin Lip Health Overnight Renewal Therapy

Price: $6.50 from Walmart
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Dry, cracked lips, common in the winter, are unsightly and often downright painful. Soothe them with this petrolatum-based Neosporin lip treatment, which requires just three nights to work its magic.

LL Bean Shaker Stitch Cardigan
L.L. Bean

L.L.Bean Shaker-Stitch Zip Cardigan

Price: $55 from L.L.Bean
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This plush women’s knit zip cardigan in soft, mid-weight cotton is versatile enough to layer over just about everything when it's chilly, and the slightly fitted silhouette keeps it from looking too bulky. It comes in five colors and can be machine-washed.

Viper DS4+ Remote Start System
Best Buy

Viper DS4+ Remote Start System

Price: $260 from Best Buy
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A great cold-weather gift, this remote-start system lets you use your smartphone to start your car, turn on the heat, and unlock the doors remotely. A temperature sensor can even tell you when the engine is warm.